December 10, 2017

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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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

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December 3, 2017

December 6, 2017 UPDATE:

Greetings:

A longtime news director turned general manager returns to his native state and a GM job in market #13.

Valet

Valet

Late today SKIP VALET was named General Manager of Nexstar’s Tampa duopoly, WFLA/WTTA-TV (NBC/My Network). Here’s the official news release.

Skip most recently was GM for Tribune’s WTKR-TV in Norfolk, a position he left last week. He’s spent most of his career with Post-Newsweek stations (now Graham Media). He served as GM for PNS’s WKMG-TV in Orlando, and was ND for the company’s stations in Houston, Orlando and Jacksonville. (Full disclosure: I hired Skip at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville in 1982 as a production assistant.)

He replaces…and will report to ANDY ALFORD who was promoted to a regional position for Nexstar last August.

More on all the week’s news in our full newsletter later this week.

regards,

gevers

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Greetings:

We’re pleased to tell you that TWO news directors were promoted to GM positions this week. That’s a development that we always like to share. And…in Names in the News…we’ll tell you about a top ten market ND who’s also been named Station Manager.

Those are among the THREE newly opened ND jobs we’ll tell you about this week. And, as far as I know, there are NO newly named news directors.

Those changes bring our list of openings to 15.

We have TWO paid help wanted ads, including a new one for a producer in Indiana.

There are TWO obituaries, including one for a man who had a key role in shaping RTDNA (and television news) in the 70’s and 80’s.

And we have several news managers on the move, including a former Virginia ND who’s landed a new job in Cleveland.

All that…and more…as you read on.

Newly Named News Directors: 

I’m not aware of any.  If you are, please let me know!

New News Director Openings: 

Longo

Longo

WJAX/WFOX-TV, Jacksonville, FL…congratulations to BOB LONGO, one of two NDs promoted to General Manager in this week’s report. Bob’s been the ND for this Cox Media owned CBS/FOX duopoly for almost four years. He spent 15 years as ND for Hearst stations in Orlando (WESH-TV) and Pittsburgh (WTAE-TV), has been an ND in Buffalo and Binghamton, NY, and worked in Hartford and Rochester, NY, where he began in radio. His promotion was one of many GM moves made by Cox this week.

Donaldson

Donaldson

KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM…another ND gets the bump upstairs as MICHELLE DONALDSON has been named GM for this Hubbard owned NBC station. She’s been the ND here for more than four years, earlier was the ND for KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, and spent five years as ND for KPHO-TV in Phoenix. She began her career in radio in Detroit. Here’s the news release announcing her promotion. Michelle replaces MIKE BURGESS who’d been the GM here for more than 20 years.

Fulkerson

Fulkerson

WSTM/WSTQ/WTVH-TV, Syracuse, NY…this Sinclair owned NBC/CW/CBS operation has posted an opening for a news director. My records show that RAE FULKERSON has been the ND here since 2008.

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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.

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Assistant News Director/Executive Producer, KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA:

KWWL is seeking a take charge leader to help guide our news staff and manage our multi-platform news products. This manager will serve as an editorial decision maker. Excellent news judgement is needed for this fast- paced environment and multi-city market.

The successful candidate must be able to identify great stories, create urgency and tell/showcase stories in a memorable way for our viewers. The Executive Producer/Assistant News Director will partner with the News Director to execute a vision and strategic plan for success in daily weather, severe weather, breaking news and the big story every day while helping to manage reporters, producers, photographers, directors, and editors. Great writing skills will enhance your ability to train and lead!

KWWL is a continuous news source with an immediate deadline culture. The Executive Producer/Assistant News Director will oversee and be in constant contact with all involved in our newsgathering and delivery process.

This position requires an urgency to get stories published on our web site and social media for immediate news coverage.

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

The Waterloo-Cedar Rapids-Dubuque-Iowa City market is a great place to live with numerous colleges and universities, good quality of life and ample recreation.

KWWL is proud to be a Quincy station. Learn why our family-owned broadcast group has a reputation as one of the best media companies to work for at: www.careersatquincy.com

To apply for the Executive Producer/Assistant News Director position, e-mail your resume to, Allison Gibson, News Director, at: agibson@kwwl.com

KWWL Television, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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, see ad above!)
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 this week)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised 11/26/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (relisted 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 this week)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

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

Obituaries:

Schultz

Schultz

ERNIE SCHULTZ, a one time news director in Oklahoma City who went on to become a pivotal leader in the history of RTDNA, died this week at the age of 87. He fell in his home and suffered a brain bleed. Two time RTDNA Chairman BOB PRIDDY wrote this lengthy and interesting obituary of Ernie. It’s partly a look at how television news changed in the 70s and 80s, and well worth a few minutes of your time.

KEN ROWLAND, a legendary anchor for two stations in Louisville who also served as the first news director for WLKY-TV, died this week at the age of 91. He’s also credited for hiring and mentoring DIANE SAWYER. Learn more here.

Names in the News (and other items):

Jacob

Jacob

Congratulations to WJLA-TV (Washington, DC) News Director MITCH JACOB who’s assuming additional duties as station manager for this Sinclair owned ABC affiliate. Mitch has been ND here for just over three years, and has been an ND in Phoenix, Columbus, OH and Toledo. And what are those ‘additional duties’? GM DAN MELLON told the staff in this memo.

Woodard

Woodard

Former WRIC-TV (Richmond, VA) News Director KELLY WOODARD is the new Assistant News Director for Scripps’ WEWS-TV in Cleveland. That’s the ABC affiliate. She left WRIC in July after almost four years as news director for that Nexstar owned station. Kelly’s also worked in New York, Dallas and Hartford/New Haven.

Boslow

Boslow

KSDK-TV in St. Louis has promoted STUART BOSLOW to Assistant News Director. He’s been the Morning News Director since April, and has also worked in Dallas, San Antonio, Jacksonville, FL, and Reno. Here’s what this Tegna owned NBC affiliate posted on its website.

General Manager News and Notes:

Armstrong

Armstrong

After more than 20 years as General Manager of KTVB-TV (Boise, ID), DOUG ARMSTRONG will retire next March. Remarkably, the station has had only TWO general managers in 50 years. More about that and Doug’s career and accomplishments in this story from the station’s website.

And…in case you missed about item above about a new GM for Cox’s Jacksonville stations, the company named new GMs in many of their markets. It’s all explained here.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, December 3, 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
WVVA-TV 3052 Big Laurel Highway, Bluefield WV 24701
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