Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Message Going Out: City Alive, Come and See

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Message Going Out: City Alive, Come and See

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The staff at the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau is spending the next week in sprucing up its offices and finding sites to serve as a television backdrop to prove to the nation that St. Charles survived last year's record-setting flood.

Stephen Powell, director of the bureau, says he is working with a television advance team searching for sites to serve as backdrops for weather reports on the television news show, "Good Morning America." St. Charles will be featured in weather forecasts to be broadcast May 22. The forecasts will come from local meteorologist Dave Murray of KTVI.

In addition, Powell says the bureau is planning to send 30 volunteers in historic costumes to the riverfront in downtown St. Louis on Monday morning, when they will be featured in a live broadcast of the NBC morning television show, "Today."

"They will be on hand to help welcome Gov. Mel Carnahan when he makes his arrival on the riverfront," Powell said. "The governor is scheduled to give a five-minute interview promoting tourism."

Powell says St. Charles and state tourism officials have worked for weeks to arrange for the national media coverage.

"It's only right they come in and do this since the national media was responsible for hurting us last year," he said.

He was referring to the negative and frequently inaccurate national reporting about the extent of the devastation caused by the rampaging Mississippi and Missouri rivers. …

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