February 18, 2018

Greetings:

It’s a slow week for news director moves, with just ONE ND job filled and NO new openings. That one position filled was in a large market and features a veteran news director.

So our list of open ND jobs drops to 27.

ONE of those openings is our only paid help wanted ad this week.

We have more on the passing of a well known small market Texas news director, and details about the death of a Texas group station owner.

But we have some interesting items in Names in the News, including a new job for a former Chicago ND (who’ll now report to someone who reported to her years ago). A new EP in Seattle, a new recruiter for CNN, retirement for a former ND turned ink-stained wretch, and a VERY candid and interesting profile of a former ND who says his work at the Christian Broadcasting network helped pave the way for FOX News and Donald Trump.

And a big broadcasting group is on a binge. You’ll have to read on to find out what kind.

Newly Named News Director: 

Dallman

Dallman

KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA…BILL DALLMAN is joining this Sinclair owned ABC affiliate in Seattle as its next news director. If that sounds familiar it’s because we reported it early this week in an UPDATE. Bill most recently was the VP/News for KCBS/KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. He was the first news director for Fox Sports 1, the first news director for KDVR-TV in Denver (when it was owned by Fox) and spent seven years in between those gigs as VP/News for Fox’s KMSP-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Bill’s also been an ND in Grand Rapids, MI, and has also worked in Sacramento, for another Minneapolis station, and began his career in Austin, MN, as an anchor/reporter. He’s replacing PAT COSTELLO who is retiring.

New News Director Openings: 

To my knowledge there are no new openings this week. But please note just below the Paid Help Wanted Ad for the ND opening at Nexstar’s KCAU-TV in Sioux City, IA. We reported last week that JIM PARKER had left that ABC affiliate after 18 months as ND.

Paid Help Wanted Ad:

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News Director, KCAU-TV, Sioux City, IA:

KCAU, the Nexstar owned ABC affiliate in beautiful Sioux City Iowa has an exciting opportunity. We are searching for a News Director who has the vision talent and drive to lead our news team.

You will work in a brand new state of the art broadcast facility which launched in February 2017.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, skilled communicator who leads our team in the execution of market-leading breaking news, weather coverage and community service on all platforms. This is a rare opportunity to join one of the best stations and the best broadcast group in the country.

Sioux City is located on the banks of the Missouri River and borders the states of South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Applicants should apply online by clicking here.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KTNV, Las Vegas, NV (relisted 1/14/18)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 1/14/18)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (relisted 1/28/18)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (relisted 12/31/17)
KSBW-TV, Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, CA (listed 1/14/18)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WTTG-TV, Washington, DC (listed 1/14/18)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 2/4/18)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (PM EP, listing revised this week)
KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/4/18)
WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 1/21/18)
KTNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV (new listing this week)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Nightside EP, relisted 1/21/18)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (AM EP, listed 1/14/18)
WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH (listed 12/23/17)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 1/14/18)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, relisted 1/21/18)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (listed 1/21/18)

Obituaries:

We told you earlier this week that KENNY BOLES died at the age of 63. He was being treated for pancreatic cancer but died of cardiac arrest. Kenny spent the last 21+ years as ND for KLTV/KTRE-TV, Raycom Media owned stations in Lufkin and Tyler, TX. The station remembered him here…the story includes his obituary. Kenny grew up nearby: his first job at age 17 was as a studio cameraman at KTRE. He worked in a major markets and for ABC News, but may best be remembered for mentoring hundreds of young journalists during his time as ND. Our sympathy to his wife CYNTHIA, their two sons, and other family members in Lufkin.

RAY MORAN, who founded Lubbock’s KJTV and grew his company, Ramar Communications, to own 16 TV and radio stations, died February 11th at the age of 82. Here’s the station’s report on his passing.

Names in the News (and other items):

Brouhard

Brouhard

Sinclair’s KOMO-TV (ABC) has not only a new news director (as reported above) but a new executive producer. ANA MARIA LAMAS BROUHARD joins the station from Sinclair sister-station in Austin, TX, KEYE-TV, where she was also an EP. She’s also worked for Spanish language stations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Sacramento, and Las Vegas.

MARYHELEN CAMPA leaves her home state of California (where she was a CBS News Bureau producer in Los Angeles) for Dallas, where she’ll be the Assistant Bureau Chief for the CBS bureau there. More on Maryhelen and her career in this report from Media Moves.

CNN has added a new member to its recruiting team. DEBORAH GRAU moves from NBC News’ Peacock Productions. Complete details in this memo from CNN VP RAMON ESCOBAR.

Schulze

Schulze

Onetime WGN-TV (Chicago) News Director JENNIFER SCHULZE joins the Chicago Sun-Times as executive producer of new media. The move reunites her with another longtime Chicago ND, CAROL FOWLER, to whom she’ll report. Chicago media reporter ROBERT FEDER has the story, which includes this tidbit: Jennifer is married to Sun-Times CEO EDWIN EISENDRATH.

Heaton

Heaton

Readers of a certain vintage will certainly recognize the name TERRY HEATON. He was a news director in Tennessee, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Alabama, spent time as a consultant, and many years as a producer for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In this very candid profile pegged to his new book, Terry says his work at CBN helped pave the way for Fox News and the election of Donald Trump. It’s worth your time, whether you know Terry or not.

Parks

Parks

Old friend (he’d probably prefer long-time friend) SCOTT PARKS is retiring at the end of March. He once served as an ND in Tulsa (KOTV) and Columbia, SC, (WIS-TV) before returning to his ink-stained past in print journalism, working for 23 years in two stints at the Dallas Morning News. He’s currently the Managing Editor of the Denton (TX) Record-Chronicle, his first newspaper and one where both his father and stepfather worked. His future plans (and how he can help you) are outlined in this post from his Linkedin page.

General Manager News and Notes:

Raycom Media is on a Regional VP naming binge…one last week (TIM INGRAM) and two more this week:

COLLIN GASTON, GM for WBRC-TV in Birmingham, will oversee four other stations. And SCOTT DEMPSEY will also take on additional duties as well as continue his day job as GM for WBTV in Charlotte.

Nexstar has named MARY ANN JOHNSON general manager of its Des Moines station, WOI-TV and associated properties there. She’s been working as a consultant to a large privately owned automotive group.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, February 18, 2018:

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 **
WFLA-TV 200 S. Parker St. Tampa FL 33606
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
KARE-TV 8811 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN 55427
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th Street Cleveland, OH 44114
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
WTMJ-TV 720 E Capitol Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212
KVVU-TV 25 TV 5 Dr, Henderson, NV 89014
WJAX/WFOX 11700 Central Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32224
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque, NM 87104
WFTX-TV 621 S.W. Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral, FL 33991
WVLT-TV 6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919
KETV 1001 S. 10th Street Omaha, NE 68108
WPSD-TV 100 Television Lane. Paducah, KY 42003
WFFF/WVNY-TV 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester, VT 05446
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main Street Johnson City, TN 37601
KIVI-TV 1866 E. Chisholm Dr. Nampa, ID 83687
KTVB-TV 5407 West Fairview Ave. Boise, ID, 83706
KHSL/KNVN-TV 3460 Silverbell Rd. Chico, CA 95973
WAOW-TV 1908 Grand Ave. Wausau WI 54403
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92260
KCAU-TV 5993 Gordon Drive Sioux City, IA 51106 (see ad above!)
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


February 11, 2018

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 UPDATE:

I’m sorry to report the passing of a well respected, long-time small market news director who also had very large market experience.

Boles

  Boles

KENNY BOLES passed away last night. While he was battling pancreatic cancer, he apparently died of cardiac arrest. He was just 64 years old.

He’d spent the last 21+ years as ND of KLTV/KTRE-TV, Raycom Media owned stations serving Lufkin and Tyler, TX. Kenny grew up nearby: his first job at age 17 was as a studio cameraman at KTRE.

He went on to work in Houston and Dallas, for two stations in Chicago, as a producer for ABC News based in Chicago, and in management positions in Orlando and Los Angeles.

Kenny wrote a much more detailed accounting of his career when he was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle in 2016. You can read that here.  (Link fixed 10:50 PM 2/15/18)

And his wife CYNTHIA, who worked in TV for many years before moving to public relations, wrote this very moving tribute to him on her Facebook page.

A funeral service will be held this Saturday at 4:00 at the First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway in Tyler, TX 75701.

Our sympathy to his family, friends, and co-workers.

regards,

gevers

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 UPDATE:

A new news director announced within the hour in the 12th market.

Dallman

Dallman

BILL DALLMAN moves north to become the next ND for Sinclair’s KOMO-TV in Seattle. That’s the ABC affiliate there.

This memo to the staff from KOMO General Manager JANENE DRAFS has more.

Bill most recently was the VP/News for KCBS/KCAL-TV, the CBS owned duopoly in Los Angeles. He was the first news director for Fox Sports 1, and also started the news department for KDVR-TV in Denver when it was owned by Fox.

In between those two assignments, Bill spent seven years as the VP/News for Fox’s KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. His first news director job was in Grand Rapids at WZZM-TV. He’s also worked in Sacramento and for another Minneapolis station.

At KOMO, he’s replacing the retiring PAT COSTELLO who’s been the ND there for just over three years.

More in our full report later this weekend.

regards,

gevers

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Greetings:

Another busy week for news directors and news managers on the move, with ONE newly named news director, and FOUR new ND openings. ONE of those openings involves a news director who spent more than three decades at her station.

Our list of stations with news director openings jumps to 28.

We have ONE paid help wanted ad for an EP job at a Denver duopoly.

In Names in the News, a network news president will be honored by RTDNF, the Washington Post examines one group owner which has asked its news directors to contribute to the company’s PAC, and a look at companies which are challenging Nielsens dominance of the ratings industry.

We have TWO obituaries of long-ago news directors, one of whom used to be a network correspondent.

And we have news about THREE general managers on the move, another current GM gets a promotion (but he’ll keep his current job) and a former newswoman turned general manager is profiled.

That…and more…in this week’s edition.

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Newly Named News Director: 

Rosen

Rosen

WTVM-TV, Columbus, GA…MARK ROSEN returns to Georgia as the next news director for this Raycom Media owned station. Here’s the memo from GM HOLLY STEUART (a former ND herself) to the staff. Mark’s spent the last two years as ND for WFFF/WVNY-TV in Burlington, VT. A George native, Mark was an ND in Augusta, GA before moving to Vermont. At WTVM, Mark replaces SHAWN REYNOLDS who moved to Atlanta as an EP for WGCL-TV.

New News Director Openings: 

Helmke

Helmke

KARE-TV, Minneapolis, MN…we told you in a weekend UPDATE that JANE HELMKE is leaving this Tegna owned NBC affiliate after 35 years, the last 6 1/2 as news director. Her partner, TERESA, is batting cancer and Jane wants to spend time with her. Here’s the memo to the staff from GM JOHN REMES. That note includes a note from Jane, and I’ve also included a post from her Facebook page.

Jessee

Jessee

KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, NV…also in that weekend UPDATE was a report that CRISTI JESSEE has left this Meredith owned FOX affiliate after slightly more than two years as news director. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on possible reasons behind her departure…that’s in the second item in this column. Cristi’s also been a news director in Bakersfield and Alexandria, MN.

WFFF/WVNY-TV, Burlington, VT…we told you above that MARK ROSEN is leaving this Nexstar owned operation to return to his native Georgia as ND for WTVM-TV in Columbus.

Parker

Parker

KCAU-TV, Sioux City, IA…JIM PARKER has left this Nexstar owned ABC affiliate after about 18 months as news director. His departure comes a few days after he was charged with public intoxication. Jim told me he had been drinking despite doctor’s orders not to while he recovered from kidney surgery. He’s a former ND in Cedar Rapids, Rockford, IL, and Binghamton, NY, and has worked in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Portland, OR, and Toledo where I hired him for his first TV job.

Paid Help Wanted Ad:

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Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KTNV, Las Vegas, NV (relisted 1/14/18)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 1/14/18)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (relisted 1/28/18)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (relisted 12/31/17)
KSBW-TV, Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, CA (listed 1/14/18)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WTTG-TV, Washington, DC (listed 1/14/18)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 2/4/18)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (2 openings, AM & PM, listing revised 12/16/17)
KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/4/18, see ad above!)
WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 1/21/18)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Nightside EP, relisted 1/21/18)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (AM EP, listed 1/14/18)
WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH (listed 12/23/17)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 1/14/18)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, relisted 1/21/18)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (listed 1/21/18)

Obituaries:

Becker

Becker

RON BECKER, whose career spanned network correspondent, local news director/anchor and general manager, died January 28 at the age of 78. He had battled pancreatic cancer for several years. Ron was an NBC correspondent, a news director/anchor in Atlanta among other markets, and a GM in Wilmington NC. He left TV in 2001 to become the managing partner of an oil and gas drilling consultant. Much more details about him in this obituary.

Clephas

Clephas

VINCENT CLEPHAS died January 26th. He was 82. In the late 60s-early 70s, he was the news director for WMAL-TV (now WJLA-TV) in Washington. He’d also worked in Louisville and Roanoke. He later went into politics and government service, where he had a remarkable career about which you can learn more by clicking here.

Names in the News (and other items):

SALLY DURWALD has been promoted to EP at WIVB-TV in Buffalo. A Buffalo native, she’s worked there about a year and spent 17 years at WGRZ-TV there.

CBS News President DAVID RHODES will receive the RTDNF First Amendment Service Award at a dinner next month in Washington.

The Washington Post looks at Sinclair’s request to its news directors that they contribute to the company’s political action committee.

Arkansas Business has a good look at how Little Rock stations are using new ratings services that are giving Nielsen a run for its money. And the story has the latest Little Rock numbers.

General Manager News and Notes:

Some General Manager changes:

Station veteran TERI MONAHAN has been promoted to General Manager for WMDT-TV in Salisbury, MD. She’s worked at this Marquee Broadcasting owned ABC affiliate since 1988.

SCOTT THOMAS has left Raycom’s KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, MO. He was GM there for about 18 months.

JEFF FISHER has parted ways with Bayou City Broadcasting’s WEVV-TV in Evansville after three years as GM.

Ingram

Ingram

TIM INGRAM, general manager of Raycom Media’s WVUE-TV in New Orleans, has been promoted to Regional Group Vice President for the company. He’ll remain GM of WVUE. This news release explains his new responsibilities and details which stations he will oversee. Tim’s also been a general manager for Raycom stations in Jonesboro, AR, and Cape Girardeau, MO.

Durbin-Scott

Durbin-Scott

The Indianapolis Business Journal profiles LANA DURBAN-SCOTT who’s recently joined Scripps’ WRTV in Indianapolis as general manager. She’s only the second female GM in Indianapolis, and the first in 17 years. (Since you were going to ask: LINDA GRAY at WXIN-TV.)  Many of you know Lana, who spent more than 10 years as one of Scripps’ directors of news strategies.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, February 11, 2018:

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 **
KOMO-TV 140 4th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
WFLA-TV 200 S. Parker St. Tampa FL 33606
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
KARE-TV 8811 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley, MN 55427
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th Street Cleveland, OH 44114
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
WTMJ-TV 720 E Capitol Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212
KVVU-TV 25 TV 5 Dr, Henderson, NV 89014
WJAX/WFOX 11700 Central Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32224
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque, NM 87104
WFTX-TV 621 S.W. Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral, FL 33991
WVLT-TV 6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919
KETV 1001 S. 10th Street Omaha, NE 68108
WPSD-TV 100 Television Lane. Paducah, KY 42003
WFFF/WVNY-TV 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester, VT 05446
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main Street Johnson City, TN 37601
KIVI-TV 1866 E. Chisholm Dr. Nampa, ID 83687
KTVB-TV 5407 West Fairview Ave. Boise, ID, 83706
KHSL/KNVN-TV 3460 Silverbell Rd. Chico, CA 95973
WAOW-TV 1908 Grand Ave. Wausau WI 54403
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92260
KCAU-TV 5993 Gordon Drive Sioux City, IA 51106
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


February 4, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018 UPDATE:

Greetings:

Two news director changes to report to you tonight (or is it early this morning?), including one involving an ND who spent 35 years at her station.

Helmke

Helmke

That would be JANE HELMKE, who announced late Friday that she was stepping down as news director of Tegna’s KARE-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Jane’s been ND there for about 6 1/2 years and has held a wide variety of jobs during her 35 years there.

Combined into one document here for your convenience are the note to the staff from longtime KARE General Manager JOHN REMES, which included a message from Jane, and a copy of a post from Jane’s Facebook page.

Jane’s partner, Teresa, is battling cancer. We wish them both well.

Jessee

Jessee

The other ND change occurred in Las Vegas, where KVVU-TV News Director CRISTI JESSEE has left this Meredith owned FOX affiliate after just over two years as news director. The note from the GM to the staff said both sides had ‘together come to a mutual agreement for a fresh start for each party’.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported earlier this week that she had been suspended on Monday. Details in the second item in this column.

Cristi has been a news director in Bakersfield, CA and Alexandria, MN.

We’ll have lots more news in our full report later this weekend.

regards,

gevers

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Greetings:

Trying to write this newsletter while watching an entertaining football game may lead to a few misspellings. I ask for your indulgence.

ONE newly named news director, TWO new ND openings, and a whole bunch of interesting items in Names in the News, including the retirement of a well known and well liked consultant after 50 years in the business.

That means our list of openings grows to 25 this week. ONE of those openings is among our TWO paid help wanted ads.

In addition to the retirement story teased above in Names in the News, there’s a new Executive VP at CBS News, a handful of news managers on the move, and stories on ratings after an affiliation change in Raleigh, an Arkansas news director battling a radio station over a ‘Babe Bracket’, a look at the departure of a veteran Tennessee anchor and reporter, and we’ll tell you about a longtime newsman and educator who’s battling cancer.

Read on, and have a super week (pun intended).

SamFull-2-2-18

Newly Named News Directors: 

Levy

Levy

WOWK-TV, Charleston-Huntington, WV…GRENDEL LEVY is the new news director for this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate. She’s spent the last four years as ND for Scripps’ KIVI-TV in Boise (and two years there before that as an EP). She’s also worked in her native New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Biloxi. At WOWK, Grendel replaces DENNIS LORTZ who left in December nine months after he was promoted to ND from Assistant ND.

New News Director Openings: 

Maze

Maze

WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL…ERIC MAZE is leaving this Scripps’ owned FOX affiliate to return to Missouri to take a job media as a media specialist for the University of Missouri’s Hospital System. Eric’s been ND here for eight years, ending a 5 NDs in 7 years streak. But before he moved to Florida, he’d worked in Kansas City, Jefferson City, and Kirksville, MO.

KIVI-TV, Boise, ID…we told you above that GRENDEL LEVY was leaving this Scripps owned ABC affiliate to become ND for WOWK-TV in Charleston/Huntington, WV. She spent six years here, more than four of them as ND.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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Executive Producer, KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO:

Are you a show doctor who oversees a newscast filled with urgent, impactful news?

Do you LOVE to win the day, every day, on all platforms?

Are you looking for an opportunity to take your creativity to the next level in a city as exciting and beautiful as Denver, Colorado?

KDVR/KWGN, the Fox and CW affiliate in Denver, Colorado, is looking for a creative and aggressive Executive Content Producer to lead us on the evening shift — delivering news on multiple platforms including our evening newscasts.

The Executive Producer must be a proven newsroom leader who embodies an audience-first approach to delivering news. This individual will excel under tight deadlines and bring bold, creative ideas to our newsroom.

We have a talented team of storytellers in this newsroom, plenty of resources, and most people will tell you — it’s a pretty great place to work.

Plus, you get to live in Denver – with the Rockies in your backyard. Spend your off-time skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, hiking, eating at top-notch restaurants, and enjoying life in a vibrant, and growing downtown!

Five years of producing experience, and 2+ years of management experience required.

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News Director, WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI:

Quincy Media’s WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin is looking for an experienced newsroom manager. We need a strong leader with at least five years of experience. We need a great storyteller and someone who lives to make the team around them even stronger. You have to love news. And I mean love it. You have to be a catalyst and a leader in our digital and social efforts and set the tone every day in the newsroom.

If that’s you, this could be one of the best jobs you will ever have.

You will report to the General Manager and you will have the chance to work closely with other department heads to help us reach our next level of success.

WAOW is part of Quincy Media, Inc., a family owned company. Throughout Quincy, positions are available for candidates with all levels of experience and the advancement you are seeking.

Visit www.CareersAtQuincy.com for links to all our stations and opportunities.

If you think you’re qualified, want to work with a great group of people and live in one of
America’s best cities, send your link, cover letter, resume and references via email to:

cmiles@waow.com

or via mail to:

Curtis Miles
General Manager
WAOW-TV
1908 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
WAOW-TV9 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KTNV, Las Vegas, NV (relisted 1/14/18)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 1/14/18)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (relisted 1/28/18)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (relisted 12/31/17)
KSBW-TV, Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, CA (listed 1/14/18)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WTTG-TV, Washington, DC (listed 1/14/18)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted this week)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (2 openings, AM & PM, listing revised 12/16/17)
KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 1/21/18)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (Nightside EP, relisted 12/31/17)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Nightside EP, relisted 1/21/18)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (AM EP, listed 1/14/18)
WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH (listed 12/23/17)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 1/14/18)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, relisted 1/21/18)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (listed 1/21/18)

Names in the News (and other items):

Willi

Willi

Our friend JIM WILLI is retiring after 50 years in our business. He’s spent the last 28 years at the consulting firm AR&D, and has been a General Manager and News Director in several markets. And he’s one of the most affable folks I’ve come across…just wish I’d more interaction with him over the last few years. The complete news release about his career and retirement, along with his new email address if you want to send him a note, is right here.

Ciprian-Matthews

Ciprian-Matthews

INGRID CIPRIAN-MATTHEWS has been promoted to Executive Vice President at CBS News. She had been the Senior VP of News Administration and is a 25 year veteran of CBS working in a variety of positions. Ingrid has also worked at CNN.

NOEL RAMOS moves from EP to Assistant ND for KTMD-TV, the Telemundo station in Houston. He’s also worked in Chicago, Orlando, and Puerto Rico.

At KDVR/KWGN-TV in Denver, CHRISTINA TAYLOR has been promoted to Managing Editor from EP. (Check out the paid help wanted ad for her old job above.) She’s worked at there for two years. Christina previously worked for KWCH-TV in Wichita, where both KDVR/KWGN’s GM (JOAN BARRETT) and ND (BRIAN GREGORY) used to work. Probably just a coincidence (as former Newsblues Editor MIKE JAMES liked to say.)

QUINN KONOLD heads south to be the new EP at KGTV in San Diego. He’s been a producer in Seattle, Sacramento, and Ft. Myers and began his career as a reporter, anchor and producer in Casper, WY.

Several stories caught my eye this week:

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Kalodimos

The Nashville Scene offers a lengthy look at the departure of veteran anchor and reporter DEMETRIA KALODIMOS from WSMV-TV (Meredith/NBC) after 34 years. Here’s a tease: she rented a U-Haul to remove her personal belongs in the middle of the night. And the story also updates the ratings battle in Nashville as well.

Last week, the article we offered on the ratings wars in Boston post-affiliation shuffle attracted a lot of attention. So here’s a story on ratings in Raleigh-Durham after two stations swapped the CBS and NBC affiliations there.

Little Rock News Director (KARK/KLHT-TV) AUSTIN KELLERMAN is at odds with a local radio station. He wants the station to drop its ‘Babe Bracket’ ranking of female journalists. The station says no. The details are here.

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Kalb

Veteran newsman turned educator STEVE KALB (you’ve probably met him at an industry convention over the years) is fighting cancer. But…as you’ll learn in this story…he has an upbeat attitude.

General Manager News and Notes:

BILL BALLARD has been named General Manager of Sinclair’s WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC. He’s been a GM in a number of markets, most recently at WIAT-TV in Birmingham.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, February 4, 2018:

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 **
KOMO-TV 140 4th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
WFLA-TV 200 S. Parker St. Tampa FL 33606
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th Street Cleveland, OH 44114
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
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
WFTX-TV 621 S.W. Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral, FL 33991
WVLT-TV 6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919
KETV 1001 S. 10th Street Omaha, NE 68108
WPSD-TV 100 Television Lane. Paducah, KY 42003
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main Street Johnson City, TN 37601
KIVI-TV 1866 E. Chisholm Dr. Nampa, ID 83687
KTVB-TV 5407 West Fairview Ave. Boise, ID, 83706
WTVM/WXTX-TV 1909 Wynnton Rd. Columbus, GA 31906
KHSL/KNVN-TV 3460 Silverbell Rd. Chico, CA 95973
WAOW-TV 1908 Grand Ave. Wausau WI 54403 (see ad above!)
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92260
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


January 28, 2018

Greetings:

The first slow week of the new year, with just ONE newly named news director and ONE new ND opening.

So our list of news director openings remains constant at 24 this week. THREE of those openings are among our FOUR paid help wanted ads.

We have TWO news managers on the move in our Names in the News segment, a look at the Boston ratings wars one year after a major affiliate swap, an item about a new book from a veteran producer and EP, and we’ll tell you why it was a sad week here at the World Headquarters.

That and more as you read on.

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Newly Named News Directors: 

Stanfield

Stanfield

WHDN-TV, Dothan, AL…BEN STANFIELD assumes additional duties as news director for this Nexstar owned ABC affiliate. He’s been anchoring there for more than three years and previously worked for another Dothan station, with a detour of a little more than a year to work as Tourism Director for the city of Enterprise. He replaces STEPHEN CREWS who left in December after more than 2 1/2 years as ND.

New News Director Openings: 

WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI…MARK DURHAM has left this Quincy owned ABC affiliate after two years as news director. He spent the three years previous as an ND in Beckley, WV. Mark’s also worked in Seattle, Denver, Miami, Orlando (three stations), St. Louis, Tucson, and Chattanooga. Learn more about this opportunity by checking out the Paid Help Wanted ad below!

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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News Director, WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI:

Quincy Media’s WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin is looking for an experienced newsroom manager. We need a strong leader with at least five years of experience. We need a great storyteller and someone who lives to make the team around them even stronger. You have to love news. And I mean love it. You have to be a catalyst and a leader in our digital and social efforts and set the tone every day in the newsroom.

If that’s you, this could be one of the best jobs you will ever have.

You will report to the General Manager and you will have the chance to work closely with other department heads to help us reach our next level of success.

WAOW is part of Quincy Media, Inc., a family owned company. Throughout Quincy, positions are available for candidates with all levels of experience and the advancement you are seeking.

Visit www.CareersAtQuincy.com for links to all our stations and opportunities.

If you think you’re qualified, want to work with a great group of people and live in one of
America’s best cities, send your link, cover letter, resume and references via email to:

cmiles@waow.com

or via mail to:

Curtis Miles
General Manager
WAOW-TV
1908 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
WAOW-TV9 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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News Director, WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL:

Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. is looking for an experienced, successful News Director to lead its broadcast and digital news efforts in Tampa, FL, (DMA #11). Tampa is the home of a powerhouse, legacy NBC affiliate, WFLA-TV, a full power MyNet, WTTA-TV, and WFLA.com, one of the highest trafficked sites in Florida. WFLA’s news operation produces more than 60 hours of local content each week. The emphasis on high quality, relevant local content is producing consistent ratings growth in all news areas while distinguishing WFLA as the clear-cut leader in serving our local communities. We seek the same focus and passion for locally produced content in our next News Director hire.

We seek a candidate with previous News Director experience, a minimum of 5 years of news management experience, and demonstrable evidence of success.

Are you a leader with a history of building high performance teams, energizing others to perform at their highest level and achieving outstanding ratings development? If yes, then you should email your resume and a short biography to Skip Valet, VP and General Manager, svalet@wfla.com. No telephone calls please.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar’s current portfolio and pro forma acquisitions include 170 television stations with a footprint in 46 states while reaching 39% of all US television households and providing community portal websites in all 100 markets in the station group.

Nexstar Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer.

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News Director, KMIR/KVER, Palm Springs, CA:

If you’re reading this you know what a News Director does: we want to know what you can do.

Can you lead a team, develop an innovative plan, break a few rules and lead a great television station into the future?

How would you incorporate all things digital and social into the equation every day?

How would you run a newsroom?

Lots of questions and we know there is not one right answer.

You just have to be willing to take chances, try new things, and know you’ll work for a company willing to innovate. You will lead a multi-language newsroom producing newscasts in English and Spanish, working in best small market in America – Palm Springs.

Yes, it gets hot in the summer – but it’s a dry heat. 🙂

As the snow continues to fall across the country, it will be 80 degrees here.

Apply with your thoughts on above to gsteinberg@entravision.com

EOE.

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Executive Producer, WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN:

It’s not your average executive producer job.

WXIN/WTTV, a Tribune Broadcasting station, is looking for a dynamic leader in our Indianapolis location. The ideal candidate is a strong communicator, proven newsroom leader, and can understand and incorporate brand initiatives for two distinct stations.

This is a great opportunity in a growing city, and a highly competitive news environment.

Must excel under multiple deadlines and bring bold, creative ideas for developing newscasts.

If it’s you – apply by clicking here!

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KTNV, Las Vegas, NV (relisted 1/14/18)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 1/14/18)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (relisted this week)
KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND (relisted 12/31/17)
KSBW-TV, Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, CA (listed 1/14/18)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

WTTG-TV, Washington, DC (listed 1/14/18)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Evening EP, relisted 11/26/17)
KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (2 openings, AM & PM, listing revised 12/16/17)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (listed 1/14/18)
WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 1/21/18, see ad above!)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Dayside EP, relisted 12/3/17)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (PM EP, listing modified 12/10/17)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (Nightside EP, relisted 12/31/17)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Nightside EP, relisted 1/21/18)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (AM EP, listed 1/14/18)
WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH (listed 12/23/17)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (relisted 1/14/18)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (AM EP, relisted 1/21/18)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 12/3/17)
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS (listed 1/21/18)

Names in the News (and other items):

STEVE COLWELL joins WDTN-TV in Dayton (NBC affiliate, Nexstar owned) as Dayside Executive Producer. He’s spent the last 15 years working for WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh in a variety of roles.

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Kitchens

RHONDA KITCHENS returns to KPLC-TV, Raycom’s NBC affiliate in Lake Charles, LA, as Morning Assistant News Director. She has ten years experience in the Lake Charles market and has been working most recently in Beaumont as News Content Manager/Assistant News Director at KBMT-TV.

The Boston Globe looks at the ratings situation in Boston, a little over a year after NBC pulled its affiliation from WHDH-TV and created its own station in Bean Town.

Congratulations to former producer and EP MONICA VALENTO ALLREAD on the publication of her first book, which has an unusual backstory (tease: it’s co-written with a fourth grade student from Kenya). Monica worked at stations in Toledo (full disclosure: I hired her), Dayton, Cincinnati, Orlando, Birmingham, and Phoenix, before leaving TV for a position with a school district. You can learn more about the book, and buy a copy, by clicking here.

Finally, I’m sorry to report the death of one of the Associates this week. Deuce T. Cat (it stands for The, what else?) left us after 20 years. While only a handful of you ever met Deuce, more of you heard him, as, in his later years, he developed the somewhat annoying habit of vocalizing his displeasure about whatever was on his mind, often when I was on the phone. (Some asked if I was running a daycare on the side.)

We acquired him 20 years ago in Grand Rapids from a rescue. He and his brother (who we also adopted) were born under a trailer. Deuce and Reggie’s lives improved greatly, and so did ours.

RIP Deuce - 1998-1/22-2008

RIP Deuce – 1998-1/22/2008

General Manager News and Notes:

ANDREW DESCHAPELLES is the new General Manager of Telemundo stations in Phoenix and Tucson.

And..as noted above in our ‘New News Director Openings’ section, KATE MORRIS has been promoted to GM at KTVB-TV in Boise.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, January 28, 2018:

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 **
KOMO-TV 140 4th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
WFLA-TV 200 S. Parker St. Tampa FL 33606 (see ad above!)
WTSP-TV 11450 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th Street Cleveland, OH 44114
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
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
WVLT-TV 6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919
WOWK-TV 350 Quarrier Street Charleston, WV 25301
KETV 1001 S. 10th Street Omaha, NE 68108
WPSD-TV 100 Television Lane. Paducah, KY 42003
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main Street Johnson City, TN 37601
KTVB-TV 5407 West Fairview Ave. Boise, ID, 83706
WTVM/WXTX-TV 1909 Wynnton Rd. Columbus, GA 31906
KHSL/KNVN-TV 3460 Silverbell Rd. Chico, CA 95973
WAOW-TV 1908 Grand Ave. Wausau WI 54403 (see ad above!)
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92260 (see ad above)

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