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Idol's hour in Austin gives Fox4 Texas-sized ratings

Frigid weather and an audition show from Austin ballooned American Idol to its biggest D-FW ratings of the season Wednesday while Fox4 also celebrated a landmark January in late night news.

Plus, Bart Starr will be in North Texas Saturday to present an award named after him at the NFL's annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl breakfast But how good was he as the Green Bay Packers' general during the Vince Lombardi glory years? Native Wisconsinite Uncle Barky nears the end of his Packer-packed Super Bowl XLV buildup with a closer look at the Bart before Simpson.

Furthermore, the ongoing icy grip provides another excuse to reprise WFAA8's all-time classic cold weather report. This newly restored video of Valeri Williams' 1992 dispatch from frozen Hedley, Texas is in pristine shape and also has more of the resultant two-pronged crackup by anchors Tracy Rowlett and Chip Moody.
Ed Bark