From the Producers Pod May 11 and 12, 2019

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Hi, it is Jayne Ann Bugda from the Producers Pod!   

Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day to all our Moms and my Mom and Best Friend- Janie!

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever”. ~Author Unknown From the Quote Garden!

    In case you haven’t heard the Eyewitness News Team won three Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards.  On Monday, several of us attended the luncheon at the Hotel Hershey.  

Jayne Ann Bugda, Tim Haberski, Rod Jackson and Crystal Cranmore won for Outstanding TV documentary, ‘Hidden History Honoring Black History Month’. Promotions Director Rebecca Stitzer won a PAB for outstanding promotional announcement ‘Winter Challenge’. And Eyewitness Sports A.J.Donatoni, Robin Deehan, Joe Garrison and Rich Charneski won for Outstanding Coverage of a local sporting event MLB Little League Challenge.

Allow us to brag- check out our Photo Gallery!  We are so very proud of accomplishments!


**Eyewitness News Kristina Shalhoup will be with the Students enrolled in SHINE of Luzerne County at Wilkes University on Saturday, May 11!  The youngsters will cap their year by competing in a STEM Olympiad. Challenges at the event will build on skills learned in the STEAM curriculum the students have worked with during the school year at the after-school centers. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Wilkes University’s Arnaud C. Marts Center, 292 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre.   Kristina is one of the judges!  She will be joined by Rhonda Rabbitt, dean of the School of Education at Wilkes University, Robert Taylor, faculty of practice and chair of engineering at Wilkes University and Matthew Nicholas, mechanical engineer with Power Engineering


And speaking of SHINE!  The SHINE after-school program will be the topic of Sunday’s Newsmakers.    Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick are the hosts of Newsmakers.  They will have as their guests Carol Nicholas,  Director SHINE Luzerne County,  Rachel Miller-Strucko, Director SHINE Carbon/Schuylkill Counties, and Senator John Yudichak.  The panel will discuss the SHINE Program and its many projects.  The after-school program using the project based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum and is very successful.  Senator Yudichak will talk about his strong support for the program and the recent book he co-authored to help benefit the program.   The program airs Sunday, May 12 at 6:30 am on WYOU and on May 19 at 11:30 am on WBRE.


Join Dennis Owens for Sunday’s ‘This Week in Pennsylvania    PA-Treasurer Joe Torsella says if nothing is done.. It’s estimated lack of retirement savings could cost Pennsylvania $14 billion over a 15-year period.. One in three working Pennsylvanians don’t have enough saved.. Or nothing saved for their retirement… That’s something that Treasurer Torsella is working to fix

    This and much more on This Week in Pennsylvania airs Sundays at 6:30 am on WBRE   


*Check out Keystone Creations Exclusively here on PAHomepage-  Eyewitness News Reporter Kristina Shalhoup is your guide some interesting businesses right here in NEPA.

 *Have you check out our new Podcasts?  They are hosted by Nick Toma and produced by Ron Williams.  Interesting topics!   This week the “Big Yellow Bus” with the I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick-


 Jane King’s KA-Ching Report is out.  Click here     Don’t forget to tune in for Jane King’s Reports every morning on Eyewitness News.

   Director Sandy Wisnewski, Haley Bianco and Bryan Scofield checking in with this week’s PA Live Highlights!

     They have another great week of recipes in our PA Live Kitchen! Community events, Style, music and much more!

Don’t forget on Tuesday we try out a new product!  The Tuesday Tryout on PA Live!


Got a Question?

   If you have a veteran’s issue- you can call Judge Tom Munley of Veterans Views at 570-706-7418.  You can also reach Judge Munley on


 If you have a legal question you would like answered by Law and You team of Attorney Greg Fellerman and Attorney Ed Ciarimboli you can call  570-706-7429.   You can also submit a question on


Got a question about your finances?  Financial Forum with Christopher Scalese-   Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 am and Tuesday and Thursday during our 7 pm  Newscast on WYOU


Good News- In Case You Missed It-   Here are some good news and heartfelt stories you can see right here on PAHomepage!

* Anja Whitehead suited and showed off her talents with the ladies Roller Derby Teams in Wilkes-Barre!

*    Brianna Strunk inspired us with a report on the Special Olympic Games held in the Poconos!

*     Rachel Espiallat told us how youngsters are learning about community pride as the take part in Karen’s Heroes program  

 * Kelly Choate also inspired us with a feature story on John Matusek who is marking a milestone — his 100th birthday.

 Don’t forget to check out the Community Link here on PAHomepage.   This Weekend’s Community News Features.

*Cub Scout Pack 247 from Millville is hosting a Huge Rummage Sale/Yard Sale June 1 and 2.

*Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host its annual Spring Native Plant Sale

*    South Schuylkill Garden Club gift to the Orwigsburg Community is ready to be opened to the public. What is that gift you say? It is the Walborn Community Playground Children’s Interactive Garden. The grand opening will be celebrated with a special afternoon of fun activities for children and adults in celebration of the Children’s Garden.

 * Students at Immanuel Christian School are looking to celebrate the school’s 40th year anniversary with a new educational space this coming September. Students are working toward a $50,000 goal for their annual Race for Education on May 3rd and they are challenging the community to match their goal, with an additional zero: $500,000.

 *A Family Fun Night will be held at the Hilton in Scranton, Saturday, May 11 to benefit the St. Jude Research Hospital.  Doors open at 6:30 pm

 *Relay for Life of the Anthracite Region will celebrate with a “Block Party on the Hill” on Saturday, May 11th from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. at Tamaqua Area High School Stadium.  


Join the Team:

   Join the team on Saturday 6 am and 8 am and Sunday Morning at  7 am and 9 am   Brianna Strunk along with  Kevin Derek .    

    Mark Hiller,  Kristina Shalhoup, and Robin Deehan will be here on for Eyewitness News at 6 and 11 (on WBRE/WYOU)

 Producer Katie McMahon

On Sunday, Candice Kelly and Nick Toma, Josh Hodell, – AJ Donatoni for Eyewitness News  –   

    Weekend producers   –   Katey McMahon and Varvara Budetti

  Zack Smith on the Assignment Desk


 Our Eyewitness News Producing Line-Up-  

  Jayne Ann Bugda- Senior Producer PAHomepage  and Eyewitness News at 7 pm 

  Dave Becker  –  Eyewitness News at  11 am and Noon.

  Katherine Lachette- Eyewitness at 5

    Ron Williams –  Social Media

   Rachel Vitale  Eyewitness News  11  – Monday through Thursday
(Eyewitness News 6 and 11-   on Sundays)

 Katey McMahon-  Eyewitness News at 11 Friday and Eyewitness News Saturday 6 and 11

 .Kaitlin Sosnowski-Ayer is your 5 am and 6 am  producer.
   Varvara Budetti (Saturday/Sunday Morning)


What’s on TV Tonight?

 Saturday, May 11, 2019


 Million Dollar Mile at 8 pm;  Ransom at 9 pm and at 10 pm 48 Hours – Finding Peter Chadwick


Stanley Cup Playoffs


Sunday, May 12, 2019

CBS – Sunday Morning

 MEASLES – Dr. Jon LaPook reports on the latest developments in the measles outbreak and the controversy surrounding vaccinating children.


LEGEND – HOWARD STERN – Tracy Smith sits down with legendary radio host Howard Stern, who opens up about a serious health scare, how therapy changed his life, and why he thinks celebrities will talk to him about stuff they share with no other interviewer.


HEY LADY! – Martha Teichner visits the soon to open Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island.


ALEX TREBEK – Jane Pauley catches up with JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek for his first in-depth at home interview since revealing to the world he was battling stage four pancreatic cancer.



FLIGHT OF FANCY – Kris Van Cleave visits the new TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport.


CENTRAL PARK FIVE – Maurice DuBois talks with the men known as the “Central Park Five,” who 30 years ago were wrongfully convicted of a brutal rape and beating and also talks with filmmaker Ava DuVernay about her upcoming Netflix mini-series about them,


ADMIRAL WILLIAM MCRAVEN – David Martin talks with retired US Navy Admiral William McRaven, author of a bestselling book. 


60 Minutes

 Correspondent Bill Whitaker talks about a lawsuit against generic drug makers;

A program brings victims and perpetrators of violence together for healing.



The Red Line, NCIS Los Angeles at 10 pm



Secret Life of Pets, Ellen’s Game of Games, Good Girls at 10 pm

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