Saturday, March 25, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3455, March 25th, 2017

Steve Corbett (Photo: Citizen's Voice)
The news came this week that 10 year WILK Radio Journalist Steve Corbett was let go. Corbett stormed back into this market in 2007 just in time for the Judicial Scandals that rocked Luzerne County. The timing was perfect for his debut years because there were many people not very happy with the status quo in this region. His style was brash, combative but always accurate in his presentation of the facts.
When he arrived Corbett had numbers that went through the WILK roof. However as time went on, inevitably the ratings declined. Not enough mind you to stop people from listening and hear what he had to say on various topics.
During his tenure there have been three Pennsylvania Governors, Four Pennsylvania Senators as well as various changes in positions in local government. Supporters and critics of Presidents Bush, Obama and now Trump were exposed to his thoughts on those individuals. The common denominator between Corbett and the aforementioned was that none of them were ever assured of his unwavering support. Like other hosts on WILK elected officials found no safe haven with him. Some like Senator Bob Casey and Representative Matt Cartwright called anyway knowing full well at some point they’d get a rebuke for something Corbett found was off with them. Others like Pat Toomey, Lou Barletta as well as Tom Marino chose other venues on the station to reach the public. That’s their right to pick and choose but also was Corbett’s to call them on it. Through the years he certainly did so.
Most Talk Radio stations and hosts have a shelf life. WILK’s lack of turnover of personnel has been remarkable. Most of that has to do with each show seeming to have its niche of supporters. Some we are all familiar with. You listen to Sue Henry and you know you’ll get Ray from Mountaintop, Bob from Wilkes Barre and other right leaning callers. With Tarone there will be Angela from Wilkes Barre, Luciano from Berwick, Dave from Nanticoke and Toby from Wilkes Barre. Some will have partially formed opinions of their own, but the rest they’ll get from somewhere else. The issue with these callers is that they operate in their own echo chamber where only they are right and everyone else is wrong. Or their opinion is superior to others. In most cases the hosts will even call them on their thoughts but it doesn’t matter. They will believe what they will believe.
Corbett’s approach to callers was to initially give them a chance to state their opinions. It was the conflict between those callers and the host that led to his departure. Here’s why:
1. CRITICAL THINKING: Very few of Corbett’s callers were prepared to make their case. They usually started out by trying to attack the host, spout off a falsehood and then whine when he either called them out or put them on hold. I learned long ago when Corbett was a guest on my little Sunday Morning Show on WBAX in the 80s that when you spoke to him, you had better be prepared. When they were not, Corbett, in their estimation hurt their feelings on his show. Then then tried to retreat to the other shows and whine about how rude he was.
2. THE TIMES CHANGED, THE CALLERS DIDN’T: When Corbett came to WILK, callers were outraged by the local scandals. Corbett’s tenacious following of those stories were just what his audience wanted. But then the National agenda changed. A woman ran against a black man for President. That man was elected President. Conservatives as well as the Tea Party came out of the woods and got more vocal. It was this wing of the Conservative movement that decided they were more American, more patriotic, more freedom loving than those who were more Liberal.
There was always an edge to the callers but between the Obama ascendancy as well as Immigration, the white, old, Christian values of WILK listeners came busting through. Predictably Corbett busted back. The audience of hard coal country listeners became offended when they were called out.
3. 2016 AND THE HATRED OF HILLARY: Corbett mentioned to a newspaper that his support of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump might have been one of the reasons he lost his job. He was correct in that because anyone who supported Clinton was vilified. Corbett went full blown on Trump supporters who were encouraged to bully by their candidate. Callers did not call him to argue or persuade. They called to spout lies. They did so with arrogance and authority. Some even tried to trick Corbett into an admission of such untruths. It never worked. Then they were shocked when he dispatched their lunacy to the dial tone.
All three of these forces pretty much got Corbett canned. It was the perfect storm. These freedom and liberty lovers had no problem with opinion or truth, as long as it reflected their own ideals.
With all that said, Steve Corbett leaves a legacy for local Radio broadcasting. He never buckled to the pressure of the great unwashed. His principles stayed intact. He held the mirror of ignorance, racism and sexism that permeates this community and let the blowhards try to see themselves in that looking glass.
There are those who know full well that Corbett could be frustrating, irascible and at times a tad inhospitable. But this is an area that is supposed to pride itself on bare knuckles politics. For those callers, listeners who complained to the station personal and other hosts, where oh where was that toughness you portrayed? Where was your certainty?
Steve Corbett will be remembered as a talk show host who never took any crap from his audience when they chose to attack. His show will be remembered as factual, funny, ironic, satirical, entertaining and tough minded. That’s his legacy.
What is more problematic though is that by hurting the itty bitty feelings of those anti-government supporters in an area that has benefited mightily from those entities, Corbett’s dismissal tells us that we here in Wilkes Barre, Scranton and Hazleton have a long way to go.
To quote Harry Truman: “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”
Corbett told the truth and by doing so offended those who had their own warped version of it. He might be gone from the airwaves but his true legacy is that he exposed just how much some local ingrates really feel about their local community. Me first and the hell with the rest! 

Lowman "I'm the only one who has a job and takes care of my family" Henry. (Photo: Patriot News)
L.A. Tarone interviewed Republican Lowman Henry who I used to think was pretty fair minded politico. Conservative but sensible and not given to rhetoric that diminishes people of different views. However, Thursday Henry was telling Tarone that the Right has to become more involved because the new administration will not get everything it wanted right away like the GOP thought. Henry then said, “The reason why conservatives aren’t protesting back with signs is because they have jobs and families to take care of anyway”. He then used the old saw that the protesters against Donald Trump and the REPUBLICAN party were paid.
First off, people who are against REPUBLICAN policies WORK!!!!
To suggest otherwise is arrogant, divisive, wrong and really part of the REPUBLICAN playbook. . Here are a few names, Thornburgh, Heinz, Specter, Ridge. Those were just a few members of the GOP I voted for in my life. But I will never, ever vote for another one again. If Lowman Henry thinks only Conservatives have jobs and take care of families, he is badly mistaken. I urge any Democrat, Independent, Leftist, Green Party candidate to prove this guy wrong. VOTE to rid the state of any Republican who thinks like Lowman Henry that they are the only ones who work and take care of families. This guy will think what he will always think. He will blithely spout that line. But for God sake vote against a party that paints everyone with this broad of a brush.
One more thing Lowman, where is the proof that these protesters were paid? Who paid them? Where are the checks? Where did the cash comes? Who was the bag man?
Lowman, you aren’t the only true "Amur-ikhan “ in Pennsylvania who WORKS and RAISES A FAMILY!



Congressman Lou Barletta released the following statement after the House cancelled a vote on the American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628:
“The president and House leadership decided that the best thing to do was to pull the bill. I am disappointed in today’s missed opportunity to provide much needed relief to millions of Americans suffering under Obamacare. This is why the American people are so frustrated with Washington. Obamacare is failing, and it’s only going to get worse. As we move forward, we need to keep in mind that the American people sent us to Congress to work for them.”
Now keep in mind the only reason why Barletta opposed it was not because it raised taxes on seniors, tried getting rid of Medicaid, almost forced baby boomers to foot the bill for their senior parents in Nursing Homes, practically ended counseling for people with emotional issues, hey, he was just fine with saying YES to that bill.
His main concern as stated was his worry that illegal aliens would get tax breaks for the Health Insurance credits.


At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

Barletta has pretty much one note. He would've snatched away the health care of people who need it. 'Nuff said.

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without Corbett, WILK is hardly worth listening to. We can thank Limbaugh, Savage, Henry, and Webster for giving us an imbecile in the White House and two Congressman (Barletta and Martino) who suck right up to him. So sad. I guess I'll tune in to the classics from now on.

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Your Friend and Political Sparring Partner said...

Hey Dave,
Blaming the audience isn't correct, it is lack of audience that is the culprit. Yet even so, for the small remaining audience, Corbett simply got back the anger & hatred he put out.

Post-election, he was beside himself. He could not believe Hillary had again lost. In '08 he was so angry that he supported Palin, who had nothing in common with Hillary. Corbett couldn't bring himself to accept that the democratic voters, when offered a genuine choice, rejected Hillary.

After the DNC fix of the last primary, it was to Corbett, and many others, myself included, a foregone conclusion there would be another Clinton White House. When that didn't happen, the rage completely took Steve.

It couldn't have been Hillary's poor campaign strategy.
It couldn't have been blow-back at the number the DNC did on Bernie in the primary.
It couldn't have been that Corbett helped to push away undecideds in Luzerne County...., according to Steve, it was all about sexism. Although she won the popular vote, everyone was still sexist to Corbett. He wouldn't even consider Bill Clinton's analysis of ignoring the democratic base states as a possibility.

He was the one who started with anger towards not only Trump, not only Trump supporters, but anyone who didn't vote Hillary (even though, in the past, he himself had voted 3rd party and worse McCain/Palin).

For 3 hours/day, he put out anger and in-turn, he got that anger back.

He insulted those with whom he disagreed, and he got insults back.
He simply did not disagree with others, he became violently disagreeable.
He lashed out at everyone, including crossing the line that WILK is so adamant about upholding, and attacked his own co-workers.

Lately, he became so off one's meds delusional, that he blamed Bob Casey for Hillary losing Luzerne County and Pennsylvania.

So, was his firing really all that much of a surprise?

Who didn't see this coming?

Lately, it was like the final year of Fred Williams all over again. One issue, 3 hours/day, 5 days/week. Who the fuck wants to listen to a broken record? Although, I must admit, at times I did enjoy hearing his meltdown. He would spend entire segments stammering so far off on tangents that even he got lost and missed his point. Yes Steve, people got it, you wanted Hillary to win and you hated Trump. But grouping everyone who did not support Hillary as sexist, was the same when you were called a racist for not supporting Obama. It was blatantly untrue and at its core, terribly unfair. In the end, it was you not moving on that caused listeners and advertisers to move on and away.

The Vop's white whale was the teachers’ union, Corbett's, Trump. So blinded by the minutia of a single snowflake, they missed the fact they were in the midst of a blizzard. Talk radio isn't now, has never been, nor will ever be about free speech, balance, learning, politics or an individual's agenda - it is about ratings, which in turn better bring in adverting dollars. While engaging with but a few listeners, the others tuned out, and the advertisers closed their checkbooks. The minutia of a sole, solitary topic, contributed to the blizzard, which led to a listener and advertiser exodus.

Like with the curly headed, Big Vopper, no matter how loudly Steve demanded we better listen, bullying an audience did not attract more listeners and sponsors, in droves it pushed them away.

This was strictly business. If Corbett had continued to bring in ratings and dollars, he would be on the air, snarling and growling, today.

A few people with whom I am acquainted have used the words "financially distressed" to describe WILK. CBS radio is not looking at the group as a whole, they are expecting each property to pull its own financial weight. With WILK tying up 4 frequencies, one a valued FM slot, the question one must ask - Who's next? The answer is probably - The one(s) getting the largest paycheck.

To quote Bob Dylan, "The times they are a changin."

At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i started typing all of his lies, and when I hit submit, I was over the 4000 characters. thought about editing it and then realized you probably wouldn't approve it, so why bother.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barletta and Marino have shown us that they will not hesitate to sacrifice our health. So, we should not hesitate to sacrifice their political careers.

At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure that you will edit, if you even bother approving this at all. (edit) Corbett's demise is about one thing, advertisers no longer wanted to be associated with him, WILK and other Entercom properties. This is the #75 market, it has fallen since he arrived, and after the latest census, it is probably gonna fall to #80 soon. There is a limited and declining pool of listeners and advertisers. Considering WILK has done absolutely nothing to attract younger, for them it is also an aging and dying listener base. His fall began with what happened with WVIA. He was the reason a very beneficial crossover event, "Talking with the Talkers," came to an end. He was so angry all the time, he couldn't even take a bit of good humored banter with Bill Kelly. This crossover had a positive impact on WILK bringing new listeners each time it aired. The ratings decline showed up on his program and management was forced to let him go.

At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spent a lot of time and thought on my comment. I made several phone calls, including one to Santa Maria Times. I took the time to verify all that I wrote.
It was a direct response to your fluff piece on Corbett, in which you ignored many facts.
If you don't want the truth to be told about Corbett, that is fine, but you should remove your false posting as well. Your wrote opinion, I gave you facts. I request that you publish the entire comment.

At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki ... Yonki ... Yonki ...
You've backed Mr. Corbett from the get go. So I'm not going to try to convince you otherwise. I do, on the other hand, think your statements about him, some very true, others not so, are still just your observations. I could sit here and argue each and every one of your points I disagree with, but that would be beating a dead horse. My bottom line is... Corbett was his own worst enemy. He brought on his own demise and it was no one else's fault but his own. Correctly, you said he never took any crap, but he DID give a lot of crap too.
Good column, it keeps us all on our toes and thinking.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently blogs are the same as radio talk shows. You get the same people responding over and over again.

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Yonk
Your hatred for those with whom you disagree is as bad, if not worse, than Corbett's. Although you can't get fired from your blog, you may want to think about giving it up. Your constant exposure to the muck that is politics, and engaging those who don't share your few, has really diminished your humanity. Just like Corbett, it is you who has changed since edition #1, and like Corbett, it hasn't been for the better. It has been very sad, and this defense of one form of ugliness, while condemning the other, is just another measure of how far you have fallen.

At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would very much like to know where our local congresscritters stand on allowing Trump to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Apparently your very weak hearts already have given up on "replace," so why not try some "repair"?

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I expected all of this bull from LuLac readers. The issue is NOT Steve Corbett, the issue is the ignorance of the same ten callers that made their debuts in stupidity.
The fault lies not in Corbett but the self serving smug white old residents who are so afraid of change they can't know or understand the truth.

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All those ahole Seniors that go to Mohegan, stand in line at Turkey Hill and buy fifty bucks of Lottery tickets are the fools who supported Trump and the Republicans.
I almost wished that Ryan’s plan passed so these old bigots who live charmed lives and bitch to young people like me that “I’m on duh fixed income”, I’d love to see them get screwed. No Mohegan, no lottery just the destitution you all deserve.

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that people are whining that Corbett is gone shows that like Trump supporters, they are sore winners. The guy you ran off is gone, let it go.

At 6:37 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I spent a lot of time and thought on my comment. I made several phone calls, including one to Santa Maria Times. I took the time to verify all that I wrote.


Is this the comment where you called what I wrote Drivel?
Is this the comment where you diagnosed Corbett medically?
If so despite your facts, I am not in the habit of putting medical suppositions about what Corbett shared on the air about a procedure years ago.
But thanks for reading, researching and posting.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Wow Yonk
Your hatred for those with whom you disagree is as bad, if not worse, than Corbett's. Although you can't get fired from your blog, you may want to think about giving it up. Your constant exposure to the muck that is politics, and engaging those who don't share your few, has really diminished your humanity.


Here's what has changed since LuLac started. I used to give the GOP the benefit of the doubt. I used to even vote for a few of them. But someone has to fight back against the politics of flim flam, lies, distortions and the utter obliteration of the middle class.
Diminished my humanity? I'm not the one who supported a party that decided that meals for older people were an expense! I'm not the party that said before we begin flood relief, we have to find the money to pay for it. I'm not the party who forgets about the kids when they come out of the wombs. I'm not the party that has balanced the back of large tax cuts for "job creators" while people in jobs around here need food stamps to survive! I'm not the party that thinks illegals are pouring into this country at a rate of, what's it up to now, 86 million? I'm not the party that says we need to change the character of the country when they mean color! I'm not the party that supported a candidate who hasn't read the briefings, has the attention span of a puppy, ridiculed and demeaned women, made fun of people who were disabled and sick, no that's not my HUMANITY.
Sometimes when your humanity is attacked, you do get down in the dirt and muck because the only thing some racist, under educated idiots around here understand is that. I cannot, will not let this stuff slide.
Yep this blog has evolved but out of necessity because everyone seems to think this is not the party or Trump's fault.
I'm sitting in church yesterday and a guy comes up to me and says, "65 days and we are so divided. Why?' I replied, "Look who is at the helm, he began by dividing and has not even begun to unite anyone or won't.
So yeah that's my humanity. I'm proud of it.

At 6:57 PM, Anonymous 6:46AM and 8:48PM said...

"Is this the comment where you called what I wrote Drivel?
Is this the comment where you diagnosed Corbett medically?
If so despite your facts, I am not in the habit of putting medical suppositions about what Corbett shared on the air about a procedure years ago.
But thanks for reading, researching and posting. "

No, it is the one where you only put about a paragraph, a mutual acquaintance of ours helped me put together.
It was 8:48pm...

At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So yeah that's my humanity. I'm proud of it."

So, basically, you use the tactics that you criticize? In your battle you have lost yourself, which is the true tragedy.
What made you better than the politicians, was that you didn't act like one. You were honest and consistent.
Your hate-filled and hateful writings have been around for more than a few years, and really, what has gotten better? In the time you opted to become foul, and at times vulgar (remember ****ing someone up the ass with something jagged?) the dems have lost more and more ground, the republicans have claimed the house and senate and a putz like Trump is now the President.
Unfortunately, your turn is not recent, and if anything, you may be pushing people to the other side. In an attempt to battle, you are fighting without the influence of your better angels, and by embracing the corruption of Satan, your are giving victory to the other side.
I liked it when we democrats took the moral high road. It won us offices, gave us control of the house and senate, and made major inroads to improving life for all.

Now, we have pushed so many to the other side our only hope is their inevitable self-destruction - will we still have our humanity to make the country a better place?

You have become so blinded by hatred that it probably matters very little to you, but I had admired you. I started following your blog when I was younger, and new to the process. Your writings molded by political thinking. I feel the lost for the Mr. Yonki who treated all with respect. The one who treated others the way he would expect to be treated. The Mr Yonki who made me care.

At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Your writings molded by political thinking"

Those days of convincing and molding are gone my friend. Yonk only preaches to a narrow, and narrow minded choir. The message of hate exists on both the left on the right. Neither side can open their thinking. Neither side can see past their opinions. Both sides allow their opinions to influence the facts and have no concern with allowing facts to influence their opinions.

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki. You've changed and not for the better.

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"All three of these forces pretty much got Corbett canned."

Please, only 2 things got Corbett canned - lack of ratings and revenue.

At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

Hey 9:54, that.Anonymous guy is on here all the time. Give a fella a break!

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is amazing that this comment on Corbett has become a referendum on LuLac. Dave has been moving left and progressive for years. I get what he is saying because quite frankly I'd give you nothing for the GOP of today.
They are sexist pervs who don't give a rat's ass about the middle class. A perfect example is the women's hockey team who want fair pay and accommodations. Not one GOP leader came to their support.
Go Yonk, we have an administration (aka Bannon) who wants to tear everything down.

At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice eulogy of a bully's career, can't wait to read the eulogy of his life. A bully has left the airwaves, (edited) We spend so much time trying to raise awareness about bullies. So many of our children have taken their lives because of young people who act just like your hero

At 9:02 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Nice eulogy of a bully's career, can't wait to read the eulogy of his life. A bully has left the airwaves, (edited) We spend so much time trying to raise awareness about bullies. So many of our children have taken their lives because of young people who act just like your hero.


You have the stones to call Corbett out as a bully and dare to say that are children are subjected to bullies!!!
The American people elected the biggest BULLY of them all and you have the nerve to say that Corbett was a bully on a local radio show when we have the leader of the free world acting like the ultimate bully?
Wow. Stunning in your view on this.

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 7:5....
Everybody and everything changes.
Yonki has taken this blog to different levels. I think he is at his best when doing personal and historical profiles.
But his blog has been shaped by events and the polarization of this country.
And he is correct in the sense that many people in LuLac land have no clue.
There has been a bite, he's done it nationally and locally.
Frankly I think this blog has become more of a must read than ever.

At 1:44 PM, Anonymous joe said...

I know it has only been a couple of days, but wow, what a difference Corbett's exit has made on the station as a whole. All of the hosts seem to be in better spirits, they actually seem to again enjoy what they are doing.

Corbett's hatred was a cancer that had metastasized to the entire station, now that he has been excised, their is almost a sense of rebirth sailing across the airwaves. A gargantuan weight has been lifted from WILK, and they have realized life is much too fleeting to exist in a state of perpetual anger. If a radio station could exhale a sigh of relief, WILK just did.

Whether one agreed with Corbett or not, after but a few days, the feeling of despair that he inflicted upon, and infected other with, seems to have dissipated.

WILK is back on my presets.

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really have to wonder what type of limited intellect has to make the supposition that if one doesn't support Corbett, they automatically support Trump.
That comment didn't even mention Trump. You may need a vacation.

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, Yonki, Yonki
Trump and Corbett are both bullies. It is amazing you can't see that. Rage truly is blinding.

At 8:40 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

WILK is back on my presets.


I'm sure they are all relieved to hear that!

At 8:44 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I really have to wonder what type of limited intellect has to make the supposition that if one doesn't support Corbett, they automatically support Trump.


I was judging that by the callers who essentially told lies about Clinton because they heard it from the Trump proganda machine. If you had used your intellect, you would have heard that.

That comment didn't even mention Trump. You may need a vacation.


Yeah we all need a vacation from the man child no nothing in the White House. Send me a ****ing check and I'll go somewhere.
But that said, only someone with a truly limited intellect would make such a supposition!

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, how many comments did you have to edit or delete?

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this evening I hear a guy call Tarone up and "respectfully" starts to complain about Corbett.
Don't know if the guy supported Trump but there is a big comparison here that you can't deny.
Corbett haters are a lot like Trump lovers.
They won, they can't let go and are sore losers.
But I say this "respectfully".

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:01 You are right on the money. Kind of bizarre because Trump and Corbett are exactly the same person, only with different ideological views

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DUKE from Dallas -
Now WILK = Rightwing Circle-jerk - Shortcomings EXPOSED -
Growing up in Springfield Delco & coming here in 1992, NEPA is easily the most Backwards, Racist, Un-educated place I've lived- a worn down OLD place & except for the existing colleges & chain eateries that since arrived, & it STILL is- Sue Henry REFUSED my rational/polite calls YEARS ago, although I'd still listen- I stopped calling the Morning Show as I was just plain tired of thin skinned Cranky Old John- I stopped listening to the Ex-Zoo Keeper & went back to NPR (like in HS & PSU) - stopped listening to the entire WILK AM about 10 months ago - would listen & call Corbett & Tarone - now I sometimes listen to Tarone, but once his show goes down the Rightwing Rabbit Hole I turn it off- as I deal in REALITY, FACTS, & LOGICAL Opinion Rationally & POLITELY offered - never attacking the hosts or the callers, in fact NEVER referring to callers … 1st Lynn (who I actually once co-hosted with), now Corbett … sad & pathetic … condolences to Nancy


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