For the first time, the Oxbridge journalism class started at the break of dawn. We took the subway to Times Square with our two big posters with only one thing in mind: the live broadcast of ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA). Although we were still groggy, the thought of seeing one of Saturday Night Live’s most famous alumni, Will Ferrell, woke us up quickly. Once we arrived in the area that was reserved for viewers (like us), the energy was palpable. Three quarters of those present had signs and cameras. We didn’t feel as out of place as we did riding the subway with our signs.
We peered through the glass to get a better view of the live broadcast. We felt as if we were in the studio since hair and makeup were done in front of our eyes. After an hour of standing outside speaking with fellow viewers, watching the segments and even meeting Sam Champion (the weather anchor for GMA), speculation came out about Will Ferrell going on air within the next 20 minutes. At this point, we were eager to see the broadcast start. We were handed posters of the movie that Will Ferrell was there to promote (The Campaign). We waved them to the camera, hoping to get our five seconds of fame. He did not disappoint and gave a very funny interview.
After he finished the segment, Robin Roberts (anchor) and Josh Elliot (news anchor) came outside to pose for photos and sign autographs. It was great to see them up close for the first time! The show is a healthy mix of news, entertainment and human interest stories, and it is easy to see why GMA is in a tight race with Today Show for first place in that time slot.