Area boy’s TV debut goes viral

Last updated: August 06. 2014 11:44PM - 3623 Views
By James O’Malley jomalley@civitasmedia.com

Noah Ritter gives WNEP-TV an animated account of his experiences at the Wayne County fair.
Noah Ritter gives WNEP-TV an animated account of his experiences at the Wayne County fair.
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Watch the interview that started the miniature media frenzy on WNEP’s website: http://tlgets.me/dq8

A 5-year-old boy who is spending the summer with family in Wilkes-Barre is, “apparently,” the Internet’s latest viral sensation.

The clip of Noah Ritter’s animated interview with WNEP’s Sofia Ojeda appeared Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America” before graduating to popular “listicle” website BuzzFeed and the media and entertainment gossip website Gawker.

His description of the Wayne County Fair, during which Noah used the word apparently often, attracted hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

Many headlines sport the boy’s apparent adverb of choice, but he said he likes other “L-Y” words, too. Such as, “seriously.”

Tuesday night, Noah appeared on local and national network news, and had several segments on Wednesday morning broadcasts, including a live spot on “Good Morning America” in which he told GMA co-host and former New York Giants player Michael Strahan that his grandfather “brainwashed” him into Pittsburgh Steelers fandom.

The boy, who lives in Pottstown, is staying with his grandparents, Kathy and Jack Borowski, for the summer before he starts kindergarten later this month.

He said his favorite place is the Museum of Natural History in Philadelphia.

“He loves the dinosaurs there,” his grandmother said. “That’s his big thing.”

When he grows up, Noah said he wants to be a paleontologist, and the hashtag #NoahtheReporter isn’t going to change his mind.

Kathy Borowski said it was his love for animals that led the family to the fair, where Noah became famous.

“We take him to that fair every year, but he never got in trouble like this,” Kathy Borowski said.

Noah’s big day was a hectic one for his grandparents, and a long one for the young star.

“Every talk show in the country called us today,” Jack Borowski said.

After a full day of interviews and phone calls, Noah couldn’t be bothered to talk about his gratuitous use of the word “apparently,” so don’t even ask him.

“Seriously,” Noah said, “I’m tired of it.”

Noah’s rise to fame makes him the second viral star to emerge from the area in less than a month.

Kevin McGroarty’s sense of humor took the Internet by storm after The Times Leader last month published the sidesplitting obituary the West Pittston man wrote for himself.

McGroarty, who died July 22, rose to posthumous fame through the obit, which was headlined “McGroarty Achieves Room Temperature!”

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