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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.

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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.

Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton-Only Super Bowl Ad

If you’re planning on watching the Super Bowl in Scranton this weekend, you’ll see a commercial that the rest of the country won’t.

Paper company Dunder Mifflin is airing a 30-second spot (watch it below) only in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre market, on CBS affiliate WYOU. The Dunder Mifflin brand name was made famous as the fictional company in NBC’s “The Office,” which takes place in Scranton. Staples manufactures a line of paper with the Dunder Mifflin name under license from NBC’s parent company, Comcast.

The one-market ad buy is similar to a tactic used by Old Milwaukee beer last year. The ad, featuring Will Ferrell, aired only on KNOP in North Platte, Neb.

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WNEP Reports on Child Sex Charges Against Anchor’s Husband: ‘This is a very difficult night for us here’

Scranton ABC affiliate WNEP offered a candid look at a story that hit very close to home on Wednesday’s evening newscast (video above).

“This is a very difficult night for us here at the news station,” anchor Scott Schaffer said. “We learned this afternoon that Mark Kandel, the husband of Newswatch 16′s Marisa Burke, was arrested on charges of sex abuse involving a minor.” Read more

First on Scene: WNEP Anchor Remembers Flight 93

WNEP anchor Jon Meyer remembered being the first reporter on the scene of the crash of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.  Speaking this weekend at a memorial service at the Shanksville, PA field where the plane went down, the anchor for the ABC affiliate in Scranton, shared his memories of that day with a large crowd that included victims’ families, according to the Citizens’ Voice.

 ”My first words were, ‘The only way to describe this scene is haunting,’” Meyer recalled Monday. “I could hear it in my voice all these years later, knowing I stood right next to where so many people died.”

Meyer said, at the time he was a 24-year old reporter working for WJAC in Johnstown.

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WNEP Opening Wyoming Valley Newsroom

Scranton ABC-affiliate WNEP is opening a Wyoming Valley newsroom next month.

The high-definition broadcast facility will be located in Wilkes-Barre, and will be the home base for coverage of the Wyoming Valley, WNEP said in a statement. The station has two other newsrooms, located in the Poconos and in Central Pennsylvania.

“WNEP is committed to covering the news from across our entire viewing area,” WNEP president and general manager Chuck Morgan said in a statement. “We believe the addition of a permanent  newsroom in Wilkes-Barre will enable us to deliver even better news coverage to this very important part of our market.”

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