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, 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 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 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.


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,"

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

Sunday, March 18, 2018

NCAA Men's Basketball Brackets Busted? Are you ready to bust a move

I challenged CNN's Wolf Blitzer to a March Madness bracket competition a few years ago. The agreement: If had the better bracket, Wolf would have had to step out of the Situation Room and onto our set to anchor sports. If Wolf's bracket was the winner I would have to learn a dance and perform it on the air!

It didn't go well... but I paid off my bet with some nae-nae dance moves. Check it out here...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

St. Jude's Charity Patrick Warburton Golf Tournament Soiree with ME...lotsa photos

The fun continues at the Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament. Saturday celebrities and their partners hit the links at the JW Mariott and Classic Club after a Soiree and auction.

The annual event bringing 75 celebrities to the desert to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Actor Chace Crawford working on his swing on the driving range.

"I'm trying to improve my golf game and it's a sad state of affairs. So we'll see," Crawford said.

And the Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar telling us he might have rocked a little too hard last night.

"I'm always in bed at 10 p.m. and last night I was out a lot later. But I got to see a lot of people that I love and look up to. And music that I grew up on, so for me it was a dream come true," Nayyar said.

"St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, even though its far away in Memphis, everyone is touched and moved by what the hospital does. And the hospital has been there for members of this community," Warburton said.

Every year organizers hope to exceed the previous year's donations. Last year the event raised enough money to run the hospital for a day.

"Over the last seven years, we've raised a total of about $7.2 million, $7.3 million. And last year alone we raised $2.2 million but that's about what it costs a day to keep the doors of the hospital open," Warburton said.

Warburton said he hopes to raise more than $2.2 million this year. The event continues throughout the weekend with tomorrow night's Jam Session and Golf Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

The Warburton Jam kicks off charity golf tournament vids and pix

Steve Augeri, former lead singer of JOURNEY
Jeff (Skunk) Baxter, Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers
John Elefante, former lead singer of KANSAS
Emerson Hart, TONIC
Richard Marx
Robin Meade
Mike Mills, REM
Wally Palmar, ROMANTICS
Jason Scheff, former lead singer of CHICAGO
Sixwire (Andy Childs, John Howard, Steve Mandile, Chuck Tilley, Steve Hornbeak, Kevin Marks)
Mickey Thomas, STARSHIP

The love of golf and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital brought together actor Patrick Warburton and tournament chairman, Clarke Rheney, and in 2010 as teammates at the Schultz Celebrity Golf Classic, the pair dreamed up an event that would blend Patrick’s popularity as a celebrity with Clarke’s deep-rooted knowledge of how to successfully operate golf tournaments. The Coachella Valley desert, with its spectacular surroundings and some of the most revered weather in the country, would serve as the perfect backdrop. Clarke was hooked by the mission of St. Jude at a very young age, after serving the hospital as part of his Eagle Scout project. Growing up near Memphis allowed Clarke many opportunities to be connected to St. Jude, and it’s been close to his heart ever since. Clarke honed his skills in golf tournament operations through a number of roles over the years, including Celebrity Chairman of the Bob Hope Classic and most recently, as part of the Executive Committee in charge of amateur golf for the PGA TOUR’s CareerBuilder Challenge. In 2010, Patrick and his wife Cathy made their first visit to St. Jude to tour the facility and meet some of the patient families. Patrick read to the kids, and Cathy decided to volunteer her artistic talents to paint a mural on one of the walls at the hospital. Moved by the patients they met and the impressive strides that have been made on pediatric cancer survival rates due to St. Jude research, they were eager to partner with Clarke to lead a fundraising effort that became the Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in March 2011. The tournament has grown to include one-of-a-kind music events such as the Songwriter’s Night – the stories behind the stories of some of country’s greatest songs – as well as a rock variety show known as The RheneyPalooza Jam, which features 4+ hours of hits by rock and roll legends and hall-of-famers accompanied by house band Sixwire, made up of some of the best studio musicians in Nashville. Last year, we added the RUSH, which is back again in 2017. The RUSH is a driving experience at the BMW Performance Driving Center West – At the Thermal Club where participants enjoy lead/follow lapping, timed autocross, drag race and a performance drive.