January 15, 2017

Greetings:

We’re a little later than I’d hoped to be this week. Blame two pretty good football games!

For the first time in a few weeks, we have TWO new news director openings to tell you about, and ONE job that’s been filled. That means our count of open ND positions edges slightly higher to 22.

We have TWO paid help wanted ads this week, and welcome the returns of Stephen Arnold Music as an annual advertiser. Click on their ad below to check out their latest music offering.

We have THREE obituaries this week, a well known former ND and RTDNA treasurer makes a career change, and a former ND turned longtime GM in Las Vegas has left his station. And we have details about a number of news management moves.

All the details below!

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New News Director Openings:

Marren

Marren

WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT…veteran news director COLEEN MARREN’s last day at this Tribune owned FOX affiliate will be next Friday. She’s been the ND here since April, 2010, and that’s her second stint here. Coleen’s also been an ND in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee. She told me it a ‘joyous time’ in her life, that she’s been fortunate to work in this ‘noble profession’, and that she’s looking at everything, including teaching and lecturing.

Trauschke

Trauschke

KOTV, Tulsa, OK…another veteran news director, ED TRAUSCHKE has left this Griffin owned CBS affiliate after almost four years as ND. Ed’s a former ND in Orlando and Little Rock. He spent 17 years as a reporter in Orlando before moving into management as the Managing Editor for WRAL-TV in Raleigh. Also leaving the station was Assistant News Director DEAN WETHERBEE.

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Newly Named News Directors:

Vogel

Vogel

WAND-TV, Decatur, IL…AARON VOGEL gets his first news director’s job as he takes over at this NBC affiliate owned by Block Communications. He’s spent the last three years as the Assistant News Director for WAPT-TV, the Hearst owned ABC affiliate in Jackson, MS. He’s also worked as an EP in Knoxville and Savannah, where he began as a producer and advanced to EP. Aaron replaces TAI TAKAHASHI who left in June to become the Assistant ND for KGW-TV in Portland, OR.

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Evening Executive Producer, WFMY-TV Greensboro, NC:

Are you all about social and new media? Do you like change? And does “risk” mean “potential”in your vocabulary? Be part of a news team that’s changing, growing and serving our community in the process. WFMY News 2, the TEGNA-owned CBS affiliate in Greensboro, NC is experiencing an exciting time in its newsroom and has an opening for a dynamic, creative Evening Executive Producer.

The Evening Executive Producer is a strong leader with major, breaking news experience, strong editorial judgment, newscast producing expertise and fully understands the needs of our audience across all our platforms. This position requires solid decision making skills, the ability to work well in a dynamic newsroom environment, social media experience and leadership in the digital content areas and skilled at infusing the mission of “2 Wants to Know” into all newscasts.

As the third largest metropolitan in North Carolina, Greensboro made it on US News’ top 100
Best Cities to Live list. Big enough to have everything you need at your fingertips but small
enough to have a home town feel, Greensboro has it all! Nicknamed the “Gate City”,
Greensboro is a quick drive to and from major cities in North Carolina. Whether you want to
relax at home, experience the mountains in the fall or beaches in the summer, centrally located Greensboro is the place to call home!

If you are looking for a fast-paced atmosphere to thrive and develop – WFMY News 2 and
Greensboro is the place to be!

Please apply here!
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Executive Producer, WCBD-TV, Charleston, SC:

WCBD-TV, the NBC affiliate in beautiful Charleston, SC, is seeking a dynamic Executive Producer with a proven record of success in a multi-platform environment. We are looking for a leader for our rapidly growing morning newscast, “News 2 Today”, with the ability to showcase breaking news and weather on a daily basis. The successful candidate will be an outstanding writer, editor, and creative force with a clear vision for growing our audience across all platforms, a critical thinker with excellent news judgment and communication skills, a problem solver who thrives in often stressful situations, and a superstar producer who can step onto the front lines when needed.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s Level Degree
Communications, Journalism, or related field

Minimum Experience:

2 yrs. of experience.

Minimum of 3 years producing newscasts in a large or medium market; prior management experience preferred; extensive knowledge of news production on all platforms (broadcast, mobile, web, and social media).

If you’re ready to join the News 2 management team, send your resume, cover letter with news philosophy, and link to a recent newscast to WCBD-TV, 210 W. Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

All candidates must apply online at www.mediageneral.com.

No phone calls, please.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans. Pre-employment drug screen and background check required. Valid driver’s license required.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (relisted 1/8/17)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 12/4/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 12/4/16)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted 12/24/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 12/24/16)
KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AL (listed 12/18/16)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 1/8/17)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (AM EP, listed 12/24/16)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM EP, listing revised 1/8/17)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (relisted 11/20/16)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (relisted 12/24/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (relisted 11/20/16)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (Dayside EP, listed 1/8/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (two openings, relisted 11/20/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 11/27/16)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, listing revised 1/8/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (2 openings, EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 12/4/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 1/8/17)
WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC (PM EP, listed 1/8/17, see ad above!)
WJAX/WFOX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, listed 12/11/16)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 11/20/16)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (AM EP, relisted 12/18/16)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (relisted 12/24/16)
WCBD-TV, Charleston, SC (listed 1/8/17, see ad above!)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 11/27/16)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 11/27/16)

Obituaries:

Mayhew

Mayhew

MARK MAYHEW, the Assignment Editor for WREX-TV in Rockford, IL, died Tuesday of complications from heart trouble. He would have been 61 on Tuesday, January 17th. Mark was a longtime journalist in Rockford, spending almost 20 years in radio there before joining WREX in 2012. He’d earlier worked in Evansville, IN. WREX paid this tribute to him on the air.

Ridgway

Ridgway

If you had any dealings with the PR department at Walt DisneyWorld or Disneyland from 1963-2003, you probably know the name CHARLIE RIDGWAY. He died December 24th at the age of 93. A frequent presence at RTDNA conventions for many years, Charlie was a true gentleman and a pleasure to deal with. He’s remembered in this piece from a Disney-releated site and in this obituary from the Orlando Sentinel.

NELLIE BROWN, who was one of the founders of WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, KY, has died at the age of 97. She’s remembered here.

Names in the News:

Tobia

Tobia

LOREN TOBIA, who’s worked for AccuWeather for more than 12 years in a variety of sales roles, has left the company. Many of you know Loren, who’s been an ND at several stations and the RTDNA Treasurer for 15 years. Loren sent me this note explaining his move. Old friend can reach Loren via the email address he shares in that note.

Stalvey

Stalvey

We told you in October that DERRALL STALVEY was stepping down as ND for WRCB-TV in Chattanooga. Now we’ll tell you he’s stepping up…into new job as Director of Special Projects for WRCB’s parent company, Sarkes Tarzian Television, which owns both WRCB and KTVN-TV in Reno. The details in this memo to the staff from company President TOM TOLAR.

JOHN CUTHBERT joins KNXV-TV in Phoenix as Assistant News Director. He’s been an EP for WABC-TV in New York for the past five years and has also worked at CNNfn, MSNBC and Northwest Cable News. John has family in Arizona.

WJXT-TV, the Graham Media independent station in Jacksonville, FL, has promoted STACEY READOUT to Assistant News Director. She’s worked there for almost ten years and has been the Executive Producer of Digital Content & Strategy for the last year and a half.

General Manager News and Notes:

Prather

Prather

JIM PRATHER, the longtime general manager of Scripps’ (formerly Journal Broadcasting’s) KTNV in Las Vegas, left the station this week. He’d been GM there for more than 13 years and had also been GM for WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee when it was owned by Journal. He also spent four years as ND for WTMJ and held a number of upper management positions within Journal. It’s all detailed in Jim’s Linkedin page .

Krause

Krause

WXMI-TV, Tribune’s FOX affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI, has a new General Manager. KIM KRAUSE has been the VP of sales for cross-town rival WZZM-TV, Tegna’s ABC affiliate. More here.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, January 15, 2017:

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com

KTVT-TV 5233 Bridge Street, Fort Worth TX 76103
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WTIC-TV 285 Broad Street Hartford, CT 06115
WPBF-TV 3970 Rca Blvd #7007, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
KOTV 303 N. Boston Ave Tulsa, OK 74103
WOWK-TV 555 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCAX-TV PO Box 4508. Burlington VT 05406
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
WNCT-TV 3221 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27834
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KDLT-TV 3600 South Westport Avenue Sioux Falls SD 57106
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KVII-TV 1 Broadcast Center, Amarillo, TX 79101
WTVA-TV PO Box 320 Tupelo MS 38802
KX Network 1811 N 15th Street Bismarck, ND 58501
KBJR-TV 246 South Lake Ave. Duluth MN 55802
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301


January 8, 2017

Greetings:

For the second consecutive week, there are NO new news director openings. And TWO stations filled vacancies, so our list of open ND jobs drops to 21.

We have lots of other items for you, including THREE paid help wanted ads, an ad for a well-regarded training programs for news directors and those who aspire to be NDs.

In Names in the News:

Former ND JILL GEISLER offers ten tips for news managers as we head into a new year and a new president. We have a story that looks at the history of the now shuttered Northwest Cable News. Also, new responsibilities for a former ND turned CNN executive, and a handful of news managers on the move.

And we have THREE obituaries, including one for a longtime Hawaii news manager who also worked for two mainland stations as news director.

All that…and more…as you read on.

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It’s an intensive program unlike any other. It’s practical. It’s highly interactive. It produces long-lasting results. Journalists return to their stations refreshed and ready to tackle the sometimes overwhelming challenges newsrooms now face.

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New News Director Openings:

For the second consecutive week, I’m not aware of any new openings. If you know something I don’t (likely true on MANY levels!) please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

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Newly Named News Directors:

WRGB-TV, Albany/Schenectady, NY…CHRIS GEGG begins tomorrow (Monday, January 9) as the new news director for this Sinclair Broadcasting owned CBS affiliate. Chris spent the last four years as news director for Hearst’s WISN-TV in Milwaukee. He’s also been an ND in Madison, WI, and has worked in Detroit, Nashville, Tampa, Toledo and Midland, TX. At WRGB, Chris replaces STEVE RICHARDS who left the station at the end of November after two years as ND.

WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC…ERIC WALTERS, a 20 year veteran of this Media General (for now) owned CBS affiliate, has been promoted to news director. He’s been the Assistant News Director for the last three years. JO BROWN will become the new Assistant ND. She’s been working on the station’s digital team. Here’s the news release. All of these moves were necessitated by the departure of ND DANA RITTER who left the station to become Washington Bureau Chief for Christian Broadcasting Network.

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Evening Executive Producer, WFMY-TV Greensboro, NC:

Are you all about social and new media? Do you like change? And does “risk” mean “potential”in your vocabulary? Be part of a news team that’s changing, growing and serving our community in the process. WFMY News 2, the TEGNA-owned CBS affiliate in Greensboro, NC is experiencing an exciting time in its newsroom and has an opening for a dynamic, creative Evening Executive Producer.

The Evening Executive Producer is a strong leader with major, breaking news experience, strong editorial judgment, newscast producing expertise and fully understands the needs of our audience across all our platforms. This position requires solid decision making skills, the ability to work well in a dynamic newsroom environment, social media experience and leadership in the digital content areas and skilled at infusing the mission of “2 Wants to Know” into all newscasts.

As the third largest metropolitan in North Carolina, Greensboro made it on US News’ top 100
Best Cities to Live list. Big enough to have everything you need at your fingertips but small
enough to have a home town feel, Greensboro has it all! Nicknamed the “Gate City”,
Greensboro is a quick drive to and from major cities in North Carolina. Whether you want to
relax at home, experience the mountains in the fall or beaches in the summer, centrally located Greensboro is the place to call home!

If you are looking for a fast-paced atmosphere to thrive and develop – WFMY News 2 and
Greensboro is the place to be!

Please apply here!
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Executive Producer, WCBD-TV, Charleston, SC:

WCBD-TV, the NBC affiliate in beautiful Charleston, SC, is seeking a dynamic Executive Producer with a proven record of success in a multi-platform environment. We are looking for a leader for our rapidly growing morning newscast, “News 2 Today”, with the ability to showcase breaking news and weather on a daily basis. The successful candidate will be an outstanding writer, editor, and creative force with a clear vision for growing our audience across all platforms, a critical thinker with excellent news judgment and communication skills, a problem solver who thrives in often stressful situations, and a superstar producer who can step onto the front lines when needed.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s Level Degree
Communications, Journalism, or related field

Minimum Experience:

2 yrs. of experience.

Minimum of 3 years producing newscasts in a large or medium market; prior management experience preferred; extensive knowledge of news production on all platforms (broadcast, mobile, web, and social media).

If you’re ready to join the News 2 management team, send your resume, cover letter with news philosophy, and link to a recent newscast to WCBD-TV, 210 W. Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

All candidates must apply online at www.mediageneral.com.

No phone calls, please.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans. Pre-employment drug screen and background check required. Valid driver’s license required.

Assistant News Director, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AK:

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Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (relisted this week)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 12/4/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 12/4/16)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted 12/24/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 12/24/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 12/24/16)
KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AL (listed 12/18/16, see display ad above!)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted this week)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (AM EP, listed 12/24/16)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM EP, listing revised this week)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (relisted 11/20/16)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (relisted 12/24/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (relisted 11/20/16)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (Dayside EP, new listing this week)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (two openings, relisted 11/20/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 11/27/16)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, listing revised this week)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (2 openings, EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 12/4/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted this week)
WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC (PM EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
WJAX/WFOX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, listed 12/11/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, relisted 11/13/16)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 11/20/16)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (AM EP, relisted 12/18/16)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (relisted 12/24/16)
WCBD-TV, Charleston, SC (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 11/27/16)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 11/27/16)

Obituaries:

Zimmerman

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WALLY ZIMMERMAN, a longtime news director who spent most of his career in Hawaii, died this week at the age of 73 at his home in Nashville. KHON-TV in Honolulu, one of two stations where Wally worked, aired this tribute in which you’ll learn about his famous college roommate and the big-name actress he once dated. He also was a news director in Detroit and Green Bay and spent the last few years working in public relations.

MARY THERESE VANN, sister of long-time broadcaster LES VANN, died suddenly on NewYear’s Eve at the age of 55. Les and his family spent the holidays with M.T., as she was known, and he tells me her passing came as quite a shock. More in this obituary. Les is a longtime news director and general manager who’s currently the GM at WFTX-TV in Ft. Myers. Your kind note of sympathy would reach him at: lesvanntv@gmail.com

BUDDY BOSTICK, who launched TV stations in Bryan and Waco, TX, died this week at the age of 98. He flew planes until he was 90! You’ll learn more about an interesting life in this obituary.

Names in the News:

Tegna’s Northwest Cable News signed off Friday night after 21 years. The history of the 24 hour cable network…and the factors that lead to its demise are covered in this story.

RAMON ESCOBAR has increased his duties at CNN, as he has been named VP of Diversity and Inclusion at CNN Worldwide.

JILL GEISLER offers ten tips for newsroom managers as we head into a new year in this story from the Columbia Journalism Review.

Atlanta’s WGCL-TV (CBS/Meredith) has named ELISE DURHAM as its EP of Special Projects.

Two new EPs at WAAY-TV in Huntsville, AL. MACKENZI (cq) HICKS joins this ABC affiliate from WGCL-TV in Atlanta, where she’s been a producer. And HEATHER MATHIS has been promoted to EP. She’s been a meteorologist for the station and will continue to do on-air weather.

General Manager News and Notes:

McDonald

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After almost 33 years at WDAF-TV in Kansas City in a variety of roles, CHERYL McDONALD announced her retirement this week. She’s been the GM since 2002 and will leave no later than June…or earlier when her successor is named. Cheryl is married to former WDAF News Director MIKE McDONALD who retired when she was promoted to GM.

CATHY GUNTHER has been promoted to GM for Cox’s KOKI-TV in Tulsa. She’s been the general sales manager for this FOX affiliate.

MARK BUNTING is leaving Media General’s (soon to be Nexstar’s) WKRG-TV in Mobile to become GM for Raycom owned NBC affiliate WSFA-TV in Montgomery. He and his wife have family there. Mark’s been the GM for five years and has worked at the station for ten.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, January 8, 2017:

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com

KTVT-TV 5233 Bridge Street, Fort Worth TX 76103
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WPBF-TV 3970 Rca Blvd #7007, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
WOWK-TV 555 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCAX-TV PO Box 4508. Burlington VT 05406
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
WNCT-TV 3221 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27834
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KDLT-TV 3600 South Westport Avenue Sioux Falls SD 57106
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KVII-TV 1 Broadcast Center, Amarillo, TX 79101
WTVA-TV PO Box 320 Tupelo MS 38802
KX Network 1811 N 15th Street Bismarck, ND 58501
KBJR-TV 246 South Lake Ave. Duluth MN 55802
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301


January 1, 2017

Greetings:

Happy New Year!

As you’d expect, pretty slow this week.

NO newly opened news director jobs, while ONE station announced a new ND. That moves our list of open ND jobs to 23.

We welcome a new annual advertiser this week, as Sinclair Broadcast Group supports this newsletter with a series of recruiting ads that you’ll be seeing in the weeks and months ahead.

And we have THREE other paid help wanted ads in this issue.

As you probably know, today’s was the day of an affiliate change in Boston, and we have the latest in a story from the Boston Globe. That’s in Names in the News, along with some news managers on the move.

Best wishes to you and yours for a safe, happy, and successful 2017.

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New News Director Openings:

No new openings this week that I’m aware of. If you know something I don’t, please let me know via email: rick@rickgevers.com

Newly Named News Director:

Jones

Jones

WAPT-TV, Jackson, MS…Hearst continues its trend of promoting from within with the news that YVE JONES will be the next ND for this ABC affiliate. Here’s the news release. She’s been the Assistant News Director at Hearst’s KHBS/KHOG-TV in Ft. Smith, AR, since 2014. Yve’s also worked for Hearst stations in New Orleans and Milwaukee. At WAPT, she replaces BEN HART who was promoted to ND for the company’s WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

Paid Help Wanted Ads: 

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Morning Executive Producer, WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX:

We are seeking an Executive Producer who will take the editorial lead each day and develop multi-platform content that succeeds on air and on digital. This individual will manage, coach, and motivate a team of producers, writers, reporters, anchors, and photojournalists who are among the best in the business. The Executive Producer is responsible for the overall content of assigned newscasts, manages all aspects of breaking news, social engagement, and ensures the product stays on brand. Effective communication and decision making under daily deadline pressure are a must. The Executive Producer must have strong ethics, a solid producing background, a desire and ability to win the day, and be an exceptional troubleshooter. This individual must be able to generate unique content, and develop and produce specials as required. The EP will also work closely with other news managers and the News Director to implement winning strategies for each newscast.

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Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.
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Must have social media knowledge and a digital footprint.
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Must perform administrative duties including scheduling, performance reviews, training of new staff, and provide critical feedback as needed.

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Senior Media Consultant, SmithGeiger:

Help shape the future of media as part of the industry’s most innovative market research and consulting firm.

SmithGeiger LLC is looking for a Senior Strategist with total command of the latest digital engagement and monetization techniques, and recent experience with modern media and station operations. You must have extreme creativity, interests in all platforms, exceptional communication and writing skills, relentless client customization abilities, a commitment to excellence, and be a true team player.

You will work face-to-face with the Who’s Who of Tech, Social Media, Mobile, Internet, OTT, Studio, Program Syndication, Cable and Broadcast companies, and provide state of the art research and on-going strategic counsel that produce successful results. CEO Dave Smith calls this the true “Golden Age of Media.”

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Experience: 5-20 years
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Assistant News Director, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AK:

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Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 10/30/16)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 12/4/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 12/4/16)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 12/4/16)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted 12/24/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 12/24/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 12/24/16)
KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AL (listed 12/18/16, see display ad above!)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 10/30/16)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (AM EP, listed 12/24/16, see ad above!)
KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 11/20/16)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (Spec. Projects Sr. EP, relisted 11/16/16)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Senior EP, relisted 11/6/16)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (relisted 11/20/16)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (relisted 12/24/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (relisted 11/20/16)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (two openings, listed 10/23/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (two openings, relisted 11/20/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 11/27/16)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listing revised 12/24/16, two openings, AM & PM)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (2 openings, EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 12/4/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WJAX/WFOX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, listed 12/11/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, relisted 11/13/16)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 11/20/16)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (AM EP, relisted 12/18/16)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (relisted 12/24/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 11/27/16)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 11/27/16)

Names in the News:

Today was the first day of the affiliate switch in Boston, with Comcast/NBC launching a new channel and former NBC affiliate WHDH-TV becoming an independent. More from the Boston Globe.

Behle

Behle

Veteran Bay Area newsman BRANDON BEHLE joins KGO-TV, the ABC o-and-o in San Francisco, as Executive Producer. All the details are in this note to the staff from KGO’s News Director, TRACY WATKOWSKI SILVA.

MISTIE LACKEY is leaving her job as Assistant News Director for KSLA-TV in Shreveport in a few months. Mistie tells me she’s going to move back to her home town of Nashville and figure out ‘life after that’. She’s previously worked for two stations in Nashville, as well as in Sacramento, Atlanta, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Knoxville, and Johnson City, TN.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, January 1, 2017:

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com

KTVT-TV 5233 Bridge Street, Fort Worth TX 76103
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WPBF-TV 3970 Rca Blvd #7007, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
WRGB-TV 1400 Balltown Road. Schenectady, NY 12309
WOWK-TV 555 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCAX-TV PO Box 4508. Burlington VT 05406
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
WNCT-TV 3221 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27834
WBTW-TV 101 McDonald Court Myrtle Beach SC 29588
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KDLT-TV 3600 South Westport Avenue Sioux Falls SD 57106
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KVII-TV 1 Broadcast Center, Amarillo, TX 79101
WTVA-TV PO Box 320 Tupelo MS 38802
KX Network 1811 N 15th Street Bismarck, ND 58501
KBJR-TV 246 South Lake Ave. Duluth MN 55802
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301


December 24, 2016

Greetings:

And my holiday gift to you is…this newsletter, delivered a day early.

You weren’t seriously expecting anything else, were you?

For a short week leading into a holiday, seems like we have a lot to tell you.

For instance, there are THREE new news director openings. TWO stations hired new news directors.

Our list of open ND jobs moves slightly higher, to 24.

ONE of those open ND jobs is among our FIVE paid help wanted ads.

Speaking of FIVE, there are that many items in our General Manager news section.

And in Names in the News, we’ll tell you about a former Phoenix news director who’s taking a new job in the public sector. You’ll also learn about a chief meteorologist becoming the Assistant ND for his station, while a former New York ND has a new role at ESPN.

The best wishes for the holidays to you and your family.


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New News Director Openings:

WPBF-TV, West Palm Beach, FL…PAIGE HARRISON is transferring within Hearst to become ND for WCVB-TV in Boston. She’s been ND here for four years. More on her move below.

Tebbets

Tebbets

WCAX-TV, Burlington, VT…after seven years as ND, ANSON TEBBETTS is returning to state government as Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture for the state of Vermont. He’d been the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture from 2007-2009 before returning to WCAX where he’d worked as a reporter for 13 years. The station aired this tribute. WCAX is a CBS affiliate and has been family owned since signing on in 1954.

Heinert

Heinert

KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls, SD…PAUL HEINERT is leaving this Red River Broadcast owned NBC affiliate to take a job with Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. He’s been the ND here for seven years and has worked at the station for 13 years. He began as a weekend anchor, also worked in sports, and has anchored the 5:00 news in addition to his ND job.

Newly Named News Directors:

Harrison

Harrison

WCVB-TV, Boston, MA…you know from our report on Monday that PAIGE HARRISON has been named ND for this Hearst owned ABC affiliate. Here’s the story from the station’s website. She’s no stranger to Hearst, having spent the last four years as ND for its ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, WPBF-TV. She’s been with the company for almost 14 years, and previously has worked at Hearst stations in Orlando, Pittsburgh, and Oklahoma City. Paige replaces ANDREW VREES who’s been promoted to a VP/News role.

Best

Best

WKRG-TV, Mobile, AL…CHRIS BEST has been named news director for this Media General soon to be owned by Nexstar CBS affiliate. Here’s the note from GM MARK BUNTING. He’s been the Assistant ND at WMC-TV in Memphis for the last 2+ years. Chris has worked in senior management roles in a number of newsrooms, as you’ll learn via his Linkedin page. At WKRG, he replaces MIKE RAUSCH who left in October after seven years to become ND for KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, CO.

Paid Help Wanted Ads: 

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Senior Media Consultant, SmithGeiger:

Help shape the future of media as part of the industry’s most innovative market research and consulting firm.

SmithGeiger LLC is looking for a Senior Strategist with total command of the latest digital engagement and monetization techniques, and recent experience with modern media and station operations. You must have extreme creativity, interests in all platforms, exceptional communication and writing skills, relentless client customization abilities, a commitment to excellence, and be a true team player.

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

Position Summary:

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 Broadcasting Group, Inc.

WOWK-TV is an equal opportunity employer.

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Morning Executive Producer, WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL:

Fox4, WFTX – TV, a Scripps-owned station serving the Ft Myers market (DMA #61), aka “PARADISE”, has an exciting opportunity for a MORNING EXECUTIVE PRODUCER who is a proven leader with excellent news judgment, strong writing skills and a passion for being first with breaking news and the creativity to produce content that’s essential for the morning audience across all platforms. You must be a good communicator with strong people skills. Fluency in social media is a must.

Our resources include the market’s only virtual set and breaking news tracker vehicle. In addition, the power of Scripps’ national network of local news operations and digital businesses provides a reach and an opportunity no other company can match.

Scripps leaders are trained and developed to lead for the present, and groomed for future opportunities in the company.

Candidates must have a four year college degree in journalism, communication or a related field and 3-5 years of experience; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. The following characteristics and skills are a must:

  • Knowledge and demonstration of editorial judgment, journalistic ethics and libel laws
  • Ability to create tactics and strategies to increase demo performance in key target areas for multiple platforms
  • Have working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations

The SWFL lifestyle needs no embellishment. You’ll enjoy some of the world’s finest weather (average of 75 degrees), beaches, water sports, golf, restaurants and entertainment.

To apply, please visit here:

Assistant News Director, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AK:

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Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 10/30/16)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 12/4/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 12/4/16)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 12/4/16)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted this week)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted this week)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted this week)
KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AL (listed 12/18,16, see display ad above!)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 10/30/16)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (AM EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 11/20/16)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (Spec. Projects Sr. EP, relisted 11/16/16)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Senior EP, relisted 11/6/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 12/4/16)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (relisted 11/20/16)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (relisted this week)
KPTV, Portland, OR (relisted 11/20/16)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (two openings, listed 10/23/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (two openings, relisted 11/20/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 11/27/16)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listing revised this week, two openings, AM & PM)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (2 openings, EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 12/4/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WJAX/WFOX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, listed 12/11/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, relisted 11/13/16)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 11/20/16)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (AM EP, relisted 12/18/16, see ad above!)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (relisted this week)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 11/27/16)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 11/27/16)

Names in the News:

Casey

Casey

Veteran news director MARK CASEY has a new job in the public sector. He’s been named Director of Public Information for the Maricopa (AZ) County Sheriff’s office. That’s the Phoenix area. Mark will work for a new sheriff, PAUL PENZONE, who soundly defeated longtime and controversial sheriff JOE ARPAIO in the November election. Mark had been ND and Station Manager for KPNX-TV in Phoenix before leaving earlier this year.

Longley

Longley

At WSYR-TV in Syracuse, Chief Meteorologist DAVE LONGLEY has been named Assistant News Director for this Nexstar owned ABC affiliate. He announced the move on air. He’s done weather there for 25 years. But Dave’s been battling multiple sclerosis for more than ten years. Learn more about his battle in this story.

Balta

Balta

One time New York City (Telemundo) News Director HUGO BALTA has a new job at ESPN. He’s been named Senior Director of Hispanic Initiatives for ESPN Deportes. Hugo’s a past Managing Editor at WCBS-TV and a former President of NAHJ. More in this article from Media Moves.

General Manager News:

There are a number of General Manager and other management moves this week:

At KPNX-TV in Phoenix, DEAN DITMER has been named GM for this Tegna owned NBC affiliate. He replaces JOHN MISNER, who’s run KPNX for 14 years. John’s taken a new job (actually a dual appointment) at Arizona State University as you’ll learn here.

At WBIR-TV in Knoxville, another Tegna owned NBC affiliate, DAVID HUNT has been chosen to replace JEFF LEE, who is retiring, as GM.

In Baton Rouge, ERIC THOMAS will oversee the Nexstar operations there. He’ll be replaced in Lubbock by CINDY GILSTRAP.

KTVI-TV in St. Louis has promoted KURT KRUEGER to Station Manager. A longtime employee, he’s been the director of sales.

Finally, JIM McKERNAN has new responsibilities at Quincy Media. He’ll oversee the company’s TV and Radio operations in Quincy and will continue in his role as GM of KWWL-TV in Waterloo, IA. And JOHN HUFF has been promoted to Station Manager at KWWL.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, December 24, 2016:

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com

KTVT-TV 5233 Bridge Street, Fort Worth TX 76103
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WPBF-TV 3970 Rca Blvd #7007, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
WRGB-TV 1400 Balltown Road. Schenectady, NY 12309
WOWK-TV 555 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701 (see ad above!)
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WAPT-TV 7616 Channel 16 Way, Jackson, MS 39209
WCAX-TV PO Box 4508. Burlington VT 05406
WCTI-TV  225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
WNCT-TV 3221 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27834
WBTW-TV 101 McDonald Court Myrtle Beach SC 29588
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KDLT-TV 3600 South Westport Avenue Sioux Falls SD 57106
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KVII-TV 1 Broadcast Center, Amarillo, TX 79101
WTVA-TV PO Box 320 Tupelo MS 38802
KX Network 1811 N 15th Street Bismarck, ND 58501
KBJR-TV 246 South Lake Ave. Duluth MN 55802
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301