Thursday, September 07, 2006

New job for ousted WBRE weatherman

Nearly one month after being fired, former WBRE weather forecaster Vince Sweeney has found a new job outside broadcasting. A press release says he's the new executive director of the Luzerne County SPCA, effective September 18.

There's still no word on where his fellow fired counterpart, Jason Knapp, has ended up. A Google search turns up a same-named fellow doing wrestling play-by-play for College Sports TV, where former WBRE sports anchorman Adam Zucker is now working.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason has done some college hoops PxP so I'd imagine that's him

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Vince! He should have a well developed skill set for working with animals after dealing with the WBRE management for all those years.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can totally see how a weatherman would be qualified for executive director of the Luzerne County SPCA.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince and his wife have spent years doing volunteer work and fundraising for the SPCA.

My guess is his job will involve being the public face of the SPCA, to help coordinate volunteer efforts and keep the SPCA top-of-mind for the public. Who better than Vince Sweeney? Well-liked, well-regarded, a good guy.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you could say Vince wasn't a weatherman (a.k.a. layman's term for meteorologist, i know, i know big difference, stay with me) you could say the only thing the man knows how to "exectuively direct" is food into his mouth, but I am not for tearing a man down. I wish him well.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please allow me the opportunity to thank everyone who has been so supportive during this "interesting" period of my life. Support from the public has been overwhelming, and a good many insiders here on this blog have likewise been terrific.

The SPCA will get my very best, as did my viewers/listeners during my long career in broadcasting. It was a great run, I wouldn't change any of it. Thanks.

Vince Sweeney

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:06...

So that's sarcasm then and you can't see how he'd be qualified? A well-known, well-liked person who's been in the communications business probably 30 or more years, 20 on TV, congenial, friendly, intelligent. Worked with the SPCA for years as a volunteer? You can't see how he'd be qualified, is that what you're saying? You're a dolt then? Or did I read you wrong?

8:48 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

I can totally see how a weatherman would be qualified for executive director of the Luzerne County SPCA.

Well, as others have already noted, Sweeney and his wife have been involved with the SPCA for quite some time, and I'll bet dollars to donuts he learned a few things along the way.

That said, I think the SPCA wants more of a "public face" than an "executive director," to attract more attention and donations to the agency. Given that Sweeney is such a recognizable face around these parts, I think the SPCA made a good pick.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The SPCA will get my very best, as did my viewers/listeners during my long career in broadcasting. It was a great run, I wouldn't change any of it. Thanks.

Vince, as one of your listeners on 107, you left a gaping hole when you left and are sadly missed. Those 7:50 segments were classic. It ain't the same without you. Good luck.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince - you're still a class act.

9:48 PM  
Blogger John said...

To the 9:15 comment...

I couldn't agree more.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweeney's a good guy. He will do well in his new position. Good luck Vince.

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince is truly a class act...and deserves any publicly visible forum he can get. It will be interesting to see when he's interviewed by a 28 reporter for a story.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he has the moxy to pull it off, and I am happy he got the position. I would like to see Mr. Sweeney implement a spay-neuter program going so that residents of the area can get their animals fixed at or near cost. To spay or neuter is extremely expensive, and many who love animals cannot afford the cost to keep our critter population down. Such a program is desperately needed here, and I hope it will become a reality. How 'bout it Mr. Sweeney?

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Executively direct food into his mouth"?
What a rude, thoughtless comment. I like Vince, and personally, I think you must be dealing with some inner turmoil that you have mis-directed. Why insult such a nice guy? Is something bugging you that you wish to divulge???

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Forner Nexstar Victim said...

If 22 or 28 approach Vince for an interview, I hope he turns them down. I hope he gives all the interviews to 16. That will be his way of telling Nexstar to stick it.

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Quote:)
The SPCA will get my very best, as did my viewers/listeners during my long career in broadcasting. It was a great run, I wouldn't change any of it. Thanks.

Vince Sweeney (UNQUOTE)

Good luck Vince from your old WARM Radio working partner.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

I would like to see Mr. Sweeney implement a spay-neuter program going so that residents of the area can get their animals fixed at or near cost.

"Vince said you should spay like this?"

Sorry, it's early and I haven't had my coffee yet.

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If 22 or 28 approach Vince for an interview, I hope he turns them down. I hope he gives all the interviews to 16. That will be his way of telling Nexstar to stick it.
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Vince is a professional. I don't think he would ever think of doing that. any whom would he really be sticking it to....Perry, or whomever the new GM is.......no the reporter or photog one of his former co-workers and probally on of his friends.

Why are people so hatefull? Former Nexstar Victim....get on with your life.

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to hear Vince's Rock 107 interview about his new job and how he felt after being fired... go to rock107.com and find the "podcast" on the front page (which is just an MP3 file you can click on and play and/or download)

4:40 PM  

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