Saturday, January 14, 2006

Where are they now?

Today, we feature former WYOU sports director John Nugent.

Before coming to WYOU, Nugent spent time in New York and Florida as a sports anchor and reporter. A big hockey fan (he's a certified instructor...whatever that means), Nugent even covered the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. (Insert "MIRACLE!" reference here.) In his nearly 15 years at WYOU, he was dubbed the "dean of local sports television broadcasters" by the Times Leader. Not a bad designation, given that this market is mad about sports.

But Nugent also had some marks on his record. In 1996, he was arrested for drunk driving, and later served community service. It was his third conviction; Nugent was nailed for DUI in 1980 and 1982 while in New York.

In 2001, Nugent decided he wouldn't renew his contract, and left WYOU.

Where is he now? John is the sports director for WTSP-TV in Tampa, Florida. Former WBRE reporter Alexandra Hackett is also a reporter down there.


Anonymous Tom Carten said...

...But Nugent also had some marks on his record. In 1996, he was arrested for drunk driving, and later served community service. It was his third conviction; Nugent was nailed for DUI in 1980 and 1982 while in New York...

Info not related to his career, nor necessary here. IMO.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

In all fairness, the 1996 conviction happened during his tenure at WYOU. I don't mean anything personal by it.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought Alexndra Hackett was kind of hot in a majorette type of way.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does Alexandra Hackett have to do with John Nugent? Nothing. They worked for the WBRE/WYOU debacle at two different times. They never worked together. I worked with John for a few months before he left WYOU. I was there for almost a year after he left. Alexandra got to WBRE long after I left there. They are two different people who never worked together. Alexandra is irrelavant is this discussion. Also, what is irrelavant is John's drunk driving arrests. Who cares? It happened years ago. Can we stop beating up a dead subject? Show some respect to someone who deserves it. Thanks.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

So it's not relevant to mention that two former Nexstar duopoly employees now work at the same station?

As for the DUI reference, I stand by it. It's nothing against Nugent. This is public knowledge, and the 1996 conviction happened during Nugent's time at WYOU.

How would it be different if a did a WATN? post on Jim Renick, and I mentioned that he was convicted of having child porn?

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point is they don't work at the same station(s) anymore. They never worked together. Why are we talking about it? Both people left WBRE/WYOU quite a long time ago. Move on.

As far as Nugent's DUI crap, it's very old news. Over 10 years old. Get over it. You must really have an ax to grind against Nugent. What did he ever do to you? You probably don't like him because when you probably worked with him, he told you where you can shove it...and now you have an ax to grind. John is a good man who is very talented. There isn't many people left in this business that are like him. As they say in the ghetto, stop hating.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Wow, some people really have sticks up their asses.

If I did have an axe to grind with Nugent, then I would've made some snide remark about being drunk. All I did was say he had three DUI convictions, one of which happened when he was still at WYOU.

As for the Hackett connection, here's why I mentioned it. She and Nugent used to work for the same company (Nexstar) in Wilkes-Barre. They now work for the same company (WTSP) in Tampa. If you can't see the connection, start wearing glasses. If you do, then fire your optometrist, because you're clearly being cheated.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been watching this discussion and really planned on leaving it alone. However, one huge element of Nuge's DUI trouble is being overlooked, forgotten, almost like it didn't happen. You have correct info, but not all of the info. Nuge(a good guy, really), upon being followed by police, ditched his car, ran on foot, hid in a field, then walked home, which is where police caught up with him. He claimed he'd been home all the time. Worse yet, he stuck with that story for quite some time before admitting his guilt and taking his lumps. THAT'S what made it the story it was. And I wholeheartedly disagree that his DUIs were irrelevant. This man was a public figure whose job cast him as a role model for kids. I knew John. He was accutely aware that his image had been destroyed in this market, and he was likewise aware it was his own fault.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I said, get over it. Move on with your sorry lives that no longer include television news broadcasting.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What stupidly makes you think some of us have "...sorry lives that no longer include television news broadcasting."

You want to move on, great, then stop responding to factual information with your personal opinions. You do know the "apples and oranges analogy," right?

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen Moron: I am not trying to hide any facts about Mr. Nugent's past. He made mistakes and dealt with them like a man. Everybody makes stupid mistakes in their life. You're aren't perfect. Nugent's problems happened several years ago. Who cares now? Why do you care? It's over with. As I said, move on with your sorry life that no longer inclues broadcasting. Another jealous stain with an ax to grind. Grow up.

Mr. Carten was right. That information about DUIs is NOT related to his career as an excellent television news (sports) air talent. I agree with you Mr. Carten.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Enough of this pissing match. I'm not approving any more comments for this post.

I stand by my neutral inclusion of Nugent's DUI. It happened during his tenure at WYOU, which is why it's relevant.

Sorry to the one anonymous poster who thinks I have an axe to grind. I don't.

Those of you who disagree with me are more than welcome to e-mail me.

11:32 PM  

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