Monday, September 18, 2006

Sendoff from Jim Miller

Jim Miller, WBRE's longtime sports anchorman, gives former co-worker Sid Michaels a sendoff in a letter to the editor in today's Times Leader...

It saddens me that one of the great links emotionally to sports in Northeastern Pennsylvania has to be silenced by the ever-changing bottom line of television, but for those who know and care about Sid, he has made all of us richer for his work and more importantly his personality and touch in the sports world over the years.

Miller retired from WBRE in the late 1990s after nearly two decades in Wilkes-Barre.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sid is truly a good man and just another victim of Deathstar 50.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

A bit OT, but we once had three Jim Millers here at King's. Two were teachers (tv Jim, theater Brother Jim, student Jim). Their mail used to get mixed up pretty regularity.

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn straight, Mr. Miller! You were no slouch yourself, ya know.

Best of luck, and continued success, to you, Sid, and all others who find themselves basking in the warm glow of life outside the dark, overcast day-to-day that is Nexstar.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Sid Michaels said...

I just wanted to finally pass along a big thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and has left kind words for me over the past couple of weeks.
I want everyone to know that my decision to leave WYOU and Nextar was just was my own decision, and that I was given the opportunity to stay by the company. It would not have been the schedule that I preferred, so as a result, it was time for me to move on.
I just wanted everyone to know that I knew exactly what was going on when I went to WYOU back in 2003, and at that time, believe it or not, it was a better situation than the one I was in. That's why I agreed to take the job at the time.
Because of the people at both stations, it was a good three years for me. Starting with Mike Conigliaro, to the various news anchors, Scott Stuccio and the meteorologists (on both sides) to the production people, I consider all of of them my friends and enjoyed working with them.

At WBRE, there was no one who could have been better to work with than Jim Miller. I would never have lasted as long as I did in the TV world had I not had the opportunity to be his right hand man. His work ethic, the way he could so smoothly inform and entertain an audience at a moments notice without preparation, was something that I tried to emulate in my life. In our 18 years together, I like to think we knew how to get the job done, while making it the fun job that sports reporting should be.

But had I stayed at the station, I would not have been happy with the schedule and the position I would have been in, so it was time for me to move on, and I was fortunate to find a position that still keeps me in the broadcasting world to an extent and is a new challenge for me.

Again, I can't thank everyone enough for the great support and the kind words that have been written here at this website, in the newspapers, and wherever else they may appeared. The feeling for all of the people with whom I've worked and come into contact is mutual.

and remember...I just changed jobs...I didn't die...
Thanks again to everyone..
Sid Michaels

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good man like Sid will succeed elsewhere. I can't say the same for his now-former employer and their tactics. People around here support the respectable on-air staff of all the stations. When they are treated unfairly, the public has a long memory. Good luck, Sid. We're all behind you to succeed at a much higher level than the place you left.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sid Michaels is a great broadcaster, and NEPA is a little worse off because he won't be doing sports there.

Best of luck, Sid. You deserve it!

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Former Nexstar Victim said...

Jim Miller returned to WBRE in 2001 as a nightside assignment editor and fill-in sports anchor.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say...that was definitely classy Sid.

Best of luck!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You stay classy...Sid Michaels...

3:55 PM  
Blogger Len said...

I've known Sid from our high school days at Riverside in Taylor, PA. Sid always wanted to be a sports broadcaster and became a true professional in every sense of the word. We are all rooting for you Sid. You are the best!

Len Roberts

10:45 AM  

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