Television show puts Denton in spotlight

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Denton Mayor Pro Tem Pete Kamp is interviewed by Good Morning Texas on the lawn of the Courthouse-on-the-Square Friday May 3, 2013, in Denton. Photo by Al Key/DRC

Members of the Denton community bundled up Friday morning and headed to the downtown Square to show support for their city.

Staff from Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain came out with their cart, and folks with the Denton Community Market set up a tent.

It was 39 degrees.

For days, the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau had spread the word through social media that WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas On the Road team would come to the Square for a live broadcast Friday morning.

Bettie Leonard, 83, stopped by the Square and proudly held her sign.

“I am the model on the bus,” her light-blue sign read.

Leonard, a resident of Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village, decided she would come and show her support for Denton on Friday.

She had found out about the live broadcast the day before.

“Well, it is just a great place,” she said about her reason to go to the Square early with her Lake Forest Village friends.

To prepare for the show’s opening segment, students from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University and cheerleaders from local high schools listened closely to the producer’s instructions. They did stunts for the opening segment.

The UNT Eagle mascot also came out to show his spirit.

Ryan High School cheerleader Susana Hademann, 17, trembled from the cold as she stood next to her team members.

“Today is also my birthday,” Hademann said. “I am excited to be here.”

Hademann said her school’s varsity cheerleading sponsor, Christie Weir, told her about the event and that they needed to be there early in the morning.

“After this, we are all going back to school,” she said.

The show focused briefly on the crowd at 9:17 a.m., and by 9:40 a.m. Mayor Pro Tem Pete Kamp appeared on the segment to introduce city officials and talk about the great things Denton has to offer.

Of the Square, she said: “This is the living room of our community.”

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez


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