Mr. Curiosity

From Joe Snedeker's brain, to your ears. Not scared yet? Then "Mr. Curiosity" may just be the podcast for you! Join Joe as he chats with friends and celebrities from in and around Northeastern & Central Pennsylvania. "Mr. Curiosity" promises to be entertaining, educational, goofy, and everything in between.

Comedy Interviews
The Valerie Smock Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe dives deep into the world of WNEP's Valerie Smock! Just how many "hats" can one person wear? Mom, Wife, Air Force Reserve, Military Police, Anchor, Producer, Journalist, Reporter, Meteorologist... AND, let's not forget, former girlfriend in a toxic relationship. She's worn them all!! Peel back your ears and get ready for this one.
50 min
The Badlees' Pete Palladino Episode
In this epic episode, Joe talks with the dynamic and energetic frontman of The Badlees, Pete Palladino! Yes, The Badlees, one of the most notable roots/Americana rock bands ever AND a band originating right here in WNEP-land back in the 1990s. Pete discusses the band's history, tales of touring with Bob Seger, Jimmy Page and more! The Big question… just who is ANGELINE and where is she coming home from? Joe also reveals his man-crush on Pete and provides details on the band’s latest adventures, including their live gig later this month in Harrisburg! Let your ears explode with sonic joy from one of the best bands to ever emerge from Pennsylvania, but only after you listen to THIS PODCAST!
61 min
The Stacy Lange Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe talks with WNEP’s Stacy Lange. Hear all about her life arc, from her lost cat, time spent as Miss Comet, wearing the marching band fuzzy hat, to busting out of Syracuse University and returning to NEPA. She also discusses her “trick” to being hired at WNEP over a decade ago and her thoughts on reporting vs. anchoring, snow, hair, motherhood and even Joe? But what about the lost cat?!?
44 min
The Guy Palmer Episode
Sales representative? Product specialist? Salesman? Salesperson? Just what do you call a guy named Guy who sells cars? In this Mr. Curiosity, Joe talks with Guy Palmer, a man who knows the car business and who has been entrenched in it locally for decades! Hear about the smartest ways for you to buy, sell and get an automobile! The dynamics of putting you behind a steering wheel have surely changed in recent years, Guy and Joe dive in with discussions of supply-chain issues, electric cars, financing, Carvana and even weird things left behind in trade-in vehicles!
59 min
The Samantha Ruddy Episode
In this Mr. Curiosity, Joe talks with Lackawanna County native Samantha Ruddy. Samantha tells jokes, writes funny stuff, and weasels her way into your heart with her gay girl-next-door charm.
47 min
The Jon Meyer Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe talks to colleague, friend, morning co-anchor and all-around great guy Jon Meyer! Not only does Jon recap his life, but how EVERYTHING has changed with his new work shift to the early mornings at WNEP. What about the wife, the kids, the eating habits and his honest thoughts on working with the sometimes eccentric and unpredictable Joe? Jon also answers YOUR questions submitted through Facebook and email in our Brown Bag Segment. Does being a dancer really make you a better lover?!? WHAT?!?
55 min
The Wise Crackers Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe connects with Nick Bruce who runs Wise Crackers Comedy Club. Nick has great stories all of the famous comedians he and his comedic legend dad Scott Bruce have laughed it up with over the years. How many people have a baby picture sitting with Rodney Dangerfield!? Here all about it and the not-so-funny side of the comedic universe too! Wise Crackers Comedy Club is ready for your funny side each weekend, right here in NEPA and also ready to help you raise money for your worthy causes. Ready, set.......laugh!
56 min
The John Maday Episode
John Maday, head of the Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks Committee and president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association and Joe go in the WAY-BACK machine and discuss how a War Baby becomes a river and community advocate! John tells personal stories of the most transformative decade (the 1960s), smelling and sandbagging through the Agnes Flood (50th Anniversary) and how he's helped his community passionately without a paycheck or wife for years!? One thing he WILL NOT DO... wait In lines! Ears ready... GO!
63 min
The Mohegan Sun Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe talks with Mohegan Sun Pocono Vice President of Marketing, Dave Parfrey and radio host and General Manager of Bold Gold Media, Michael G. Stanton. It's SUMMER 2022 and that means free concerts at the Mohegan Sun's Party on The Patio! Get the inside story on how the Concert series went from an experiment to an iconic event of NEPA. The concert list, fishbowl D.J, Eagle-impersonating and more are all waiting for YOUR EARS!
38 min
The Andy Palumbo Episode
In the latest edition of Mr. Curiosity, Joe talks with his....uh....friend, adversary, coworker, colleague, acquaintance.... just what is the relationship between Joe Snedeker and Andy Palumbo!?!? Andy discusses his deep and rich history in both radio and television, how he evolved through many formats, trends, people and places, even getting "fired" five times in the process. You've seen Andy and Joe work together on WNEP, often in diluted strife, now hear them in a more honest, real and dare I say fond bond of brotherhood!?!? Pop your ears and get ready listen!
64 min
The Knoebels Episode
Knoebel's Amusement Resort... need I say more!?!? Mr. Curiosity gets deep into the history, evolution and behind-the-scene operations of this legendary amusement park with the Great Grandson himself Brian Knoebel! From a Tally-ho to the "double out and back" Phoenix, the park is nearing its 100th anniversary! It's your chance to take an audible thrill ride with Brian and Joe. Seatbelt on, ears tuned... GO!
58 min
The Harry's U-Pull It Episode
From the world-famous Harry's U-Pull It, we have Joe and Tracy Kress discussing everything about auto salvage. WAIT, it may sound boring but it's not! Joe Kress, being the great (maybe great, great) grandson of the over 100-year-old business, shares tales of how the business evolved and changed over the years. What will happen to YOUR car when its time has come? How are car parts recycled? Care to shred? Who is Harry? What about the iconic commercials? How do you actually "PULL" apart and who would wait in line hours to do it? Find out all of this and more, including how Howard Stern's people got involved in the Hazleton-area business. You'll learn, you'll laugh and you may even save big money on your future car parts. You can't recycle your ears, but you can use them to listen to this episode and help planet earth in the process of auto-salvage.
53 min
The EJ The DJ Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe rubs elbows with big time Hollywood actor (kind of) E.J. Dougher, AKA EJ The DJ. Is he an actor, baseball stud, entertainer, DJ, waiter or what? Listen to his tales of evolving through all of those roles from Scranton to Irving, California over the last few decades! Not many Scranton natives have their own IMDB while running their own successful DJ business, smiling and dancing through it all! Give your ears some love!
59 min
The Funeral Director Episode
Mr. Curiosity gets deep, inquisitive, and informative, but not too dark as Joe and funeral director Joseph Scotchlas discuss death, burial, embalming, rigor mortis, and all that goes with the processes of THE END that most all of us will deal with someday. Not only will you be deeply informed and more prepared, but may even laugh periodically with a few of Mr. Curiosity’s bizarre scenarios. Don’t worry, Joe Scotchlas remains professional, knowledgeable, steadfast, and unflappable, even when confronted with a fatal snakebite on a remote section off the Appalachian Trail. It’s time for you to confront death… productively!
49 min
The José the Dysfunctional Leprechaun Episode
Hey, it's March, AND... the week of St. Patrick's Day! Let's have some fun with José the Dysfunctional Leprechaun! José and Joe answer all of the bizarre and invasive WNEP viewer questions. José's secretive life is revealed, from his favorite foods to his complex and disturbed upbringing. Have some laughs, we all need it more than ever!
53 min
The Nikki Krize Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe spends time with WNEP’s Nikki Krize. Her fake-sounding name, passion for reporting, bird love and... hearing the silent screams of lobsters while her waitressing tips accumulated! She’s got the western parts of WNEP-land covered with journalistic integrity and will capture your heart with her ten-year veteran reporter stories!
56 min
The PennDOT Pothole Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe talks potholes, female plow drivers, gas taxes and oh so much more with PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator Jessica Ruddy. Jessica gives you the no-spin insight of just how PennDOT handles snowstorms and transportation projects and somehow manages to deflect Joe’s attempts to bring her down into his snake pit of cynicism! Sure Pennsylvania’s roads aren’t perfect, but what is? Perhaps only Jessica’s teeth? Give your ears some love and check out this and all episodes!
49 min
The Dr. Lori Episode
In this episode, Joe talks with Lori Ann Verderame, known professionally as Dr. Lori. She's so BIG-TIME, she even has her own Wiki Page!  Listen to Dr. Lori's tales from being an appraiser of antiques, collectibles, and fine art; a National television pe...
59 min
The NEPA Pizza Review Episode
Start the New Year with Pizza, not resolutions! Joe chats with passionate pizza reviewer Jim Mirabelli from NEPA Pizza Review. This guy KNOWS and loves pizza! The discussion evolves from ketchup and cheese on bread to corporate pizza and then dives deep ...
58 min
The Rusty Fender Returns Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe catches up with the fast-moving Dale Mikolaczyk, AKA Rusty Fender, or whatever his new fake name is. He's smart, opinionated, charismatic, hard-working and always on the go, whether it be calculating fuel expenditure...
78 min
The Thom Welby Episode
State Representative of the 113th District, Lackawanna County Thom Welby discusses being one of 12 (or is it 13?) siblings, working at the US Post Office, his old DJ days wearing a jumpsuit during the birth of local FM rock radio, and most importantly, h...
61 min
The Elizabeth Worthington Episode
WNEP’s Elizabeth Worthington educates Joe on her catholic school girl upbringing in Philadelphia, psychiatrist grandfather, college ambiguity and her drive to play direct, professional “verbal volleyball” with other humans! This multimedia journalist may...
53 min
The Dr. Deom Episode
Joe and Dr. James Deom, Optometrist at Hazleton Eye Specialists discuss everything from serious eye care to not-so-serious eyeball dissections and Joe's cheap habit of buying frames and glasses online! Learn, laugh and give your eyes some love!
68 min
The Sherman Burdette Episode
In this episode, Joe Snedeker and Newswatch 16 alum Sherman Burdette meet for the first time all over again. From “fake laughs” to Spandex, Hollywood to WNEP, Sherman and Joe talk about the old days in Scranton, what's new in Indianapolis and what’s ahea...
68 min
The Waste Management Episode
In this episode, Joe talks trash with Adrienne Fors, Community Relations Specialist for Waste Management for the greater Mid-Atlantic.  Yes, those green and yellow WM trucks and containers that influence your LIFE!  Everything from Adrienne's exciting ca...
60 min
The ‘Still the One‘ Episode
In this episode of "Mr. Curiosity," Joe talks with Lance Hoppen, bassist and vocalist for the band Orleans! You know, 'Dance With Me,' 'Love Takes Time' and of course, 'Still The One' (ABC/WNEP Theme song in the 70s). Joe and Lance discuss the history of...
95 min
The Will Beekman Episode
In this episode of "Mr. Curiosity," Joe chats with Mohegan Sun Arena General Manager Will Beekman about unique names, arena shows and... Kenny Rogers?
62 min
The Sharla McBride Episode
In this episode of "Mr. Curiosity," Joe catches up with former Newswatch 16 reporter, anchor Sharla McBride. Joe gets the lowdown on Sharla's new gig at WNEP sister station WUSA in Washington, D.C.
55 min
The Alan K. Stout Episode
The life and times of award-winning journalist, rock music reviewer, organizer and roll with the changes community man Alan K. Stout.
82 min
The Carmella Mataloni Episode
In this episode, Joe catches up with Newswatch 16's Carmella Mataloni, who went from WNEP intern to Pocono Reporter. Hear all about Carmella's big Italian family, including how her dad's dental office was once...the family butcher shop?!
56 min
The Go Joe Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe chats with pals Michael G. Stanton and Don Webster about Go Joe 24 and the history of the charity bike ride for St. Joseph's Center.
33 min
The Randy Gregg (Almost Queen) Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe Snedeker talks with Randy Gregg, the bass player and manager for Almost Queen, the Queen Tribute band. Gregg shares some great stories from his days with Angel, Thin Lizzy, Dee Snider’s band and of course, Almost Que...
89 min
The Brian Wilken Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe Snedeker talks with Brian Wilken, Vice President of HNB Bank Honesdale about financial advice, banking and... cat houses?!?
56 min
The Circle Drive-In Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe Snedeker chats with Joe Calabro, owner of the Circle Drive-In in Dickson City. Calabro took over the family business in 2020, following the death of his uncle Michael Delfino.  Before Delfino passed away, Calabro pro...
63 min
The Scott Schaffer Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe picks the brain of coworker and Newswatch 16 anchor Scott Schaffer.
58 min
The Bob Cordaro Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe chats with Bob Cordaro, the former two-term county commissioner who spent eight and a half years and stops in 11 different federal prisons after being found guilty of corruption. Joe and Bob talk about Disney, Christ...
87 min
The Joe Nardone Episode
In this episode, Joe talks with musician, concert promoter and the man behind Gallery of Sound - Joe Nardone.
50 min
The Rocky & Lissa Episode
In this episode, Joe chats with KRZ morning crew, Rocky & Lissa.
43 min
The Chris Barnes Episode
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe Snedeker sits down with the incomparable Chris Barnes. Barnes, a Scranton native, is an actor, comedian and entertainer whose credits include: 30 Rock, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, According To Jim, and Life with ...
84 min
Back and better-ish than ever with Chelsea Stru...
The pandemic slammed the breaks on Mr. Curiosity for almost a year!  Now Joe Snedeker is back with new episodes! Joining Joe this time is Newswatch 16's Chelsea Strub and her videographer Mike Erat. Enjoy the triumphant (and we use that term loosely) ret...
59 min
Mr Curiosity: Jose is back
Joe Snedeker and Jose the Dysfunctional Leperchaun take a joy ride for St. Patrick's Day.
42 min
Metal Monday with "The Rods" drummer, Carl Canedy
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe sits down with a true rock star, music producer and rockin' realtor - The Rods drummer, Carl Canedy!   Hear about the band's rise to fame and stories from the road while playing with metal bands like Motörhead and Ir...
57 min
Brown Bag Monday with Julie Sidoni
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe finally gets a chance to sit down with WNEP's very own Julie Sidoni. Plus, Julie answers some viewer questions in Brown Bag Monday.
48 min
A Doctor's Visit with Joe
Will you catch a cold by wearing shorts in chilly weather? Does the flu shot give you the flu?In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe sits down with a doctor to answer your questions, talk medical myths and get some advice on how to be your healthiest sel...
55 min
A British-ish Invasion with Paul Epsom
From school teacher in London to plant pro on WNEP's Home & Backyard, Joe sits down with Paul Epsom to talk about a lifetime split between two continents.
51 min
Vince Sweeney, He didn't say it would be like t...
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe sits down with a man who needs no introduction... Vince Sweeney. From radio to TV to helping animals, you don't want to miss a minute of Vince's visit.
69 min
Parade Crashing With Dave Bohman
Joe sits down with Newswatch 16 Investigative Reporter Dave Bohman.As Dave prepares to move on from WNEP to a sunnier southern climate in Florida, he shares stories from his news career.From hanging out with the likes of Bernie Sanders and Eddie Money to...
54 min
Staying Bodacious with Rob Rave
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Rob Rave stops by to drop some plant knowledge on Joe. Plus, Rob and Joe discuss the finer things in life, like salad forks. It's a bodacious time!
44 min
Mr. Curiosity Podcast: Game, Set, Match with Te...
In this edition of Mr. Curiosity, Joe picks the brain of award-winning tv reporter, radio host and professional tennis player Kevin Lynn.
51 min
Woeful Waitressing and Magnificent Mustaches wi...
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe sits down with WNEP's Kerry Brazen to discuss chocolate-covered scorpions, finding homes for pets in need, magnificent mustaches and everything in between.
49 min
Rusty Fender: Monday Morning Recorded at The Ol...
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe sits down with the arrogantly-humble and ultimately unbabysitable Rusty Fender to talk nights with the oldies and days with satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
58 min
Rump Roast & Deep Thoughts with Don Jacobs
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe sits down with Pennsylvania Outdoor LIfe host Don Jacobs. Joe and "Jake" talk about everything from how a college professor's simple gesture helped shape Don's career to some delicious wild game recipes.
51 min
Drakkar Noir and Hand Tickles with Norm Jones
Joe Snedeker sits down with former Newswatch 16 reporter and anchor, Norm Jones. Joe and Norm talk about his days at WNEP, kids and of course - Drakkar Noir ?!?
61 min
Roswell, Kids & Sasquatch with Sarah Buynovsky ...
Newswatch 16 morning reporter Sarah Buynovsky joins Joe in the studio to talk Sasquatch, Roswell and being a mother of 4, PLUS, Brown Bag Monday is back!
39 min
Cooking Up Miracles with Father Joseph Sica
It's a tale of two Joes in this edition of Mr. Curiosty! Joe sits down with Father Joseph Sica to talk everything from overcoming adversity to appearing on a television sitcom to heavy metal and everything in between!
56 min
Allen Vickers - "I wish you would've told me yo...
Newswatch 16's Allen Vickers stops by the podcast studio to answer some of Joe's questions, and some of yours in a special Brown Bag Monday segment.Punxsutawney Phil, NEPA-isms, and coupons are just some of the topics we discuss in this episode of Mr. Cu...
53 min
Sandboxes and Barbies with Fast Freddie
There are few people on this planet that can make Joe Snedeker seem calm. One of them is Fast Freddie who slowed down just long enough to stop by the podcast studio and chat with Joe. Buckle up because we cover everything from "landau roofs" to touring...
64 min
Pedal to the Metal On and Off the Dragstrip Wit...
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe Snedeker gets drag racing legend Joe Amato to slow down long enough to talk about his success on the dragstrip and as the owner of an auto parts empire.
59 min
St. Joseph's Center, Go Joe and Sister Maryalice
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Sister Maryalice stops by to talk St. Joseph's Center and Go Joe 22.
45 min
Whales, Elvis, and Pirate Ships with Jack and M...
Grab your crab hat (we know you have one)! In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe Snedeker sits down with Jack and Mark Cooper to talk about the history of Cooper's Seafood House, an iconic Scranton restaurant and what's in store for the landmark's future...
50 min
Mindi Ramsey and the Great Wedding Kidnap Caper
Joe sits down with morning show anchor and pal Mindi Ramsey. They talk about Mindi's mid-west roots, her incredible "kidnap wedding," and WNEP Backyard burial!
39 min
Tom Williams & The Return of Brown Bag Monday
Joe's morning show pal Tom Williams and special guest reader Bruce Abbott stop by to help answer some viewer questions in the return of Brown Bag Monday!
41 min
WILK's Webster - 'One does not come late...'
In this episode of Mr. Curiosity, Joe Snedeker sits down with WILK's Webster. As you might expect, the conversation veers more than Toonces the Driving Cat! Joe and Webster talk radio, college graduations, alien abductions, and to not bury the lead... ...
54 min
Jon Meyer Talks Talkback
Joe sits down with Newswatch 16's Jon Meyer to talk about life, career, family, and of course TALKBACK!!! Plus, Jon has a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for Talkback 16 fans!
42 min
Rock 107's Prospector - Panning For Validation
Joe sits down with Rock 107's Prospector to talk music, tiny bathrooms, music, charities, and... music. What did you expect? :)
61 min
Tom Clark - Dressed to Kill
In this episode of "Mr. Curiosity," Joe Snedeker sits down with his weather idol and WNEP legend Tom Clark to talk about everything from sparkly jumpsuits to vacuum cleaning. What did you think they would talk about... the weather?!? Well, there's a litt...
39 min
The T behind Mrs. T's Pierogies
In this, our first Mr. Curiosity podcast, we thought it would be fitting to learn more about a Mrs. - Mrs. T's Pierogies that is. Joe Snedeker sits down with Tom Twardzik who now runs the family owned and operated business out of Shenandoah, PA.
68 min