More News on Recent OC Register Layoffs--Sports Columnist Randy Youngman Among the Axed

Categories: OC Media
Yesterday, we published news that the Orange County Register laid off nine reporters, including longtime columnist Yvette Cabrera. Today, we have more clarification on the matter--and are angered anew.

Sources tell the Weekly that nine positions were eliminated--five reporters, and four empty position that won't be filled. Two of them were editors; one of them was Yvette. Another was Jon Cassidy, a good reporter who was an unrepentant asshole (and don't just take it from me: when I told an OC reporter yesterday of Cassidy's departure and remarked he was an asshole, the person didn't even pause at my comment, instead sighing and saying "Yeah...").

The fifth one stings the most, however: the Reg's longtime sports columnist, Randy Youngman.

Man, I've been reading Youngman most of my life. He was probably most famous for his "Pickin' and Grinnin'" contests, in which he squared off against random people (and even the occasional animal) in trying to determine NFL winners for a week. The highlight of my professional career was being one of those pickers, and grinning when I actually beat him (I'd link to the story, but you know how our website is...).

More thoughts after I hack up another lung...

Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!




Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
18 comments
Eewegen
Eewegen

the OC register missed the mark when letting Youngman go. Steve Fryer is the most prejudice and over opionated catholic high school reporter ever. He should have been first on the list.

Sean Mahoney
Sean Mahoney

Thanks for reporting on this, Gustavo - You're apparently the only one that has. As a long time OCR subscriber I did sense something strange about the paper over the last week - I think that guy Whicker in Youngman's spot, no Cabrera. Anyway, thanks again for covering. I got to do Pickin' and Grinnin' once too - Youngman kicked my ass but is a real cool dude.

mitch young
mitch young

Cassidy, Youngman

So I guess the Reg's layoffs weren't some sort of nefarious plan to 'silence' 'Latinos' after all, capullo!

A Surviver
A Surviver

We should probably note here, out of respect, that the others laid off include longtime editor John Dunphy (well liked by reporters) and Morgan Sales. 

ohsarah
ohsarah

The Register has been in trouble for years...they just like to fool themselves into believing that they're not.My theory is that they're trying to cheapen their labor costs so someone can come in and buy them.As far as Youngman goes, the deal to keep the Kings in Sacramento was probably the straw. He was the guy for that beat and now that the team's not coming to Anaheim.....plus it's no longer about quality at the OCR. It's about how much weird stuff you can write in the hopes that someone will be interested enough to go to the web page.The OCR will make stuff up if they think it'll attract readers to the site. Now that's sad.

Guest
Guest

It's like looking into a mirror, isn't Gustavo? Because that is your fate as well. Enjoy what you got now because your time is coming soon.

Oh, and nice try trying to ban me. You can't stop me. Ever. I told you that. I could post every day if I wanted to. See ya biatch.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

So why is the OCR in the shitter lately?  They don't have any competition.   

909Jeff
909Jeff

This combined with the death of Andrew Breitbart... Its a sad day for journalism... 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Reality to Mitchie: two separate, distinct things can happen at once. Pendejo.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Howzabout you email my bosses and ask them for my firing? After they laugh in your face, they'll probably laugh again if they're nice!

mitch young
mitch young

As long as the derelicts at VVM can make a living selling ads to pot shops and '19' year old prostitutes, and as long as 'progressive' whiteys can pretend they are 'down with the brown' by reading cracker-bashing articles in the local 'alt' weekly -- right before they dial up that  Asian massage place -- Gustavo will have a job.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

How pathetic, Steve, that you can't even post under your real name. And that your life is such that you have to post under other IP addresses just so the world can read your stupidities. But, whatever: be a loser!

Democrat
Democrat

Why would they fire you?  They have a their token wab and the real reporting gets done by the other Anglos. And all it costs them is your expense report for a few street tacos.

Joseph
Joseph

What's with all the haters Gustavo? I don't and never did understand that

Now Trending

Anaheim Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...