Good Morning America GMA Summary
- Good Morning America GMA is 2 hrs long
- 5 Taping(s) per week
- Opened January 1, 1975
- Show Closes: Open ended
- Morning News Show
- TV Broadcast
Good Morning America (GMA) is a two hour morning show that is a combination of news, interviews, weather, human interest and pop culture segments.
Good Morning America GMA Broadcast Time
Good Morning America broadcasts weekday mornings at 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM on ABC Network and on other ABC affiliates.
Good Morning America GMA Host Profile
Robin Roberts - host (2005-present) former ESPN sportscaster
George Stephanopoulos - host (2009-present) former White House Communications Director and political correspondent
Lara Spencer - host (2011-present) former journalist and television host of The Insider and Antiques Roadshow
Amy Robach - news anchor (2014 -present) former anchor of Weekend Today
Ginger Zee - Weather anchor (2013-present) former weekend weather anchor.
Good Morning America GMA Background
ABC's Good Morning America is more of a pop culture and entertainment show than its main competition, The Today Show on NBC, which skews to lifestyle programming. GMA's laid back and popular hosts keep things rolling along as they move from one segment to another, many times a segment will be shot from where the audience is standing in Times Square. A normal show could have a segment on gossip, shopping deals, what's trending on YouTube and a celebrity guest appearance or a performance. GMA broadcasts from the heart of Times Square and anyone can attend the show. If you want the best place to stand, you need to get there by 6:30am, braving the elements and gathering crowds. If you look interesting or if you have an interesting story, you may be picked as one of the lucky 100 audience members who get to go inside the studio. This is a great chance to be up close and personal with your favorite GMA hosts and guests but plan on standing, as there are no seats. For the rest of the audience standing outside, they can see the show through the floor to ceiling windows onto Times Square or on the huge LED monitors above. The hosts always take time to chat with the audience and will occasionally pick a audience member to be part of a segment or surprise makeover.
Conceived in 1975 as AM America, the show was created as competition with NBC's popular Today Show. After failing to find an audience, they turned to one of their affiliates for the answer. The Morning Exchange, out of WEWS Cleveland, was a laid back morning show that focused more on human interest, entertainment and pop culture than it did on the news. It was broadcast from a set made to look like a living room, not a newsroom. ABC adopted this style and format and debuted as Good Morning America in November 1975.
Over the years, Good Morning America has gone back and forth in a ratings war with its rival, the Today Show which airs on NBC. The show has had a string of popular hosts beginning with its first host being David Hartman, who anchored the show from 1975-1987. During his tenure, GMA became the highest ranking morning show. Other popular GMA hosts from the past include Jane Pauly, Joan Lunden and Charles Gibson.
Good Morning America GMA Notes
Noteworthy Dates for Good Morning America:
January 1975 - AM America launches
November 1975 - AM America re-launched as Good Morning America with David Hartman as host
October 1980 - Joan Lunden joins show
August 1986 - Spencer Christian joins as weather anchor
May 1987 - Charles Gibson joins and Gibson-Lunden team propels GMA to number one morning show
June 1997 - Lunden leaves, replaced by Lisa McRee
April 1998 - Gibson leaves, replaced by Kevin Newman; ratings plunge
July 1999 - Gibson returns with co-anchor Diane Sawyer
September 1999 - Move from Lincoln Square to Times Square studio, enabling inclusion of live studio audience 2000-2005 New graphics, on location tapings and Gibson-Sawyer team lead to higher ratings
May 2005 - Robin Roberts promoted from news anchor to Co-host
June 2006 - Gibson retires after 19 years as anchor
August 2006 - Sam Champion becomes weather anchor
December 2009 - George Stephanopoulos replaces Diane Sawyer
April 9, 2012 - After 16 years, GMA topples the Today Show from number one rated morning show
2012-2013 - Roberts takes medical leave due to a rare bone marrow disease
2013 - Ginger Zee replaces Sam Champion
2014 - Amy Robach replaces Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer promoted to Co-anchor.
The list of the special correspondents currently includes many famous names including:
Dan Abrams, Richard Besser, Emeril Lagasse, Cameron Mathison, Brian Ross, David Muir, Sara Moulton, Michael Strahan, Tim Tebow, and Wolfgang Puck.TV
GMA no longer provides studio tours to guests, even if ticketed for a special musical guest show.
ABC Times Square Studios
New York, NY 10036
Good Morning America GMA Ticket Information
Get FREE Tickets to Good Morning America:
For the regular weekday GMA show, they provide tickets to get into the studio to see the show broadcast live as well as bring people into the "standing area" of the studio who have been standing outside early or have a great story to tell on camera.
Tickets For Special Musical Guest Shows:
For special shows with a musical guest, they set up a stage in the studio and give out tickets in advance. Musical guests have included Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Carly Rae Jepson and Kelly Clarkson. You can get a maximum amount of 2 tickets per person in-advance to get into the show.
Tickets For The Summer Concert Series:
For the headliner musical acts on the Summer Concert Series, GMA puts up a stage at the at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park and they provide tickets in advance to fans.
Good Morning America GMA Show Schedule
Good Morning America shoots LIVE Monday through Friday mornings from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM Eastern Time.
- Robin Roberts
- George Stephanopoulos
- Lara Spencer
- Amy Robach
- Ginger Zee
Past Cast Members
- David Hartman
- Nancy Dussault
- Sandy Hill
- Joan Lunden
- Charles Gibson
- Lisa McRee
- Kevin Newman
- Diane Sawyer
Senior Broadcast Producer:
ABC News Productions
- Production Manager
- Matthew Jakl
- ABC News Productions
- Jeff Winn
- Theme Music
- DreamArtists Studios
- William F. Baker
- Donald L. Perris