It didn't go off without a hitch and wasn't entirely Chamber of Commerce material, but overall today's Whistle-Stop tour visit of ABC's "Good Morning America" to Niagara Falls was a pretty positive experience for the area.
Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion were incredibly cheerful throughout the show as they enjoyed seeing a rainbow over the Falls, introduced a couple that got married with the Falls as a backdrop and sampled Anchor Bar chicken wings on the train.
After Monday's stock market turmoil, one imagines America needed some cheering up. That said, the overall tone and the featurish nature of the program seemed a little out of place considering the big economic problems facing the country.
Those problems were mostly addressed in the first hour in a taped interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton and with a report on the Tale of Two Cities -- the prospering Falls on the Canadian side and the depressing conditions in certain areas on the American side.
But if "GMA" hadn't been on its tour, one imagines the stock market and the economy would have gotten much more attention.
The opening hours also featured some sound glitches, which the anchors attributed to moisture issues that affected their microphones.
The Chamber of Commerce material about the fun things that can be done in the Falls didn't really arrive until the final half-hour around 8:30 a.m., right before a Cleveland couple was married.
The wedding wasn't the feature that was most likely to cause any waterworks from viewers. The emotional story about a 12-year-old train lover who has lobbied to get a local train accessible to the disabled was the show's most poignant moment even before Ty Pennington of ABC's "Extreme Makeover" surprised the boy by saying his crew was ready to get the job done.
What did you think of the program?
-- Alan Pergament