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Corporal Nick officially enters WFAA8's early morning traffic flow


Veteran DeSoto police officer Nick Bristow made his Daybreak debut on Tuesday, Aug. 19th. The station’s new traffic anchor is pictured with anchors Ron Corning and Alexa Conomos. WFAA Facebook page photo

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WFAA8’s very own Officer Friendly is on the air.

A week after unclebarky.com reported his hiring, DeSoto police Cpl. Nick Bristow joined the station’s Daybreak team on Tuesday, Aug.19th as the D-FW market’s first uniformed traffic anchor. WFAA8 management had declined to confirm its decision to go with Bristow. But Daybreak’s Facebook page pictured Bristow Tuesday and touted his “serious experience on the North Texas roads.”

Unfortunately, unclebarky.com central was still in the midst of a full-blown cable/Internet outage at the time of Bristow’s debut. So a review of his performance will have to wait until Wednesday’s show.

Bristow, a nearly 20-year veteran of the DeSoto police force, replaces Shane Allen, who was dropped earlier this month. As posted previously, San Antonio’s KSAT-TV also uses cops as traffic reporters on its early morning news program. It’s apparently supposed to connote authority and expertise beyond that of rival roads scholars Chip Waggoner (Fox4), Samantha Davies (NBC5) and Whitney Drolen (CBS11).

Daybreak currently ranks third in the early morning ratings race, behind front-runner Fox4 and second place NBC5.

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