Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Michael Strahan will be broadcasting from Eakins Oval, opposite the Art Museum, as ABC brings Good Morning America to Philadelphia for the day.
The weather forecast suggests it may be a rainy visit, but if you’re interested in being in the show’s audience on Thursday, free tickets are still available and may be requested at: https://1iota.com/show/936/GMA-In-Philly.
Gritty, who made his first morning show appearance on GMA last year, has, naturally, been invited, along with fellow mascots the Phillie Phanatic, Swoop, and Franklin, who were with Roberts on Wednesday as she took on the Rocky steps. Patti LaBelle is scheduled to perform, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to appear.
The network chose Philly — home to 6ABC — to launch a summer series of live pop-up broadcasts in major cities and began getting out the word here on Saturday, with an on-air promo featuring the three coanchors.
In addition to Roberts, Stephanopoulos, and Strahan, GMA coanchor Lara Spencer and chief meteorologist Ginger Zee are expected to appear. Other appearances confirmed as of Monday morning include former Eagles tackle Jon Runyan -- the ex-congressman from New Jersey played against Strahan in the NFL -- DJ Diamond Kuts, the Eagles cheerleaders and Drumline, the Sixers Dancers, chefs Richard Blais and Josh Capon, and 6ABC traffic and weather anchor Karen Rogers.
No road closures are expected as a result of the live broadcast, said Deana Gamble, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office.
Good Morning America is the nation’s most-watched morning show, though NBC’s Today attracts more viewers among the 25- to 54-year-olds advertisers target in news programming. For the week of May 27, GMA averaged 3.93 million viewers.