Friday, July 20, 2007

WYOU reporter now writing for newspaper

Former WYOU reporter Phil Yacuboski has been hired as a writer for Scranton's Electric City. He's also done some work for them in the past.

A reader also swears to have heard Yacuboski reading the news on an area radio station this week. Is true, perhaps that non-compete clause from Nexstar is no longer an issue?

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm repeating this like a mantra:

This is "Beale's Bites," no personal attacks allowed...This is "Beale's Bites," no personal attacks allowed...This is "Beale's Bites," no personal attacks allowed...This is "Beale's Bites," no personal attacks allowed...This is "Beale's Bites," no personal attacks allowed...

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the electric city cover story he did on Sno Cove's big opening. Did he even go up to look at the site to see that it's all dirt and nothing more!! Dear Phil, you are no longer stuck behind an anchor's desk or in front of a camera reading copy. Go out and work the field.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would the non-complete clause be an issue when he's been out of WYOU for over a year now?

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He couldn't read the contract he signed, but he can write for Electric City?

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone, anyone, explain just what in hell Phil went to court over regarding his no-compete? He didn't have a job offer from any competition, what was the point? Was their a point? Was he simply trying to make a statement?

8:21 PM  
Blogger balrog said...

Aww, c'mon.
Seriously:
Phil has to earn a living, just like we all do. We all do what we need to survive. If anyone knows that, journalists do!
I've known Phil since he was an intern. The guy has a passion for the industry, and I wish him well. Too many people in TV News are too busy crying about how much better they should be treated -- when they don't know how well they've got it!!!
Hey,Phil: Push the envelope!
Signed,
An Old Timer

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, Phil Yacuboski can be heard reading the news for Magic 93, for the morning show.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved his cover story on the "impending" grand opening of Sno Cove waterslide park at Montage. Did he even bother to take a look at the place -- it's still all dirt and from what I read in the Times-Tribune's Borys Krawciniuk article, it's not even opening this summer!!! Phil, to be a print reporter, you actually have to leave the building on assignments.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup. It's true he is reading the news on 980.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

doesn't the sports guy from WBRE also do a radio show for BHT?

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil is a nice guy. I miss working with him.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was filling in on the radio for Brian Hughes a few days last week on the Citadel stations.

It was good to hear him back on the air.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous former nexstar victim said...

From the responses to this news, it seems nobody really cares about Phil or the Electric City newsless newspaper. I think Phil himself wrote the first response to this thread anyway. Hey Phil, where are the personal attacks? Where? Show them to me. I don't see any. **rolls eyes**

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FNV @ 12:16: The original poster is just trying to restrain himself from making a personal attack, not responding to one. Journalism has its intepretive side, too. Whew, sounds like a Talkback 16 response

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww, c'mon.
Seriously:
Phil has to earn a living, just like we all do. We all do what we need to survive. If anyone knows that, journalists do!
I've known Phil since he was an intern. The guy has a passion for the industry, and I wish him well. Too many people in TV News are too busy crying about how much better they should be treated -- when they don't know how well they've got it!!!
Hey,Phil: Push the envelope!
Signed,
An Old Timer

I worked with Phil at channel 50. He complained a lot. He refused to go to a fire in Scranton despite being three blocks away doing a story on Easter flowers. He also refused to do a story in Pike County and missing money from a state grant designated to build an outside theater.
Didn't Phil walk away and abadone his photographer shooting a body found in the Lackawanna River. I believe a police officer told them to move back despite them not being across the yellow police tape?

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story of how 'ole Phil abandoned his photographer while the photog got arrested for LEGALLY shooting a drowning scene from a bridge is legendary!!!
Phil basically left the photog high and dry to fight a first-amendment battle with the (rookie) officer over where he could stand and shoot video. Video clearly shows no police tape up around bridge. Photog gets arrested..NO PHIL TO BE FOUND!! (He did come back later to get camera.)
Other media heard Phil telling the officer how he felt the photog "should have gotten off the bridge". Word is the powers that be at 50 wanted to can him...but the very same photog Phil burned put in a good word for him.
Hey Phil, that photog you abandoned had the guts to fight his case in court and WIN (legally and civally)!!! "GUTS", YOU NEVER HAD THEM AND NEVER WILL!!!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Phil walk away and abadone(sic) his photographer shooting a body found in the Lackawanna River...

Correct. And the photog was arrested. Subsequently, he sued the City of Scranton and WON. His litigation, sad to say, was just that, his litigation. That gutless and immoral outfit on S. Franklin abandoned him, so he had to go it alone.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard,
I don't know Phil but I think you've let this thread get out of control.
Howard, on July 7th you reminded us about unfounded personal attacks.
I'm not trying to defend Phil's actions but it's been 8 years since the incident. Will you please censor some of these postings?
I think you need to keep a consistent policy. You seem to waver.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philly boy is the perfect example of a prima donna media type in a small market....

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil wasn't hired by Electric City. They give him one story every once in a while. He's a stringer. You guys are late. He has written several stories in the past year. They're all on the paper's Web site.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard it made official today: "Sno Cove" isn't going to open this summer after all.

Crackerjack reporting. Crackerjack.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the tape of the Photog being arrested... he rolled tape on his own arrest. Very clever. When he was in the back of the vehicle, the policeman asked if he was covering the story alone, the shooter said no. The policeman asked who his reporter was, wanting a name... you could hear the sigh in the background, before the photographer said "Phil Yacuboski" with a tone of helplessness in his voice.

Yes, it was many moons ago, but we STILL laugh about it.

So much for never leaving your wingman!

12:07 PM  
Anonymous ILUVPHIL said...

I love Phil.He is a descent human being and a good reporter.
He must have done something right to cause so many jealous outbursts.
NEPA the land of the green eyed monster.

2:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Phil. He's a nice guy.
He's a better reporter than "MYGLUESS" on 16. What a speech impediment ass. He has a "Simpsons" face. 8 gallons of fake tan and an Elvis hair style!
Yes that's what the market needs.
BTW have you seen him out pounding the pavement for the big stories?

2:24 AM  

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