July 24, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016 UPDATE:

Another large market news director’s job has been filled from within, but this person has a slightly different background than most.

Parsons

Parsons

JIM PARSONS, who’s spent most of his career as an investigative reporter, has been promoted to news director for Hearst’s WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. He’s been the Assistant News Director there for more than three years but spent the previous 15 years as an investigative reporter at the station.

You can read the station’s online announcement of his promotion by clicking here.

Jim’s also worked as an investigative reporter in Indianapolis, and as a reporter in Buffalo and Rochester, NY.

He replaces JUSTIN ANTONIOTTI who was promoted to General Manager of sister Hearst stations WPTZ-TV/WNNE-TV in Plattsburgh, NY/Burlington, VT.

regards,

 

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

Another relatively slow week, with just ONE new ND opening and TWO ND jobs being filled. That leaves 28 stations looking for a new news director.

Just ONE Paid Help Wanted ad this week, and that’s for a medium market EP job in a beautiful place to live.

In Names in the News, RTDNA names its Paul White Award winner, a new job for a former ND and Chicago Assistant ND, and a management move in Albuquerque.

We have an obituary for a revered former faculty member at the University of Missouri, and a new General Manager in Chicago.

All that and more below.

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New News Director Opening:

Wagmeister

Wagmeister

WPTA/WISE-TV, Ft. Wayne, IN…after just one year on the job, ALAN WAGMEISTER will leave this newly acquired by Quincy duopoly next month. Here’s the note he sent the staff:

On August 31, 2016, I will be leaving WPTA. This was not an easy decision for myself or anyone involved. I know there will be many questions, but it is better if everyone stays focused on the future of the station. Quincy is making a huge investment in the WPTA stations and the future is very bright for the WPTA news team. This is a really great team, so continue to work hard and the finish line is in sight. Quincy has done and will continue to do great things for this station.
Alan Wagmeister, News Director

He’d been the ND for KULR-TV in Billings, MT, for three years previously. Before that, he was an EP for WRNN-TV in New York and spent eight years as the Special Projects Producer for WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC. He’s also worked for several networks as a producer.

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Newly Named News Directors:

Strickland

Strickland

KPRC-TV, Houston, TX…we told you earlier this week of DAVE STRICKLAND‘s return to a Houston news director’s job. He’s joined the NBC affiliate (owned by Graham Media) after a two year break. Dave left KTRK-TV (ABC) in Houston two years ago after 15 years as ND for that o-and-o. Here’s the memo from KPRC GM JERRY MARTIN to the staff. Dave’s also been an ND in Norfolk. At KPRC, he replaces RHONDA LAVELLLE who returned to Detroit as ND for WXYZ-TV.

Warner

Warner

KSWO/KAUZ-TV, Lawton, OK/Wichita Falls, TX…JAMES WARNER returns to the Texoma region and Raycom Media as the ND for this ABC/CBS duopoly. He’d been news director here in the 90’s and went on to be an ND in Ft. Smith, AR, and for Raycom’s WCSC-TV in Charleston, SC. Here’s the note from GM KELVIN MIZE to the staff. James most recently had been the Content Manager for KIRO-TV in Seattle.

Paid Help Wanted Ad:

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Executive Producer, WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC:

NewsChannel 12 (ABC and FOX) in beautiful eastern North Carolina is looking for an Executive Producer to help manage our dynamic newsroom. This is a great opportunity to earn your management stripes.

You will work closely with the News Director and Assistant News Director in running all aspects of the News Department. Duties include: day-to-day supervision of our news staff, training and coaching our producers and managing our newscast content. The Executive Producer will work closely with reporters in shaping well told stories. Our Executive Producer is instrumental in helping to build and execute our annual strategic plan across our broadcast, online and mobile platforms.

Our key images are “Alerting You to Severe Weather Danger” and “Getting the Facts Right.” During breaking news and severe weather, the Executive Producer takes over producing responsibilities in the control room. The winning candidate will be an energetic leader with strong motivational and editorial skills and a sense of urgency.

Preference will be given to candidates who have at least three years of producing experience.

Bonten Media Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. Background check and driver report will be reviewed.

Send resume to:

Scott Nichols
News Director
WCTI-TV
225 Glenburnie Drive
New Bern, NC 28560

or email to: snichols@wcti12.com

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 6/5/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 6/12/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 6/12/16)
WFIE-TV, Evansville, IN (new listing this week)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (listed 6/12/16)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WAGA-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM EP, listed 6/26/16)
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (AM EP, listed 7/4/11)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 6/19/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 6/19/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (listed 7/10/16)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, listed 6/19/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listing modified 6/12/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, listed 7/4/11)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (AM EP, relisted 6/19/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, listing revised 6/12/16)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (new listing this week)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (listed 6/12/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 6/12/16)
WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV (relisted 7/10/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 7/10/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 7/17/16, see ad above!)
KIVI-TV, Boise, ID (AM EP, listed 6/19/16)

Obituary:

DAVE DUGAN, whose career included a stint as a CBS news correspondent and serving as the first general manager of the University of Missouri’s award winning NPR station, KBIA-FM, died yesterday. I believe he was 83. Dave collapsed in his daughter’s Kansas City home and could not be revived. After a 25 year career at CBS (in which he accompanied DAN RATHER on Rather’s first assignment), Dave moved to Missouri in 1972 to launch KBIA. In that role, and as an advisor to students, he shaped the lives and careers to dozens if not hundreds of students.

Funeral arrangements are pending. I’ll update my website when that information is available.

Tuesday, 7/26/16 UPDATE:

By his own request, there will be a graveside service for DAVE DUGAN on Monday, August 8th, at 11:00 AM at the St. Bonaventure Cemetery on Route 417/E. Main Street in Allegany, NY.

There will likely be a memorial service sometime this fall in Columbia. I will let you know when those plans are finalized.

Names in the News:

CHARLIE ROSE has been named the winner of the Paul White Award by RTDNA.

JOHNNY CHANDLER has been promoted to Assistant News Director at KOB-TV in Albuquerque. He’s been the Managing Editor here. He returned to KOB in 2013 after a 10 year run as Assignment Manager at KRQE-TV in Albuquerque.

Manuel

Manuel

One time Cleveland News Director JILL MANUEL is returning to Cleveland for a new job with Futuri Media. What’s Futuri Media and what will Jill be doing there? You’ll have to click here to find out. Jill most recently was the Assistant News Director at WFLD-TV in Chicago, but previously served for almost six years as ND at WEWS-TV in Cleveland. She also ran the news department at CLTV in Chicago. She’s all worked in New York and Washington.

General Manager News:

We’re a week tardy in reporting the promotion of PAUL RENNIE to be GM for WGN-TV in Chicago. He’s been the GM for sister Tribune stations WTTV/WXIN-TV in Indianapolis for almost three years. During his tenure, with less than five months notice, he oversaw the conversion of CW affiliate WTTV into a CBS affiliate. More in this article.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, July 24, 2016:

KTTV/KCOP-TV 1999 S. Bundy Dr. Los Angeles CA 90025
KNTV 2450 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95131
KRIV-TV 4261 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
KMOV-TV One Memorial Drive St. Louis MO 630102
WTAE-TV 400 Ardmore Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15221
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
KVUE-TV 3201 Steck Ave. Austin, TX 78757
WHP-TV 3300 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
WGRZ-TV 259 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202
WKEF/WRGT-TV 2245 Corporate Pl, Miamisburg, OH 45342
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WHEC-TV 191 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14604
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
KRDO-TV 399 S. 8th St. Colorado Springs, CO 80905
WSJV-TV 58096 Co Rd 7, Elkhart, IN 46517
WVNY/WFFF 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester, VT 05446
KRNV-TV 1790 Vassar St. Reno, NV 89502
WPTA/WISE-TV 3401 Butler Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
KVRR-TV 4015 9th Ave S. Fargo, ND 58103
WWTV/WWUP 22320 130th Ave, Tustin, MI 49688
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima,WA 98901
KSNT-TV 6835 NW HWY 24. Topeka, KS 66618
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
KRCG-TV 10188 Old Highway 54 North. New Bloomfield, MO 65063
KMID/KPEJ-TV 3200 LaForce Boulevard Midland, TX 79711
KPLC-TV 320 Division St. Lake Charles LA 70601
KYOU-TV 820 W Second St. Ottumwa IA 52501

* Spanish language station


July 17, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016 UPDATE:

Greetings:

A new news director today for Houston’s KPRC-TV, and he doesn’t have to move.

Strickland

Strickland

Congrats to DAVE STRICKLAND who will be the next news director for that Graham Media owned NBC affiliate. He spent almost 15 years as the VP/News for KTRK-TV in Houston, the ABC owned station there.

He’s also been a news director in Norfolk.

Here’s the note from General Manager JERRY MARTIN to the staff.

Dave replaces RHONDA LAVELLE who left earlier this summer to return to her native Michigan as news director for WXYZ-TV in Detroit after about two years as ND there.

More later!

regards,

 

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

Just TWO new news directors to tell you about in this week’s newsletter, with ONE new opening.

Our count of open ND jobs stands at 30.

We have TWO Paid Help Wanted ads, both for EP jobs in widely different market sizes.

There’s an obituary for a long-ago Philadelphia News Director who’s credited with inventing Action News.

And there’s lots to tell you about in Names in the News, including new jobs and an honor for some veteran newsmen whose names you might recognize, a new baby for a Montana news managers, and a few articles you may find interesting.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

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New News Director Opening:

KPLC-TV, Lake Charles, LA…CHARLIE HALDEMAN is leaving this Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate after almost six years as ND to become ND for sister Raycom station KXXV-TV in Waco, TX. More on that below.

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Newly Named News Directors:

KXXV-TV, Waco, TX…we told you above that CHARLIE HALDEMAN would be the next ND for this Raycom Media owned ABC affiliate. Charlie’s been the ND at Raycom’s KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, LA, for almost six years, and sent this note to his staff about his departure. The move returns Charlie to Texas. Before KPLC, he was the ND for KXII-TV in Sherman and also worked as an anchor/reporter in Bryan. At KXXV, Charlie replaces DENNIS KINNEY who was ND there for 16 years. KENNY BOLES, ND of Raycom’s Tyler station, KLTV, will be the interim in Waco until Charlie arrives in a few weeks.

KQTV, St. Joseph, MO…ANDY HOUSE has been promoted to news director for this Nexstar owned ABC affiliate. He’s been the executive producer there. Andy replaces BRIDGET BLEVINS who left in April to become the Assistant ND for KSHB-TV in nearby Kansas City.
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Paid Help Wanted Ad:

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Executive Producer, WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC:

NewsChannel 12 (ABC and FOX) in beautiful eastern North Carolina is looking for an Executive Producer to help manage our dynamic newsroom. This is a great opportunity to earn your management stripes.

You will work closely with the News Director and Assistant News Director in running all aspects of the News Department. Duties include: day-to-day supervision of our news staff, training and coaching our producers and managing our newscast content. The Executive Producer will work closely with reporters in shaping well told stories. Our Executive Producer is instrumental in helping to build and execute our annual strategic plan across our broadcast, online and mobile platforms.

Our key images are “Alerting You to Severe Weather Danger” and “Getting the Facts Right.” During breaking news and severe weather, the Executive Producer takes over producing responsibilities in the control room. The winning candidate will be an energetic leader with strong motivational and editorial skills and a sense of urgency.

Preference will be given to candidates who have at least three years of producing experience.

Bonten Media Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. Background check and driver report will be reviewed.

Send resume to:

Scott Nichols
News Director
WCTI-TV
225 Glenburnie Drive
New Bern, NC 28560

or email to: snichols@wcti12.com

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Executive Producer, KPTV, Portland, OR:

KPTV, Fox12 in Portland, OR, is currently recruiting for the position of Executive Producer. Qualified applicants may apply online via the Meredith Careers page located at: www.meredith.com

The Executive Producer will lead a team of producers to deliver promotable, compelling, and well- written newscasts as well as online content. The EP will also regularly produce a primary newscast and write topical tease copy. The EP will work closely with the News Director and Assistant ND to develop and implement strategies to improve product and raise ratings while managing resources and containing overtime.

In addition, the successful candidate will:

· Exercise strong news judgment and review newscast rundowns with an eye toward promotable content,

· Engage in creative content development following up on viewer submission of story ideas via Facebook, Twitter and other online sources, as well as official sources

· Motivate staff and encourage “buy in” for station’s news brand, news strategies and action plans,

· Work with multi-media reporters/photographers to determine direction of stories and expectations.

· Works closely with assignment desk on coverage, story selection, live coverage, assignment of reporters and crews.

· Collaborate with producers on rundowns, story selection, formats, graphic elements, content and pace and flow of newscasts.

· Supervise long term planning for sweeps and special events.

· Other duties as assigned

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 6/5/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 6/12/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 6/12/16)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (relisted 5/15/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (listed 6/12/16)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WAGA-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM EP, listed 6/26/16)
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (AM EP, listed 7/4/11)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 6/19/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 6/19/16)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/22/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (listed 7/10/16, see ad above!)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, listed 6/19/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listing modified 6/12/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, listed 7/4/11)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (AM EP, relisted 6/19/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, listing revised 6/12/16)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (listed 6/12/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 6/12/16)
WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV (relisted 7/10/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 7/10/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted this week, see ad above!)
KIVI-TV, Boise, ID (AM EP, listed 6/19/16)
WEEK-TV, Peoria, IL (listed 5/22/16)

Obituary:

Kampmann

Kampmann

WPVI-TV in Philadelphia is reporting the death of its former news director MEL KAMPMANN. Kampmann died Tuesday at the age of 85.  This story credits Mel for inventing the name Action News in the 70’s. He also worked in Denver, Washington, and Fargo before working as a TV consultant for many years. After leaving TV, he and his wife operated a Dairy Queen on the Delaware shore for many years.

Names in the News:

Oslund

Oslund

Veteran newsman KERRY OSLUND joins Tribune Broadcasting as VP of Strategy and Business Development. He most recently worked as Senior Vice President of Publishing and Emerging Media for Schurz Communications. Kerry’s a former VP/News for Lee Broadcasting, VP of New Media for Gannett, a news director in Atlanta, Portland, OR, and Grand Rapids, MI, and also worked in Los Angeles.

LINDSAY HOUSAMAN moves east…way east…as she leaves Eureka, CA, to become the new Assistant News Director for WRIC-TV in Richmond, VA. She’s been the Assistant ND for KAEF-TV/KBVU-TV in Eureka.

Two articles you may find interesting:

Marks

Marks

Speaking of RTDNA, JEFF MARKS will receive the JOHN F. HOGAN Distinguished Service Award at that group’s annual convention in New Orleans in September. The honor recognizes an individual’s contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Jeff was the GM of WDBJ-TV in Roanoke when two newspeople were killed during a live report on the morning news last August. He’s now Director of Talent Development for Gray Television which now owns WDBJ. Jeff’s a past RTDNA chair as well.

Effron

Effron

Former news director and MSNBC executive MARK EFFRON has a new job. He’s joined the faculty at Montclair State University last week in the School of Communication and Media. Mark told me: “They are building a world class communications building and I am going to coordinate the multimedia and multi-platform newsroom as well as teaching.” His last TV news gig was as ND for WPXI-TV in New York. Old friends can congratulate him via an email to markeffron@gmail.com.

Finally, congratulations to SARAH GRAVLEE, Statewide Content Manager for KULR-TV/ABC-FOX Montana, and her family on the birth of daughter VALERIE ADELE. Valerie arrived on June 28th and joins Mom, Dad, and big brother Marshall. Sarah says all are doing well. Your kind note finds Sarah and Valerie at: sbuszmann@gmail.com

Gravlee Family

Gravlee Family

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, July 17, 2016:

KTTV/KCOP-TV 1999 S. Bundy Dr. Los Angeles CA 90025
KNTV 2450 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95131
KPRC-TV 8181 Southwest Freeway Houston TX 77074
KRIV-TV 4261 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
KTAZ-TV 4625 S 33rd Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85040 **
KMOV-TV One Memorial Drive St. Louis MO 630102
WTAE-TV 400 Ardmore Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15221
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
KVUE-TV 3201 Steck Ave. Austin, TX 78757
WHP-TV 3300 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
WGRZ-TV 259 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202
WKEF/WRGT-TV 2245 Corporate Pl, Miamisburg, OH 45342
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WNWO-TV 300 South Byrne Rd. Toledo, OH 43615
WHEC-TV 191 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14604
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
KRDO-TV 399 S. 8th St. Colorado Springs, CO 80905
WSJV-TV 58096 Co Rd 7, Elkhart, IN 46517
WVNY/WFFF 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester, VT 05446
KRNV-TV 1790 Vassar St. Reno, NV 89502
KVRR-TV 4015 9th Ave S. Fargo, ND 58103
WWTV/WWUP 22320 130th Ave, Tustin, MI 49688
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima,WA 98901
KSNT-TV 6835 NW HWY 24. Topeka, KS 66618
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
KRCG-TV 10188 Old Highway 54 North. New Bloomfield, MO 65063
KMID/KPEJ-TV 3200 LaForce Boulevard Midland, TX 79711
KAUZ/KSWO-TV 3601 Seymour Highway Wichita Falls, TX 76309
KPLC-TV 320 Division St. Lake Charles LA 70601
KYOU-TV 820 W Second St. Ottumwa IA 52501

* Spanish language station


July 10, 2016

Greetings:

We have lots to tell you about this week.

For instance, THREE newly named news directors. THREE new news director openings.

There are a lot of Names in the News items, ranging from items on veteran news people to items about younger broadcasters. And we’ll tell you about a former news director arrested while covering a protest in Baton Rouge.

Those ND changes bring out count of open ND jobs to 30. ONE of those open ND jobs is featured in one of our TWO Paid Help Wanted ads.

We have TWO obituaries this week, both of men who had leadership roles for either a small group or a large market powerhouse station. And as I mentioned earlier…lots of times in Names in the News…perhaps even someone you know.

So enjoy and read on!

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New News Director Openings:

KNTV, San Jose/San Francisco, CA…JONATHAN MITCHELL left this NBC owned station this week after 6 1/2 years as news director. He’s a former ND in Spokane, WA, and Toledo, and has also worked in Cincinnati and Medford, OR. We first brought this news in a mid-week UPDATE.

WSJV-TV, South Bend/Elkhart, IN…in that same UPDATE earlier this week we shared the news that PERRY BOXX is leaving this Quincy Media FOX affiliate about 2+ years to become ND for WEEK/WHOI-TV in Peoria. More on that below.

KARD/KTVE-TV, Monroe, LA…SHARITA ERVES has left this Nexstar duopoly (NBC/FOX) after just six months on the job. She had been working as a reporter and anchor in Milwaukee before the move to Louisiana. Sharita has also worked in Jackson, MS, and Missoula, MT.

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Newly Named News Directors:

Seay

Seay

KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO…ROGER SEAY has been promoted to news director for this Raycom Media owned CBS affiliate. He’s been the Assistant ND here for almost three years, has worked for Raycom stations in Cincinnati and Louisville, and has also worked in Portland, OR, and for another Louisville station. At KFVS, Roger replaces MARK LITTLE who was promoted to another Raycom station, WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, after 14 years as ND and 17 at the station.

Boxx

Boxx

WEEK-WHOI-TV, Peoria, IL…as noted above, veteran news director PERRY BOXX has been named ND for this duopoly. WEEK is owned by Quincy Media, for whom Perry has been working in South Bend. And Quincy operates WHOI which is owned by Sinclair. This is Perry’s 12th ND job: Columbus, GA, Madison, WI, Charleston, SC, Savannah, Oklahoma City, Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Nashville, Corpus Christi, and Las Vegas, and has also worked in Little Rock and St. Louis. He replaces GREG SCHIEFERSTEIN who we told you left last month to return to Idaho as ND for KPVI-TV in Pocatello.

Hawes

Hawes

KBOI-TV, Boise, ID…RYAN HAWES gets his first news director job at the helm of this Sinclair Broadcasting owned CBS affiliate. He’d been working at KPTV in Portland, OR (his second time there) and has worked in Nashville and for another Portland station. At KBOI, he replaces KENDRA MARTINEZ who left in April after about a year here to become news director for KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Paid Help Wanted Ad:

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Executive Producer, KPTV, Portland, OR:

KPTV, Fox12 in Portland, OR, is currently recruiting for the position of Executive Producer. Qualified applicants may apply online via the Meredith Careers page located at: www.meredith.com

The Executive Producer will lead a team of producers to deliver promotable, compelling, and well- written newscasts as well as online content. The EP will also regularly produce a primary newscast and write topical tease copy. The EP will work closely with the News Director and Assistant ND to develop and implement strategies to improve product and raise ratings while managing resources and containing overtime.

In addition, the successful candidate will:

· Exercise strong news judgment and review newscast rundowns with an eye toward promotable content,

· Engage in creative content development following up on viewer submission of story ideas via Facebook, Twitter and other online sources, as well as official sources

· Motivate staff and encourage “buy in” for station’s news brand, news strategies and action plans,

· Work with multi-media reporters/photographers to determine direction of stories and expectations.

· Works closely with assignment desk on coverage, story selection, live coverage, assignment of reporters and crews.

· Collaborate with producers on rundowns, story selection, formats, graphic elements, content and pace and flow of newscasts.

· Supervise long term planning for sweeps and special events.

· Other duties as assigned

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News Director, KRDO-TV, Colorado Springs, CO:

KRDO, NewsChannel 13, in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, located on the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, is looking for a News Director.

Job Description:

The News Director is responsible for the overall supervision and development of the News Department staff, providing direction in story selection, story-telling and coverage. We are looking for someone with the ability to manage, coach, critique and motivate the news team to make our news programs the best and first choice for local news, information, weather and sports in our market. Experience with brand building, news research and managing the station’s news website is a plus.

The successful candidate will lead, manage, hire, train, supervise and motivate News department personnel. They should be experienced in preparing operating budgets and be prepared to be involved in News department capital planning. Any candidate must have excellent news judgment, be thoroughly versed in digital and social media have a passion for breaking news and strong organizational and leadership skills.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a 4 year degree in Journalism, Broadcasting or related field, previous experience as a newsroom supervisor, excellent time management skills, effective communication skills, an ability to work in a high stress, fast paced environment with multiple daily deadlines, good organizational skills, and excellent news judgment.

When applying for this position, please note your referral source and send resumes to:

News Channel 13
Attn: Human Resources
399 S. 8th Street
Colorado Springs, CO. 80905
Telephone (719) 632-1515
Fax (719) 575-6327
Email: personnel@krdo.com

Successful candidate must pass a drug test and background check.
News Channel 13 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posting Closes: When position is filled.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 6/5/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 6/12/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 6/12/16)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (relisted 5/15/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (listed 6/12/16)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WAGA-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM EP, listed 6/26/16)
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (AM EP, listed 7/4/11)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 6/19/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 6/19/16)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/22/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, listed 6/19/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listing modified 6/12/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, listed 7/4/11)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (AM EP, relisted 6/19/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, listing revised 6/12/16)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (listed 6/12/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 6/12/16)
WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV (relisted this week)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted this week)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 5/22/16)
KIVI-TV, Boise, ID (AM EP, listed 6/19/16)
WEEK-TV, Peoria, IL (listed 5/22/16)

Obituaries:

Sefert

Sefert

Funeral services will be held this Tuesday for JIM SEFERT, who served as President and CEO of Cosmos Broadcasting (later Liberty Corp., eventually sold to Raycom Media).  Jim died last Thursday at the age of 86 after a short illness.  Jim was president of Cosmos when I was the ND at its Toledo station, WTOL-TV, and he was always a gentleman.  More on his life and career here.

TOM DOAR, the one time head of the company that owned WCCO-TV in Minneapolis for many years, died June 20th at the age of 95.  Here’s an interesting article from the Star-Tribune about Doar’s role in the growth of that station.

Names in the News:

Slaughter

Slaughter

CHRIS SLAUGHTER, the assistant ND of Baton Rouge’s WAFB-TV, was one of several journalists arrested Saturday night while covering a protest related to the police shooting there. He was finally released Sunday afternoon. Here’s the link to the latest story, but this will be a ever-changing situation so you might want to check the station’s website for the latest. Chris is a former ND in New Orleans.

GERARDO LOPEZ returns to Texas as the Managing Editor for KXAS-TV. He’s been the Assignment Manager at KOMO-TV in Seattle, but has worked across the state of Texas as detailed on his Linkedin page.

Congratulations to ERIN NEWNAM who’s been promoted to morning EP at Seattle’s KIRO-TV. She had been the morning producer there and has also worked in Charlotte and High Point, NC.

ADRIANA AREVALO, a former News Director for KINC-TV, the Univision station in Las Vegas, has a new job in public relations. Media Moves has more on that.

DANIEL TROTTER joins WHAS-TV in Louisville as Digital and Social Content Director. He had been the Social Media Manager at WTSP-TV in Tampa.

Second generation broadcaster ALEX VAN AMEYDE joins WJCL-TV in Savannah as an Executive Producer. He’s been producing for WPTV in West Palm Beach and earlier worked on the assignment desk and produced at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, MI, where his father LEE was a longtime primary anchor.

Best wishes to longtime Hearst Executive FRED YOUNG who celebrated his 75th birthday last week. Fred told me: “It’s back to the retirement work of volunteering, judging collegiate journalism awards and other industry related projects. That leaves plenty of time for the grandchildren and afternoon naps.”

Hanson

Hanson

Congratulations to old friend GARY HANSON who’s the recipient of a big honor from AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication). Gary, a longtime news director in Youngstown, OH, and past chair of RTNDA, has been named the winner of the Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism. Gary (and his wife LuETT) both retired last month after 19 years at Kent State. He’s battling cancer but says he’s still fighting. Friends can congratulate him and wish him well via an email to: glhanson@kent.edu

And congratulations to longtime newsletter sponsor Devlin Design Group which scored its third consultive ProMax/BDA Gold Award for set design. The new set for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh (below) was honored. Here’s the news release.

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Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, July 10, 2016:

KTTV/KCOP-TV 1999 S. Bundy Dr. Los Angeles CA 90025
KNTV 2450 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95131
KPRC-TV 8181 Southwest Freeway Houston TX 77074
KRIV-TV 4261 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
KTAZ-TV 4625 S 33rd Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85040 **
KMOV-TV One Memorial Drive St. Louis MO 630102
WTAE-TV 400 Ardmore Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15221
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
KVUE-TV 3201 Steck Ave. Austin, TX 78757
WHP-TV 3300 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
WGRZ-TV 259 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202
WKEF/WRGT-TV 2245 Corporate Pl, Miamisburg, OH 45342
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WNWO-TV 300 South Byrne Rd. Toledo, OH 43615
WHEC-TV 191 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14604
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
KRDO-TV 399 S. 8th St. Colorado Springs, CO 80905 (see ad above!)
WSJV-TV 58096 Co Rd 7, Elkhart, IN 46517

WVNY/WFFF 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester, VT 05446
KRNV-TV 1790 Vassar St. Reno, NV 89502
KVRR-TV 4015 9th Ave S. Fargo, ND 58103
WWTV/WWUP 22320 130th Ave, Tustin, MI 49688
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima,WA 98901
KSNT-TV 6835 NW HWY 24. Topeka, KS 66618
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
KRCG-TV 10188 Old Highway 54 North. New Bloomfield, MO 65063
KMID/KPEJ-TV 3200 LaForce Boulevard Midland, TX 79711
KAUZ/KSWO-TV 3601 Seymour Highway Wichita Falls, TX 76309
KYOU-TV 820 W Second St. Ottumwa IA 52501
KQTV 4000 Faraon St. Joseph, MO 64506

* Spanish language station


July 4, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 UPDATE:

Greetings:

Two moves of note today, one involving a large market network owned station, the other involving a veteran news director who’s about to take (by my count) his 12th ND job.

Mitchell

Mitchell

JONATHAN MITCHELL has left KNTV, the NBC o-and-o in San Jose/San Francisco. He’s been the news director there for 6 1/2 years, and previously had been an ND in Spokane and Toledo. He’s also worked in Cincinnati and Medford, OR.

Boxx

Boxx

And PERRY BOXX is moving to a new job with Quincy Media. Perry’s currently the news director at Quincy’s WSJV-TV in Elkhart/South Bend but is moving to sister station WEEK-TV in Peoria. Quincy also operates WHOI-TV in Peoria, which is owned by Sinclair. He’s been the ND at WSJV for more than two years, and has also been an ND in Columbus, GA, Madison, WI, Charleston, SC, Savannah, Oklahoma City, Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Nashville, Corpus Christi, and Las Vegas, and has also worked in Little Rock and St. Louis.

We’ll have more in our full report later this week.

regards,

 

Rick Gevers
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Greetings:

I hope you had a pleasant holiday.

TWO new ND openings in this week’s delayed-by-the-holiday report, including ONE created by an ND being upped to a GM job, which we always like to see. And the ONE newly named ND is the result of a current ND being bumped to a corporate role, replacing a veteran newswoman who is retiring.

That means we now have 29 ND openings by our always unofficial count, ONE of which is featured in a Paid Help Wanted ad below. We also have an ad for a competition to honor a great consumer finance report which includes a cash award and a trip to the EIJ Conference.

Also this week…a longtime Los Angeles news manager is retiring. There’s a new job for a former Arkansas news director, and we have an article looking at the difficulty in hiring news managers.

All that and more below.

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New News Director Openings:

WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA…congratulations to news director JUSTIN ANTONIOTTI who’s being promoted to General Manager of sister-Hearst stations WPTZ-TV/WNNE-TV in Plattsburgh, NY, and Burlington, VT. The local newspaper has more. Justin’s been the ND here since late 2012, and previously served as ND for Hearst’s WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC. He’s also worked in Houston, Milwaukee, Memphis, and Biloxi. Some of our more, uh, senior readers will remember Justin’s father, STEVE, who worked as an ND in Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Oklahoma City, and as a GM for two stations in Detroit.

WKEF/WRGT-TV, Dayton, OH…POLLY VAN DOREN is leaving this Sinclair owned ABC/FOX duopoly on July 8th. This memo from General Manager LISA BARHORST explains that Polly is going to look for opportunities closer to her native Missouri. Polly’s been the ND here for about 2 1/2 years. She spent about 1 1/2 years as an ND in Buffalo and almost 18 years as the ND for KOLR-TV in Springfield, MO. She also worked as an anchor and reporter in Evansville and Paducah.

Also, please note the new help wanted ad for the news director opening at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs. We reported last week that JENE NELSON was leaving her job at that ABC affiliate.

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Newly Named News Directors:

Reed

Reed

KWTV, Oklahoma City, OK…a series of changes at this family owned CBS affiliate to tell you about. Veteran newswoman JOYCE REED, who held the title of VP of Content is retiring. TODD SPESSARD has been promoted to replace Joyce, while NATHAN ELLIOTT is being promoted to fill Todd’s old position as Director of PM Content. This news release from the company explains the changes.

Spessard

Spessard

Joyce joined KWTV as ND in 1995, shortly before the Murrah Building bombing rocked the city. She was named VP/Content in 2009. Todd’s been the Director of PM Content (you and I might call that news director) since 2011 and previously was an ND in Tulsa, Wichita, and Columbia, MO. He’s also worked in Kearney, NE, Kansas City, and Grand Rapids, MI, where he worked for me when I was ND at WOOD-TV there. Nathan joined KWTV in 2004 and worked his way up to Managing Editor before this promotion.

Paid Help Wanted Ad:

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News Director, KRDO-TV, Colorado Springs, CO:

KRDO, NewsChannel 13, in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, located on the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, is looking for a News Director.

Job Description:

The News Director is responsible for the overall supervision and development of the News Department staff, providing direction in story selection, story-telling and coverage. We are looking for someone with the ability to manage, coach, critique and motivate the news team to make our news programs the best and first choice for local news, information, weather and sports in our market. Experience with brand building, news research and managing the station’s news website is a plus.

The successful candidate will lead, manage, hire, train, supervise and motivate News department personnel. They should be experienced in preparing operating budgets and be prepared to be involved in News department capital planning. Any candidate must have excellent news judgment, be thoroughly versed in digital and social media have a passion for breaking news and strong organizational and leadership skills.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a 4 year degree in Journalism, Broadcasting or related field, previous experience as a newsroom supervisor, excellent time management skills, effective communication skills, an ability to work in a high stress, fast paced environment with multiple daily deadlines, good organizational skills, and excellent news judgment.

When applying for this position, please note your referral source and send resumes to:

News Channel 13
Attn: Human Resources
399 S. 8th Street
Colorado Springs, CO. 80905
Telephone (719) 632-1515
Fax (719) 575-6327
Email: personnel@krdo.com

Successful candidate must pass a drug test and background check.
News Channel 13 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posting Closes: When position is filled.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 6/5/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 6/12/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 6/12/16)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (relisted 5/15/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (listed 6/12/16)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WAGA-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM EP, listed 6/26/16)
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (AM EP, new listing this week)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, listed 5/1/16)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 6/19/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 6/19/16)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/22/16)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, listed 6/19/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listing modified 6/12/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, new listing this week)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (AM EP, relisted 6/19/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, listing revised 6/12/16)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (listed 6/12/16)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (relisted 6/12/16)
WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV (relisted 5/1/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 5/8/16)
WJCL-TV, Savannah, GA (relisted 5/22/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 5/22/16)
KIVI-TV, Boise, ID (AM EP, listed 6/19/16)
WEEK-TV, Peoria, IL (listed 5/22/16)

Obituary:

Longtime ABC newsman RON DePAOLIS died in mid June. He went from radio to TV and worked for ABCDEF before it transitioned to ABC NewsOne. Here’s the memo from ABC’s AL PRIETO to the staff:

Names in the News:

KABC-TV in Los Angeles is losing 17 year veteran employee JULIE KRALLMAN. She’s leaving for a marketing job at her alma mater, Gonzaga University. Julie’s currently the Assistant ND for this ABC o-and-o, and has held a variety of other management positions, as detailed in the laudatory memo from ND ROB ELMORE. Julie’s also worked in Miami, Sacramento, and Spokane.

MARK RAINES, who spent 10 years as ND at KTHV-TV in Little Rock before leaving for a PR job in 2007, moves up the PR ladder. Details here.

Finally, do you think it’s harder to find news managers to fill openings? That’s the theory in this article from TV NewsCheck which looks at reasons behind that apparent trend.

General Manager News:

Congratulations to ADAM CHASE who’s been named GM of Scripps’ KERO-TV in Bakersfield, CA. He’s a 12 year veteran of the market who worked at KERO earlier in his career. Adam’s been the GSM for KGET-TV in Bakersfield for the last two years.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Monday, July 4, 2016:
KTTV/KCOP-TV 1999 S. Bundy Dr. Los Angeles CA 90025
KPRC-TV 8181 Southwest Freeway Houston TX 77074
KRIV-TV 4261 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
KTAZ-TV 4625 S 33rd Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85040 **
KMOV-TV One Memorial Drive St. Louis MO 630102
WTAE-TV 400 Ardmore Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15221
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
KVUE-TV 3201 Steck Ave. Austin, TX 78757
WHP-TV 3300 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
WGRZ-TV 259 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202
WKEF/WRGT-TV 2245 Corporate Pl, Miamisburg, OH 45342
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WNWO-TV 300 South Byrne Rd. Toledo, OH 43615
WHEC-TV 191 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14604
KFVS-TV 310 Broadway Cape Girardeau MO 63701
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
KRDO-TV 399 S. 8th St. Colorado Springs, CO 80905 (see ad above!)
WVNY/WFFF 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester, VT 05446
KRNV-TV 1790 Vassar St. Reno, NV 89502
KVRR-TV 4015 9th Ave S. Fargo, ND 58103
WEEK/WHOI-TV 2907 Springfield Road. East Peoria, IL 61611
WWTV/WWUP 22320 130th Ave, Tustin, MI 49688
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima,WA 98901
KSNT-TV 6835 NW HWY 24. Topeka, KS 66618
KRCG-TV 10188 Old Highway 54 North. New Bloomfield, MO 65063
KMID/KPEJ-TV 3200 LaForce Boulevard Midland, TX 79711
KAUZ/KSWO-TV 3601 Seymour Highway Wichita Falls, TX 76309
KYOU-TV 820 W Second St. Ottumwa IA 52501
KQTV 4000 Faraon St. Joseph, MO 64506

* Spanish language station