BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - Every morning, you invite us into your home to give you thelatest news, weather and sports as you start your day.
All this week, Melissa Holmes is giving News 4 viewers a behindthe scenes sneak peak at what happens when the Wake-Up camerasaren't rolling.
Today she starts with some of things you may not know about allthe News 4 on-air talent.
Television news is a glamorous business... or is it?
When the cameras aren't rolling, news reporters and anchors arejust a bunch of people trying to wake up and find some energy inthe wee hours of the morning.
For Mike, Victoria, and Joe, the day usually starts at 3 am.
"My alarm is set for 2:57. I get up a little bit later thanthat. Get up, do my hair as fast as I can and usually get to workwithin a half hour," says Victoria Hong.
"Driving into work I'm usually looking at the sky. You don'twant to drive behind me. Because I'm looking at the sky trying tofigure out what the morning commute's going to be like foreveryone," says Mike Cejka.
"I have to pull into the Tim Horton's line at 5:55 so I can walkinto work at 6:00 with my large double double in my hand," saysMelissa Holmes.
The first thing all of us do when we walk into the station isreview the scripts of news stories already written by our overnightproducers.
Next comes the make-up room.
Then we hit the set. When we're on the air it's all business butwhen the commercials are on, there's a lot of laughing on the set.Victoria does a lot of stretching and even reads.
"I do, on my breaks, read books. I won't tell you which ones.Some are good. Some are bad. Some are embarassing," sheexplains.
On his breaks, Joe goes for one of his many coffee breaks - twocreams, one sweet and low. Melissa is constantly fixing myhair.
And Miks is always working.
"I think we figured out that we do about 32 weather hits between5 a.m. and 9 a.m. every morning. And also in addition to working ongraphics and monitoring the weather conditions and the changesinvolved in that weather, during that time period I'm also doing aseries of radio stations and updating the website," he says.
And no matter how cold it is outside, Joe wants it colder in thestudio.
"You'll always see me fanning myself with my scripts because Iget very hot very easily and that kind of annoys some people in thestudio cause they like it warm. I like it cold," Joe says.
We all have our quirks, but we make it work and we enjoy wakingup with each other, and helping you wake-up, too.
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