Gov. Schaefer scheduled to sing on CBS show


He may have sworn off goofy hats, but he never said anything about singing in public.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer and a group of workers at the new baseball stadium at Camden Yards will be taped tomorrow singing "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," for airing during the "CBS This Morning" show on May 15.

Tapes of individuals and groups singing the song, which has become the theme of the show featuring Paula Zahn and Harry Smith, are used after a commercial break and before the show resumes at either 7:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m.

The local CBS affiliate, WBAL-TV (Channel 11), had suggested the local group for the musical interlude as a way of highlighting its coverage of Preakness Week, May 10-18.

Mr. Schaefer will be the second governor to do the honors. The governor of Kansas recently played that tune -- which comes from the musical "Oklahoma" -- on the harp, said "CBS This Morning" senior producer John Goodman.

Maryland's governor is "in good company," Mr. Goodman added, noting that Liza Minelli, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Houston Astros are among the once and future singers. About 30 seconds of singing get on the air, he said.

The governor and workers will sing for the cameras around 7:30 a.m. on left field of the emerging stadium, said Tom Ritchie, a program producer at WBAL.

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