December 31, 2017

January 5, 2018 UPDATE:

Greetings:

There’s another large market news director opening to tell you about today, with news that FRED D’AMBROSI has parted ways with Raycom’s Cleveland duopoly, WOIO/WUAB-TV (CBS/CW).

D'Ambrosi

D’Ambrosi

Fred’s been the ND there since the spring of 2015. He’s also been an ND in Milwaukee, San Diego, and Washington, DC. Fred worked at another Cleveland station earlier in his career as well as in Green Bay and Columbia, MO.

We’ll have a full slate of news in our complete newsletter later this weekend.

regards,

gevers

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January 3, 2018 UPDATE:

Greetings:

It didn’t take long for the New Year to produce two big stories: the pending retirement of a longtime news director and a big promotion for a corporate news executive.

Berra

Berra

In Tampa, veteran news director BILL BERRA has announced his retirement at the end of March. Here’s his note to the staff along with the note from his GM, SKIP VALET.

As Bill mentions in his note, he’s worked for almost every major company, and has been a news director in Columbus, OH, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis and Memphis. More on his background here (at least back to 1988). He plans to stay in Tampa.

McCreery

McCreery

The other big story of the day comes from Meredith, where PATRICK McCREERY has been promoted to Executive VP of Operations for the group. Here’s the note from President PAUL KARPOWICZ in which he explains that all GMs will report to Patrick.

Patrick’s been VP of News and Marketing for Meredith for the past four years. He’s been with the company since 2002, starting as an EP in Phoenix, moving to Portland as Assistant ND, then ND, and eventually general manager.

I’m just guessing here, but I suspect we have a lot of big news in the weeks and months ahead.

regards,

gevers

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Greetings:

Hope 2018 is everyone you and yours hope it will be.

For another holiday week, a surprising amount of activity. We have TWO new news director openings, with ONE newly named news director. That means our always unofficial list of openings stands at 22.

Just ONE item in Names in the News this week. We always welcome your submissions.

Among our THREE obituaries this week is one for a legendary Buffalo anchor who once served as his station’s ND. The others were for a well known former GM in Orlando and for the mother of a four-time news director.

We have ONE new GM to tell you about…as a former news executive moves into the big chair in a top 30 market. And we have a very interesting list of longtime general managers who have retired during the past year.

That’s all below.

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Newly Named News Director: 

Fobe

Fobe

WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA…KYLE FOBE trades the bright lights of Las Vegas for the news director’s job at this Nexstar Media owned CBS affiliate. He’s been the dayside EP for KVVU-TV in Las Vegas for the past year, and worked for WBND-TV in South Bend, where he began as a producer while still in college and worked his way up to EP. At WTAJ, he replaces CHRIS MILLER who was ND here about three years.

New News Director Openings: 

Hundley

Hundley

WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI…as we first told you in an UPDATE on Thursday, JANET HUNDLEY has left this Scripps’ owned NBC affiliate after 3 1/2 years. Janet shared some thoughts with her staff in this farewell email.

She’s spent most of her career at ABC owned stations:

12 1/2 years at WLS-TV in Chicago as the Assistant ND.
5 1/2 years at WTVG-TV in Toledo (ABC owned then) as ND and Assistant ND
Almost 8 years at WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham as a photojournalist, producer and Operations Manager

She’s also worked for another Raleigh station and began her career in Wilmington, NC, as a reporter and one woman bureau reporter.

Bernhardt

Bernhardt

WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN…TONY BERNHARDT has left this Gray Television owned CBS affiliate after about 2 1/2 years as news director. Before that, he was the Assistant News Director for WTNH-TV in Hartford/New Haven, CT. Tony’s also worked in Washington, DC, Tampa, Orlando and Colorado Springs, where he began his career on-air

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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News Director, WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV:

The News Director leads and supervises all aspects of news, including broadcast and digital, weather and sports programming.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

* Manages all aspects of the News Department (other than Production.)
* Plans and manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department.
* Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees.
* Develops news coverage strategy for the station and its website.
* Critiques newscasts on a daily basis to correct errors, improve coverage and provide mentoring feedback to news staff.
* Assigns projects to staff and verifies that deadlines are being met.
* Ensures achievement of viewer rating goals.
* Determines programming and evaluation of equipment needs to produce quality programming.
* Responds to coverage questions.
* Works with other senior station leaders to establish and reach station goals.
* Performs other duties as assigned.

You must apply online to be considered for this position.

Please click here to access all career opportunities for WOWK-TV and Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

WOWK-TV is an equal opportunity employer.

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News Director, WJHL-TV, Johnson City, TN:

WJHL CBS and ABC TriCities in Johnson City, TN (Market 99) is seeking an experienced News Director who is an innovative and dynamic leader, possessing excellent news judgment, strong digital news initiative, and a passion to be the best, and work with a nationally IRE recognized Investigative team.

The market has a strong local economy made up of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol, with strong healthcare, education, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism balancing each other and each playing a significant role.

Quality of life in Northeast TN is fantastic, with great 4 season weather, lots of outdoor activity, Bristol Motor Speedway, ETSU Academics and Athletics, and not to mention a 45-minute drive to Asheville North Carolina. Our mountain views are breathtaking, and our access to Asheville, Nashville, Knoxville, even ATLANTA can all be done on less than a single tank of gas.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, just click here!

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Executive Producer, WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH:

13abc in Toledo, Ohio has an excellent opportunity for an Executive Producer.

If you believe that excellent journalism requires creativity, relevance and public service, you could be working with Toledo’s most honored and experienced news team.

You will be expected to oversee a talented team that produces content for a variety of platforms including television, internet, social networking sites and mobile. You will be responsible for presenting enterprise creative story ideas daily and provide feedback/coaching aimed at helping producers grow professionally and the organization achieve even greater success.

You must be a dynamic writer, well organized and solution-oriented. A positive attitude and a competitive nature are required. 13abc consistently produces live specials and “on location” newscasts that are distinctive.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:

* Identifying the day’s most important stories and working closely with producers, reporters and photographers to provide comprehensive coverage of major stories
* Oversee special projects and help coordinate big event coverage and live remote newscasts
* Research and generate story ideas
* Work with staff to generate fresh stories, unique angles and creative storytelling
* Contribute to a collaborative environment that values discussion
* Be part of strategic planning to achieve organizational goals
* Meet daily deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Toledo, Ohio is rapidly moving forward with an excellent quality of life and low cost of living.

This is a full time position offering competitive salaries with a competitive benefit package that includes medical/dental/vision plans as well as a 401k plan.

This position requires availability to work weekends and holidays as needed/assigned.

Click here to learn more and to apply!

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (listed 11/12/17)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (listed 11/26/17)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (relisted this week)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (AM EP, listed 11/5/17)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 11/26/17)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (2 openings, AM & PM, listing revised 12/16/17)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Dayside EP, relisted 12/3/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised 11/26/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (PM EP, listing modified 12/10/17)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (Nightside EP, relisted this week)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Nightside EP, listed 11/19/17)
WRGB-TV, Albany/Schenectady, NY (listed 11/12/17)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (relisted 11/5/17)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (AM EP, relisted 11/26/17)
WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH (listed 12/23/17, see ad above!)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (listed 11/12/17)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, relisted 11/12/17)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 12/3/17)

Obituaries:

Weinstein

Weinstein

IRV WEINSTEIN, a legendary anchor and one-time news director at Buffalo’s WKBW-TV, died this week at the age of 87. He suffered from ALS. Irv anchored for 34 years at WKBW, known for his rapid fire delivery and phrases like “pistol-packing punks”. This obituary includes his last newscast, delivered 19 years ago today.

Former WESH-TV (Orlando) General Manager JOHN E. EVANS died earlier this month. He was well known for his on-air editorials during his tenure at the station, and a noted civic booster. There’s a reason I included his middle initial, as you’ll find out if you read this.

Finally, our sympathy to WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) News Director KATHY HOSTETTER¬†on the loss of her mother. EMILY HOSTETTER died December 22nd at the age of 75. More on her passing here. In additional to Indianapolis, Kathy’s been a news director in Ft. Wayne, Norfolk and Louisville and has worked in Grand Rapids and San Francisco.

Names in the News (and other items):

McFarland

McFarland

We told you a few weeks ago that longtime Houston newsman RICK McFARLAND was retiring at the end of the year. His tenure in the market earned him this Q & A with longtime Houston media blogger MIKE McGUFF. Rick arrived in Houston in 1979 as a photographer at KHOU-TV, moved to KPRC-TV soon thereafter as a sports photographer, and eventually worked his way to ND before finishing his career as Senior Executive Producer. Full disclosure: we were college classmates at Missouri.

General Manager News and Notes:

Durbin-Scott

Durbin-Scott

Scripps filled its open GM job at its Indianapolis ABC affiliate, WRTV, by moving LANA DURBIN-SCOTT into that role. Lana’s been a senior director of news strategy and operations for Scripps. More details in this news release from the company.

And check this unofficial list of veteran general managers (or GMs who became corporate executives) who have retired during 2017. 14 in all, nine of them former news directors. And that just includes those who retired and were not ousted, as best as I can tell. (While I’d like to take credit for compiling the list,¬†thanks to one of the folks on the list…just retired Scripps executive¬†STEVE WASSERMAN for sharing.) ¬†And if you know of someone who should be included, please let me know.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, December 31, 2017:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com
Verizon Fios 1 News 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573
KCBS/KCAL-TV 4200 Radford Ave. Studio City, CA 91604
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
WUVG-TV 3350 Peachtree Road #1250, Atlanta, GA 30326 **
KOMO-TV 140 4th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
Spectrum News 2505 Atlantic Ave. #102, Raleigh, NC 27604
WTMJ-TV 720 E Capitol Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212
WJAX/WFOX 11700 Central Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32224
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque, NM 87104
WMC-TV 1960 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
WVLT-TV 6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919
WOWK-TV 350 Quarrier Street Charleston, WV 25301 (see ad above!)
WSYR/WTVH 1030 James St.Syracuse, NY 13203
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main Street Johnson City, TN 37601 (see ad above!)
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
WTVM/WXTX-TV 1909 Wynnton Rd. Columbus, GA 31906
KECI-TV 340 W. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802
WDHN-TV PO Box 6237, Dothan, AL 36302
KFBB-TV P.O. Box 1139. Great Falls MT 59403
KRTV P.O. Box 2989, Great Falls, MT, 59403

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December 23, 2017

December 29, 2017 UPDATE:

We always take special pleasure in reporting news people moving to the general manager’s chair. Today we get to do that, and, for the first time in memory, this person has never been a news director but certainly has lots of news experience.

Lana Durbin Scott

Durbin-Scott

LANA DURBIN-SCOTT will be the next GM for Scripps’ WRTV in Indianapolis, the ABC affiliate there. She’s currently senior director of news strategy and operations for Scripps, overseeing news strategy for the company’s local news brands.

She has spent her entire career with the company, which details her background in this news release.

Lana replaces veteran GM LARRY BLACKERBY who left the station this fall after seven years there.

For a between the holidays week, it’s been pretty busy! We’ll cover all the news in our full newsletter sometime over the weekend.

regards,

gevers

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December 28, 2017 UPDATE:

Greetings:

Hundley

Hundley

News today from Milwaukee, where a veteran news director has resigned her job after 3 1/2 years.

Here’s the memo JANET HUNDLEY sent to her staff this afternoon at WTMJ-TV, the Scripps owned NBC affiliate there.

Janet told me today that she was proud of her team at WTMJ.

Before joining the station, Janet spent 26 years at a variety of ABC owned stations. She spent 12 1/2 years as the Assistant ND at WLS-TV in Chicago, was the ND (and earlier the Assistant ND) for WTVG-TV in Toledo (which ABC owned at the time) for 5 1/2 years, and worked for WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham for almost eight years, as a photojournalist, producer, and operations manager.

She also worked at WRAL-TV in Raleigh as a photojournalist-reporter and began her career at WECT-TV in Wilmington, NC, as a reporter and one woman bureau reporter.

Travel may delay our weekly newsletter, but we hope to have something for you later this week.

Until then, hope your holidays are terrific and your new year is happy!

regards,

gevers

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Greetings:

My best wishes for a happy holiday season to you and your families.

For a week leading into a major holiday…there’s a lot going on. We have THREE new ND openings, and ONE newly named news director. Those changes bump our list of openings to 20. TWO of those openings are featured among our THREE paid help wanted ads.

There was a similar flurry of general manager changes, too, including a former ND who ascends to the big chair. We have a few items in Names in the News, including stories about TWO former NDs, And there are TWO obituaries, including one of a past RTDNA President.

We’ll try and publish next week but it’s possible there will be little news due to the holiday week.

Until then…

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Newly Named News Director: 

Dale

Dale

WCSC-TV, Charleston, SC…JENNIFER DALE returns to Raycom as she’ll be the new ND for this CBS affiliate. She’s currently the ND for Nexstar’s WJHL-TV in Johnson City, TN (more on that below) where she was hired by GM DAN CATES, who’s now the GM at WCSC. They also worked together at WKRG-TV in Mobile when Dan was the ND there. She’s also worked in Columbus, GA, and Myrtle Beach. More from Raycom VP/News STEVEN ACKERMANN in this email to other NDs. Jennifer replaces MELISSA VARNER who left in October after almost two years as ND and 14 years at the station.

New News Director Openings: 

Lortz

Lortz

WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV…DENNIS LORTZ has left this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate after just nine months as news director. He’d been the Assistant ND before being promoted, is a former news director and anchor in Nebraska, and has worked in Rapid City, Dallas and Washington, in addition to a number of syndicated programs. Learn more about this opportunity in the paid help wanted ad just below.

WJHL-TV, Johnson City, TN…as noted above, JENNIFER DALE is leaving this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate. She’d been ND here for more than five years. If you want that job, start by checking out the paid help wanted ad below.

Crews

Crews

WDHN-TV, Dothan, AL…after 2 1/2 years as ND, STEPHEN CREWS has left this Nexstar owned ABC affiliate. Stephen had worked there for five years before being promoted, and spent many years before that working for some weekly newspapers in the region.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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News Director, WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV:

The News Director leads and supervises all aspects of news, including broadcast and digital, weather and sports programming.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

* Manages all aspects of the News Department (other than Production.)
* Plans and manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department.
* Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees.
* Develops news coverage strategy for the station and its website.
* Critiques newscasts on a daily basis to correct errors, improve coverage and provide mentoring feedback to news staff.
* Assigns projects to staff and verifies that deadlines are being met.
* Ensures achievement of viewer rating goals.
* Determines programming and evaluation of equipment needs to produce quality programming.
* Responds to coverage questions.
* Works with other senior station leaders to establish and reach station goals.
* Performs other duties as assigned.

You must apply online to be considered for this position.

Please click here to access all career opportunities for WOWK-TV and Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

WOWK-TV is an equal opportunity employer.

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News Director, WJHL-TV, Johnson City, TN:

WJHL CBS and ABC TriCities in Johnson City, TN (Market 99) is seeking an experienced News Director who is an innovative and dynamic leader, possessing excellent news judgment, strong digital news initiative, and a passion to be the best, and work with a nationally IRE recognized Investigative team.

The market has a strong local economy made up of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol, with strong healthcare, education, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism balancing each other and each playing a significant role.

Quality of life in Northeast TN is fantastic, with great 4 season weather, lots of outdoor activity, Bristol Motor Speedway, ETSU Academics and Athletics, and not to mention a 45-minute drive to Asheville North Carolina. Our mountain views are breathtaking, and our access to Asheville, Nashville, Knoxville, even ATLANTA can all be done on less than a single tank of gas.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, just click here!

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Executive Producer, WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH:

13abc in Toledo, Ohio has an excellent opportunity for an Executive Producer.

If you believe that excellent journalism requires creativity, relevance and public service, you could be working with Toledo’s most honored and experienced news team.

You will be expected to oversee a talented team that produces content for a variety of platforms including television, internet, social networking sites and mobile. You will be responsible for presenting enterprise creative story ideas daily and provide feedback/coaching aimed at helping producers grow professionally and the organization achieve even greater success.

You must be a dynamic writer, well organized and solution-oriented. A positive attitude and a competitive nature are required. 13abc consistently produces live specials and “on location” newscasts that are distinctive.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited, to:

* Identifying the day’s most important stories and working closely with producers, reporters and photographers to provide comprehensive coverage of major stories
* Oversee special projects and help coordinate big event coverage and live remote newscasts
* Research and generate story ideas
* Work with staff to generate fresh stories, unique angles and creative storytelling
* Contribute to a collaborative environment that values discussion
* Be part of strategic planning to achieve organizational goals
* Meet daily deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Toledo, Ohio is rapidly moving forward with an excellent quality of life and low cost of living.

This is a full time position offering competitive salaries with a competitive benefit package that includes medical/dental/vision plans as well as a 401k plan.

This position requires availability to work weekends and holidays as needed/assigned.

Click here to learn more and to apply!

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (listed 11/12/17)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (listed 11/26/17)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (listed 10/29/17)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (AM EP, listed 11/5/17)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 11/26/17)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (2 openings, AM & PM, listing revised 12/16/17)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (AM EP, listing revised 10/22/17)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Dayside EP, relisted 12/3/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised 11/26/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (PM EP, listing modified 12/10/17)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (Nightside EP, listing revised 10/29/17)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Nightside EP, listed 11/19/17)
WRGB-TV, Albany/Schenectady, NY (listed 11/12/17)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (relisted 11/5/17)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (AM EP, relisted 11/26/17)
WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (listed 11/12/17)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, relisted 11/12/17)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 12/3/17)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 10/22/17)

Obituaries:

LOU ADLER, a longtime NYC radio news director and one-time President of what was then RTNDA, died Friday morning after a long illness. He was 88. He also anchored morning drive for WCBS-AM, worked at 1010 WINS and ABC Radio and taught at Quinnipiac University. WCBS profiled Lou here in a well produced radio story.

Our sympathy to the folks at WSMV-TV in Nashville on the loss of former co-worker CARLOS JOHNSON who died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 52. Carlos started at the station while still in college and went on to work there for 18 years. He left the station in 2007 but continued to work in other media jobs in Nashville.

Names in the News (and other items):

Zimmerman

Vicki Z.

One of Raycom’s Regional News Directors, VICKI ZIMMERMAN (LaFLUER) is retiring. She’s a former news director at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge and earlier worked at KPLC-TV (NBC/Lake Charles, LA) which paid tribute to her in this story.

ELLIE MIRMAZAHERI stays within Hearst as she moves from KCRA-TV in Sacramento to KCCI -TV in Des Moines, IA. Ellie was a morning newscast producer in Sacramento and will be an EP in Des Moines. She’s also worked in Eugene, OR.

We have a few stories involving former news directors.

Riser

Riser

CHRISTINE RISER is a former ND at WJHL-TV in Johnson City, TN, who then became a GM with Media General’s Interactive Division. She later moved into marketing and PR jobs, including one at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Bristol newspaper featured her in an interview segment describing her first job.

WALTER JOHN CHILSEN, the first news director of WSAU-TV (now WSAW-TV) in Wausau, WI, is being honored as he is stepping down from the Board of the Town of Weston after 17 years of service. Did I mention he’s 94? He also spent more than 20 years as a state senator, and was injured in a plane crash during World War II, as you’ll learn here.

General Manager News and Notes:

There’s a number of GM moves to share with you.

Sinclair has made General Manager moves at two of its North Carolina stations.

JENNIFER HATCHER HARDIN is the new GM for Gray’s WVLT-TV in Knoxville.

Breen

Breen

One time news director BRIDGET BREEN has been promoted to GM for Quincy Media’s KTIV-TV in Sioux City, IA. She joined the station in 1994 and has done about every job in the building as you’ll learn here.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Saturday, December 23, 2017:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

Verizon Fios 1 News 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573
KCBS/KCAL-TV 4200 Radford Ave. Studio City, CA 91604
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
WUVG-TV 3350 Peachtree Road #1250, Atlanta, GA 30326 **
KOMO-TV 140 4th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
Spectrum News 2505 Atlantic Ave. #102, Raleigh, NC 27604
WJAX/WFOX 11700 Central Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32224
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque, NM 87104
WMC-TV 1960 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
WOWK-TV 350 Quarrier Street Charleston, WV 25301 (see ad above!)
WSYR/WTVH 1030 James St.Syracuse, NY 13203
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main Street Johnson City, TN 37601 (see ad above!)
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
WTVM/WXTX-TV 1909 Wynnton Rd. Columbus, GA 31906
KECI-TV 340 W. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802
WDHN-TV PO Box 6237, Dothan, AL 36302
KFBB-TV P.O. Box 1139. Great Falls MT 59403
KRTV P.O. Box 2989, Great Falls, MT, 59403

**: Spanish language station


December 16, 2017

Greetings:

A flurry of open news director jobs this week, TWO in top 12 markets, highlight this earlier-than-usual edition of our newsletter.

One of the reasons for our uncharacteristic Saturday delivery is the breaking news from Seattle where a veteran ND is retiring. See more below in our New News Director Openings section.

That move is one of THREE new openings, and, to the best of my knowledge, there are NO newly named NDs.

Our count of open jobs is 18.

Lots of items in Names in the News, including a new EP in New York, a new Assistant ND in Seattle, a former Memphis ND is out of work less than two weeks before returning to her former company in a new role, and a longtime Los Angeles newsman is retiring.

Read on!

Newly Named News Directors: 

I’m not aware of any this week. We always appreciate your tips, though, if you know something we don’t!

 

New News Director Openings: 

Dallman

Dallman

KCBS/KCAL-TV, Los Angeles, CA…we told you in a late Wednesday night UPDATE that BILL DALLMAN has left this CBS owned duopoly. He was ND there for a little over two years, spent more than 7 years as the ND for Fox’s KMSP/WTTC-TV in Minneapolis, almost 7 years as the first ND for what was then Fox’s KDVR-TV in Denver, and two plus years as ND for Tegna’s WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, MI. Bill was also the first ND for FOX Sports 1, a job he held for more than 2 years before moving to KCBS. He’s also worked in Sacramento and Austin, MN. His replacement will be the fourth ND in 8 years at KCBS.

Costello

Costello

KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA…late yesterday veteran ND PAT COSTELLO announced his pending retirement. He’ll leave this Sinclair owned ABC affiliate when the February rating period ends. He’s been ND here for three years. GM JANENE DRAFS sent this note to the staff, which includes a note from Pat. Pat told me he’ll split time between Seattle and Phoenix, where he and wife still own a place from his three years as ND at KNXV-TV. He spent more than twelve years at KING-TV in Seattle, the first seven years as ND and later Station Manager. He’s also been a news director in Chicago and Salt Lake City, an assistant news director in Baltimore, and began his career as a photojournalist in Indianapolis and Columbia, MO.

Reynolds

Reynolds

WTVM/WXTX-TV, Columbus, GA…SHAWN REYNOLDS is heading 90 miles up I-85 to Atlanta, where he’ll become the Morning Executive Producer for Meredith’s CBS affiliate, WGCL-TV. The GM for the Raycom owned ABC affiliate, HOLLY STEUART, distributed this email. Shawn’s been the news/content director (their title, not mine) for just over two years. He’s also worked in Indianapolis, at The Weather Channel, for two stations in Atlanta, Huntington, WV, and in Lexington and Hazard, KY.

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Producer, WFFT-TV, Ft. Wayne, IN:

WFFT in Fort Wayne, Indiana has an immediate opening for a strong Newscast Producer who knows how to create an extraordinary, fast paced 10pm newscast.

We are searching for a full-time newscast producer who is aggressive and passionate about local news, and maintains a positive attitude no matter the challenge at hand. The candidate must be smart in decision making and leadership in the newsroom. They must also understand how to incorporate station research and branding to deliver dynamic newscasts.

Fort Wayne is a thriving city in Northeast Indiana with an abundance of parks and recreational activities good schools community event and minor league sporting events.

Requirements:

* 4 year degree in Journalism, Communications or related field
* 2-4 years newsroom experience, with at least one year of producing
* Familiarity with ENPS
* Strong Journalistic skills and understanding of the tenants of Journalism
* Understand the focus on local content and story-telling to create a compelling newscast
* The ability to multi-task and handle the pressures of breaking news
* Excellent copy-editing skills
* Contribute to stations digital platforms throughout shift

All candidates must pass a background check and drug screen before employment.

If you meet these requirements, please submit your resume, references and reel to: rhirsch@wfft.com

The station is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (listed 11/12/17)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (listed 11/26/17)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (listed 10/29/17)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (AM EP, listed 11/5/17)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 11/26/17)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (2 openings, AM & PM, listing revised this week)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (AM EP, listing revised 10/22/17)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Dayside EP, relisted 12/3/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised 11/26/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (PM EP, listing modified 12/10/17)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (Nightside EP, listing revised 10/29/17)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Nightside EP, listed 11/19/17)
WRGB-TV, Albany/Schenectady, NY (listed 11/12/17)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (relisted 11/5/17)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (AM EP, relisted 11/26/17)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (listed 11/12/17)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, relisted 11/12/17)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 12/3/17)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 10/22/17)

Names in the News (and other items):

WPIX-TV in New York has a new executive producer. PATRICK WILSON joins this Tribune owned station. Details about his responsibilities and his background are here.

MICHELE MORIN has been promoted to Assistant News Director at Sinclair’s Seattle ABC affiliate, KOMO-TV. She’s been the dayside EP there, previously was the morning EP, and also wored at KIRO-TV in Seattle.

Phillips

Phillips

Former Memphis News Director TAMMY PHILLIPS didn’t spend much time between jobs. We told you two weeks ago she was leaving Raycom’s WMC-TV in Memphis after six years as ND. She’s moving to a corporate recruiting role with Raycom, as you’ll learn in this memo from Raycom’s Director of Human Resources, DIANNE WILSON.

Cramer

Cramer

Longtime Los Angeles newsman (and former RTDNA board member) BRUCE CRAMER has announced his retirement at the end of the year. Bruce spent the last 17 years at KABC-TV, where he was recently promoted to the first multi-platform producer, writing and editing original content for the station’s website. He also worked for ABC’s KFSN-TV in Fresno, was a news director in Tallahassee, and held a variety of jobs in Baltimore, Nashville, Augusta, GA,¬†Mobile, Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, Ft. Myers and Charleston, SC.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Saturday, December 16, 2017:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

Verizon Fios 1 News 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573
KCBS/KCAL-TV 4200 Radford Ave. Studio City, CA 91604
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
WUVG-TV 3350 Peachtree Road #1250, Atlanta, GA 30326 **
KOMO-TV 140 4th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
Spectrum News 2505 Atlantic Ave. #102, Raleigh, NC 27604
WJAX/WFOX 11700 Central Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32224
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque, NM 87104
WMC-TV 1960 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
WSYR/WTVH 1030 James St.Syracuse, NY 13203
WCSC-TV 2126 Charlie Hall Blvd, Charleston, SC 29414
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
WTVM/WXTX-TV 1909 Wynnton Rd. Columbus, GA 31906
KECI-TV 340 W. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802
KFBB-TV P.O. Box 1139. Great Falls MT 59403
KRTV P.O. Box 2989, Great Falls, MT, 59403

**: Spanish language station


December 10, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017:

Dallman

Dallman

Another news director change late today in Los Angeles, as BILL DALLMAN has left KCBS/KCAL-TV after just over two years as news director for this o-and-o.

Bill’s a former news director in Minneapolis at the Fox owned duopoly (KMSP/WFTC-TV), and was the startup news director for KDVR-TV in Denver which was owned by Fox at the time. His first ND job was at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, MI.

Bill spent the two years before KCBS as the first news director for Fox Sports 1 in Los Angeles.

He’s also worked in Sacramento and Austin, MN, where he began his career as an anchor/reporter. His complete background is here.

Bill’s replacement will be the fourth news director in eight years at KCBS.

We’ll have more on all the week’s news in our full newsletter later this week.

regards,

gevers

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Greetings:

While there wasn’t a lot of ND movement this week (ONE new opening and ONE newly named ND, leaving our list of open jobs at 15), we have lots of interesting items in our weekly report.

Those items include FIVE local stations winning DuPont Awards, the retirement of a veteran broadcaster who’s worked for the network, served FOUR large market stations as news director, and also was a GM in several markets, and a new GM in Tampa.

All that…and more…below.

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Thanks to Kneeland’s generous funders, this opportunity is nearly free for selected news managers. The Kneeland Project pays for all tuition costs as well as hotel and several meals. Participants cover only their transportation and a few meals — Kneeland takes care of the rest.

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Newly Named News Directors: 

White

White

WVVA-TV, Bluefield, WV…veteran news director KEN WHITE is on the job for this Quincy owned NBC affiliate. Ken’s a former ND at WOWK-TV in Charleston/Huntington and spent 14 years at WCCB-TV in Charlotte where he started the news department. At WVVA, he replaces STEVE KORIOTH who left earlier this year to return to his native Texas to become the Assistant GM at a Dickey’s BBQ restaurant.

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New News Director Opening: 

Welty

Welty

KADN/KLAF-TV, Lafayette, LA…this Bayou City Broadcasting NBC/FOX operation has a posting for news director on its website. CHRIS WELTY, who was an anchor/reporter there, assumed the ND job earlier this year.

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Producer, WFFT-TV, Ft. Wayne, IN:

WFFT in Fort Wayne, Indiana has an immediate opening for a strong Newscast Producer who knows how to create an extraordinary, fast paced 10pm newscast.

We are searching for a full-time newscast producer who is aggressive and passionate about local news, and maintains a positive attitude no matter the challenge at hand. The candidate must be smart in decision making and leadership in the newsroom. They must also understand how to incorporate station research and branding to deliver dynamic newscasts.

Fort Wayne is a thriving city in Northeast Indiana with an abundance of parks and recreational activities good schools community event and minor league sporting events.

Requirements:

* 4 year degree in Journalism, Communications or related field
* 2-4 years newsroom experience, with at least one year of producing
* Familiarity with ENPS
* Strong Journalistic skills and understanding of the tenants of Journalism
* Understand the focus on local content and story-telling to create a compelling newscast
* The ability to multi-task and handle the pressures of breaking news
* Excellent copy-editing skills
* Contribute to stations digital platforms throughout shift

All candidates must pass a background check and drug screen before employment.

If you meet these requirements, please submit your resume, references and reel to: rhirsch@wfft.com

The station is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 10/22/17)
KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO (listed 10/15/17)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (listed 11/12/17)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (listed 11/26/17)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (listed 10/29/17)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (AM EP, listed 11/5/17)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 11/26/17)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM EP, listing revised 10/15/17)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 10/22/17)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (AM EP, listing revised 10/22/17)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Dayside EP, relisted 12/3/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised 11/26/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (PM EP, listing modified this week)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (Nightside EP, listing revised 10/29/17)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Nightside EP, listed 11/19/17)
WRGB-TV, Albany/Schenectady, NY (listed 11/12/17)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (relisted 11/5/17)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (AM EP, relisted 11/26/17)
KCCI-TV, Des Moines, IA (listed 10/8/17)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (listed 11/12/17)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, relisted 11/12/17)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 12/3/17)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 10/22/17)

Names in the News (and other items):

Congratulations to FIVE local stations honored this week with Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Honored were KHOU-TV in Houston, KNTV in San Jose/San Francisco, KNXV-TV in Phoenix, KARE-TV in Minneapolis, and WITI-TV in Milwaukee. The full news release with details of each story is here.

Godwin

Godwin

KIMBERLY GODWIN, who’s been an ND in three local markets, has been promoted to VP/News for CBS News. She had been Senior Broadcast Producer for the CBS Evening News. And TIM GAUGHAN will now oversee CBS Newspath in his new role as VP of News Services. He replaces MARSHA COOKE who left the network. Click here for more.

Charles

Charles

DEYJA CHARLES is the new EP for Baton Rouge’s WBRZ-TV. More here. She most recently was the ND for KFBB/KHBB-TV in Great Falls, MT. We told you in October that she was leaving that Cowles operation after her successor was found to pursue a new opportunity.

General Manager News and Notes:

Valet

Valet

We told you earlier this week that SKIP VALET is returning to his native Florida as GM for Nexstar’s Tampa duopoly, WFLA/WTTA-TV. Skip’s been the GM for WTKR-TV in Norfolk for the last two years. But he spent most of his career working for Post-Newsweek (now Graham Media stations). He was GM for WKMG-TV in Orlando, where he earlier had been ND. And he was the ND for KPRC-TV in Houston and WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, where your editor hired him as a production assistant in 1982.

Reingold

Reingold

Veteran broadcaster DICK REINGOLD left his gig as GM for WCTI-TV in New Bern-Greenville-Washington, NC on Friday. Dick has a lengthy and impressive resume, found here on his Linkedin page. Here’s part of the note he sent the staff:

Though I am not from Eastern North Carolina, I will always be grateful for your warm welcome and have relished rolling up my sleeves with you. While I am leaving WCTI, I am not stepping away from either life or business. I love my family very much, but neither “spending more time” with them nor buying an RV loaded with ECU Pirate signage and visiting all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) is immediately ahead. Thank you for letting me serve with you and all of the best of luck.

WAPA-TV in Puerto Rico is getting a new GM. JAVIER MAYNULET takes over at a challenging time on the island. He replaces JOSE RAMOS who will retire in the first half of 2018.

Stutz

Stutz

Old friend MIKE STUTZ, now GM for a News Press & Gazette cluster in Palm Springs, CA, will be honored by the local chapter of the American Cancer Society with its Celebration of Life Award. Mike is now cancer free as you’ll learn here. As you know, he’s a former ND in San Diego and Jacksonville and began his career as a reporter.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, December 10, 2017:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

Verizon Fios 1 News 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
WUVG-TV 3350 Peachtree Road #1250, Atlanta, GA 30326 **
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
Spectrum News 2505 Atlantic Ave. #102, Raleigh, NC 27604
WJAX/WFOX 11700 Central Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32224
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque, NM 87104
WMC-TV 1960 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
WSYR/WTVH 1030 James St.Syracuse, NY 13203
WCSC-TV 2126 Charlie Hall Blvd, Charleston, SC 29414
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KECI-TV 340 W. Main St., Missoula, MT 59802
KFBB-TV P.O. Box 1139. Great Falls MT 59403
KRTV P.O. Box 2989, Great Falls, MT, 59403

**: Spanish language station