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The Baltimore Sun

A Comcast TV morning show will cram everything Annapolis - boats, crabs, Colonial history, the Naval Academy and more - into three hours during a live broadcast Wednesday from City Dock.

Residents are invited to be part of the festivities, which will include a dog fashion show, art appraisals, fresh doughnuts and musical performances, when the crew from CN8's Your Morning arrives to kick off its four-month "Waterfront Tour," a five-part series highlighting tourist destinations on the East Coast.

The show will broadcast live from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. from the top of the Catherine Marie, a 95-foot yacht from Watermark Cruises that will be docked in the harbor, and from the dock, with interviews of notable locals, stops at downtown restaurants and footage shot earlier from local sites and that morning at the academy's Induction Day for freshmen.

"Everyone is invited - please come," said Susan Steckman, a spokeswoman for the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, which has partnered with CN8 for the show.

Boaters are encouraged to port in the harbor to join the festivities, Steckman said.

The Waterfront Tour, sponsored by Nissan, will later bring the CN8 news team to boardwalks in Ocean City and Ocean City, N.J., and to the New England Aquarium in Boston and Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

CN8 spokeswoman Laura Egbert said Annapolis was chosen because of its quaint harbor, historic background, vacation interests and community presence.

"The show will really give a wide scope of the city, not just the dock," Egbert said.

Greg Coy, co-anchor of the morning show, said the show's aim is to introduce people to places they may live near but have not had a chance to visit and to encourage residents to take another look at where they live.

"Annapolis is one of those destinations you really ought to see in your lifetime," Coy said.

To prepare for the show, footage was taken at the Naval Academy, the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races and the historic Hammond-Harwood and William Paca houses, and south of the city at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater. Reporters interviewed Chris Haley, the nephew of Alex Haley, at the Kunta Kinte memorial to share the city's black history.

In May, reporter Jill Horner ate her way down Main Street, visiting Chick & Ruth's Delly and the Annapolis Ice Cream Co., which made a custom flavor called "Your Morning Scoop," which will be served during the broadcast.

During the show, reporters will interview Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, who will declare Wednesday "Your Morning Day," and state Sen. John C. Astle of Annapolis, who will talk about issues facing Maryland. Local newspaper representatives will talk about fun things to do in Annapolis and issues facing the city. CN8 national correspondent Kevin Walsh will be at I-Day, as the new students get their hair cut, don their new uniforms and begin the physical and emotional test of Plebe Summer.

This is not the first time Annapolis has been featured on daytime television, but it is the first time an entire morning show will be focused on the city. A segment of NBC's Today showcased the city during its "Hometown Wedding" feature on Kent Island in 2005, and part of a Good Morning America show on ABC was devoted to Annapolis about four years ago.

All local vendors and organizations are participating in the show on a volunteer basis, many with the hope that the TV footage will help their businesses.

Philip Deloache, of the Annapolis-based chocolatier Deloache Chocolates, will be hand-dipping and molding decorative chocolates during the show. "We're interested in getting all the exposure we can," Deloache said.

'Your Morning'

Highlights of the CN8 network's live broadcast of Your Morning from downtown Annapolis on Wednesday include:

Radio station WRNR-FM broadcasting with live music

A beach fashion show featuring menswear from Laurance Clothing and petwear from Paws Pet Boutique

Phillips Seafood chefs demonstrating the right way to prepare Maryland crabs

Fresh doughnuts from the Fractured Prune Donut Shoppe

Live performances from Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra and magician Eric Henning

Art historian Dr. Lori doing on-site art appraisals

Beads to string for the kids from the Bead Bungalow

SportsTalk 980 host and former NFL player Brian Mitchell

Team members and the mascot of the Bowie Baysox.

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