Behind The Scenes

Elliott begins new morning calling

Remember Josh Elliott? He’s the co-anchor who, with Hannah Storm, pioneered live morning SportsCenter programming in August 2008?

Well, ESPN’s Storm and Outside the Lines host Bob Ley remember their former colleague in a segment scheduled to run on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday: the day Elliott makes his GMA debut.

Producer Gary Wynn visited ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus Tuesday with a Boston-based camera crew to interview Storm and Ley for the piece.

They captured Ley on his OTL set, then commandeered Storm’s office where she recounted both the good times, and the better times, she spent with her coffee-sharing partner five says a week.

“I gave them the goods on all of Josh’s quirky morning habits, and then I got emotional,” Storm says of laughing, and crying, during the interview. “He’s getting the opportunity that he has wanted for so long, and I am really happy for him.”

While a few knickknacks were all that had to be moved to make Storm’s office camera-friendly, studio operator Kevin Haskins helped get Ley’s signature OTL logo running in the monitor viewers will see Monday.

“We felt the studio would be the right setting for Bob, but we wanted a little something more intimate for Hannah, and she graciously invited us into her space,” Wynn said.

“In the piece they speak about their time working with Josh at ESPN, and what our GMA audience can expect from the newest member of the team.”

“Josh had said to me that he felt like Tom Sawyer at his own funeral, what with the several weeks from the public announcement of his new job at GMA to his departure from ESPN,” Ley said after the interview.

“I was glad to add another chapter to the eulogy.”

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