Tune In to History: Coverage From Dawn to the Wee Hours

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Will today's TV coverage have something for the kids? Yes. News addicts? Check. Sports fans? Of course! Whether you tune into broadcast networks, cable news channels or even ESPN, you're guaranteed constant coverage of all the major Inauguration Day activities, from the swearing-in ceremony (at 11:30) and parade (at 2:30) to Barack Obama's trip down Pennsylvania Avenue and the inaugural balls.

-- Emily Yahr

Early Risers

4 a.m.: The local "Fox 5 Morning News" kicks off the day from Lafayette Square.

5 a.m.: CNN broadcasts "American Morning" live from Capitol Hill.

6 a.m.: MSNBC's "Morning Joe" broadcasts from Dubliner Restaurant & Pub on Capitol Hill; C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" starts a day of full coverage; "Squawk Box" on CNBC covers the morning with an economic spin.

7 a.m.: ABC's "Good Morning America Special Edition: 2009 Inauguration" airs from the Library of Congress, anchored by Diane Sawyer and others; "Today" on NBC sends Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and others to locations around Washington; Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez contribute on CBS's "The Early Show"; Fox Business News's "Money for Breakfast" is live from the Mall.

8:30 a.m.: "Inauguration 2009: President Barack Obama" on Fox News Channel broadcasts from the Newseum.

The Main Event

10 a.m.: TVOne chronicles the day in "The Inauguration of Barack Obama: Our History, Our Time"; CNN's Wolf Blitzer anchors from atop the Newseum; Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos are on hand for ABC's "Inauguration 2009"; Katie Couric leads CBS's "The Inauguration of the 44th President"; "Inauguration Coverage" on MSNBC, with Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and others, is on the Mall.

10:30 a.m.: "NBC News Special: Inauguration Day 2009" offers commentary between events.

11 a.m.: PBS's "Presidential Inauguration 2009" has Jim Lehrer, plus analysts and historians; Pedro Sevcec and Maria Celeste ArrarĂ¡s host the two-hour "Toma de Posesion 2009" on Telemundo; Shepard Smith anchors Fox's "Presidential Inauguration."

11:30 a.m.: "Barack Obama Victory Speech" is covered by BET; even "SportsCenter" on ESPN airs the activities, with Jeremy Schaap interviewing sports stars in the crowd.


4 p.m.: "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" on CNN shows the parade with a recap of the day.

5 p.m.: BET has a special, "The First Black President."

6:30 p.m.: "World News With Charles Gibson" examines the first family and coverage of the day.


8 p.m.: "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration" on ABC has Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance of the evening, as well as performances from singers including Faith Hill and Stevie Wonder; Nickelodeon's "Kids Pick the President" features young reporters with an overview of the day; BET's taped special "Yes We Will! Inaugural Celebration" has cut-ins to the inaugural balls.

9 p.m.: PBS's "Frontline: Dreams of Obama" documents our 44th president's life; "Anderson Cooper 360" on CNN reports live from the inaugural balls, as does Fox News Channel's "Inauguration 2009: President Barack Obama"; Katie Couric hosts CBS's "Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Barack Obama"; and, after selling Obama memorabilia all day, QVC airs "Presidential Inauguration Celebration" from the Creative Coalition's Inaugural Ball.

10 p.m.: Brian Williams highlights evening events on NBC's "The Inauguration of Barack Obama"; MTV shows "Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural" with recording artists performing at the Youth Inaugural Ball; "Fox 5 News" has reporters at the Mid-Atlantic Ball; Olbermann et al. anchor the night on MSNBC.

Late Night

11 p.m.: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Comedy Central airs a special live episode.

Midnight: "Larry King Live" airs from the CNN Washington bureau; David Shuster takes over MSNBC until 3 a.m.

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