Saturday, April 08, 2006

Where are they now?

Today, we feature former WNEP sports anchorman Tom Tidey.

Like so many WNEP anchors, Tidey was born and raised right in the market. After graduating from college, he started as a DJ at a Shamokin radio station. He then jumped to WNEP as a reporter, before flying south to Florida for three years. Then, it was back to Moosic for Tidey, who settled in as the station's primary sports anchor.

And then, Tidey came face-to-face with the "take it or leave it" philosophy. After turning down the contract he was offered, former WNEP GM Rene LaSpina skipped negotiations and went straight to the "leave it" option. Tidey left WNEP in 1999.

Where is he now? Tidey no longer works in television news.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Television news is not the end all be all...there is a world out there and he is in it. The answer to "where he is now?" shouldn't be where he *isn't*. Where is he really, maybe he has good career in a business that doesn't treat people like crap. Maybe he lives outside of the market in a place better suited for him. Maybe he has a family, maybe not. Maybe he is doing what makes him happy. Give those answers -not that fact that he isn't in TV news. Sometimes we in news think the world revolves around us instead of realizing we, as journalists, should revolve around the world.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom moved to pharmaceutical sales when he left tv and still lives in the area.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tend to think many of us who work in broadcasting lose touch with the real world, which is the world where most people live. I also firmly believe we have mistakenly overestimated our importance to the daily lives of those who live in NE PA.

1:24 PM  
Blogger clakekid said...

A great guy! One of the funniest people I have ever encountered. He truly proves that life is so much better when you get out of the biz!

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Tom Tidey---he is the Dabney Coleman in our midst. Great guy all around and probably better for having gotten out of news and sports. Still miss him, regardless.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one don't miss him. Nice guy, but he let his favoritism toward Penn St. show too often.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom was very good and his craft and a great person... It comes a time when we all kiss the tv biz goodbye...
Tom's much better off

2:56 PM  

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