Barbed Wire: Water, water everywhere

Luzerne County residents were screaming H2-Oh no! this past week thanks to the mighty Susquehanna overflowing its banks once again. The dizzying disaster not only affected flood weary homeowners and businesses, though. The local media was also sent into a soggy spiral with The Times Leader having to relocate its newsroom to the Host Inn on Kidder Street. The Citizens’ Voice, in the meantime, was forced to seek higher ground at the lofty East Mountain Inn while the WBRE-TV newsroom had to paddle its way over to the Fox 56 Studios on Route 315.

Talk about a case of musical anchor chairs. Even WVIA-TV threw its rain hat in the mix, broadcasting live reports on the hour every hour with the assistance of local newspaper reporters who jumped in front of the camera during the disaster to update residents affected by the dreaded deluge.

And while it may seem like it was a veritable kumbaya moment amongst regional media types coming together in the wake of disaster, WNEP-TV swam on its own and managed to saturate the airwaves with its own impressive marathon flood coverage as well.

Save for some sketchy helicopter dialogue from WNEP’s Marissa Burke ("Wow. Mud. Bad.") as well as some slapstick camera moments from WBRE’s Candace Kelly, all in all the reporting was stellar with WILK also flooding the FM airwaves with pertinent information and allowing residents to call in live with questions or real-time updates.

Remember, you’ll never get that kind of local coverage from internet bloggers or social media.

Speaking of social media, if you missed the debut of WBRE’s latest foray into afternoon programming, PALive! (weekdays at 4 p.m.), check out the facebook page of Dave Kuharchik, the show’s sunny and smiley co-host. There are snippets of segments posted so you can check out the lofty lineup of all things local television.

He and his sultry sidekick, the motivational Monica Madeja, have welcomed Chef Amanda Liples from Atlantic Fish and Fabulous Foods, Lissa from WKRZ-FM, and even Alan Thicke from Growing Pains fame on their brand, spanking new show. So far, so great Dave and Monica.

Although it may be daunting to fill in the slot formerly held by the queen of TV, Miss Oprah, herself, me thinks you’ll do a great job highlighting all that the region has to offer. Mazel tov!

And a double D mazel to all the thousands who walked, jogged and jiggled this past Saturday in Scranton’s almighty Race for the Cure. The sun was shining and the crowds were smiling as we all walked in solidarity for breast cancer awareness. During my warm up, I spotted Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty flexing his hubba, hubba hamstrings amongst the crowd, while Lackawanna County Commissioner Mikey Washo flexed his jawbone while chatting up friends.

Former WBRE sports god turned state representative Sid Michaels Kavulich also showed up to show his support and I caught him catching up on the industry with WNEP warrior Thom Welby near the starting line. Meanwhile, Magic 93′s Fran Kavulich strutted her stuff as mistress of ceremonies from high atop the Showmobile before the opening shot was sounded. And as we all headed down Wyoming Avenue, bound for Green Ridge, I saw hundreds of friends, fans and foes all along the race route, cheering each and every participant in the glorious 5K.

To E.J. the D.J., a thousand thanks for blasting Springsteen near the finish line. It pulled many of us up the last hill.