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WVIA-TV's new program Back in the Day takes a nostalgic look at local events and places - premieres May 30
(2014-05-02)
Host Larry Vojtko takes viewers on a nostalgic trip back in time to events and places throughout northeastern Pennsylvania on the broadcast premiere of WVIA’s newest program, “Back in the Day” on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WVIA-TV.
(wvia) - The phrase, "Remember back in the day" always introduces a great story and WVIA's new nostalgia filled original documentary series, "Back in the Day" delivers on that tradition. Take a trip back in time to events and places throughout northeastern Pennsylvania when you watch the premiere episode of "Back in the Day" on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WVIA-TV.

The show includes 6 amazing stories told from the heart by local residents, who were there and experienced the good and bad of each story. Through it all they hold each experience in a special place and we're honored they shared their stories with "Back in the Day." The topics include: The Huber Breaker in Ashley, PA; Kaier's Brewery in Mahanoy City; WARMLAND Days at Rocky Glen Park in Moosic, PA; The Hotel Sterling in Wilkes-Barre, PA; The Pocono Drag Lodge in Bear Creek Township, PA; and The Globe Store in Scranton, PA.

Encore presentations of the premiere episode of "Back in the Day" will be broadcast on Saturday, May 31 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on WVIA-TV.

WVIA would like to thank the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Luzerne County Historical Society and the Mahanoy Area Historical Society for their help in telling the "Back in the Day" stories.

The Huber Breaker is a landmark located in the borough of Ashley, Pennsylvania. The breaker was built in the 1930's and its demolition began in January 2014. Join Bill Best, president of the Huber Breaker Preservation Society, as he talks about the Huber Breaker and its role in our region's rich anthracite history.

For over 100 years in Schuylkill County, Kaier's Brewery was the center of the community and life's blood of Mahanoy City, finally closing its doors in 1968. Join Lou Cameli of Hazleton, a former employee of Kaier's Brewery as he talks about his days working at the once proud brewery.

Radio veteran, Joey Shaver, a former DJ at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton powerhouse radio station W.A.R.M., The Mighty 590, shares his memories of WARMLAND Days at Rocky Glen Park, where local and upcoming bands were featured. He also reminisces about Rocky Glen Park, which was a wholesome family amusement park located in Moosic, PA where families would come for generations.

For more than a century the Hotel Sterling stood proudly along the banks of the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre. Elegance, excellent service, and high cuisine were the hallmarks of the hotel, and it became a chic destination for prominent citizens in the region and the nation. Fred George, former Head Chef at the hotel, gives a chilling description of the former glamour of the Hotel Sterling prior to its demolition in the summer of 2013.

In the 1960s the brothers Perugino built a drag strip in Bear Creek Township, PA and they called it the Pocono Drag Lodge. Though it only operated for less than 8 years, it stirs up some memorable moments for the large number of people, including, 5-time NHRA Champion, Joe Amato who talks about cutting his teeth racing there.

Former buyer Rita Lissefeld talks about her days working at The Globe Store, which was one of the only stores of its kind in Scranton, PA. It had been compared to some of the finer stores of New York City with its large display windows, enormous selection with all of the latest fashions, and its restaurant, the Charlmont.

Do you have a personal story about a local event or place that occurred back in the day? Do you have film, pictures or video of that event or place? If so, WVIA wants to hear from you. To submit your story for consideration for the next episode of "Back in the Day" please e-mail backintheday@wvia.org or call us at 570-602-1146. Be sure to tell us a brief summary of your story including the local event or location along with your name and phone number.

For more information on "Back in the Day" visit http://www.wvia.org/television/local-programs/back-day/.

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