November 22, 2015


Another slow week, with just ONE new news director named and, as far as I know, NO new openings.

That brings our count of open news director jobs to just 19.

We do have THREE paid help wanted ads for news management positions, and news of THREE new General Managers, including one who’s a former news director.

Take a moment (in Names in the News) to read the latest blog post by former news director FORREST CARR, who is remarkably open and candid about his battle with cancer.

That’s the only item in Names in the News this week, which means this might be a good time to solicit your news items.

We also have THREE obituaries as well.

All that’s below. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you next week.

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New News Director Openings:

I’m not aware of any openings this week. If you know of any, please send me an email to:

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Newly Named News Director:



WCSC-TV, Charleston, SC…MELISSA VARNER has been promoted to news director for this Raycom Media owned CBS affiliate. She’s a longtime employee of the station, having joined the station in 2003 as a producer and advanced through the ranks. Here’s the staff memo from General Manager RITA SCOTT. Melissa replaces JAMES WARNER who left in October (after seven years as ND) to become Manager of Coverage and Content for KIRO-TV in Seattle.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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Morning Executive Producer, WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH:

WDTN is looking for an aggressive, innovative Executive Producer.

The top candidate is an excellent writer who has a passion for news, solid editorial judgement and the ability to lead the market in breaking news and weather. This person knows how to produce compelling and informative newscasts that make an impact with an audience on-air, online and on social media. You must be creative and a strategic thinker. We need a leader and team player who can meet deadlines and coach others to be their best.

Must be available for all shifts, including overnights, weekends, and holidays. A minimum of 3 years news producing experience is required.

Dayton’s economy is booming. The market has great schools, shopping and restaurants, and it’s just a quick trip to Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Qualified applicants can apply online at

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Morning Executive Producer, KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO:

KOAA News5, the number one NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs – Pueblo is looking for an Executive Producer for the morning team.

This person will manage and supervise a talented and experienced morning team, oversee editorial content and execution of news product on multiple platforms, promote content in coordination with the creative services team, plan for future segments, and deliver on brand.

The successful candidate will be a high energy team player with the ability to make good decisions quickly and demonstrate success with “new and now” content for a morning audience. We are looking for a creative leader to take this show to the next level.

Three years of experience producing in a top 75 market, and college degree are preferred. Must pass a background check and have a good driving record. You will get all the tools you need to excel in this job, generous benefits and supportive and positive work environment. We value employee input, training and promotion. We believe in being good guardians of company and our community.

Qualified candidates can send a resume and a link to your work to

No phone calls please. – KOAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Assistant News Director, KWWL-TV, Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, IA:

KWWL-NBC in Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, Iowa is seeking a take charge leader to help guide our news staff and manage our multi-platform news products. The chosen candidate will serve as a lead editorial decision maker for our TV, Web and Social Networking platforms. The Assistant News Director will oversee fast-paced newscasts and execute a vision for success in winning Weather, Breaking News and the Big Story every day.

You will help oversee our news operation and tracking stories throughout the day working with reporters on those stories. You will also work with producers and anchors to showcase and execute the presentation of newscasts. The Assistant News Director will have a creative vision for the use of writing, video, graphics and other production elements to tell great stories.

KWWL is a continuous news source with an ever immediate deadline mentality. You will oversee and be in constant contact with all involved in our news gathering and delivery process. You will be responsible for making immediate decisions on how stories and content will be presented where and when.

This position requires an urgency to get stories published on our web site and social media saturation.

Applicants must have 3 to 5 years producing experience with a strong desire to further their career in a management position.

To apply send your resume and like to a recent newscast/reel via email to: or by postal mail to:

Shane Moreland
News Director
KWWL Television, Inc.
500 East Fourth Street
Waterloo, IA 50703

KWWL Television, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Other News Management Openings:


KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 11/15/15)
KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (relisted 10/18/15)
KSNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV (listed 9/27/15)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, IA (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 10/18/15)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (relisted 10/18/15)
KTIV-TV, Sioux City, IA (relisted 11/1/15)


WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (AM EP, listed 11/8/15)
KNTV, San Jose/San Francisco, CA (AM EP, listed 11/1/15)
KPIX-TV, San Francisco, CA (relisted 10/18/15)
KOMO-TV (AM EP, listed 11/8/15)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Nightside EP, relisted 10/18/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (relisted 10/25/15)
KOIN-TV, Portland, OR (Investigative EP, listing revised 11/8/15)
WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham, NC (listed 10/4/15)
XETV, San Diego, CA (Supervising Producer Mornings, relisted this week)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Senior EP, listed 11/8/15)
KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (Dayside EP, relisted 10/18/15)
KSNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV (listed 9/27/15)
KTNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, listed 11/1/15)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Morning EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (Nightside EP, relisted 10/11/15)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 10/11/15)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (Morning EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (listed 10/4/15)
WJCL-TV, Savannah, GA (relisted 11/8/15)
WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI (listed 10/11/15)


WLBT-TV, Jackson, MS (listed 10/18/15)


Funeral services were held last Thursday for JOHN M. SPAIN II, son of one-time Baton Rouge News Director and past RTDNA president JOHN SPAIN. The younger Spain was 40 and died in Minneapolis, where he was working for a law firm handling marketing and video production. He had once served as a TV reporter. More details in this obituary. A note of sympathy would reach John at

BOB WESLEY died a week ago (Sunday, November 15th) at the age of 84. He was the ND for WBIR-TV in Knoxville in the late 1950’s, and later became the long-time public affairs specialist for Union Carbide and other contractors at the government’s Oak Ridge facilities. Learn more about his life and career by clicking here.

TOM COFFEY, who served as an early news director for WSAV-TV in Savannah, also died last Sunday (November 15th) at the age of 92. He went from TV to serve as the editor for two Savannah newspapers. He’s described as an ‘old school news hawk’ and a community leader in this story.

Names in the News…and other things:

In the latest in a series of remarkable blog posts, former News Director turned novelist FORREST CARR reports on a new income stream…and a trip to the lawyer to prepare a will.

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a photo. You must include your name. I’ll run it for one week. I don’t represent or endorse those listed, but merely trying to help.

General Manager News:



Congratulations to LARRY SILBERMANN who proves you can go home again as he’s been named General Manager for WTOC-TV in Savannah. He spent ten years as ND there before a promotion to Regional News Director for parent company Raycom Media six years ago. (To be honest, my calling it ‘going home again’ may be a stretch, since he was based in Savannah!) He’s also worked in Portland, OR, Cincinnati, New Orleans and Louisville. The station reported on his promotion here.

WEHT-TV (ABC) in Evansville has a new general manager. CURT MOLANDER will also be in charge of WTVW-TV, the CW affiliate in Evansville, via an outsourcing agreement with Mission Broadcasting. He had been a GM in Panama City, FL.

LINDA GUERRERO DEICLA has been promoted to General Manager for Sinclair’s KGBT-TV in Harlingen, TX. She had been the business manager there.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, November 15, 2015.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at:

KPHO/KTVK-TV, 5555 N 7th Ave. Phoenix AZ 85013
KING-TV 333 Dexter Avenue N. Seattle WA 98109
Northwest Cable News, 333 Dexter Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KVVU-TV 25 TV 5 Drive Las Vegas NV 89014
WFMY-TV 1615 Phillips Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405
WBRE/WYOU-TV 62 S. Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre PA 16701
KTAL/KMSS-TV 3150 N. Market Shreveport LA 71107
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St. East Syracuse, NY 13057
WROC-TV 201 Humboldt St. Rochester, NY 14610
KVEO-TV 394 North Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
KHBS/KHOG-TV 2415 North Albert Pike, Fort Smith, AR 72904
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima,WA 98901
KERO-TV 321 21st Street Bakersfield, CA 93301
WAOW-TV 1908 Grand Ave. Wausau WI 54403
KTIV-TV 3135 Floyd Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51108
KALB-TV 605 Washington St. Alexandria LA 71301
KGNS-TV 120 W. Delmar Blvd. Laredo TX 78045
KTVH-TV 100 W. Lyndale Ave. Suite A Helena MT 59601

* Spanish language station