Friday, February 02, 2007


Well, isn't even a week old, and it seems WBRE and WYOU have already screwed up the video on their website. Watch and listen to the following examples of crappy audio.

Earlier video clips, like this one, sound fine, which makes me think someone decided to crank up the volume when they digitized those video clips, and then didn't check their work afterwards. Or maybe they didn't care.

No editor, producer, or news director would let a story with such glaring glitches make it on-air, so why let the same bad quality end up on your website?


Anonymous former nexstar victim said...

Why can't Sook the Schnook hire someone to the job the right way? This is really getting stupid. I'm so sick and tired of reading and hearing about Nexstar and their cheap ass antics. I wish Sook the Schnook would just disappear. Seriously.

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first impulse is to say, "Truly unbelievable." Instead, it's more like, "Truly predictable." Man, could they suck any more if they tried?

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An up to date website is a new thing for WBRE/WYOU. Let's give them some time, but not too much time.

I gave WBRE the benefit of the doubt when it brought back the I-Team. Now, we know it's typical WBRE that often calls daily news coverage an investigation.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just it; They would have to pay someone to fix the garble! It will never happen!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I talked to someone who works there yesterday and apparently the website has not even really launched yet. It's in testing and only about half the site is up and running.

They're not promoting it on air or anywhere else yet and when it is finally done for real and will redirect to it.

Right now that's not the case. Anyone who doesn't read Beale's Bites doesn't even know about it.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:11 AM,

This is the same company that fired Vince Sweeney.

I doubt they will hire someone to do it right.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every new venture has "bugs" to work out. It's still new. Give them a chance to get it right. If this happens a couple months from now, THEN complain. Until it has time to gel, back off and give them some slack.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 2.08 PM...

Then why did Candice just promote the site during the Super Bowl?

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 2:08 PM. I am watching the Super Bowl right now. So far I have seen pahomepage mentioned in every single local break. So far the site is new so I will still be fair and give it a few weeks.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if you watched the Super Bowl last night, they promoted it big time...if you are going to push it like that, you better have the kinks worked out...And so far they don't...
That's typical Nexstar.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Nexstar a chance to get it right? Hey, let's take another pass at that iceberg, maybe this time we can really slam into it.

Nexstar exhausted the right to any second chance within a year of buying WYOU, whatever goodwill they had in this market was gone before they got near Wilkes-Barre. What they did to WBRE is lamentable and pathetic. They deserve nothing. That site blows, just like everything else they do.

And they are indeed advertising the PAHomePage., they seem to be quite proud of it.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one knows about this site besides this blog? What about the plugs DURING THE SUPERBOWL!?!? "It's good to be home" is VO behind the 5 second graphic bump. Plus the WYOU news promos invited people to visit to give their opinion.
Sounds like a roll out if I ever heard one... in perfect half-a$$ed nexstar style of course.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...'s new and has bugs. ALL sites have bugs that need to be worked out.
The best thing WBRE and NEXSTAR did was fire Vince Sweeney. That dude was a cancer in that newsroom for the past 15 years...How much can one man bitch about everything in life? If you ahte it,leave. nexstar just helped him make a decision.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:11 AM (1st poster)

Tired of hearing about them ? Find another blog. No one's holding you at gunpoint to be here.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous former nexstar victim said...

Vince was well-respected and loved by viewers. Nexstar shot themselves in the foot by getting rid of him. Yet, Nexstar always finds a way to shoot themselves in the foot. It never fails. They have ruined WBRE and WYOU.

If they are going to promote the hell out of that website during the Super Bowl, they better have all the bugs and kinks out before promoting it. They are making themselves look stupid. Oh wait, Nexstar is stupid. My mistake.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:21 AM, you mean that they fired Vince just because he was "bitchy" about the company. Wow, you guys must really do treat your employee like shit. Lol, I hope they do all run out the door. I know I would. So would any other employee with more than 5 years experience which is usually the minimum requirement to get a better job elsewhere.

Soon enough Nexstar will learn its lesson that giving low pay and treating employees like crap may pay off now, but it will not pay off in the long run when all of their talented people keep leaving the stations in less than 5 years on the job in disgust.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you wanna put together a "Whiners Club," Vince wouldn't even make the top ten. I worked with him from 2002 to 2004 and might've seen him 5 times in the newsroom. He kept to himself mostly, and was out of the building right after the noon show. People liked him, a lot of them took their problems to him, and his open hatred of ** *****(we shouldn't mention his name here)made him a hero to a lot of people. If you had a problem with the guy, then you worked mornings, and if so, I pretty much know who you are.

Now, back to the topic at hand - the website. It blows, how's that for an adequate description?

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This market is screaming for a really good TV web site. PAHomePage isn't it. It's all over the place. No original content, just a repeat of the bad writing that plagues 22 and 28.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Nexstar has a Web site? Just when I thought nothing can beat sliced bread.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince Sweeney became the biggest whiner and moaner at Nexstar AFTER Al Zobel demoted him--forced him to take a pay cut--and refused to sign him to a new contract.

Vince stuck it out, though, until the 'BRE brain trust fired him to do All-Points kiddie weather.

I'm on Vince's side.

From all the evidence, so is the public. Vince can't walk down the street without someone shouting, "Hey, Vince said it would be like this!"

I hope he's found the happiness he deserves in his new job.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince Sweeney was well-liked by viewers only because they didn't know how much of a miserable prick he was over his last two years or so. His constant bitching and moaning was enough to drag morale down at any station. I seriously wonder if the SPCA has found that out yet. If not, give it time.

The WBRE studio is certainly a brighter place with Mr. Kuharchik at the green wall.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember: "Vince said it would be like this, Vince said it would be like this."

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get the impression from watching all of the local commercial TV outlets that their strategy is thus: jump from one stupid promotion to another stupid promotion and keep going in the same direction.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Vince was well-respected and loved by viewers."

Is your comment based on any type of formal research??

Now, I'm no Vince-hater, but in my opinion, the fact that "Vince said it would be like this" is still spoken in our area is largely because it was a great promotion.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"'Vince was well-respected and loved by viewers.'"

Is your comment based on any type of formal research??"

10:20 AM

Yes. I've seen it. Have you?

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 10:20am: When WNEP did research some years ago, Vince Sweeney was the most recognized and best liked personality at WBRE. He even topped some of the big names at WNEP. Vince's popularity just didn't translate to ratings.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the complete binder full of the research done in 2000 by Al Zobel; that was the "do or die" research, the research that they'd follow to the letter. They(meaning Zobel and Herbster)chose to ignore the research, then spent the next 15 months convincing corporate to "reassign" Sweeney. Remember, they couldn't fire him, the union would have gone to arbitration and prevailed. Keith Martin was the next target, but the backlash over dumping Vince was so great they pulled back, at least for a time. In the interim, Martin saw the handwriting and he split.

Any Nexstar manager that feels they can contradict what I've written can do so, but they won't, because they'd be lying. One of the handful of reasons Zobel was tossed by Nexstar was the Sweeney debacle; it wasn't the only reason, but it was right up there.

As far as the man being a miserable prick, let me say that he had the balls to be just that to those he did not like, and there were a handful of people on that morning staff he held in complete contempt. And they knew who they were...and still do.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Vince was well-respected and loved by viewers.'"

Is your comment based on any type of formal research??"

10:20 AM

Yes. I've seen it. Have you?

Actually, yes I have. BTW, nice comeback... along the lines of "I know you are but what am I?"

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I have the complete binder full of the research..."

Anything on the cover of that thing?

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real Keith Martin Story is a good one, and not at all what most think it is. Martin was shrewd and knew how to beat Nexstar at their own game, at least until he was ready to go on his own terms, not theirs. In brief, he very publicly announced he was more than eager to sign a new contract BEFORE they offered him one. The fact was, they were not going to offer, they wanted to free up his six-figure salary, they also mistakenly believed he didn't want another contract and was ready to walk away. He has to be one of the few who've managed to outwit those people. Hell, he might be the only one.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Greg M. said...

The garble is only because it isn't ully autoplays, but you should stop it, then wait a minute then click works fine then.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:00 a.m. Monday, 2/12: three hours since a truck plunged down an I-81 embankment in Moosic, killing the driver.

WNEP's web site has a full video report. has nothing, not even a write-up.

But hey, I'm giving them time, I'm giving them time.

9:02 AM  

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