GMA in H-town

Houston native Michael Strahan hosts Good Morning America live in downtown

Houston native Michael Strahan hosts Good Morning America in downtown

Michael Strahan Lara Spencer Good Morning America
Michael Strahan returns to his hometown to host a live Good Morning America Photo courtesy of ABC

Summer in major network television is all about ratings grabs — and that means sometimes taking the show on the road. Case in point: Good Morning America is bringing its popular show to the Bayou City on Wednesday, July 10.

In a recent GMA tease segment, host Michael Strahan revealed H-Town as the destination of the show’s Summer Road Trip tour. “We’re going to my hometown of Houston, Texas!” he declared. He then regaled his co-hosts with plates of barbecue from local spot Demeris Bar-B-Q, noting that the restaurant is owned by his former high school teammate’s family.

The GMA show will broadcast from Discovery Green, with Strahan and co-hosts Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee leading the show from 5-8 am. Houstonians who’d like to take part can attend for free; tickets are required and can be requested via this website.

Local sports fans will recall that Strahan was a stud football prospect when he attended Westbury High School and later Texas Southern University. Long before he became an amiable TV host, the fierce, six-foot-five Strahan became the NFL’s single-season sack leader in 2001 and a Super Bowl champion.

No doubt, the jovial Strahan will delight in those gridiron tales with his hometown crowd on July 10 (and of course, talk some ’cue).