Wake Up With Al
|Wake Up With Al|
Logo used since November 12, 2013
|Presented by||Al Roker
|Country of origin||United States|
New York City, New York
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Original channel||The Weather Channel|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original release||July 20, 2009– present|
Wake Up With Al is a American morning television program on The Weather Channel. Airing Monday through Fridays live from 5 to 7 a.m. Eastern Time, the program features a mix of weather forecasts, news headlines and feature segments. The program debuted on July 20, 2009.
The program is co-hosted by Al Roker, longtime weather anchor of the NBC morning program Today, and The Weather Channel meteorologist Stephanie Abrams. Roker hosts from Studio 6E, one of NBC's "newsnooks" at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City; a large touchscreen is used during the broadcast at the studio to illustrate current and predicted weather conditions. MSNBC anchors provide news headlines during a segment produced out of MSNBC's headquarters at Rockefeller Center. In addition to weather forecasts, a celebrity interview usually is aired during the program, in a manner similar to those featured on Today; this has led to criticism from some viewers on the perception that Wake Up With Al focuses more on entertainment than providing weather forecasts.
In the event of a pending or ongoing significant weather event occurring that day (such as a severe weather outbreak, winter storm or a hurricane threatening the United States), a special two-hour live edition of Wake Up with Al occasionally aired from 5-7 a.m. Eastern (effectively pushing back the start time of its lead-ins – previously First Outlook, First Forecast and Weather Center Live – by one hour). The 10 a.m. ET rebroadcast was originally replaced or preempted with a special live telecast; the rebroadcast was also pre-empted in such cases by an additional hour of America's Morning Headquarters. A special edition of Wake Up With Al may also air on weekend mornings from 5-7 a.m. Eastern during significant weather events.
On April 16, 2012, the show was "relaunched" with the introduction of a new opening title sequence and graphics package. In addition, Abrams would begin co-hosting the program from the New York City studio for a three-month trial run, which would become permanent should it be successful. On July 30, 2012, Abrams returned to the Atlanta studio as Roker traveled to London to cover the 2012 Summer Olympics for Today and The Weather Channel (with Jim Cantore also covering the event for the channel), Abrams returned to the channel's main Atlanta studios; by this point, she and Mike Bettes resumed co-hosting the entire three-hour broadcast of Your Weather Today. After Roker returned to New York City following the Olympics, Stephanie Abrams moved to the New York City studio full-time starting August 13, 2012 (in effect, resulting in a permanent split city format for Your Weather Today (now America's Morning Headquarters), which Abrams had also co-anchored since 2009). By this point, Richard Lui anchored the weather news headlines segment from MSNBC out of the Wake Up With Al studio.
On November 12, 2012, as part of a massive programming revamp at The Weather Channel, Wake Up With Al was expanded to 90 minutes, running from 5:30-7 a.m. ET Eastern. With the expansion, the program once again debuted a new graphics package after six months. On November 6, 2014, as part of another programming revamp, Wake Up With Al once again expanded its timeslot, this time to two hours, running from 5-7 a.m. ET due to a hike in ratings. On November 17, 2014, the 10-11 a.m. ET rebroadcast was cancelled. It was replaced by an expanded Weather Center Live co-hosted by Chris Warren and Jen Carfagno.
Notable on-air staff
Wake Up With Al is anchored by Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams, with Reynolds Wolf as a segment correspondent and fill-in and news reports from MSNBC anchors Richard Lui, Dara Brown, Frances Rivera and Alex Witt.
- Stephanie Abrams – (2009–present)
- Al Roker – (2009–present)
- Reynolds Wolf – (2014–present) segment correspondent and fill-in anchor
- Richard Lui – alternate
- Dara Brown – alternate
- Frances Rivera – alternate
- Alex Witt – fill-in/alternate
Former on-air staff