From the Niagara Falls Review:
Two months after making history, wirewalker Nik Wallenda will be back in Niagara Falls Wednesday.
For an invite-only event at Bravo Pizzeria (7:30 p.m.), Wallenda will have a concrete impression made of his feet, to be placed in the daredevil exhibit at the newly-renovated Niagara Falls Museum.
Wallenda’s walk across the falls on June 15 was the first such stunt in more than a century, and was a ratings smash for ABC, which devoted three hours of prime time coverage to the event. It was the network’s most-watched show on a Friday night in five years. In Canada, where the walk was shown on CTV, it was the biggest non-sports special ever broadcast during the summer. At 10:41 p.m., near the end of Wallenda’s 26-minute walk, nearly seven million Canadians were tuned in.
From an Associated Press story seen on Yahoo! News:
Walking a high wire over Niagara Falls isn’t only a dicey proposition, it turns out it’s pretty pricey, too.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda estimates his history-making, U.S.-to-Canada walk by way of a cable strung over the brink will cost about $1.2 million to $1.3 million. That includes fabrication and installation of the custom-made steel wire, permits and security on both sides of the border, travel, and marketing.
A deal with ABC to televise the event live during prime time Friday will offset some of his expenses, the 33-year-old Wallenda said. “But definitely not anywhere near all of it.”
And the tab seems to grow by the day.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The dramatic beauty of Niagara Falls has long shared its stage with powerful episodes of human drama — from drenching rides on the Maid of the Mist to suicidal jumpers.
The stage gets bigger next month, as aerialist Nik Wallenda attempts to become the first person in more than a century to cross the falls on a high wire.
The eyes of the world will be watching — the Friday, June 15, event will be televised live from 8-11 p.m. on ABC– and the tourism hopes of a region will be riding on the dramatic event.
We knew that ABC was going to broadcast Nik Wallenda’s walk in the US, and now we find out that CTV will be the Canadian broadcaster.
From a CNW press release:
CTV announced today that it is the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of daredevil Nik Wallenda’s death-defying tightrope walk, live from Niagara Falls, on Friday, June 15. Canadians can follow along with Wallenda’s every breath-taking step, in the unprecedented, live two-hour special MEGASTUNTS: MAN ON WIRE: LIVE FROM NIAGARA, airing from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on CTV and simultaneously on CTV Mobile. Kicking off the festivities at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV is an hour-long special devoted to the greatest stunts of all time, MEGASTUNTS: THE GREATEST STUNTS… EVER.
Last week I received an email from the Fallsview Casino Resort.
From the Welland Tribune:
Call it the $10,000 scream.
As seven-year-old Kieran Atkinson prepared for a trip on the Sky Screamer ride at Marineland last August, she wasn’t happy. With dad Tim zooming in with his video camera, she went to say, “I don’t like this ride.” But before she could finish, the thrill ride sent her 320 feet in the air.
As dad kept filming, her voice trailed off into the sky.
Tim and his wife, Anne Marie, thought the 15-second clip was amusing, but it was Anne Marie’s sister-in-law, Susan Creen, who prompted the Niagara Falls couple to submit it to ABC’s long-running show, America’s Funniest Videos.
From there, things happened fast.