‘Good Morning America’ coming, but turnout unknown

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 25, 2008

TV cameras for state and national audiences will be in Vicksburg Friday, but it’s not clear whether locals will have an opportunity to smile and wave.

“Good Morning America,” the ABC morning news and talk program is scheduled to show segments recorded in Vicksburg earlier this month as part of a 50 states in 50 days promotion.

The area affiliate, WAPT of Jackson, will join the network by having a camera position in the city, said WAPT assignment editor John Parker.

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“We’re not encouraging or discouraging people to come out. We’re just promoting ‘Good Morning America’ as an ABC affiliate,” Parker said. If the presidential debate, scheduled for Oxford Friday night, is postponed, Parker said a reporter might be sent to ask for reactions.

Ameristar Casino public relations manager Bess Averett said the company is accommodating requests from TV crews to shoot from its upper parking lot, with the Mississippi River and two bridges as a background. “Good Morning America” appears from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m.