Back In The Day

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Back In The Day

Re-Broadcast Tuesday, December 23 at 7pm

The phrase, "Remember Back in the Day when," always introduces a great story. 

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 you to share your story!

WVIA's award winning team is producing "Back in the Day" and we want you to be part of it. It's easy! E-mail us at or call us (570-602-1146) and tell us your story ---- what local event or location it occurred along with your name and phone number.

We look forward to talking with many of you about your stories from "Back in the Day."

Our premiere episode will include stories about 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.

WVIA would like to thank the following organizations for their help in telling the "Back In the Day" stories.

The Lackawanna Historical Society

The Luzerne County Historical Society

The Mahanoy Area Historical Society

The Huber Breaker is a landmark located in the borough of Ashley, Pennsylvania. The current breaker was built in the 1930’s and the demolition of the breaker began in January 2014. Bill Best, president of the Huber Breaker Preservation Society, 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 Mahoney City, finally closing its doors in 1968. Lou Cameli of Hazleton, a former employee of Kaier’s Brewery 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.

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