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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.

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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.

Veteran News Director Paul Stueber Dies

Paul Stueber, a local television veteran who has worked as news director at stations across the country, died December 25 after a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Stueber was a former news director at WBRE and WNEP in Scranton, WEWS in Cleveland, WCIX (now WFOR) in Miami, KWTV in Oklahoma City, WMAR in Baltimore and WEEK in Peoria.

“Paul was the leader in many newsrooms during his time. He paved the way for many broadcast journalists to be successful in the television news business,” a memorial post on WNEP’s Facebook page reads. “He could be tough to deal with times … but he did make us all better at what we do.”

James DePury Named News Director at WBRE

James DePury has been named news director at WBRE, the NBC-affiliate in Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Nexstar Broadcasting announced today.

DePury was most recently the 11 p.m. producer at WGAL, the NBC-affiliate in Lancaster, PA. Prior to that, he was news director at WPMT, the Fox-affiliate in the same market.

“He brings a creative and fresh approach to our operations, intimate knowledge of the region, the state of Pennsylvania and paramount focus to the concerns and issues our viewers face every day,” WBRE VP-GM Robert Bee said in a statement. Read more

Scranton’s WBRE-WYOU Set to Launch in HD

Starting in April, newscasts on WBRE-WYOU, Nexstar’s Scranton duopoly, will be in high definition, the company announced today.

The HD newscasts will launch following “significant investments” in the studio and and production equipment, according to a Nexstar statement. The station was outfitted with new HD cameras, a redesigned studio, enhanced forecasting and weather presentation tools and HD upgrades for master control operations.

CBS-affiliate WYOU will also get two additional newscasts, at noon and 7 p.m. on weekdays, as part of the expansion. In a statement, Nexstar said the changes demonstrate “unwavering dedication to delivering an exceptional experience.”

Robert Bee Named GM of WBRE-WYOU

Robert Bee has been named vice president and general manager of WBRE in Wilkes-Barre-Scranton.  In addition to overseeing the Nexstar Broadcasting-owned NBC-affiliate, Bee will be in charge of WYOU, the market’s CBS-affiliate, based on a joint operating agreement between Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting, which owns WYOU.

Bee has spent the last 18 years working in Pennsylvania broadcasting.  Most recently, he served as director of sales at WTAE in Pittsburgh.  He is replacing Louis Abitabilo, who is retiring.

“Bob has a long-term record of generating exceptional results through his experience and leadership,” Nexstar executive vice president Tim Busch said, in announcing the move.  “He brings to his new position an impressive background in all aspects of our business, having led teams that delivered compelling and effective marketing solutions for local and national advertisers.” Read more

WBRE Set to Launch One-Hour News Show at 4 p.m.

WBRE is set to launch a one-hour local news show at 4:00 p.m., the first of its kind in the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton market.

The new show, titled “PA Live!,” will offer a mix of news and lifestyle content while promoting interactivity with viewers through Facebook and Twitter.

“Based on the feedback and demands of our Northeast Pennsylvania viewers the unique format of ‘PA Live!’ is a natural fit for the market,” said Lou Abitabilo, WBRE’s vice president and general manager, in making the announcement. “The show is going to be unlike anything else produced in this region and will highlight WBRE’s commitment to provide our viewers with convenient, timely and topical lifestyle programming.”

“PA Live!” will be hosted by WBRE reporter Monica Madeja and weathercaster Dave Kuharchik.

The new show will make its debut on September 12th. In the meantime, the NBC-affiliate has launched a new “PA Live!” Facebook page to stoke viewer interest.

Weathercaster Kristi Capel Moving from Wilkes-Barre to Cleveland

Weathercaster Kristi Capel is set to join Cleveland Fox-affiliate WJW after three years with WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

“My whole goal in this business is to keep working hard and keep moving up,” Capel told Wilkes-Barre’s The Times Leader.

Capel, 27, is a former beauty queen who began her TV career at KSPR, in her hometown of Springfield, MO.  She is currently working towards a certificate in meteorology through Mississippi University.

Capel actually started her career wanting to be a sports anchor but fell into weathercasting when a position opened up. “Our weekend meteorologist at my previous station quit, and they asked me to step in for a couple of months while they found someone, and I absolutely fell in love with it,” she told The Times Leader. “It’s so interesting. Something new everyday.”

Video of Capel after the jump… Read more