Manatee County residents arent the only ones who thought Nik Wallendas walk across the Grand Canyon was the coolest thing on TV in the past year.
The CBS Emmy Awards website invited the public to vote for the Top TV Moment of the Year. Wallendas walk was the runaway winner.
He doesnt get an Emmy, but he does get the honor of winning this vote, said Wallenda manager Winston Simone. And its quite an honor because he was up against some really significant television moments, such as the last episode of The Office.
The site gave the public 10 choices for best moment.
Besides Wallendas walk and The Office finale, the choices were the Bob Marley Tribute at the Grammy Awards, coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Super Bowl blackout, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the Golden Globe Awards show, the Mother episode of How I Met Your Mother, the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones, Hurricane Sandy coverage and Kristen Wiigs farewell on Saturday Night Live.
This comment about the poll appeared on Wallendas Facebook page Friday afternoon: We did it! Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda won Emmys top TV moment of the year! Thank you friends, family, and fans for all of your support! I couldnt have done it without you guys! Never give up!
Skywire Live was the title of the Discovery Channels live coverage of Wallendas 22-minute high-wire walk some 1,500 feet above the Grand Canyon on a high wire June 24. He was the first person to attempt the crossing and about 21-million people watched and listened as he completed it.
Wallendas next scheduled walk wont be quite as spectacular. He and his sister, Lijana Wallenda Hernandez, will perform a dual skywalk 140 feet off the ground Oct. 12 prior to the start of the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Theyll begin from opposite ends of a 500-foot cable, crossing paths along the way.
The speedway walk will be about one-third the length and one-seventh the height of the Grand Canyon crossing. But Wallenda, who lives in Bradenton, said crossing the speedway carries its own challenges.
We take every walk seriously, whether its 20 feet off the ground or 200 feet, he said. You cant let up for a second. One of the challenges is entertaining the crowd. I always keep that in mind.
The Charlotte Observer contributed to this story.
Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.