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My Last Day

December 12, 2011

December 9

When I started my internship and they told it would be eleven weeks, I thought it would last a really long time. Just like everything else in life, time goes by fast. It’s hard to imagine that I spent eleven weeks with the show. On my way to WBRE today, I knew that I had to make the most out of this last day on the job.

When I looked at the board, which says what guests will be on the show, I was excited to see that we were going to have a busy show. I said, “at least I’ll get to work hard for my last show.” The only easy part about today was the kitchen segment was already pre-taped.

On the show, we had Cecelia Mecca from She showed viewers some great gift ideas for the holidays. I believe this was her second time on the show. She does a great job in front of the camera, and I love talking with her. I definitely think they should have her on more often.
In our Your Community Live segment, Steve Perillo from Making a Difference Ministries and Caitlin Czeh from Wilkes University Campus Interfaith came on to talk about a Christmas with a Twist fundraiser to donate gifts to kids. It’s so nice to see faces on the show from Wilkes University. Caitlin did a great job on the air. I had the privilege of interviewing her twice this year for different article I had to write at school.

Steve Perillo and Caitlin Czeh with Monica

One of our weekly guests “Downtown” Justin Brown was on the show talking about Christmas gifts from The Office. I always have a lot of fun talking with Justin, and his segment are always great. This one was especially clever.

Justin and Monica

I got into the holiday spirit during the show today because of the Scranton High School Chorus. They call themselves Knight Rhythms. Their songs were wonderful and they had so much enthusiasm and energy. I was very impressed on how well-behaved they were. Many schools that come in are really loud and don’t listen. The students from Scranton were great and really listened to their teacher and all of us in the studio. When they told me what songs they were going to sing, I didn’t recognize either of them. Once they started singing, the songs were stuck in my head. They harmonized so well together, and I could tell they really enjoyed being on camera.

Scranton Chorus

One of my favorite weekly guests J.W. Colwell did a great job as usual. I could talk with him for hours about movies and just life in general. He always made me laugh every week. I’m really going to miss his enthusiasm and sense of humor. Every week I would tell him the same thing, “I haven’t seen a movie since the summer. Which movie looks good in theatres now?” He always gave great opinions about movies, and I am definitely going to check out some of them over Christmas break.

When the show came to a close today, Dave and Monica brought me on to say a few words. Dave thanked me for everything as he always does. I really didn’t know what to say because I was caught in the moment and it hit me that my internship was over. I think I said something along the lines of, “Thank you so much for everything. I had a great time and this chorus was awesome.” After the show, I got many pictures.


This is a picture of me talking on the air during the show.


PA Live! Kitchen

Sandy (Director of PA Live!)


J.W. Colwell and Justin Brown


Monica yelling "Get out of here. Your internship is over!" 🙂

I helped post video for the last time, and then said my good-byes to everyone at WBRE. I really had a great experience so it was very hard to leave. As I left the building, I knew that I would always remember the great times I had here.





Laughs with Dave Russo and Teri Granahan

December 12, 2011

December 8

Today was my last Thursday with the show. It was a great show filled with a lot of laughs and plenty of food.

In the kitchen was Dave Missey from Smokin’ Vittles. He had enough food on the show today to feed the entire South Franklin Street. I really enjoyed the corn bread and smoked ham. Because I am still getting over a cold, I couldn’t really enjoy the homemade hotdogs and other specialty items. This was Smokin’ Vittles second time on the show and he did a great job. He brought his wife and his son. His son even got to appear on television during the comedy segment.

Dave Missey from Smokin' Vittles

Every Thursday, Ralphie Aversa from 97BHT gives his weekly Ralphie Report. Today he dished on the new Miss PA USA winner and singer Adele’s demands. Ralphie always does such a great job, and I am always amazed at the interviews that he gets with big name celebrities.

The main reason I wanted to get better for this show today was to see comedians Dave Russo and Teri Granahan perform. Both are communication graduates from Wilkes University, and I was involved with their comedy show held at Wilkes tonight. I talked with Teri a lot on the phone for interviews, but I never got to meet her. It was so nice meeting her since I already knew so much about her. It was also really cool to meet Dave Russo. Dave performs at big comic events and comedy clubs around the country. They even brought a studio audience to PA Live! today. The audience was made up of my professor, Doctor Jane Elmes-Crahall and fellow members of Zebra Communication, our public relations agency at Wilkes University.

Doctor Jane Elmes-Crahall with Comedians Dave Russo and Teri Granahan

I think both comedians, Dr. Jane and my fellow classmates had a great time at the show today. One of the benefits was getting to sample the food at the end. There was definitely plenty of it to try.

Group picture!

It was really cool to have comedians on the show because we never had a comedian actually perform one of their routines before. Dave was hilarious and incorporated many aspects of the show. My favorite part was when he incorporated Dave Missey’s son. Our “studio audience” and all the other guests laughed almost the entire time Dave and Teri were on the air. This was a really good segment, and I am so glad I was able to get both of them on the show.

We also had professional dirt-bike racers from the Ama Arenacross series on the show talking about their upcoming event at the Mohegan Sun Area. We definitely had a busy show with a lot of guests.

Members from the Ama Arenacross series talk with Monica

When I was posting video after the show today with Monica, it hit me that my internship is finally coming to an end. I need to make the best out of my last day tomorrow.

Frying a Turkey

December 5, 2011

November 23

Have you ever tried a fried turkey before? Today was the first day I ever had fried turkey and it was delicious.

My assignment for this show was to help Dave with frying the turkey. After reading the instructions, Dave and I were able to get the fire started to heat up the oil. However, I didn’t realize that there was a timer on the fryer. In a half hour, the flame went out because the timer went off. Therefore, Dave and I had to relight this complicated contraption again. Finally, the oil was heating up great. In the first segment of the show, they showed me checking the temperature of the oil. I got a shout-out from Dave and Monica live on the air while outside.

I went inside quick to ask Dave what was coming up next. When I got back outside, the timer went off and the flame went out. One minute before going live on the air, Dave and I had to get the flame going again. With seconds to spare, we got it going. In the segment, Dave talked about how he marinated the turkey and gave tips on frying a turkey. Monica had the fire estinguisher in hand just as a precaution. From about 4:15 until about 4:45, I kept a close eye on the turkey. Within a few minutes, the outer crust was completely black. In the second segment, Dave took the turkey out of the fryer. I must admit that the turkey looked disgusting.

At the end of the show, we all got to taste Dave’s creation. It turned out to be the best turkey I ever had. Even the extremely burnt coating was delicious. Everyone from WBRE came to the studio after the show to try the turkey. This was another new and great experience on the show. I can now say I know how to fry a turkey.  

When I got home tonight, I got a couple text messages and phone calls from people who saw me on the show. It is always great to know that so many people are watching the show.

A Dangerous Show

December 5, 2011

November 22

Our Tuesday shows are usually quiet with a decent amount of guests. When I arrived to the studio today, I found out  there were going to be animals on the show! I like animals so it was no big deal. However, I found out that Clyde Peeling was going to be bringing an alligator, a python and a venomous cobra on the show. The first thing I thought about was what if the animals get loose in the studio.

Around 3:30 in the afternoon, I head to the lobby to greet all of our guests for the day. We had Dr. Nora and a student from TCMC Medical College, David Teret from Ollie’s Restaurant, Chef Kate Gabriele, Harold Jenkins and our reptile guy Clyde Peeling.

David Teret is a very familiar face because I eat at Ollie’s in Edwardsville with my family quite often. While talking to him, I told him how much I love their Duchess Cheese soup. That soup is to die for and everyone I know loves it. He was on the show today to talk about the “Dinners for Kids” program that he started. I think it’s great what he does for the children in our community. I told him I would be seeing him soon at Ollie’s Restaurant.

Harold Jenkins is one of our weekly guests, and I always have great conversations with him. He does a great job with NEPA Blogs and always talks about really interesting blogs on the show. Another familiar face on the show today was Doctor Nora from the TCMC Medical College in Scranton. This was her second time on the show and she always does a great job in her interviews.

In the kitchen was Chef Kate Gabriele. She made turkey risotto. It was a very different dish, but had a great taste and a lot of flavor. It is always nice to taste new recipes and different types of food on the show.

Clyde Peeling appeared on WBRE many years ago. One of the producers remembered a snake trying to get loose. I was worried to say the least. I had to help Clyde carry the snakes from the lobby back to the studio. He had me carry the 60/70 pound python. It was extremely heavy and I was nervous while carrying it because I was afraid I would drop it. The walk from the lobby to the studio is kind of far especially when you are carrying such a large snake.

The interesting part was the venomous cobra. He brought the cobra out last during the show. He asked myself and Maureen to get him an empty trash can in case the snake tries to escape. During the segment, the snake was hissing the entire time. Dave and Monica made sure to stand back really far and I did the same thing. Clyde said a bite from a snake like this could cost someone their life.

At the end of the show, I had to help Clyde carrying the snakes to his car. I opted to carry the alligator. I told him I would not carry the venomous cobra. Although they were in sealed containers, I did not want to risk it. When you would just pass the container, the snake would start hissing.

This was probably one of the most interesting experiences I had on this show so far. Who can say they helped carry snakes in for a television show? These experiences at PA Live! I will remember my entire life.

End of Week 7

November 30, 2011

November 11

It is hard to imagine that I’ve been working with this show for seven weeks now. Our Thursday and Friday shows this week were packed with many guests.

Yesterday, Monica was off so Shannon Murphy filled in. She was nervous prior to the show, but she did a great job. In the kitchen was Mazur’sRestaurant. The chicken scampi that was cooked was delicious. Mr. Mazur brought his wife, mother, and his mother’s friend to watch the show. He was a really nice guy, and he did a great job in front of the camera. I could tell he was thankful for the opportunity to cook on the show.

Dave cooking in the kitchen with Mazur's

We had our weekly Ralphie Report from 97BHT’s Ralphie Aversa. Dave and Shannon interviewed guests about a celebrity champagne brunch and Alzheimer awareness month in two of the segments.

A big name was on the show today! Does Jay McCarroll ring a bell? He was the winner of Project Runway Season 1. He has had a lot of success after winning the show, and he currently has his own clothing and accessories line. The scarf that he had Shannon try on was really nice and I’m thinking about ordering it for my mom for Christmas.

Jay McCarroll

On today’s show, Dave was live on the red carpet at an event in Scranton. Downtown Justin Brown joined him to talk about the weekend’s events.

In addition to Chef Amanda cooking and J.W. Colwell’s movie report, we had a local band perform. They were a big band and brought a lot of people with them. The studio was extremely packed, and I was constantly running to get drinks for our guests. When guests first arrive at the studio, I always offer them a water or coffee. Most guests say no, but some like a little water before going on the show. Today, almost every band member wanted coffee. Even the people who came with them to watch wanted coffee! I guess you can say I got my exercise today and made some great coffee.

The past seven weeks have been great. I really like this internship a lot. Everyone who works here is really nice, and I get to meet so many great people every day. I have about four weeks left.

My Appearance and Election Day

November 30, 2011

November 8

When walking into the newsroom on this election day, I could tell everyone was in a state of frenzy. Someone said election day is the worst day in a television newsroom. I was asked to stay and help tally the results from the election so I put in a long shift today.

On our PA Live! show, we had Trend Hungry Tuesday with Jessie Holeva, information about a cancer benefit for a Schuylkill County toddler, election day preview, and Harold Jenkins with “life” blogs.

Dave and Monica tried to hula hoop on the show. Experts were showing them the best way to hula. Monica was very good at it, but I think Dave needs a little practice. I can’t say anything because I can’t hula hoop either. No matter how much I tried as a kid and even with certain competitions, I could never get the hang of it.

In the kitchen today was Laura’s Sweet Gourmet. She made whole wheat sticky buns. The smell lingered through the studio throughout the entire show. When it was about two minutes before the final taste test, Dave and Monica realized that all the guests were gone and they didn’t have anyone to test the food. They asked me to come on camera and try the whole wheat sticky buns. I must say they were delicious! It was really neat to be on camera. Dave was really nice and introduced me as the intern and told everyone what a great job I’m doing. When I was tasted the treat, I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket. When I went to check it, it was some of my friends who saw the show. I got text messages that said “How’s the sticky bun? and “I see you!”. I was surprised that they watch the show.

After helping clean up and post videos, I left WBRE for a little and went to a meeting for my job. When I walked into the meeting, a few people asked me if that was me who was on television. I guess they were turning the channel on for the news and they saw me. It was great hearing all this because it shows how many people actually watch the show.

After my meeting, I headed back to WBRE to help with Election Night. Monica and I sat at computers and were in charge of calculating the results for about ten different races. One of the races was for the Luzerne County Council. This race was very tricky because there were so many candidates. It was also confusing because so many people thought there was only one Steven Urban running. Most people thought he was just running under both parties. However, it was a father and the son that were running. One needed to look at the middle initial to distinguish the two.

We had to keep checking the latest results on county websites and also by calling polling stations. It was a fun night and something different. It is crucial that we tallied the results as fast and accurately as possible. I’m glad they asked me to help.

My Job at PA Live! #2

November 28, 2011

November 7

One of the great aspects of my internship is that I get to meet so many amazing people. On any given day we have between four and ten guests. My second job at PA Live! is what Dave and Monica like to call “Guest Management”.

Around 3:25 p.m., I go to the lobby of WBRE to welcome all the guests for the show. I talk with them about why they are on the show and just have general conversations. I then ask them if they need anything to drink. (I’ve learned how to make coffee by doing this internship!) Maureen from the sales department helps me in making the guests feel like they are at home. We talk with them and answer any questions that they may have.

At 3:45 p.m., we take all the guests back to the PA Live! studio. Usually we take the musical guests and the chef back earlier for obvious reasons. One of the first reactions I always hear when we take the guests back is “wow, this studio is beautiful”. Many guests love that they are essentially the studio audience for the show. Some will stay the entire show even if they appear early in the show. There are also those guests that once they are done with their segment they want to leave. Maureen and I also help escort all the guests back to the lobby.

Once the show is over, I help the chef clean up and carry their items to their vehicle. Some chefs clean up really fast and some take forever. There was one chef who was out of the building by 5:02 p.m. Then there are also the guests who take a long time to clean everything up. If there are musical guests on the show, I also help them carry their equipment to the parking lot.

“Guest management” is fun because I get to meet so many wonderful people. I really get to know those guests who come on every week. I will miss talking with them once my internship is over.

My Job at PA Live! #1

November 21, 2011

November 1

When I tell everyone I intern at WBRE’s PA Live!, the first thing I get asked is “What do you do there?” I’ve decided to spend a couple entries describing what I do for my internship.

One of my jobs at the intership is to help book guests for the show. My first couple weeks on the job I spent a lot of time calling all restaurants in the area to see if they would come on the show for our cooking segment. Some restaurants were thrilled that they were asked to be on the show and others were rude. If I were a restaurant owner, I would jump on the opportunity to cook on live television and promote my business. After making many calls, I was able to help book up all the empty days that needed a restaurant segment.

In addition to getting guests for the cooking segment, I also search for events going on in the community for the Your Community Live segment. One guest I booked was having a Halloweeen show to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Kate Synder from the Children’s Miracle Network appeared on the show with a member from the halloween show. I knew Kate Synder because of my involvement with the Children’s Miracle Network. I was thrilled that we were able to get her on the show to promote this event.

Every so often, Dave and Monica ask me if I know any local bands or music guests that would be good for the show. Since I’ve been involved in music for a nearly my entire life, I know a lot of people with musical talents. One of my friends and fellow Wilkes classmate Todd Oravic is a member of the local band Just Blush. They have a great high-quality music video so I knew they would be perfect for the show. I suggested the band to Monica and Dave, and after previewing the music video we booked them for the show.

One guest that I was delighted to get on the show was my fellow classmate Faith Lane. Faith, as I mentioned in a previous post, makes homemade sweet potato pies and donates a portion of the proceeds to charity. This November, she is making them and donating money raised to the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive. Because of her great personality and dedication to doing great things for this community, I wanted to give her the opportunity to come on the show and bake her pies. Dave and Monica loved the idea, and we were able to get her on the show. Faith did a great job, and I am thrilled that we were able to get her on the show.

Halloween at PA Live!

November 11, 2011

October 31

I made sure to come in for this special holiday show today. Dave and Monica were dressed in awesome beach attire, PA Live’s parenting guy was dressed as Ben Franklin, and even J.W. Colwell was dressed in costume.

J.W. Colwell, movie guy, told viewers what his favorite scarey movies are. Dr. David Palmiter from Marywood University talked about holiday rituals and the psychological health of a family. Kelly Alexander from The Cake Studio in Dupont made delicious Halloween cake pops.

Here are some of the pictures from the Halloween show:

Monica in her Halloween costume

Monica, Dave, and J.W. in their costumes

Halloween cake made by Cake Studio

End of Halloween show in the kitchen

A Familiar Face on PA Live!

November 2, 2011

October 25

I intern with the show on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Tuesdays are like a Monday to me. I was looking forward to this show because one of my classmates, Faith Lane, was coming on the show today.

Faith owns her own business called Faith’s Homemade Sweet Potato Pies. A portion of the proceeds from her sales goes to charity. This November Faith teamed up with Zebra Communications, the student-run public relations agency at Wilkes University, to help raise money for the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive. Each pie is $10.00 and a portion of each pie goes to this wonderful cause.

I wanted to get Faith on the show because she has such a great personality, and I wanted her to have the opportunity to promote such a wonderful cause. Despite being a little nervous, Faith did a marvelous job during the show. I really liked that she got Monica involved with mixing the pies.

Faith had pies baking in the oven throughout the show. This made the whole studio smell wonderful. The smell reminded me of Thanksgiving and Fall.

I never had a sweet potato pie prior to this show so I was a little skeptical of what it was going to taste like. After an hour of smelling, I was finally able to have my first taste of a sweet potato pie. The pie was delicious. I think the pie was better than a pumpkin pie. That is huge for me to say because pumpkin pies are the only pies I eat at Thanksgiving.

After the show, many from WBRE said that they definitely were going to order a pie from Faith because they liked it so much. I’m ordering a few pies for my family and friends for Thanksgiving.

If you would like to order a delicious pie and help out a great cause at the same time, call Zebra Communications at (570) 408-4158. Orders will be taken until November 11th. Pies will be available for pickup on November 21st and 22nd.