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Man Charged with Telling Police He Didn’t Yell Obscenity During WNEP Live Shot


A Scranton, Pa. man has been charged with lying to police about video bombing a WNEP reporter during a live shot.

The Times-Tribune reports, Tyrone Parker, has been charged with falsifying reports after telling police he didn’t yell the lame-o phrase “f#$k her right in the pu%%y!” while Stacy Lange was wrapping up her report on the Scranton ABC affiliate.. He later admitted it was him.

“Lackawanna College joins the community in being disturbed by the behavior of our former student,” Wendy Hinton, Lackawanna College director of external relations, told the Times-Tribune. “The College takes its role of fostering a culture of civility and respect very seriously. As multiple YouTube videos demonstrate, this action was not the result of an original thought, but rather the latest attempt at a viral video prank that speaks to a disturbing trend in our country.”

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WBRE Issues Dress Code Memo to Staff

WBREWBRE, the NBC affiliate in Scranton- Wilkes Barre, Pa, recently sent out an internal memo to let staffers know they need to dress better.

FTV Live reports that anchors, reporters and department heads must now wear suits and ties to the office, while photogs can still get away with jeans (but no more T-shirts).

You can read the full internal memo below, where WBRE news director Jim DePury goes into everything from what exactly constitutes ‘Business Casual’ attire to what to wear when it’s 100+ degrees out. TVSpy has reached out to DePury about the dress code, we’ll update you when we hear back. Read more

Former WNEP Reporter Joins Scranton Police Department

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 10.01.53 AMPaola Giangiacomo, a former reporter for Scranton ABC affiliate WNEP, is joining the Scranton Police Department as its media relations director, reports the Scranton Times-Tribune:

Ms. Giangiacomo will help the department distribute more information to the public and media, including traffic updates and briefings on police capabilities such as the bomb unit and negotiators, Chief Carl Graziano said.

She starts today in the part-time, volunteer position and will also focus on the department’s social media accounts.

WNEP’s ‘Apparently’ Kid Rocks the Internet

He’s gone viral. A five-year-old named Noah Ritter, discovered by a WNEP news crew at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania, grabbed the mic and began riffing on camera about the fair, his family, and life. Apparently:

Utilising the word ‘apparently’ like only a child who just discovered how to use a word can, Noah gave an account of the scariness of the rides along with an insight into how hard it is being a kid and apparently having to watch your dad’s stupid shows all the time.

Apparently this was Noah’s first time on live TV, as he kept reiterating, but he could have fooled us, the kid is a natural.

Christopher Hooton, writing in the UK’s Independent, imagined the start of the day for WNEP reporter Sofia Ojeda and a photographer he calls “Jim”: Read more

WNEP Reporter Gets Face Full of Purse in Interview Attempt

A woman who admitted to posting nude photos of her husband’s girlfriend online did not take kindly to WNEP reporter Bill Wadell trying to get an interview as she came out of court.

First she tried the old “take the microphone” bit. When that didn’t work, she went to her purse and used it to hit the reporter for the Scranton ABC affiliate right in the face.

[FTVLive]

WBRE Host Getting Sued for Alleged Abuse and Unpaid Loans

kuharchik_wbre_croppedThe Scranton Times-Tribune reports WBRE personality Dave Kuharchik is being sued by a former girlfriend after she said the two were involved in an abusive relationship that cost her more than $26,000.

Sharon E. Lynett of Dunmore, PA, said she gave Kuharchik $9,000 after he promised he would marry her after his divorce and grant her equity in his West Wyoming home. She said she also loaned him more than $15,000 to help pay his mortgage.

The meteorologist and host of “PA Live!” for the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, PA, NBC affiliate, is also being accused in the lawsuit of having, “an unreasonable temper…especially after drinking alcohol to excess.”

The Times-Tribune added Kuharchik’s ex-wife filed a “protection from abuse” petition against him in August after she alleged he threatened to kill her while the two were talking on the phone about custody of their three children. The order is in effect until next October.

Sinclair Adds Eight New Age Stations to Broadcast Group

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcasting has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the broadcast assets of eight stations owned by New Age Media or to which New Age provides services for an aggregate price of $90 million.

Since the eight stations are in three markets: Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, PA, Tallahassee, FL, and Gainesville, FL, Sinclair said it plans to sell the license and “certain related assets” of two stations (WSWB and WTLH) in Wilkes-Barre-Scranton and one (WNBW) in Gainesville, FL, to Cunningham Broadcasting and the license of WTLF in Tallahassee to Deerfield Media. You can see the full list of the stations after the jump.

“We are excited to be adding the New Age stations to our portfolio, growing our presence in Pennsylvania and Florida, and further diversifying our affiliation mix,” David Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair said in a statement. “Through each acquisition we continue to capture operating  efficiencies and scale, as well as increase our cash flow for ongoing opportunities.” Read more

Jeweler Files Defamation Lawsuit Against WBRE

A jeweler in Monroe County, Penn. has filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court against WBRE, the NBC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. The Citizens’ Voice has details:

Timothy J. Shadle, owner of All-American Gold and Silver Exchange in Bartonsville, claimed in the federal suit that the station falsely portrayed him as a “scam artist” following his arrest on charges relating to his failure to renew his license to sell precious metals.

Shadle’s filing in county court named the station, parent company Nexstar Broadcasting Group, reporter Laurie Monteforte, news director Jim DePury, and anchors Candice Kelly and Drew Speier as defendants but did not include a complaint with details of his allegations.

Reporter Joe Holden to Join WPXI

After eight years at WBRE in Scranton, Joe Holden is joining WPXI in Pittsburgh, according to the Times Leader.

Holden, a member of WBRE’s investigative team, will sign off from the station on June 27. He begins in Pittsburgh July 1.

“I like talking with people. I love telling their stories, and I really have a special place in my heart for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. … There’s something really unique about this place, and that’s what’s kept me here nearly eight years,” Holden told the Times Leader.

Scranton ABC Affiliate Refuses to Air Dunder Mifflin Ad During the Oscars

WNEP, the ABC affiliate in Scranton, is refusing to air an ad for Dunder Mifflin (video above) during the Oscars on Sunday, “most likely because the fictional brand is too connected to rival network NBC,” AdWeek reports:

A de-fictionalized version of [NBC's "The Office"] paper brand has been sold in real life since 2011 by Staples-owned Quill.com, thanks to a licensing partnership with NBCUniversal. A Quill.com representative tells Adweek that WNEP won’t air the Dunder Mifflin ad “apparently because of the brand’s NBC ties”. WNEP declined to comment on whether it had rejected the ad, citing corporate policy.

Dunder Mifflin aired a similar ad during the Super Bowl on WYOU, Scranton’s CBS affiliate.

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