Wahoo is about to get another 15 minutes of fame.

Comedian and TV host David Letterman put Wahoo in the national spotlight in 1996 when he named the city the fictional home office of "The Late Show."

Now, if everything goes right, a crew will be in Wahoo in August to film a segment for "Today in America," a nationally syndicated cable show hosted by football legend Terry Bradshaw.

City officials and the Wahoo Chamber and Economic Development office have been working on the film project for several months. It began with a phone call from the show's producers.

"Wahoo has been on their radar screen for quite awhile," Mayor Jerry Johnson said, because of all the civic improvements in recent years and the quality of life in Wahoo, a city of about 4,500 people sandwiched between Lincoln and Omaha.

The mayor said Wahoo has built a new aquatics center, public library and performance/learning center for Wahoo Public Schools. It's also attracted new businesses such as Omaha Steel Castings Co., which plans to build a plant on the city's northeast edge.

"We are in the process of selecting four or five bullet points for (the film crew) to focus on," Johnson said.

Distributed to cable networks such as The Discovery Channel and CNN, the show focuses on positive stories and developments in many areas of American life, including cities and small towns.

Bradshaw, who played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 14 seasons, will not be in Wahoo for any filming, Johnson said.

A crew is scheduled to spend about three days in the city, filming a five-minute segment that will be part of a half-hour program, he said.

The city and economic development officials will provide material for the segment and have the final say on what appears in the film, Johnson said.

"We basically write the script, and they put it in a form they like," Johnson said.

The mayor will be one of two or three possible speakers who will appear in the segment, which will cost about $25,000, he said. The city, chamber and businesses contributed funds.

"We own the film when it is done," Johnson said.

Eventually, officials plan to put the segment on the city's Web site to promote the quality of life in Wahoo, and hopefully, attract more families and small businesses to the area.

Reach Algis J. Laukaitis at 402-473-7243 or alaukaitis@journalstar.com.


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