Thursday, March 23, 2006

Frank Andrews out at WYOU

To follow up to yesterday's post, Frank Andrews has resigned from WYOU to focus on his bid for state representative. But WBRE/WYOU GM John Dittmeier says Andrews will stick around as a "paid consultant" who will have no editorial control over the newscasts.

So what's next for Nexstar's Wilkes-Barre duopoly? They've lost both their news directors, and if they're not in a rush to fill Paul Stueber's WBRE gig, how long will WYOU fly without someone in the captain's chair?

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'M ALMOST RELIEVED THAT "CANCER" IN LOCAL NEWS IS ALMOST OUT OF THE MARKET. (A CONSULTANT?!-STILL SMELLS OF CONFLICT TO ME) HIS REP IS IN THE TOILET. THIS MARKET IS MUCH BETTER OFF WITHOUT HIM. IF HE SHOULD GET ELECTED, THE PEOPLE OF THE 113TH AND THE REST OF THE STATE FOR THAT MATTER WILL GET TO SEE WHAT A "HARD-WORKING" "GOOD MAN", "SOO KIND" PERSON 'OLE FRANKIE REALLY IS!! WAIT UNTIL HE STOPS SHOWING UP FOR WORK IN HARRISBURG. EVER HERE OF "ROLE CALL VOTE" AND "VOTING RECORD", FRANK?

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How long will WYOU fly without someone in the captain's chair?"

Well, the answer to that is not at all...they haven't ever "flown" before, have they?

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you will about Frank, but he has weathered many storms to emerge as the area's senior TV newsman. His longevity speaks for itself. Frank will be around long after the Joe Zones, Diane Lees, and Phil Schoeners have gone.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This newsroom can fly without Frank. He didn't have wings anyway -more like an albratross around the station's neck.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Zone left a long time ago. Where have you been?

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank may be senior anchor in the market, but he's a low impact player, nearly negligible. He's done nothing for the ratings at WYOU. Internally, he's caused problems with his personal agenda, favoritism, and absenteeism. The sad part about it is, in a small area like the 113th, he stands a good chance of coming out on top in a crowded field.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The sad part about it is, in a small area like the 113th, he stands a good chance of coming out on top in a crowded field."

I agree... he'll be a big fish in a small pond. It's safer for all of us if he stays there.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a crowded field and an area where being known carries some weight, I could see Frank winning. Have you seen the cover of this month's Happenings, he locals very much like a state rep...

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason he's running for state rep. is because he's burned all his bridges in this tv market. Everybody (at all three local affiliates)knows about his absenteeism and personal agenda. He's counting on the public NOT knowing who he really is. But in politics, there are very few places to hide.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between Frank not being at work for 22 and Paul missing time at 28 its a wonder how the news gets on the air?

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's Frank's Agenda that everyone is talking about? I guess he bursted a lot of bubbles during his career. Who's more hated in this market- Frank or Paul?

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 2:26 pm...

If the two local KINGS of absenteeism are missing, their people are already well prepared to work without them...and anyway,
were they the only two people there who worked to put the news on the air? Give the staff some credit for coming to work everyday knowing they don't have a snowball's chance, and doing their jobs in a crappy environment. Notice that's plural, because there are many people you'll never know who work to put their shows on the air, mediocre as the product is.

Come to think of it, Paul and Frank and the UPPER management there are more responsible for the crap that goes on the air than the behind the scenes folks that you just ignored, so what's actually your point?

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that the only reason Frank ended up at the #3 station is because he was FIRED from 'NEP. And he was almost fired from 'YOU. He is a mess and should not be in a position to hold the public trust...EVER!

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank is living proof that "The Station Is The Star." With much huzzah, he came to WYOU, then under the guiding hand of GM Art Daube. Daube even managed to buy(at great expense)a billboard right beneath WNEP's nose on I-81 announcing the change. Frank fell flatter than a pancake, no one cared, apparently no one followed him down the road to WYOU, which was by then in W-B. It's very sad but true, in most cases, the station is indeed the star. I've always suspected that if you took any number of WNEP's "bigs" and put them somewhere else, you wouldn't find them with a microscope. By contrast, WBRE as a station was really never a star, yet they depended over the years on strong personalities to build their numbers. Up to a point, it worked.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

The reason why WYOU's promotion of Frank Andrews failed is because WNEP is just too strong. I'm sure there were a few people who tuned in, if only to see the return of a well-known news personality, but it wasn't enough. Andrews and his 30 years of experience wasn't enough to put a dent in WNEP's ratings. I don't think anyone is.

Anchors are rarely used as a ratings boost. Like anyone who works in TV news, they're interchangable. You could kick Mike Lewis out of the anchor chair at WNEP, and few people would care. The same goes for Diane Lee at WYOU, or Lyndall Stout at WBRE. People would whine at first, and then forget about it.

But in the case of a well-loved anchor, that doesn't apply. Consider what happened when WBRE lost Keith Martin after he was appointed as the state's homeland security chief. For many years, he was THE face of WBRE. Martin was the local guy everybody recognized and respected. His departure hurt WBRE.

Overall, anchors don't mean as much to a station's image like it used to. And it shouldn't. I'm a substance over style kind of guy...I don't care who is telling me the news, just tell me what's happening.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Howard hit the nail on the head above. Anchors really don't have a huge impact in ratings going up. Although I think a lot of people tune into WYOU just to see Diane Lee butcher the name of another borough or township.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be absent a lot too with people like you guys around to work with. Wow. Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. We all have problems, Paul and Frank are no exception. Fix your own misery before you point fingers.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 6:31 p.m. post
OH Pleaase shut the f* up---if you didn't work with them, you have no idea

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank Andrews has NO chance of being elected due to the fact that too many people already know or will be introduced to Frankie's skeletons.

This race for the 113 is a two-horse race.... Evans vs. O'Boyle. Murphy, Courtright, and Shimkus (or whatever he calls himself this week) have no shot whatsoever.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess we will see on May 16. Frank will be the winner due to his hard work.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will tell you who has no shot, O'boyle. He is an arrogant son of a *

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a bias party, but I will tell you, Watch the debates and see who has a shot. Janet needs to read her answers off a clipboard and courtwright, and burke. williams and muphy have no Idea what representative means. How many times can you say. "Can you repeat the question?" This race is a between O'boyle and Andrews. With Evans as a close third. Get off Franks back, he has a really good chance and everyone knows it.

10:50 PM  

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