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My Experience

December 12, 2011

December 12

I think most of you can tell by now that I’ve had a great experience interning with WBRE’s PA Live! three times a week. I learned a lot that will help me in my future career.

When I tell people what show I intern with, they want to know what it is like to work with Dave and Monica. First of all, Dave and Monica are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. What you see on the camera is not fake. They are great people with awesome personalities. From day one, they were so supportive of me. They allowed me to try new things and always took my opinions seriously. It was such a pleasure working with both of them. I am so thankful for all the plugs they gave me throughout the weeks. When I was outside helping fry the turkey Dave said on air, “Dom definitely deserves a job here once his internship is over.” Stuff like that really means the world to me. I will miss them both a lot, but I know I’ll still see them.

I hope that I made a difference in the experiences of our guests on the show. I really tried to make sure each and every one of them enjoyed their time at WBRE. When you walked into the doors of WBRE, I was usually there to greet you and ask how your day was going. I would talk to guests about the show and just general topics. Whatever they needed throughout the show, whether it was water or coffee, I got for them. Between myself and Maureen, we escorted all the guests out of the studio. It is very hard coming into a place you’ve never been before so I tried to make all the guests feel welcomed and like they were right at home. I feel like I succeeded in this area, and hope our guests left the studio wanting to come back.

I really enjoyed getting to know the employees of WBRE. Since I spent at least ten or more hours a week in the newsroom, I was able to get to know so many people. Everyone was very nice to me and they treated me as if I were a member of their staff.

I will miss this internship a great deal for many reasons. However, I will always remember the great times I had there over the eleven weeks. I will always remember all of our wonderful guests, the employees of WBRE, and of course Dave and Monica.

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.

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.

Our Last Friday Pep Rally

November 22, 2011

November 4

After tonight’s football games, the normal season of high school football will be over. That also means that today was our last day for pep rallies on the show. It is hard to imagine what Fridays will be like without high school cheerleaders and band members. Fridays are always my busiest days because I have to basically help the high school students with anything that they need. I also have to filter them in and out of the studio throughout the show.

Our last high school to cheer and perform was Meyers. Their band and cheerleaders were energetic and did a great job. They were very excited to try the food at the end of the show. Rodano’s was on the show making eggplant rollentini. The smell lingered through the WBRE newsroom and I couldn’t wait to try it. Because there were so many people on the show, I only got to try a little piece of the eggplant, but it was delicious. My little sample left we wanting more. I will definitely head over to Rodano’s one of these days and order the eggplant instead of always getting pizza and wings.

I wish I could pick a favorite high school, but they all did such a great job. All the students were always thrilled to be on live television. They all had a lot of energy and were so appreciative for the opportunity to be on television. I think one of the highlights for all the schools was eating the delicious food after. Students ate the most the week that Revello’s was on. Most students only take a little bit of food and get on their way. That was not the case when Revello’s was on. The band and cheerleaders stayed until there was no more food left to eat. I will definitely miss this crazy and busy Fridays, but we something similar planned for December.

Veal Oscar, “Footloose” and Country Music

November 21, 2011

November 3

The past couple of days on PA Live! many interesting guests have appeared on the show. On Tuesday, we were treated to the beautiful singing of Madison Woods. When I first brought Madison and her mother to the studio, I thought they looked familiar, but I wasn’t sure. After talking to them for a little while, she asked me if I did theatre with KISS. I finally realized where I knew her from. About five or six years ago, Madison and I were in a play together. I’m surprised she recognized me because I definitely have change over the years. Anyway, she did a great job singing and everyone was impressed with her musical abilities.

For those of you who are fans of “Jersey Shore”, Snooki was on PA Live! through a Skype interview with Monica. Snooki talked about her new book that is coming out and also how to be a guidette. I told Monica she should have asked Snooki what is the best way to get as dark as her. I think this was something for interesting for our local talk show to have a reality show celebrity interview.

In the kitchen on Tuesday was Fire & Ice from Trucksville. They are a well-know restaurant and I always hear rave reviews about the food. On the show he made Veal Oscar. Although I do not eat veal, the food smelled amazing. Everyone who tried it said it tasted as good as it smelled.

Our Thursday show was very busy. We were delighted to have the cast of the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre’s production “Footloose” on the show. About six members from the cast came on the show. Two of the guys acted out a scene for one of the teases. The four girls sang an awesome number from the show. At the end of the segment, they talked about the show. I think it is very interesting to have a local theatre doing this show at the same time the movie is in theatres. They all did a great job on our show and I’m excited to see the live performance next weekend.

Rising Country Music Star Justin Haigh was also on the show. He sang for us one of his hit songs. He did a great job and everyone was awed by his performance. It was so nice to have two musical guests in one show.

In the kitchen was Ellie-Gant Cakes. Ellie was very nice and did a great job on camera. She made a huge cake that all of us enjoyed very much. The slices she cut were so big that some workers at WBRE couldn’t finish the delicious dessert. One interesting thing about Ellie is that she made Doctor Oz’s birthday cake last year.

Our Tuesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 3 shows were packed with great food and entertainment!

My First Day

November 2, 2011

 September 27

My first day on the job began with an interview with Kyla Campbell, WBRE morning news anchor. I scheduled this interview with her for a class assignment prior to getting the internship. Kyla was so nice and provided me with a lot of information about the television reporting industry.

After interviewing Kyla, I met with Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja, hosts of PA Live! They showed me the beautiful set and introduced me to the director, producer, and other WBRE employees.

I was surprised to run into Wilkes Alumni Anthony Dorunda on my first day. He graduated from Wilkes in Spring 2011, and I worked with him during my freshman year with the Wilke’s television show Wilkes World. He is now employed at WBRE. It was great to see another familiar face on my first day.

The show on this Tuesday was very busy. We had our weekly NEPA blogger Harold Jenkins on. Also on the show was the Jeanie Zano Band. I didn’t know Jeanie Pisano personally, but I felt like I knew her. I grew up listening to Jeanie sing at local bazaars when she was with Flaxy Morgan. I also listened to her CD that she released. She has an amazing voice and her songs are great. One song that stands out is the touching Eight Years of Life.

I really enjoyed my first day, and I look forward to working here for the next few months.

Intern at PA Live!

November 2, 2011

September 25

I’m Dominick Costantino, and I’m a sophomore Communications major at Wilkes University. I was thrilled when the opportunity became available to intern at WBRE for their new talk show PA Live! This show features guests from all over northeastern and central Pennsylvania. PA Live! Is the areas only local talk show, which made the internship even more appealing.

In 2005, I was the Poster Child for the Children’s Miracle Network after going through numerous surgeries at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania. The past two years I had the wonderful opportunity to help host the yearly telethon along with another former miracle kid. Since WBRE/WYOU personalities host the telethon, I already knew a lot of people before coming in to start the internship. Dave Kuharchik, host of PA Live!, was a host for the telethon during my first year with Children’s Miracle Network in 2005. I guess you can say I knew Dave for quite some time.

I’m very excited to begin my internship!