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By Andy Palumbo


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Apr. 28th
I had the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins game on the car radio as I searched for adventure Friday night.

Something jumped out at me as I listened to Scott Stuccio do the play-by-play. He's really good.

I know I should have written this sooner. The season is nearly over. Unfortunately, listening to hockey on the radio is not part of my routine.

Having worked with Scott many years ago, I knew he was a big hockey fan. After listening Friday night, I was impressed with his knowledge of the sport and more importantly, his enthusiasm.

This is Scott's first season as voice of the Penguins. Let's hope for many more.


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Apr. 25th
I have a rare weekend off, and the weekend morning broadcasts will be in the very capable hands of Norm Jones.

I'm sorry I won't be there to say good-bye to Joe Frischman. He handled audio for the weekend morning news. Joe is moving on to other things. He was great to have around. In addition to being a nice guy, Joe knew how to do a lot of different things at the TV station. In other words, he was a valuable employee.

Joe, thank you and good luck.


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Apr. 24th
Monday was an unusual day. I had the opportunity to work all night and produce "Newswatch 16 This Morning," so my day was free.

I hadn't seen a movie in ages, and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" has been getting good reviews, including three and a half stars from Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. I liked it, though not as much as some of the critics.

I wondered if I was missing some of the laughs, but it was difficult to tell. I often gauge the movie by the reactions of other movie goers, but at the Monday 12:25 pm show, I was the only one in the house!

You'll be impressed by Mila Kunis, who played Jackie in "That 70's Show." Ebert called her "stunningly gorgeous." On top of that, Kunis can act.

This was my first visit to the downtown Scranton cineplex since it was remodeled a few years ago. Yes, I don't get out much. The theater was nice, but the men's room was a mess. The parking garage elevator was filled with trash, but that's the Parking Authority's problem.


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Apr. 23rd
Some post-election thoughts...

The spin has already begun. Clinton beat Obama here in Pennsylvania by ten points. Both sides are claiming victory. Clinton is happy she won another big state. Obama points to how he closed the gap in the last few weeks. The "experts" say Clinton needed not only a win, but a big win. If ten points isn't a big win, it's close. Obama still leads Clinton in the number of delegates. This is a long way from being over.

Hackett beat Meuser in the 10th Congressional District It was close. This was one of the nastiest races in recent history, and that's unfortunate. We all lose when a campaign, on both sides, goes so overwhelmingly negative.

To say the Lackawanna County vote totals trickled in is an understatement. The numbers were shamefully slow. Two people on the radio last night said they talked with a county spokesperson, and questioned her on the lack of updates on the county web site, plus the slow numbers in general. She directed them to a newspaper web site. No. It doesn't work that way. Most counties are doing a great job of informing residents by using the internet. Other counties in our area reported numbers with reasonable speed. This shouldn't have happened.

I know it's more important to get it right rather than get it fast, but it's 2008. There's no reason we shouldn't have both.

This is WNEP photographer Dave Jones shooting video of Sen. Bob Casey voting Tuesday morning.


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Apr. 22nd
Itís finally here, and itís about time.

Today is Pennsylvania Primary day. Itís been six weeks since the last primary election in the U.S., so Pennsylvania has been in the spotlight for the last month and a half. The attention is nice, but all the commercials, all the speeches, all the accusations, all the signs... It wears you down after a while.

Iím not going to launch into a dissertation on negative campaign commercials, but you see them for one reason. They work.

As far as the Clinton/Obama thing goes, itís more than who wins and who loses. The margin of victory will also be important.

All the experts think voter turnout will be heavy today, and that makes me happy. This election is important. They all are.

The polls close at 8:00 pm.

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