ESPN broadcaster Jamie Little has spent her career covering NASCAR and X Games. But she's always had a passion for country music.
Little will get her opportunity this weekend as master of ceremonies for the Outnumber Hunger Live! event, sponsored by AXS TV and Big Machine Label Group, in her hometown of Las Vegas. The platinum-selling trio The Band Perry will headline the show, broadcasting Saturday night, and be joined by label mates Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates and Cassadee Pope.
"I've been a country music fan since I was 8 years old. I remember that it was 1987 and I was listening to the Judds," said Little, who has spent the past 10 years working for ESPN and ABC. "I was also into George Strait, Clint Black and Randy Travis. I'm really excited to meet all these new country artists."
Little graduated with a journalism degree from San Diego State University and has covered the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the NASCAR Nationwide series.
"I know I get to cover races every week and get to interview Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart," Little said. "But this will be special because I'll get to interview these singers that I look up to and admire their work. I'll be like a kid in a candy store."
And the event will help bring awareness to "Outnumber Hunger," the national initiative that helps fight hunger in local communities. About 49 million people around the United States struggle with hunger.
"We're spreading the word and getting the message about the hunger in the United States," Little said, "and we're having fun while doing it."
Little said she's a little nervous about hosting but loves how the worlds of racing and music have come together.
"NASCAR has embraced country music and country music has embraced NASCAR. It's more than a cultural thing. Both have spread nationwide," Little said. "I can't believe I'm getting a chance to do this. We're going to spread the word, and it's going to be beneficial for everyone."