Monday, September 01, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2721, September 1st, 2014


The late Kevin Jordan. (Photo: Face book).
Our longtime friend Kevin Jordan died Sunday night after a long, arduous battle with lung disease. I had known Kevin since 1975 when we met on the radio trail. He was working at WBAX and then later moved on to WARM. I posted a story about our meeting on my 590 Forever WARM blog site a few years ago and Kevin was both amused and thrilled by what I wrote. In an e mail we commiserated about that car he drove as well as parking in Scranton in the mid 70s. (That story appears in this Edition.
Jordan was a true broadcast reporter who believed that no story was too big or too small to cover. As a Radio reporter he believed that two things were need to excel, accuracy and speed. He always wanted the story first but never hesitated to share any tips or information that would help any broadcasting in search of a story. He knew the consumer was not just a WARM or WYOU audience but any outlet that people were tuning into at the time.
On TV Jordan was a mainstay on the old WDAU and WYOU TV. His on the spot and succinct delivery made him the “go to” guy for News Directors and the “Must Watch” reporter for viewers. A friend of mine, not in the business which makes this compliment all the more important remarked, “You never changed the channel when you heard Kevin Jordan was reporting on a story”.
I got to know him during our 70s and 80s association with the NEPA Professional News Media Association. He was the President, I was the Secretary and the late Ed Hughes was the Treasurer. That Media Association brought in various out of town journalists, had on the record meetings with local and statewide officials and was a training ground for any number of people that were in the media throughout the 70s and 80s. Our “Godfathers” were David DeCosmo and the late Tom Moran of the Times Leader, Sunday Independent and Luzerne County Community College. Jordan was never afraid to take advice from guys who were there on the ground floor.
After broadcasting, Jordan was head of the Election Bureau in Luzerne County and then moved on to private business. We’d e mail and chat on Face book. The topic would always start out on baseball, politics, pop culture or just anything inane….but we always ended up speaking about broadcasting, remembering the old faces and voices, critiquing the new comers. Kevin Jordan was a fun person to be around with an ironic wry wit and a sense of humor. Most of us will smile every time we think of one of his remarks.
This week there will be many Kevin Jordan stories told. He will be remembered well. With his knowledge, drive, passion and ambition, I feel Jordan could have been a player in a major market. Assessing his life’s work, perhaps it is unfortunate for him that he didn’t take that route. However, it is fortunate for us here in Northeastern Pennsylvania that he didn’t. We had the opportunity to see a real professional in our midst. 

Kevin Jordan at the Ted Kennedy for President rally on Public Square in Wilkes Barre in the spring of 1980. (Photo: LuLac archives). 

As a member of the WARM News team, Jordan was always front and center at any story or station event. (Photo: Andy Palumbo blog and Bobby Day Face book page).  

 Screenshot of David DeCosmo and Kevin Jordan who teamed as two reporters for Luzerne and Lackawanna County in the old WDAU TV news days. (Photo: Carl Abraham Tribute page to WDAU TV). 



I first met Kevin Jordan when I was on a College Internship from King’s College with WARM Radio. (Actually they had us go to WARM, WILK, WBRE AM & FM, and WMJW –FM). My first week at WARM was spent with the sales department. (That’s a future WARM Memory). By the second week I was in the newsroom with a very skeptical Jerry Heller who most likely had seen his share of lightweight interns. For the first day I re-wrote news copy and much to my surprise I found that it wasn’t edited that much. The next day I covered Luzerne County with Kitch Loftus. On Wednesday I was told I’d be out with Kevin Jordan, then barely 19 and one of the rising stars of WARM Radio. He was then working the 3 to 11 shift so I killed about 5 hours and then went on the road with him. It was one of those cold January days where the temperature barely broke 12. We sped up 81 to Scranton City Hall for a Council work session. As I stated earlier it was a bitter day but the January sun was blinding. To this day I don’t know how he did it, but he squeezed his little red car (a fire engine red Pinto) into a parking space with little room to spare. The sun was so intense that I swear he parked the car by intuition. In City Hall, Jordan literally lunged for then Mayor Peters, got his sound bite and then spotted Deputy Mayor Jim McNulty who was on the verge of resigning to run the Frank Elliott for Senator campaign. More sound. We then went to the Police Station and in what could only be described as a scene out of Law and Order, Jordan talked with two City Detectives about an ongoing murder investigation. More sound. Not wanting to relinquish his parking spot, we sprinted (when I could sprint) to the Lackawanna County Court House. Jordan saw Commissioner Charlie Luger and got his take on water tables up near Moosic in an area that was destined to be Montage Mountain. More sound. We then paid a visit to Register of Wills Sam Cali asking him about a new state regulation regarding probate of wills for senior citizens. More Sound. We then made our way down to Moosic where there was a small fire at Glenwood Products. Talked to the Fire Chief, water and smoke damage. More sound. In one afternoon Jordan with his trusty recorder got 6 stories for WARM News. He called “sound” in on the fire, aired three of them and back logged two of them for future use on WARM News. We got back to the Studio at 5:30PM, and after a brief lunch break Jordan anchored the WARM newscasts until 11:30PM. It was an amazing display of how WARM News reporters worked. It gave me an insight on how Jerry Heller insisted that a beat be covered efficiently and dare I say prolifically. Jordan was at WARM from 1975-1979. He came from WILK and returned to WILK as News Director. In 1981 WILK won the Joe Snyder Award for the year 1980 as the best medium market radio news department in the state. Jordan says “That was due in no small part from the training I got from guys like Jerry Heller and David DeCosmo” Jordan later went on to anchor and report news on WYOU TV.
It would be my good fortune to interact with Kevin Jordan many times in the future most notably when the Professional News Media Association was in existence. Anyway, back to the story. The next day I walked into the WARM News Department and Heller glanced at me obviously frazzled looking ahead to a busy day of news. “Got your car?” he asked. “Yep” I replied. Hurling a tape recorder at me, he said, “There’s a big meeting down at the Host Inn to plan a visit for this peanut farmer from Georgia that thinks he can be President. Get some sound and then call it in if there’s anything good”. Puzzled, I asked, “How will I know if it’s good?” He replied intently typing, not raising his head, “You were out with Kevin yesterday, you’ll know”. And I did.

The LuLac Edition #2720, September 1st, 2014



Thursday, August 28, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2719, August 28th, 2014


The other night I was lying in bed and listening to WARM The Mighty 590 like I used to do as a boy. There was a deejay on via satellite by the name of Kevin who was doing the rundown of the year 1981. One of the news factoids he presented was that the minimum wage was raised to $3.35 an hour. It has been 33 years since then and the minimum wage is now $7.25 a hour. A raise of $3.90 in three decades. The business people will tell you that if you pay people too much, jobs will be lost. I don’t understand that because even The Wall Street Journal has stated that minimum wage workers only make up 2 percent of the work force.
Since 1994, the US economy has grown nearly 60 percent. This huge increase in productivity is due to automation, the internet, and other improvements in efficiency. But it's also the result of Americans working harder—often without a big boost to their bottom lines. Oh, and meanwhile, corporate profits are up 20 percent
Here’s what I can never, ever understand. If corporate profits are up, why are wages so low? Adding insult to injury is that fact that with wage stagnation, prices have gone through the roof. Wage earners are paying more for goods than ever before with less. Corporate bosses will tell you how their companies need to “compete”, but at the same time they’ll acquire billion dollar companies to “grow” But yet they will do nothing to “grow” their most important resource, people.
It does take money to make a company profitable. But it also takes a workforce too. In the last two decades workers have been getting the short end of the stick because a company will tell those people to take a walk. As a matter of fact, it seems companies want more experienced people to vacate.
State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski gives a great speech on the American worker. He says that he doesn’t begrudge the Executive or business owner getting a brand new car because as the “job creators” proclaim, “they took the risk”. BUT Pashinki reminds all of us that businesses, quality businesses would not exist without dedicated workers. And that worker is one of the reasons why the “job creator” has the new ride.
My conservative friends will chide me and ask, “Did a poor man ever give you a job?” The answer to that is no. But just because the “businessman” did well, doesn’t mean the people supporting his product in sales, on the line and in production need to be kept down.
In my own career, Radio and TV sales commissions went down, not up. Yet mergers created more money in the till. With travel, commissions were cut over and over again. To me it was always counterproductive to slash your sales staff’s ability to make more revenue.
There are many who blame the President on a weak recovery. The fact is economies grow when people buy stuff. But when wages are low, how much can you buy without getting in debt? In the first part of this century, everyone had credit cards (even people who should never have received them) and people spent. But by 2008, the piper had to be paid. The faux middle class was propped up by generous credit which led to predatory practices among the banks.
Our country is now in a recovery but it is not robust. The reason is that the majority of workers who spend money on goods can’t afford them with the wages they are being paid. Most people I know run things into the ground until they break. Not many people are boosting the economy.
The sad but laughable part of all of this is that the titans of industry with the million dollar bonuses are going to have a comeuppance when they start scratching their heads as to why people won’t buy their products. The erosion of wages in this country has for the short term enriched the corporations, on a long term basis it will destroy them. Mainly because when the current young to middle age work force gets everything they need and want, then they’ll stop buying.
So happy Labor Day weekend and when you want to splurge a bit, remember what “they” are paying you and take stock. For the most part union strength in this country is just a distant memory. Bu workers need to form their own personal union. If you buy what you need instead of what you want, the fat cats will wonder why sales are down. They’ll first blame it on their beleaguered sales department because they’ll tell the poor bastards “they’ve lost their passion”. But sooner or later it will compute, the people who buy their for them. When they don’t have money, they’ll only buy the essentials. And they’ll buy CHEAP. And the “job creators” will piss and moan about how they can’t compete with the big box stores! So if they choose to be parsimonious, i.e. cheap, ..they’ll pay in decreased profits. Then they’ll get the message.


If you listened to Tom Wolf talk about wages and his company you’ll know why people are supporting him. This is from Wolf himself on a question Wolf he keeps getting from folks around the state.
People often ask me why I share 20-30 percent of my profits with my employees.
I do it because it's right, but it's also really smart business.
If the company does well, it's not simply the result of my decisions -- it's because our success is the outcome of a lot of people working really hard throughout the enterprise.
I've always believed prosperity is only real when it's shared broadly.
That's true in my company and it's true in an economy the size of Pennsylvania.
I want to be a governor who brings people together and focuses on creating good-paying jobs for the middle class.


Two big deals this week, he’s leading in the polls by almost by almost 2 to 1 and he has received the endorsement of Roberto Clemente Junior.
Tom Wolf with Roberto Clemente, Junior. (Photo: Wolf Facebook page).


Elise Mosca from TV and Twitter. (Photo: Twitter).
Elise Mosca the contestant on the reality show “The Bachelor” is back in class at the Wilkes Barre Area School District. So many people say Mosca does not belong back in the classroom because of being on a reality show. Unreal. Mosca was on a network TV show watched by millions. (A dubious choice if you ask me but people were viewing). She did a video that hit You Tube. A boring video. Compared to some of the alleged conduct of a certain female school teachers, she’s a nun! Let her be. Back to school Ms. Mosca. Best of luck!


So the chicken debate in Luzerne County has now gone to the Planning Commission to see if people in 23 municipalities could keep up to four hens on properties. . The County Council voted 6 to 5 the other night Opposing it were Edd Brominski, Kathy Dobash, Linda McClosky Houck, Eileen Sorokas and Rick Morelli.
When I was a kid growing up in Pittston there was a guy who had chickens in his yard. In a pen. Never bothered me but I was a kid, what did I know. But this week former County Council candidate Mike Giamber penned an e mail regarding this issue. The guy made sense.
The proposed county zoning amendment allowing chickens in certain residential districts may not be a good idea. Poultry should not be allowed within residential areas unless the parcel of land is say at least a couple acres in size and the chickens are kept approximately 100’ or so feet from the nearest lot line. The impact or fallout of allowing poultry/farm animal in populated residential housing areas may cause harm to a community’s desirability factor, property values and nearby neighbors. If the chicken ordinance is approved, it may also open Pandora’s Box. Be prepared for pigs, goats, turkeys and so on. Where do you draw the line regarding farm animals in residential areas?
In addition, I can tell you first hand this County’s Zoning Office is not equipped to enforce existing ordinances and variances. I have several stories and pictures that would (should) shock you.
I ask Council to please consider applying your limited time and energy towards fixing that which is broken, rather than breaking that which is not.

But the quote of the day came from Council member Steve Urban Senior who proclaimed "The point is about freedom, how much freedom are we going to take away from the American people?
Here’s the big secret about this. I can now reveal it. It’s all on Obama!!!! First the chickens, then the guns.



ECTV Live takes a look at the important work of the Scranton Area Foundation on its next schedule of programs which will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd! David DeCosmo hosts the Public Affairs program which can be seen on Comcast CH 19 in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties and CH 61 in some other locations. The program airs throughout the week twice a day.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Shivkumar Hatti from Sequoia Behavioral Healthcare about suicide and depression in the wake of Robin William's death.
Brian speaks with local comedienne Teri Lee Granahan about her comic inspirations and career.
And an encore of Brian's interview with Greg Snyder & Christina Evina form the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society about their upcoming "Light The Night Walk" at PNC Field in Moosic on September 20th.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93 and 7am on Good Times Oldies 590, WARM.



Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.

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Soyuz 15 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut ….NY Met Benny Ayala hits a HR in his 1st at bat..Soyuz 15 returns to Earth………USSR performs underground nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR ..An Express train runs at full speed into Zagreb, Yugoslavia, rail yard killing 15…. Launching of 1st Dutch satellite, ANS, from Vandenberg and US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site……in Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mayor Pet Flaherty discounts the idea that he has too little experience to be a U.S. Senator……and in Lackawanna County the Republican Commissioners Robert Pettinato and Charles Lugar come out in full support of the Lewis Lee ticket in the 1974 Governor’s race…and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was Tell Me Something Good – by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2718, August 25th, 2014


The Luzerne County Republicans had an end of summer get together at Urbanski’s Farms near Nuangola this past Sunday. Chairman Bill Urbanski and his family hosted the event. It was attended by key GOP committee people and a few candidates.
Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser represented Governor Corbett. The Secretary proclaimed that Tom Corbett was a good Governor who actually reduced taxes. Meuser pointed out that Corbett is doing exactly what he said he would do in 2010.
Interestingly enough, Meuser laid the blame for all the tax increases in the Rendell administration not at the Governor himself but at then Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf. Personally I’m not sure that argument will get traction with Wolf supporters. But as current Revenue Secretary, Meuser speaks from his position of authority in the Corbett administration. At the very best, he might persuade some people still on the fence. At the worst, and it may be a best for him, Meuser is an attractive, articulate well spoken representative of the GOP and can be a future star of the future for the GOP on a statewide basis.
Senator Lisa Baker offered some remarks urging the committee people to get an early start on organization.
120th District Representative Aaron Kaufer sent his regrets and 17th District Congressional candidate Dr. David Moylan stopped by the event and greeted the attendees. Moylan arrived late but the hearty GOP contingent sat around until he arrived.
Bill Urbanski in his low key but effective style shepherded the event flawlessly. I got a ride up from my buddy Jimmy O’Meara and on the drive up we compared medications and on the drive back politics in  LuLac land. Jim by the way manned the grill and everything was delicious. O'Meara is currently coordinating  a Third District event for  October 24th at the Dupont VFW on Main Street. More on that in future editions of LuLac. 
These events are very important for a party to organize itself for a tough general election. If I were certain members of the GOP not attending, I’d start to make tracks to the farm whenever there is event. I learned from the late Joe Tirpak, the wily Democratic party warhorse who once told me, “You make a lot of friends over an ear of corn and a hot dog at a summertime picnic table”.
Thanks to Chairman Urbanski for the invite. 

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Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser addresses the crowd as Chairman Urbanski looks on. 
Pat Umbra with Ada Magni and 17th District candidate Dr. David Moylan.
Third District Executive Committee member Par Marranca sits and speaks with Dr. Carl Urbanski. It was great to see and chat with both. Pat and I relived old Pittston days and Dr. Urbanski and I recounted his old days at the Wilkes Barre Chamber.
I had a chance to speak with Arena Authority Board member Alex Milanes. Alex is a regular attendee at these events. 
Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser, Senator Lisa Baker and Party Chair Bill Urbanski.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2717, August 24th, 2014

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED…… the 22 year old cat who was charged with murder and convicted of killing someone at Sherman Hills last year in cold blood. Newspaper reports say he put his hands in his head and said, “I’m only 22”! Did he expect the jury to throw him a parade?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that CityVest decided to hand the Hotel Sterling lot over to the County when the County challenged them on the money being made from parking on the site of the old hotel. Kind of makes you wonder if with CityVest it was just all about the money and nothing else.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that people are not happy with the fact that Hillary Clinton distanced herself from the President on Foreign Policy a bit. Really? Clinton needs to delineate a plan on how to fight the forces that mark my word are coming for us. I think we’ve spent too much time worrying about what certain cultures think about us. We should spend the time on how we should protect ourselves from their rage. They are never going to like us. Plus I think it might be a good thing to torque off the President a bit. It might nudge him into action. Where is he going to go to support a successor? Biden? She should be polite but outline a plan of offense and defense. It will be good for the country and help her win. Clinton was more of a hawk than Obama when she ran in 2008. Politically the time for that was not right, at least for now her views seem in step with what Americans want.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…… a bolt of lightning can reach temperatures hotter than 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit five times hotter than the sun. Plus the city with the largest number of lightning strikes per capita in the U.S. is Clearwater, Florida the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that in the last 7 weeks my American Express card has been hacked into twice. In June there was a charge for $495.00 for perfume in Paris and in early August there were more than two hundred dollars in charges for a pharmacy in Lima, Peru. I caught it, American Express did a fraud alert and things are fine. But please check your bills. The cyber scumbags are out there and you shouldn’t be supporting their sorry asses.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that it has not occurred to anyone in the Obama administration that there are recruits from Europe joining ISIS. So far European leaders are doing nothing to stop these madmen. I think it would behoove the U.S, to join forces with a European partner such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel to essentially become the 21st century Churchill in this situation.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Thomas Jefferson invented the first coat hanger.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that maybe it might have been a good thing that the Obama administration did not rush into Syria. If we had toppled that regime last year, the unintended consequences would have been that we would have aided and abetted ISIS.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….from the “Man am I over reaching department”. AOL reports that Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Friday to dismiss indictments against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
Specifically, the lawyers cited an under representation of African-Americans and people over 70 on juries. In Massachusetts, people over the age of 70 can opt out of jury duty. Three meals and a cot and he has the use of all of his limbs. Living the life. Using the system. The system he terrorized.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that I got a friend request on Face book from the Supreme Pontiff himself Pope Francis. How you going to say no to that????!!!
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the NFL, possessing more money than God wants to charge entertainers to participate in the Half Time show. Are they serious? If I were an entertainer of substance in terms of popularity, I’d say no. You wait, what you will get for a half time show will not be McCartney, the Who, Bruno Mars or Madonna but one of the young upcoming stars on The Voice or American Idol who want to buy their way into fame. I think they should just set up a bunch of Time Life Music Infomercials and take it from there. Or let's go old school!

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that termites eat through wood two times faster when they are listening to rock music.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that the magic of the Pittston Tomato Festival continues. Every year I think of the late Val D’Elia who was one of the founders of the great event. Even with some rain yesterday, the big parade down Main Street was a hit. Here’s our friend Karel Zubris in the WILK van waving to the crowds. 
Great job on Fox TV too by Jane Adnonizio and Parade Chair Lori Nocito doing the parade coverage.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2716, August 21st, 2014

Illustration: JDL UK.
The last few months we’ve seen the terrorist group ISIS hijack the world. There is no negotiating with them. Their mission is to impose a savagery not seen in the world since the 7th century. The latest beheading of Jim Foley the reporter is a perfect example of what this group represents: pretty much nothing but terror. They wanted no money for Foley, no dogmatic statements, no Praise Allah..nothing.
We should give ISIS what they want. Give them the life and tools of the 7th century. During that time Muslim extremists burned anything and anyone who got in their way. We should use all of our fire power to bomb them into the stone age. There will be casualties. But do you want casualties there or on the shores of America?
We should render useless any communication tools they have. If computer hackers can access finances, why can’t we find a way to render their tools useless?
America landed a man on the moon. What does that have to do with ISIS? Plenty. If we could figure out the coordinates to travel from earth to the moon, get there, communicate there and then return safely why can’t we track all of them down and destroy them for good?
America was founded upon revolution has never been good at being proactive with evil. We let it fester until we are forced to do something. Let’s no longer react….but act.
But what if we are condemned for our actions? Really, should we be concerned about that? We are hated and attacked by most of the Muslim world. What’s the point in worrying. Do we want another attack on our shores or do we want to be “liked”?
If I were the President, I’d do my own video. Look into the camera and say, “ISIS, take a good look. In a few days, you’ll be where your behavior will be normal. The 7th century. Enjoy your caves. See ya”.
It can and should be done.


I came across an excellent website that you might be interested in. It’s called STOP HAMAS NOW and you can sign a petition as well as post it on Social Media. Here is the link: Meanwhile, it has been reported that Israel took out three key leaders of Hamas. They should keep going until they kill all of them.


Anytime a young man is shot by police you must call it a tragedy. But this thing happening in Ferguson, Michigan has been a comedy of sad errors that remind us that sometimes Americans are not the smartest people in the room.
The young man killed has had more autopsies on him than JFK did. People are in search of answers. The courts not the public should be the body to answer this riddle.
There have been mistakes all around on this. There have been demonstrations almost every night. I think the point has been made. It is a tragedy. 
But on those demonstrations, let me ask this. Why didn’t Martin Luther King Junior have demonstrations at night? At no time during the Civil Rights movement was there a “night time” demonstration. Just asking!!
What I fear will happen is that it will render any future police action for a legitimate crime useless. Police are there to stop crime. Police are being attacked by imported demonstrators. Are they supposed to not fight back? There are some, even Conservatives saying that the police should be demilitarized. Okay, I can’t see a little town having a huge tank that could have been used in Iraq. But let’s not disarm the cops and make them impotent to fight crime.
There was a suggestion saying that perhaps Police should have cameras on them to record everything. I like that idea. The only people who it will hurt are the criminals and the bad cops, two we can do without.


Former Pittston City Treasurer John Gavigan died the other day at the age of 90. Gavigan served as the City Treasurer for 12 years under the Tom Walsh administration.


If you can manage a set of adults, some who are prone to childish behavior, name calling and questioning of a fellow member’s citizenship, then I have a gig for you. The Arena Authority Board needs someone to babysit some of the kiddos when they have their meetings. The problem has extended to people attending the meetings.
When I saw this story in the newspaper, I thought about the movie “Good Morning Vietnam” . Robin Williams’ character was getting crap from the brass when he was doing his character’s radio show and a Commanding Officer had to step in and say, “It’s only radio”. To the Arena attendees, both appointed and citizenry, “It’s only show business”.

Luzerne County Republicans to hold annual Summer Picnic

The Republican Party of Luzerne County will be hosting its annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Urbanski Farms in Rice Township, 3130 Church Road, conveniently located one quarter mile off the Nuangola Exit (159) on Interstate 81.
Traditional summer picnic food will be provided at this family friendly event. A donation of $10.00 per person is payable at the door.
All candidates, committee persons, elected officials, and supporters of the Republican Party are invited and welcome to attend.
Guests are encouraged to bring a covered dish or dessert.
RSVP (not required but appreciated) to or by calling 570-654-6567.



ECTV Live will focus on plans for La Festa Italiana in Scranton during the week of August 25th, Host David DeCosm welcomes La Festa President and Chairman Chris Dimattio to the program which runs throughout the week on Comcast Ch 19 (61 in some outlying areas).


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Shannon Roche & Dolly Woody from the Komen NEPA Foundation about the 24th annual Race for the Cure in downtown Scranton on September 20th.
Frankie speaks with Rich Pais from CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates about upcoming training to help abused and neglected children in the Wyoming Valley.
And an encore of Brian Hughes' interview with Bob Stanley and Robert Farina from Ballet Northeast about their inaugural benefit golf tournament coming up on Thursday August 28th at the Irem Country Club.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on Good Time Oldies 590, WARM.


This week on Community Forum we'll preview two Labor Day weekend events in Scranton. Mike Remish chats with Chris DiMattio from La Festa Italiana and Dominic Keating from Railfest. You'll hear the program Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on The Game Sports Radio Network, and at 7:30 on 105 The River


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Baton down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.


This there...or be square!

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Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2….Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st team mates inducted to hall of fame on same day…Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold Hurricane/floods ravage Bangladesh, 4,000 killed…..South Korean President Park Chung-Hee escapes assassination………Ramones concert debuts in New York City.................................Nelson Rockefeller selected US Vice President by President Ford………….
 Nelson Rockefeller who served for the duration of the Ford term. (Photo: Time Magazine)
in Pennsylvania the GOP launches attacks on the Shapp administration saying the Democrats have mismanaged the state finances…….in Luzerne County officials meet with Community Development and Department of Transportation officials to repair the Pierce Street Bridge, ravaged after the flood and complete the project in a timely manner..and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was "You're Having My Baby" by Paul Anka.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2715, August 19th, 2014

Your blog editor with Tom Wolf. (Photo: LuLac archives). 
Many people who are trying to make a decision about this year's Pennsylvania Governor's race have questions about Tom Wolf. Even with the abysmal record of Tom Corbett, people still have a need for more information. Maybe this video might clarify a few things.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2714, August 17th, 2014


This week the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival was observed. If you had been alive at the time, you would have seen rock and roll and the immigration of hundreds of thousands of young people invading Bethel, New York as the lead story on the evening news and on the top of the fold in your daily newspaper. I was too young to attend (I was 15 which wasn’t that young at all) but I had no connections who I knew were going there. Many call it the end of the 60s and the last gasp of the hippies. Other just like to regard it as a festival of music of the time.
Woodstock spawned many an FM radio station playing that genre of music and the three record set became a best seller. Most every high school kid I knew owned it.
All of us now in our sixties and beyond remember it as a cultural phenomenon that is still commemorated every five years. In 1970 CSN&Y outlined the event in the Deju Vu LP.


A guy who wasn’t at Woodstock but making his own brand of music in 1969 was Elvis Presley. Finally away from the ridiculous formula movies that his manager Colonel Tom Parker talked him into, Elvis began a significant music journey that would be regarded as his most artistic and contemporary. During this time period Presley even released a song that had some social consciousness.

Presley died in 1977 at the age of 42. I was working at WVIA Radio and TV at the time and saw it come over the news wire with Bill Kelly. Presley is still regarded as one of the seminal figures in rock and roll. After his death in the summer of ’77 a surefire opening line for any single guy in a bar chatting up ladies of a certain age was, “Shame about Elvis wasn’t it?” If they were a fan of The King, you had an even chance that evening for at least coffee at Denny’s.


Steve Furmanski of the Buoys passed away this week. Furmanski was the rhythm guitarist who joined the band in 1967. The Buoys were the band to hire ($1000.00 as I recall) for a dance if your class was having a fundraiser. Furmanski left the band before they hit with their top twenty hit written by Rupert Holmes "Timothy". Furmanski later played in various groups throughout his career.


Your blog editor standing over the grave of Babe Ruth in 1988. (Photo: LuLac archives).
The same day Elvis died was also the same day the great Babe Ruth died. Ruth died in 1948. Even though the Babe was gone 6 years before I came along, I’ve been a fan and consider him to be one of the greatest ball players of all time. In 1988 I took a trip to Yankee Stadium to see the Red Sox and Yanks but on the way stopped at Babe’s grave site at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. It was odd standing at the grave site. I had a very similar feeling when I stood at Thomas Jefferson’s and the Kennedy Brothers site. Babe would have been gone 66 years this week.

GWTW @ WOZ @ 75

My mom graduated high school in 1939 and told me that other than getting out of high school that year, one of the best things that happened to her social life was the plethora of movies that came out that year. She told me that story in later years as the following classics appeared on the small screen. Released in that year were Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, The Women and Goodbye Mr. Chips. A great year for films.


John Savo Senior died late last week. Savo and his sons have Savo Auctioneers, LLC on Kennedy Drive in Archbald. I met Mr. Savo a few years ago when he came down to the house and took some items that I no longer needed or wanted from the LuLac archives, aka attic. He gave me a fair price, worked like a dog and was very personable. Savo and his sons have had a weekly program on WILK Radio Sundays at 2pm which was wildly entertaining with Savo and his sons. I caught the show a few weeks ago and John Senior seemed to be struggling,  but ever the consummate pro carried on. His humor and good grace will be missed. I was glad to meet him.
The Savos were also featured on one of the Cable Channels (National Geographic) a few years ago outlining their business in the Mid Valley. The show was called Auction Packed and featured Savo’s sons, J. Bear and Carlo.