Baltimore says, 'Good Morning America'

The bus stops here. And off will step not your average Greyhound passengers, but the well-coifed and -outfitted cast of "Good Morning America" -- Joan Lunden, Charles Gibson and weather forecaster Spencer Christian.

They're visiting tomorrow and Monday as ABC's morning show takes its sixth "Bus Tour," this time to explore Maryland's Chesapeake Bay region.


"The area is important for our history and our culture," says Martin Blair, a "Good Morning America" spokesman. "A lot of people don't even realize how beautiful the Delmarva peninsula is."

The first stop of "The Great Chesapeake Bay Bus Tour" is tomorrow morning, when co-hosts Antonio Mora and Willow Bay will broadcast live in historic Annapolis from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Highlights include a visit to St. Johns College, the U.S. Naval Academy (where the Navy Band will play "The Star-Spangled Banner") and the "Living Classroom" (where city schoolchildren learn boat-building skills and carpentry).


On Monday, Mr. Christian will be in Fells Point to report the weather here and all over America, while Lunden and Gibson take a sailboat across the Chesapeake to St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore. There they will broadcast live from the Chesapeake Maritime Museum and the Inn at Perry Cabin.

The appearance in St. Michaels has kept everyone busy at the museum, says John Ford, its director of operations. For almost three weeks, the "GMA" crew has been taping segments around Michaels to use during Monday's show, he says. "I'm excited they're coming here. It's going to be great," Mr. Ford says. "It will be good for the museum to get our name out in the public like this."

Monday's show (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Channel 13) also will focus on the life of Maryland's watermen and include a "walking tour" of St. Michaels. Joe Siegal will interview local moviemaker John Waters and medical editor Timothy Johnson profiles the microsurgical advance design scientists at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Chef Susan Bell Singer will serve crab dishes both days.

The bus tour continues along the Chesapeake all week with stops at Richmond and Norfolk in Virginia; Washington; New Castle and Georgetown in Delaware; Kennett Square and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.