Meade and Hammer, conveniently, both work for HLN, which is carrying the show. Meade also grew up in New London, Ohio; is a former Miss Ohio and early in her career worked at WJW (Channel 8).
The official word: HLN, the host network of the annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards show, now in its 40th year, presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, today announces ABC’s Good Morning America’s Sam Champion along with HLN’s own A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade to host this year’s landmark awards show.
Additionally, Kathy Griffin, Rachael Ray, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Erika Slezak, Kristen Alderson, Nancy Lee Grahn, Lindsey Morgan, Freddie Smith, the ladies of “The Talk” including Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, Jason Thompson, Chandler Massey and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood have also been confirmed to present. Teen powerhouse Italian Opera trio – IL Volo is confirmed to perform their hit song, "Mas Que Amor" during the “In Memoriam” tribute.
This year’s host Sam Champion is the weather anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” (M-F, 7-9 a.m. ET) and also serves as weather editor for ABC News. In addition to reporting the national forecast, Champion frequently travels to weather-related stories around the country and globe. Most recently he reported from Moore, Oklahoma after the devastating tornado. Champion is at the forefront of reporting on the environment and climate change. He also hosts “Sea Rescue,” a half-hour weekly television series broadcast nationally on Saturday mornings.
Meade, host of HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” (M-F, 6-10 a.m. ET) and accomplished country artist will sing both best song nominees, “This Day” by Sheryl Crow for “Katie,” and “Good Afternoon” by Little Big Town for “Good Afternoon America.” Her sophomore album “Count On Me” (June 12, 2013 iTunes & Target) comes after her musical debut "Brand New Day" (2011) reached #24 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and won strong praise for the alto.
A.J. Hammer, host of HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight” (M-Th, 11 p.m.– midnight ET), has also been tapped to host this year’s LIVE red carpet special “Showbiz @ The Daytime Emmys” along with HLN’s Christi Paul where they will get one-on-one interviews with the evening’s biggest stars including Rachael Ray, Wayne Brady, Monty Hall, Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert and daytime TV show newcomer Kris Jenner. Meade will host "Morning Express with Robin Meade" live from the Beverly Hilton on Monday, June 17, and will be joined by A.J. for a Daytime Emmy's wrap up, and "Weekend Express with Natasha Curry" will also originate from LA and provide a Daytime Emmy's preview.
Previously announced presenters include some of the biggest names in television, past, present and future including Steve Harvey, Betty White, Wayne Brady, Alex Trebek, Todd Newton and the newest additions to daytime TV, Bethenny Frankel and Kris Jenner. The Young and the Restless’ hot, young stars Max Ehrich, Bryton James and Hunter King were also announced to present with Corbin Bernsen and Jess Walton to introduce the “in memoriam” tribute. Additionally announced, Wayne Brady to present Game Show Icon Monty Hall and Betty White to present Legendary Producer Bob Stewart with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.
2013 marks the landmark 40th anniversary of the Daytime Emmy® Awards, representing four decades of achievement within the Daytime Community. The theme of past, present and future will be a defining constant throughout this year’s monumental telecast honoring this special anniversary.