Robin Roberts' Country Roots

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Take a backstage tour with Robin Roberts as she spends time with Tim McGraw and other country stars for a new primetime special, "In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Bright Light, Big Stars. All Access Nashville," airing Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Robin Roberts has had a long love affair with country music, starting as a young girl growing up in the heart of the South.

Fans may be surprised to know that she learned some of the basics of broadcasting while spinning records at a country music station, and that her cowboy boots have been getting a workout ever since. ABC News has unearthed some little-known nuggets about "Good Morning America's" anchor, showing how deep her country roots really go.

While in college, Robin Roberts began her broadcasting career at country radio station WFPR-AM in Hammond, La.

Robin worked with Country Music Hall of Fame's Ralph Emery on WSMV-TV's "Ralph Emery Show" in Nashville, Tenn., from 1986 to 1988.

Robin grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, also home to famous country crooner Chris LeDoux and rocker Jimmy Buffett, who got his start as a country singer in Nashville.

Robin's favorite country song is "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed." "I'm a huge Barbara Mandrell fan ... title says it all," Roberts said.

Robin's most memorable country moment: outhouse races on the "Ralph Emery Show." "It was a hoot," Roberts said.

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