Both CBS and ABC closed their week from the Chesapeake Bay. ABC's substitute anchor Elizabeth Vargas made the physician for Tangier, population 600, the network's Person of the Week. David Nichols, honored as Country Doctor of the Year, has to use a helicopter from the mainland to hold a clinic on the Virginia island every Wednesday. "A bit of old Europe in the middle of America," the doctor called it.
On CBS' Assignment America, Steve Hartman profiled the North Neck Virginia Chantey Singers, a choir of former bay fishermen who preserve the traditional working songs that were used to establish a rhythm in unison for pulling up nets by hand. Hartman is attempting to fill great shoes at CBS. After all, one of the most famous On the Road features ever filed by Charles Kuralt, in 1972, was on the gandy dancers, a chantey singing railroad gang lining a curve.
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