Hero: Breakfast Television

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Hero: Breakfast Television

Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains of 2007––the people, places, and things that we’ve either fallen head over heels in love with or developed uncontrollable rage towards over the past twelve months. Get your dose, starting Boxing Day and running into the new year, three times a day––sunrise, noon, and sunset.
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Is there anything as satisfying as waking up to that little dancing alarm clock every morning on Breakfast Television?
Some may scoff and suggest that BT doesn’t provide the same in-depth news coverage and analysis of their competitors, but that’s not what BT’s all about, is it? BT revels in its devotion to Toronto, and its peculiar minutiae, something their competition could learn a thing or two from. What Kevin, Dina, Frank, Tracy, and Jennifer bring to the table is a thoroughly entertaining mix of chemistry and charm, which can be summed up in what will surely be the most popular made-up buzzword of 2008: charm-istry.
Even if you don’t agree that the show is hugely entertaining (in which case you are a damn dirty liar), it’s hard to dispute the positive impact of their tireless charitable work on behalf of Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank. The gang has supported the food bank in a variety of ways this year, with their “BT and Citynews Spirit of the Season” show, and their “BT and Citynews Christmas Tree Deal” where they sold trees for donations to Daily Bread.
Of course, BT’s Holiday Favourites CD benefiting the food bank featured stellar performances by the whole gang. Torontoist got a copy of the CD for Christmas, and Frank Ferragine’s jaunty rendition of “Let It Snow” was worth the cost of the entire album. His vocal stylings recall a young and insouciant William Shatner at his euphonious best.
It’s not just charitable work that we’re lauding them for. We wrote earler this year about BT host Kevin Frankish saving (sort of) a woman trapped in her bedroom! It seems heroism just comes naturally to Breakfast Television.

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