January 7, 2011 by USA Post 

Wnep, Such were the words of “The Office” star Steve Carell as he has made official what had long been speculated: he was leaving the successful program of NBC, after this season.

The departure of Mr. Carell was one of the most talked about news stories in 2010. But this was not the only national history that people found interesting.

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has been sent to prison, then at the Betty Ford Clinic, after repeatedly violating his probation. So, after much infighting at NBC, a revolt by members of the network, viewers and advertisers, the network Peacck finally pulled the plug on the experience of Jay Leno am 10.

However, the victim was Conan O’Brien, who was stripped of his duties as host of “Tonight Show,” which the network gave Mr. Leno. Team Coco is now entertaining audiences in the late evening on TBS.

At CNN, Larry King announced he was leaving his show to the iconic late, leaving room for Piers Morgan, which begins in January. Fox News has hired a number of Republican politicians to work at the network and MSNBC Keith Olbermann suspended for making campaign contributions to three Democratic candidates in the elections of 2010.

Sarah Palin has a reality show, while her daughter, Bristol, was dancing with the stars.

Oprah Winfrey announced the end of his syndicated chatfest, but the talk show queen has started a new network to be launched in January.

Howard Stern re-signed with Sirius / XM radio for five years for about half a billion dollars.

On the Web, Facebook has thrived as its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Yahoo laid off a small army of workers in what the company called an attempt to help its bottom line, while better and 590 a share, Google stock has continued to be one of the highest prices.

Of course, the biggest scandal Internet was Wikileaks and imprisonment of its founder, Julian Assange on rape charges shortly after dozens of sensitive information of military government and others have been posted on the site.

The year was a setback for the athletes as a free agent LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carl Crawford and Cliff Lee, who have all signed agreements with several million dollars of new teams.

Speaking of comings and goings, it was important at the local level as long Jock Rock 107 morning John Gasper, who has left the station and his partner, Jay Daniels, after more than 25 years to join morning talk WILK -AM show.

On Independence Day, the station hired Tommy Griffiths, a disc jockey of Virginia, at the head of a team’s morning news, but by Labor Day, Mr. Griffiths has disappeared. A new morning team anchored by veterans Rock 107 The Prospector and Dave Dirienzo replaced him. Meanwhile, Daniels settled in the south of the station slot.

The station has also hired a new CEO, Sandy Gamblin, early spring, only to see him leave before the fall of autumn leaves.

Shamrock Communications were other items on its agenda, including the kickoff of a new era of local radio on September 16 with the launch of FM 92.1, an alternative music station heavy on hits from the 1990s, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lighting tower The Scranton Times Building, which drew thousands of people in downtown Scranton on Thanksgiving.

In the new local TV WNEP-TV continued to dominate the Nielsen ratings, and ABC affiliate showed no signs of slowing.

WBRE-TV launched news 22 hours a Wolf-TV and has also taken a long time station manager Randy Williams, who later took a job outside the industry.

Despite a disastrous economy, newspapers yet proved king of all media, at least in northern Pennsylvania.

According to a report from Scarborough Research multimarket Co., Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area had the highest penetration of adults (63.4 percent) who read a daily newspaper in any market. Honolulu (58.5), Pittsburgh (56.8), Toledo (56.4), and New York (56.2) rounded out the top five.

ABC “World News” anchors Diane Sawyer an exclusive interview with The Times-Tribune in which she showed an affinity for the electric town. And “60 Minutes” anchor Lesley Stahl was instrumental in launching its 20th anniversary season of the show discussing new Sunday magazine with the newspaper.

Others who spoke with The Times-Tribune included boxing promoter Don King, media guru Sir Harold Evans, “Inside Edition” and CNN’s Jim Moret, “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent Diane Dimond, NBC and MSNBC executive Paula Madison entertainment reporter Courtney Hazlett.

Farewell 2010

Bob Feller, Baseball Hall of Fame, died Dec. 15. He was 92.

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, who died Dec. 7. She was 61.

Don Meredith, former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and “Monday Night Football” announcer, died Dec. 5. He was 72.

Leslie Nielsen, the “Airplane!” and “nkd Gun” actor, died Nov. 28. He was 84.

Agostino “Dino De Laurentiis, producer of such films as” Serpico “and” Blue Velvet, “died Nov. 11. He was 91.

Sparky Anderson the first manager to win the world championship series in both leagues died Nov. 4. He was 76.

Denise Borino-Quinn, who played the Mafia wife Ginny Sacrimoni on the HBO series “The Sopranos,” died Oct. 30. She was 46.

Bob Guccione, founder of Pnthouse magazine. Died Oct. 20. He was 79.

Tom Bosley, actor of “Happy Days” fame, died Oct. 19. He was 83.

Barbara Billingsley, better known as June Cleaver in “Leave it to Beaver,” died Oct. 16. She was 94.

Solomon Burke, soul singer, died Oct. 10. He was 70.

Tony Curtis, legendary actor whose many credits include “Some Like It Hot”, died Sept. 26. He was 85.

Eddie Fisher, 1950 icon and ex-husband of Elizabeth Taylor, died Sept. 22. He was 82.

Harold Dow, correspondent and CBS News “48 Hours” reporter, died Aug. 21. He was 62 years.

Bobby Thomson, who struck one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, died Aug. 16. He was 76.

George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, died July 13. He was 80.

Bob Sheppard, the voice of the New York Yankees, died July 11. He was 99.

Bill Aucoin, who discovered the rock band Kiss, has died June 28. He was 66 years.

John Wooden, legendary basketball coach at UCLA, died June 4. He was 99.

Dennis Hopper, “Easy Rider” actor, died May 29 He was 79.

Gary Coleman, star of “Diff’rent Strokes,” died on May 28 He was 42.

Art Linkletter, radio and television personality, died May 26 He was 97.

Robin Roberts, the famous player of the Philadelphia Phillies, died May 6 He was 83.

Ernie Harwell, baseball broadcaster famous, died May 4 He was 92.

Corey Haim, former child actor, died March 10. He was 38 years.

Charlie Wilson, former U.S. congressman, died Feb. 10. He was 76.

Teddy Pendergrass, singer, died Jan. 13. He was 59.

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