MPT to air documentary on Ocean City life

In a precursor to summer, Maryland Public Television will take beach lovers on a behind-the-scenes tour of Ocean City with its new documentary “Downee Ocean, Hon!”

The one-hour program premieres April 21 at 9 p.m. during the station's Chesapeake Bay Week.

“Downee Ocean, Hon” peeks into Ocean City's rich family traditions and town history. From the sunset on the bay and salt water taffy to the small town’s vivid nightlife, the documentary captures it all.

“We count a lot of different small stories," says Mike English, producer of "Downee Ocean, Hon." "We look at life on the boardwalk, we look at beach life, we look at some of the interesting characters that ocean city is known for…what we’re trying to do is strike a chord with our viewers.”

English says he was inspired by the beach town's memories and reputation as a family fun spot. He said Ocean City residents were very helpful during filming of the documentary. “Every step of the way they welcomed you with open arms.”

Viewers can expect appearances from OC Mayor Rick Meehan; Butch Arbin, Ocean City Beach Patrol captain; and Brooks Trimper, operations manager who continues the legacy of his family business' historic amusement park, Trimpers Rides.

Other show debuts on MPT during Chesapeake Bay Week are “Electric Road Trip,” “Spat: Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay” and “Another Dawn: Tilghman in Transition.”

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