Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Getting jump on Talk Like a Pirate Day

Oh, ugh, I really messed up my cornea and required another procedure. This time, I'm going full on Pirate - doctor's orders.

Bring on your "i" or "eye" jokes... Eyefull Tower?

Him: You at doc?
Me: Yes
Him Eye see
Me: You still got it.
Him: I'm your star pupil.
Me: Get out.
Him: Iris I could.
Him: Sorry if my jokes are cornea

See you soon.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Monday! Amy Grant, Vince Gill to bring Nashville to The Broadmoor to benefit military and I'll be hosting.

Amy Grant and equally famous husband Vince Gill will perform at The Broadmoor on Monday to raise money for a cause that supports our nation's military. Jenny Gill and Molly Weaver will be special guests.

All proceeds from Nashville Comes to The Broadmoor will benefit the Snowmass Village-based Challenge America, a nonprofit launched by Houston Cowan, a longtime friend of Grant's. In 2009, she and Gill became honorary co-founders of the nonprofit, which works to connect service members, veterans and their families to resources in their communities.

I'll be the emcee for my buddies. Couldn't be more honored to support them and military families.

Tickets here: https://www.itickets.com/events/398225

Beware the Corneal Ulcer!

Corneal ulcer.
YEP, it’s as painful as it sounds - but it's healing.

FYI... (from the innerweb) Corneal ulcers can occur from direct injury to the eye, or from a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection.
Symptoms include eye redness, eye pain, excessive tearing, sensation of a foreign body in the eye, and worsening or blurry vision.
Treatment may include an antibiotic, antifungal, or antiviral medication if the condition is related to an infection. Treatment of non-infectious causes may include an eye patch.

I’ve been in bed resting my eyes and have my sweet pups nursing me back to health

Mr. Cool is typing this for me as I say it out loud. No screens, no sunlight, no work, NO FUN!

Friday, March 30, 2018

I could win a NCAA Bracket Challenge!!! Go Big Blue!

Get this! I was asked by TV Newser to do a bracket for the NCAA men's basketball tournament and I'm sitting just 2 POINTS out of first place with 3 out of 4 teams still playing!!!! Woooooooo

I'm on Team CNN / HLN

Ana Cabrera, anchor, CNN Newsroom
Dave Briggs, co-host, Early Start
Robin Meade, anchor, Morning Express
Coy Wire, sports anchor and correspondent
Bob Van Dillen, meteorologist, Morning Express
Lynn Smith, anchor, Weekend Express
Melody Taylor, executive producer, Weekend Express with Lynn Smith

Leading the 2018 Bracket Challenge heading into Final Four weekend is NBC News Sunday Today host and MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist.
The NBC Newser, who has picked Villanova to cut down the nets on Monday night, is 2 points clear of HLN Morning Express host Robin Meade. The lead HLN personality has chosen Michigan to win it all.

Here's are the leaders...

1 Willie Geist 73 38 121 40 Villanova (148)
2 Robin Meade 71 35 135 38 Michigan (132)
3 Janelle Rodriguez 68 36 116 38 Kansas (103)
3 Peter Alexander 68 37 68 37 Virginia (145)
5 Dave Briggs 67 37 115 39 Villanova (136)
6 David Westin 66 33 130 36 Michigan (137)
6 Lisa Desjardins 66 31 114 33 Kansas (102)
6 Todd Piro 66 35 82 36 Virginia (157)
9 Coy Wire 65 35 113 37 Kansas (137)
9 Mike Bettes 65 33 65 33 Virginia (153)

BTW: I'm leading ALL HLN players - bracket here and I CAN'T BE BEAT!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A refresher course on the History Of Moi

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for Atlanta Music Scene blog on ajc.com, and she remembers when MTV was awesome.

Melissa started at the AJC in September 2010 writing features and entertainment stories and covering Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida International University and a master's in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously worked as the pop music critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1996-2010 and at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida from 1992-1996. She lives in Atlanta with her husband.

We go back a long way... funny how neither one of us has aged!!!

She did a very nice feature story about my life in the news biz. Here it is... along with some pics from the "good old days."

Robin Meade’s first day on the air at HLN was Sept. 11, 2001.
By the time the second plane hit the World Trade Center on that traumatic, chaotic day, Meade noticed that every face in the newsroom changed.

“It was clear that this was no accident. This could not be explained away,” she said.

Almost 17 years later, Meade, the host of HLN’s “Morning Express,” said her work anniversary still reminds her of the families who lost loved ones.

Every weekday, Meade’s post at the CNN offshoot requires the deft balancing act of covering breaking news, trending lifestyle topics and entertainment, while still sharing space with sports, weather and business experts.

Her 6 a.m. wake-up call — “Morning, sunshine!” — coupled with her doe-eyed beauty, self-deprecating humor and chameleonic anchoring ability has earned her a daily viewing audience of 300,000-plus.

It’s also notched Meade, 48, an impressive stat: She’s the longest-running morning anchor on a national news show, in it an accomplishment she credits to many, beginning with her viewers.

“They’ve allowed me to be their morning habit year after year,” she said. “Without them, I get fired.”

Meade is also complimentary toward her bosses throughout the years who were “brave enough to let me be my authentic self on the air,” as well as the behind-the-scenes crew at HLN.

“My longevity is due in large part to the folks who come in at zero-dark-thirty to make the mornings go smoothly … the show wouldn’t happen without them,” she said.

Meade, a native of New London, Ohio, found a public audience early as Miss Ohio in 1992 (“I like to joke that some of my prior titles were ‘Miss Represented,’ ‘Miss Spoken,’ ‘Miss Understood,’ but not ‘Miss Demeanor,’” she said with a laugh) and nabbed her first broadcast job as a part-time evening reporter in Mansfield, Ohio.

She escalated to anchoring and reporting jobs in Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Miami and Chicago before landing at Atlanta’s CNN Center.

While many of CNN’s top names have departed Atlanta for the blazing spotlight of New York, Meade is comfortable in her Southern outpost.

She and husband Tim Yeager will celebrate their 25th anniversary in November (Her tip for longevity? Don’t choose a mate for looks, title or money — go for humor), and Meade has utilized her local connections to assist with her musical aspirations.

Meade has released a pair of country-pop albums — “Brand New Day” in 2011 and “Count on Me” in 2013 — and plays a handful of gigs every year, usually at Eddie’s Attic. For two weeks in 2014, Meade hit the Las Vegas Strip to perform with Australian vocal group Human Nature at the Sands Showroom at the Venetian (she also guested on “Sleigh Ride” on the group’s Christmas album).

Last holiday season, she released “Ghost of My Christmas Past,” a single she wrote “on an 80-degree day in the late summer-early fall up on Lake Lanier”; it was produced by fellow Atlantan Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

The intersection of Meade’s role at HLN and her interest in music took a fun detour last summer when a “Morning Express” story about genealogy website Ancestry.com uncovered that she is fourth cousins with country superstar Blake Shelton.

“He fits right in with the Meade men I know,” she said of her long-lost relative. “Tall, handsome, self-deprecating creative creatures.”

Just another discovery for TV’s longest-running national morning anchor.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lordy, I love me some deals... and HLNDeals.com has 'em

You KNOW I love to shop, amiright???

Did ya see it today? A new weekly segment will bring you some fantastic brands at exclusive discounts for Morning Express viewers.

It's HLNDeals.com

AND FREE SHIPPING if you spend $100 or more.

HLN Deals, a weekly TV segment that will showcase unique brands and products to our audience. HLN Deals will integrate and feature premium brands as segments during HLN's morning show, "Morning Express with Robin Meade," and offer viewers the unique ability to instantly purchase featured products at exclusive discounts.

"Consumers have demonstrated that they care about compelling stories, that they enjoy learning about great brands, and value genuine deals for premium products," said Markus Reinmund, CEO of Knocking. Reinmund adds, "We're seeing tremendous opportunities for media companies like HLN to generate incremental revenue and engage their audiences in an entirely new manner by offering content that drives immediate viewer action and measurable sales."

"HLN always puts viewers first, and partnering with Knocking helps us meet this goal by combining engaging content with the delivery of exclusive deals for our viewers while also delivering an excellent consumer experience on hlndeals.com,"

said Tim Mallon, SVP, Business Development and Operations for HLN.