May 22, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 UPDATE:

There’s a news director change in a top 20 market to share with you in this UPDATE.



Friday will be JEROME PARRA‘s last day as News Director for Tegna’s KXTV in Sacramento, a job he’s held for the last four years.

Here’s the note Jerome sent to his staff.

Before returning to Sacramento (he began his career at KXTV as a writer and assignment editor there in 1990) Jerome was the Assistant ND for Tegna’s KPNX-TV in Phoenix. Jerome’s also been an ND in Flagstaff and has worked on the assignment desk for another Phoenix station.

One note: Thanks to those of you who inquired about the Indy 500 race tickets I had for sale. All six sold Monday morning.

We’ll have all the latest news in our full newsletter later this week.


Rick Gevers

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TWO veteran news directors return to the big chair this week. And, to the best of my knowledge, there are NO new openings…so that drops our list of openings to 25.

TWO of those jobs are featured in our Paid Help Wanted ads below.

It’s been a fairly slow week, with details on two news managers on the move, an obituary for a longtime CNBC newsman, and a new GM at a Texas station.

Read on!

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New News Director Openings:

Not aware of any new openings this week. But please check out our TWO paid help wanted ads for openings we reported to you earlier.

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Newly Named News Directors:



KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, UT…this Bonneville owned NBC affiliate hired LEONA WOOD to fill its open news director position. Here’s the note from GM TANYA VEA to the staff. Leona last graced these pages in November when we reported her departure from KPHO/KTVK-TV in Phoenix after two years as ND, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family. She spent seven years as the Ass’t. ND at KPHO, was a news director in Spokane, and also worked in Seattle. Leona replaces CHRIS MOORE who left in January after less than two years as ND.



WLTZ-TV, Columbus, GA…GENE KIRKCONNELL starts June 1 as the next ND for this SagamoreHill (cq) owned NBC affiliate. This news release tells us that Gene and his wife have family in Columbus. He’s a former GM in Birmingham and Augusta, GA, and a former news director in Charleston, SC, Wichita, and Greenville, NC. He also worked as an EP in Birmingham. At WLTZ, he replaces ANDREA CLENNEY who is returning to Gainesville for a news director’s position there.

And our apologies to KEITH BLIVEN whose name we misspelled in reporting his hiring as ND for KTIV-TV in Sioux City, IA.

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News Director, WWTV/WWUP/WFQX-TV, Cadillac/Traverse City, MI:

Northern Michigan’s News Leader is currently looking for a dynamic person to oversee our newsroom.

9 & 10 News and Fox 32 produce nearly 8 hours of television news a day and are committed to success on all broadcasting platforms.

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If you are a creative mind and interested in living and working in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, email your resume to General Manager Kevin Dunaway:

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Executive Producer, WEEK-TV, Peoria, IL:

WEEK is seeking a take charge, second in command leader to help guide us to a future that goes well beyond traditional broadcast news. WEEK is a hugely dominant news organization just months away from major advancements.

This senior management position, functioning as the literal hub of our news organization, will serve as the primary editorial decision maker for our TV, web, mobile and social networking platforms.

With the intention of being a continuous local news source with an ever immediate deadline mentality, this position will directly oversee and be in nearly constant contact with all involved in our news gathering processes, will weigh the full editorial possibility of every story, and make immediate decisions on how it will be disseminated on the appropriate platforms.

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News Director, WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN:

WISH-TV, located in Indianapolis, IN has an immediate opening for an experienced, aggressive, innovative News Director. WISH-TV and sister station, WNDY air 9.5 hours of local news each weekday, and we produce content 24/7 on our digital platform. The ideal candidate will be a highly experienced journalist with well-developed leadership skills that can create and lead strategic plans to grow our audience and better serve our community. We need a true champion of aggressive broadcast and digital news gathering, as well as someone who can execute strategic, focused breaking news coverage. Our forward-thinking newsroom provides an outstanding opportunity for the right individual to lead an award winning news team.

Key duties:

  • Create & implement strategic plans to grow our audience across all platforms
    Ability to adapt current resources to emerging technology
    Lead newsroom with a consistent vision
    Manage newsroom staff and provide regular feedback and yearly performance reviews
    Prepare and manage a news operational budget
    Perform other duties as assigned

Education & Experience:

  • College degree
    5 years multi-platform newsroom management experience

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Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Other News Management Openings:


KING-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 5/15/16)
KGW-TV, Portland, OR (relisted 5/15/16)
KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 3/27/16)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (listed 4/16/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 4/2/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 5/8/16)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (relisted 5/15/16)
WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA (relisted 4/24/16)


KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, listed 5/1/16)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (Digital EP, relisted 3/27/16)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted this week)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, listed 4/16/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (2 jobs, Dayside & Spec. Proj., listing modified 5/15/16)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (two positions, AM EP, Dayside EP, relisted 5/1/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (AM EP, listed 4/2/16)
KOKI-TV, Tulsa, OK (AM EP, listed 4/10/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (listed 4/2/16)
WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV (relisted 5/1/16)
KGUN-TV, Tucson, AZ (Morning EP, relisted 5/8/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 5/8/16)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (Dayside EP, relisted 3/27/16)
WJCL-TV, Savannah, GA (relisted this week)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted this week)
KTTC-TV, Rochester, MN (5/15/16)


KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (listed 5/8/16)
WHIO-TV, Dayton, OH (relisted 4/24/16)


GLEN ROCHKIND died earlier this month at the age of 57. He spent much of his career working for CNBC but had a few other jobs. More details in this story which includes a link to his obituary.

Names in the News:

LISA SHUBEL moves within Raycom to become the new Nightside EP for WXIX-TV in Cincinnati. She’s been the Assistant ND for WFIE-TV in Evansville, IN, and has also worked in Detroit, Denver, and Flint, MI.

KEITH CONNER returns to the Assignment Desk via his new job at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. He most recently was ND for WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, WV. He’s also worked for several stations in Charlotte, as well as Atlanta and Knoxville.

General Manager News:

Raycom Media has named JOSH YOUNG General Manager of KWES-TV in Odessa, TX. He’s worked for the company’s KCBD-TV in Lubbock, TX, for the past 16 years. He’s been director of marketing there for the last eleven years.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, May 22, 2016.

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

WWSB-TV 1477 10th St, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Tampa market)
KRIV-TV 4261 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
KPNX-TV 200 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
KTAZ-TV 4625 S 33rd Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85040 **
WXYZ-TV 20777 West 10 Mile Road Southfield, MI 48037
WISH-TV 1950 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202 (see ad above!)
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
KVUE-TV 3201 Steck Ave. Austin, TX 78757
WGBA-TV 1391 North Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313
WDBJ-TV 2807 Hershberger Road Roanoke, VA 24017
WHEC-TV 191 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14604
KFVS-TV 310 Broadway Cape Girardeau MO 63701
WCIA-TV 509 S Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820
WVNY/WFFF 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester, VT 05446
KRNV-TV 1790 Vassar St. Reno, NV 89502
KBOI-TV 140 N 16th St, Boise, ID 83702
WWTV/WWUP 22320 130th Ave, Tustin, MI 49688 (see ad above!)
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima,WA 98901
KIII-TV 5002 S Padre Island Dr. Corpus Christi, TX 78411
KMID/KPEJ-TV 3200 LaForce Boulevard Midland, TX 79711
KAUZ/KSWO-TV 3601 Seymour Highway Wichita Falls, TX 76309
KPVI-TV 902 E Sherman St, Pocatello, ID 83201
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster St, Dothan, AL 36303
KYOU-TV 820 W Second St. Ottumwa IA 52501
KQTV 4000 Faraon St. Joseph, MO 64506

* Spanish language station