December 4, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016 UPDATE:

Greetings:

Three items of note today.

Hart

Hart

In Milwaukee, BEN HART has been named news director of Hearst’s WISN-TV (ABC). He’s been the ND for the company’s WAPT-TV in Jackson, MS, since 2012 and has worked at two other Hearst stations. Ben replaces CHRIS GEGG who will leave at the end of the year after just over four years as ND.

Becker

Becker

Veteran anchor ROSS BECKER, who’s been at KUSI-TV in San Diego for the last seven years, is headed to Palm Springs as the next ND for KMIR-TV, the OTA Broadcasting NBC affiliate. This release tells us that Ross has lived in the area and commuted to San Diego. He’s anchored in several markets, including Los Angeles, as outlined on his Linkedin page. He replaces DAVID REESE who announced in October he’d leave after November for a job to be announced later.

Toney

Toney

Finally, veteran SmithGeiger executive MARK TONEY has left that consulting company after almost 12 years. He sent me (and others) this email. Mark’s a former news director in Chicago, Miami, and Oklahoma City. His Linkedin page has more of his background.  Old friends can reach Mark here: Txbrand1@gmail.com

More on all these stories in our full newsletter later this week.

regards,

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

A busy week, with lots of news to tell you about.

There are just TWO new news director openings, but one is created by the retirement of a veteran news director who was once a network correspondent. And another veteran news director returns to a newsroom in one of the THREE newly named news directors we’ll introduce you to.

Those changes leave our list of open news director jobs at 20.

Our Names in the News section has some interesting items, including a station outsourcing its news production to a sister station more than 150 miles away in another state. There’s also news of the retirement of the head of RTDNA, and a number of news managers on the move.

And there’s a lot of general managers on the move, as well.

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New News Director Openings:

Lord

Lord

WUSA-TV, Washington, DC…BILL LORD is retiring after just over two years as Station Manager/News Director for this Tegna owned CBS affiliate. Bill sent this note to his staff. Before WUSA, Bill spent 12 years at WJLA-TV in Washington, the last three as GM and ND before that. He’s also been an ND in Los Angeles, Seattle (twice), and Nashville, and worked as an NBC correspondent, perhaps the only former network correspondent to be a news director in recent years.

Michael Valentine

Valentine

Tegna also announced that MICHAEL VALENTINE, a VP of News for the company, would join WUSA as Station Manager/Director of Content. He tells me the station will be hiring a news director as well. Michael’s been in that job for four years, held the same position at Belo before Tegna (nee Gannett) acquired the company, and has been an ND in Dallas, Norfolk, and Evansville.

KVII-TV, Amarillo, TX…this Sinclair owned ABC affiliate is looking for a new news director. RYAN HAZELWOOD had been the ND here for the past 4 1/2 years.

Newly Named News Directors:

Salamone

Salamone

WTEN/WXXA-TV, Albany, NY…we told you earlier this week that veteran news director DAN SALAMONE would be the next ND for this ABC/FOX duopoly. WTEN is owned by Media General, but about to be acquired by Nexstar. It operates WXXA for another owner. Dan most recently was the morning EP for WFLD-TV in Chicago. He’s a former ND in Cleveland, Detroit and Providence, and a News Director/Station Manager in Portland, OR, and Albuquerque. He replaces MATT MILLER who left the station in September after a year as ND to return home to Cincinnati as a Talent Acquisition Lead for Scripps.

O'Hara

O’Hara

KTSM-TV, El Paso, TX…market veteran ELIZABETH O’HARA returns to TV as the next ND for this Nexstar owned NBC affiliate. She’s spent the last 2+ years as the Communications Director for the Diocese of El Paso. But Elizabeth worked for 14 years at KFOX-TV in El Paso, the last seven as news director. She started at KFOX as a reporter/weekend anchor, moved up to primary anchor, and then ND. She also worked in Anchorage and for another El Paso station. Elizabeth replaces VERONIKA PLACENCIA who left the station after just over a year.

Johnson

Johnson

KESQ/CBS Local 2, Palm Desert, CA…REBECCA JOHNSON will run the news operation for this unique News Press & Gazette operation. GM MIKE STUTZ sent this note to the staff. KESQ is the ABC affiliate, and the company also runs CBS/FOX/CW and Telemundo affiliates on digital sub channels. Rebecca has been the Assistant ND at WNCN-TV in Raleigh and earlier spent 13 years at another Media General station, WPRI-TV in Providence. She’s also worked in Springfield, MA. Rebecca replaces BOB SMITH who was ND here for 10 years. He’s moving to South Carolina to be near family after a cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

Paid Help Wanted Ad: 

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News Director, KARD/KTVE-TV, Monroe, LA:

KARD Fox 14/KTVE NBC 10 and MyArkLaMiss.com in Monroe, LA is seeking an experienced journalist to lead our team and serve as the next News Director.

This is a unique opening at the fastest growing news operation in the Monroe market (DMA #139). Our next News Director must be committed to exceptional local storytelling. We need a hands-on “teacher” who understands how to showcase the news events through graphics, video, writing and sound. The successful candidate must be well organized and able to clearly communicate a vision to be successful on all platforms. Digital and social media is a significant focus.

You must be able to demonstrate a strategy to produce relevant and unique content for traditional websites, mobile, apps and more. This includes social media where we need a candidate who can increase engagement with our digital users. This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and experience is preferred.

To learn more about the job and apply, click here!

Monroe is located in north central Louisiana and in the midst of some of the most interesting political races in America. Educational opportunities abound at all levels from excellent public and private elementary and secondary schools, to colleges and universities, including the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Grambling and Louisiana Tech. This is truly a great area to live and raise a family.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 10/30/16)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted this week)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (new listing this week)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted this week)

WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted 10/23/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 10/23/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 10/23/16)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 10/30/16)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 11/20/16)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (Spec. Projects Sr. EP, relisted 11/16/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (Special Projects/Investigative, relisted 10/30/16)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Senior EP, relisted 11/6/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted this week)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (relisted 11/20/16)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (AM EP, listed 10/23/16)
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 (new listing this week)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (2 openings, EP & Spec. Projects, relisted this week)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
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 this week)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (listed 10/23/16)
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)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WAND-TV, Decatur, IL (listed 11/6/16)

Names in the News:

Cavender

Cavender

MIKE CAVENDER, who’s been the Executive Director of both RTDNA and RTDNF since 2011, will retire at the end of 2017. Here’s more from the organization’s website. Mike’s a previous chair of both groups and was a news director in Washington, Atlanta, Tampa, and Nashville.

Sinclair Broadcasting announced this week that it was making major changes to the news operation at its Toledo NBC affiliate, WNWO-TV. The production of news in Toledo was be outsourced to another Sinclair station, WSBT-TV in South Bend. More in this story.

There were a number of news management moves at KXAS-TV, the NBC o-and-o in Dallas/Ft. Worth this week. VP/News MARK GINTHER detailed them in a memo to the staff.

Diaz

Diaz

Congratulations to MONIKA DIAZ who’s been upped to Assistant News Director for KTXL-TV, the Tribune owned FOX affiliate in Sacramento. She’s been the Managing Editor there, but came up through the reporter ranks, working in Dallas and Sacramento. You’ll learn more about her in this note to the staff from KTXL News Director ED CHAPIUS.

General Manager News:

The GM at KRON-TV in San Francisco, ASHLEY GOLD MESSINA, announced this week that she will leave this independent station at the end of the year. KRON is currently owned by Media General pending the Nexstar acquisition. She’s been the GM here for more than two years.

TRACI SCOTT WILKINSON moves across Phoenix to return to KASW-TV as GM. She’s been the Sales Manager for KSAZ-TV, but earlier worked at KASW which is a Nexstar owned CW affiliate.

BRANDEN FRANTZ returns to Cincinnati as General Manager for Hearst’s WLWT-TV. He’s been the General Sales Manager for the company’s WESH-TV in Orlando. Before moving to Florida, he was the GSM for WXIX-TV in Cincinnati.

JIMMY CROMWELL is moving from Media General’s WJTV in Jackson, MS, to run the company’s CBS affiliate in Birmingham, WIAT-TV. It’s a return to Birmingham for Jimmy, who earlier in his career worked for another station there.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, December 4, 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
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
WRGB-TV 1400 Balltown Road. Schenectady, NY 12309
WKRG-TV 555 Broadcast Dr. Mobile AL 36606
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima, WA 98901
KAPP/KVEW 114 N. 4th Street Yakima, WA 98901
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
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292 (see ad above!)
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301


November 27, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 UPDATE:

Greetings:

A veteran news director returns to ‘the corner office’ with a job in New York state.

Salamone

Salamone

DAN SALAMONE has been named News Director for WTEN/WXXA-TV in Albany, NY. That’s an ABC/FOX duopoly.  WTEN is now owned by Media General, but, of course, about to be acquired by Nexstar.  It operates WXXA for owner Shield Media.

Dan most recently was the morning EP for FOX’s WFLD-TV in Chicago. He spent more than nine years as ND for WOIO/WUAB-TV in Cleveland, and has been a News Director/Station Manager in Portland, OR, and Albuquerque, and a news director in Detroit and Providence. His Linkedin page has the full story.

He is also, to the dismay of this Indianapolis Colts season ticket holder, an avid fan of the New England Patriots.

At WTEN, Dan replaces MATT MILLER who left the station in September to return home to Cincinnati as Talent Acquisition Lead for Scripps. Matt was ND here for just over a year.

We’ll have all the latest news in our full newsletter this weekend.

regards,

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

As you might expect, a relatively slow week though the changes we have are all noteworthy.

There’s just ONE newly named news director in a move some saw as a surprise. That drops our list of open ND jobs to 20.

ONE of those openings is advertised in one of our TWO Paid Help Wanted ads.

There’s a new GM in a top ten market, an interesting article about the Anchorage news market, and two obituaries.

All that…and more…below!

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New News Director Opening:

No new openings this week, to my knowledge. If you know something I don’t, please let me know via an email to: rick@rickgevers.com

While it’s not a new opening (we told you in July that SHARITA ERVES had left the station), please note the new Help Wanted Ad below for the position at KARD/KTVE-TV in Monroe, LA.

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Newly Named News Director:

Mahaney

Mahaney

WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH…we told you Tuesday that CHIP MAHANEY will make the short trek from Scripps’ corporate headquarters to this ABC affiliate as its next ND. Chip’s an eight year veteran of Scripps, first in the digital division, and for the last year as the first national Director of News Recruitment. He’s been an ND in Richmond, spent 11 years as a Managing Editor for KDFW-TV in Dallas, and worked in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Austin, TX. Longtime Cincinnati media reporter JOHN KIESEWETTER has more. Chip replaces ALEX BONGIORNO who left the station in February after 2 1/2 years as ND.

Paid Help Wanted Ads: 

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News Director, KARD/KTVE-TV, Monroe, LA:

KARD Fox 14/KTVE NBC 10 and MyArkLaMiss.com in Monroe, LA is seeking an experienced journalist to lead our team and serve as the next News Director.

This is a unique opening at the fastest growing news operation in the Monroe market (DMA #139). Our next News Director must be committed to exceptional local storytelling. We need a hands-on “teacher” who understands how to showcase the news events through graphics, video, writing and sound. The successful candidate must be well organized and able to clearly communicate a vision to be successful on all platforms. Digital and social media is a significant focus.

You must be able to demonstrate a strategy to produce relevant and unique content for traditional websites, mobile, apps and more. This includes social media where we need a candidate who can increase engagement with our digital users. This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and experience is preferred.

To learn more about the job and apply, click here!

Monroe is located in north central Louisiana and in the midst of some of the most interesting political races in America. Educational opportunities abound at all levels from excellent public and private elementary and secondary schools, to colleges and universities, including the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Grambling and Louisiana Tech. This is truly a great area to live and raise a family.

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Executive Producer, KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA:

KGO-TV/ABC7 News, the ABC Owned Television station in San Francisco has an immediate opening for an Executive Producer to join the ABC7 News team. We are seeking an experienced Manager with superior news judgment and dynamic news producing experience. The Executive Producer manages daily newscasts and content in conjunction with other news managers. The ideal candidate must have a keen understanding of multi-platform strategy and have a track record of breaking news success stories. This person will excel by executing big-picture goals while focusing on the details with daily content coverage. We are looking for a proven leader with excellent communication and collaboration skills.

College degree and five years previous management experience in top 20 markets preferred.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Supervise Newscast Producers and Writers
Provide consistent feedback to Producers and Writers by setting goals and tracking progress
Inspire Producers in the development of compelling newscast production and story-telling.
Contribute strategic content ideas in editorial meetings
Collaborate with Assignment Editors and Digital Producers on multi-platform breaking news coverage
Work with the Audience Development team on newscast promotion across all platforms.
Copy edit scripts
Manage Producer, Writer and Assignment Editor Schedules

TO APPLY: Please log onto www.disneycareers.com and search for Requisition ID# 413524BR (Executive Producer); create a candidate profile, and upload your resume and cover letter.

ABC7 is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 10/30/16)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 11/6/16)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 10/30/16)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted 10/23/16)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 10/2/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 10/23/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 10/23/16)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 10/30/16)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 11/16/16)
KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 11/20.16, see ad above!)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (Spec. Projects Sr. EP, relisted 11/16/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (Special Projects/Investigative, relisted 10/30/16)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Senior EP, relisted 11/6/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (relisted 11/20/16)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (AM EP, listed 10/23/16)
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 this week)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
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, listed 10/30/16)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (listed 10/23/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted this week)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted this week)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WAND-TV, Decatur, IL (listed 11/6/16)

Obituaries:

Glazer

Glazer

Longtime RTDNA/RTNDF supporter GEORGE GLAZER died Tuesday at the age of 86 of an apparent heart attack. Details on the funeral, shiva, and burial are in this obituary. George’s son BRYAN explains the delay in what he called a timely Jewish funeral in this note. George, a longtime PR executive, was a fixture at conventions and helped create RTDNA’s First Amendment Awards. The organization posted this tribute to him after his passing.

Our sympathy to SmithGeiger SVP JOHN CULLITON on the death of his mother, MARJORIE CULLITON. Mrs. Culliton died Sunday, November 13th, at the age of 94. Here’s the full obituary. John has been with SmithGeiger for more than eleven years, previously worked as a GM in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Minneapolis, where he was also a news director. Full disclosure: John (and his wife, CINDY HILLGER) worked for me in Toledo when I was ND at WTOL-TV. Your kind note of sympathy should be sent to: john@smithgeiger.com

Names in the News:

Naturally a slow week due to the holiday.

But we did stumble across an interesting story about the retirement of longtime Anchorage newsman STEVE MAC DONALD. This story from the Anchorage Free Press details not only Steve’s background but an interesting look at the history of TV news in Anchorage.

General Manager News:

Dyer

Dyer

RICHARD DYER returns to Washington to be the next General Manager for Tegna’s WUSA-TV. He was Station Manager there earlier in his career and is a native of DC. Richard’s been GM of Hearst’s WLWT-TV in Cincinnati since 2002 and earlier was a GM for Hearst in Omaha. More here . He replaces MARK BURDETT who held the job for almost five years.

Remington

Remington

We have additional information on the upcoming retirement of BRAD REMINGTON, who’s closing his career as the General Manager of Scripps’ KMGH-TV in Denver. We told you last Tuesday that Brad was retiring at the end of the year. Since then, we’ve obtained the memo Brad sent his staff as well as the note from Scripps’ VP of TV Operations DEBBIE TURNER to other Scripps general managers.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, November 27, 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
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
WTEN-TV 41 Northern Blvd, Albany, NY 12204
WRGB-TV 1400 Balltown Road. Schenectady, NY 12309
WKRG-TV 555 Broadcast Dr. Mobile AL 36606
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima, WA 98901
KAPP/KVEW 114 N. 4th Street Yakima, WA 98901
WTVA-TV PO Box 320 Tupelo MS 38802
KX Network 1811 N 15th Street Bismarck, ND 58501
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292 (see ad above!)
KESQ-TV 31276 Dunham Way Thousand Palms, CA 92276
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301


November 20, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 UPDATE:

Greetings:

The long vacant news director opening at Scripps’ WCPO-TV in Cincinnati is filled with what some might consider a surprise hire.

Mahaney

Mahaney

CHIP MAHANEY, an eight year Scripps veteran who’s been the company’s first national Director of News Recruitment, will be this ABC affiliate’s next news director. Here’s the news release.  Chip has a strong background in digital news operations, fitting for this station with its heavy emphasis on digital. This CJR story explains that.

He’s a former ND in Richmond, spent eleven years as a Managing Editor in Dallas, and worked in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Austin, TX and spent four years working for BASYS. He replaces ALEX BONGIORNO who left the station in February after 2 1/2 years.

Some other quick headlines:

Dyer

Dyer

General Manager RICHARD DYER returns to Washington to run WUSA-TV. Richard is a DC native. He’s been the GM of Hearst’s WLWT-TV in Cincinnati but earlier had been the Station Manager for WUSA. More here. He replaces MARK BURDETT who held the job for almost five years.

And we have more on the retirement for former ND turned GM BRAD REMINGTON, who’s leaving Scripps’ KMGH-TV in Denver. Here’s the memo from Scripps’ DEBBIE TURNER as well as Brad’s note to his staff.

Happy Thanksgiving!

regards,

Rick Gevers

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Greetings;

There’s a flurry of activity this week, with THREE new news directors and just ONE new opening. Our always unofficial count of open ND jobs now stands at 21.

ONE of those open ND jobs is among our TWO Paid Help Wanted ads in this week’s edition.

We have details about a longtime Michigan news director who’s hospitalized in grave condition after he suffered a stroke in his newsroom this week.

That’s the lead item in Names in the News below. You’ll also find details of an inurnment ceremony for a former Los Angeles and Washington news director. We’ll also tell you about an astounding number of new Assistant News Directors: SIX in all, in a variety of large and medium markets.

That…and more…below, after an ad for a new holiday music package..with process benefitting a charity.

I hope you and your families have a great Thanksgiving holiday.

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New News Director Opening:

Dodd=Taylor

Dodd-Taylor

KYTX-TV, Tyler, TX…JENNIFER DODD-TAYLOR will leave this Tegna owned CBS affiliate at the end of February. I’m told she’s moving for family reasons. By the time she leaves she will have been there about 18 months. She previously worked in San Antonio. Jennifer’s a former ND in Victoria, TX, and has worked on-air in Dallas, for another San Antonio station, Green Bay, and Beaumont.

Newly Named News Directors:

Starnes

Starnes

WRCB-TV, Chattanooga, TN…CALLIE STARNES has been promoted to news director for this NBC affiliate. Here’s the official news release. She’s currently the Assistant ND. Callie first joined the station in 2008 as a reporter, and eventually became a weekday anchor. She left the station in 2014 after giving birth, and returned a year later. Callie replaces DERRAL STALVEY who will leave after a short transition period. He was ND there almost ten years.

Hirsch

Hirsch

WFFT-TV, Ft. Wayne, IN…STEW HIRSCH returns to a newsroom as the next ND for this FOX affiliate owned by Nexstar. He’s a one-time news director in Huntsville who’s worked at all three Columbus, OH, stations TWICE. He’s also worked in Cincinnati and Raleigh. Stew replaces BARBARA BROOKS who just had her second child and will leave the business to raise her family. Barbara worked here for seven years, just over a year as ND.

Thompson

Thompson

KWES-TV, Midland-Odessa, TX…congratulations to MICHAEL THOMPSON who’s been promoted within Raycom to become news director for this NBC affiliate. He’s been the EP for Raycom’s KLTV in Tyler, TX. Here’s the note from his new GM in Midland and his former news director in Tyler. At KWES, Michael replaces JAMES DOUGHTY who left the station earlier this month after just over a year as news director.

Paid Help Wanted Ads: 

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Executive Producer, KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA:

KGO-TV/ABC7 News, the ABC Owned Television station in San Francisco has an immediate opening for an Executive Producer to join the ABC7 News team. We are seeking an experienced Manager with superior news judgment and dynamic news producing experience. The Executive Producer manages daily newscasts and content in conjunction with other news managers. The ideal candidate must have a keen understanding of multi-platform strategy and have a track record of breaking news success stories. This person will excel by executing big-picture goals while focusing on the details with daily content coverage. We are looking for a proven leader with excellent communication and collaboration skills.

College degree and five years previous management experience in top 20 markets preferred.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Supervise Newscast Producers and Writers
Provide consistent feedback to Producers and Writers by setting goals and tracking progress
Inspire Producers in the development of compelling newscast production and story-telling.
Contribute strategic content ideas in editorial meetings
Collaborate with Assignment Editors and Digital Producers on multi-platform breaking news coverage
Work with the Audience Development team on newscast promotion across all platforms.
Copy edit scripts
Manage Producer, Writer and Assignment Editor Schedules

TO APPLY: Please log onto www.disneycareers.com and search for Requisition ID# 413524BR (Executive Producer); create a candidate profile, and upload your resume and cover letter.

ABC7 is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

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News Director, WTVA-TV, Tupelo, MS:

WTVA-TV Channel 9, the Heartland Media owned NBC affiliate in Columbus-Tupelo, MS (133) is looking for an individual who can lead their #1 station in north Mississippi to new heights of success. Are you….

*Looking for a company that is expanding and investing in news?
*Interested in world class research and training in your craft?
*Excited about using top of the line technology?
*An Executive Producer or Assistant News Director who is ready to lead their own shop?
*An experienced News Director looking for a great market and a great company?
*Up for relocating to a better lifestyle and great cost of living?
How would you like to invest your TIME in….
*The #1 station in North Mississippi (and growing)
*A company that provides great benefits and training
*A company that invests in its people
*A strong team of journalists who are ready for strong leadershipIs that you?

If so, we need to talk!

The full description of the job responsibilities and requires for those interested may be found at www.wtva.com

To learn more about the city you will soon call home click here.

To apply please send resume via email to jjones@wtva.com or mail to:

Jerry Jones
WTVA-TV
P.O. Box 320
Tupelo, MS 38802

No Phone Calls Please

WTVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition to complying with the requirements of federal law, WTVA will comply with applicable state and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 10/30/16)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 11/6/16)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 10/30/16)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted 10/23/16)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 10/2/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 10/23/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 10/23/16)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 10/30/16)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 11/16/16)
KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (Spec. Projects Sr. EP, relisted 11/16/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (Special Projects/Investigative, relisted 10/30/16)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Senior EP, relisted 11/6/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (relisted this week)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (AM EP, listed 10/23/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (relisted this week)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (two openings, listed 10/23/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (two openings, relisted this week)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 9/18/16)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, relisted 11/13/16)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (relisted 9/25/16)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted this week)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (AM EP, listed 10/30/16)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (listed 10/23/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 9/25/16)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (listing revised 9/11/16)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WAND-TV, Decatur, IL (listed 11/6/16)

Names in the News:

Ragan

Ragan

Please join me in wishing longtime Lansing News Director KEVIN RAGAN well. Kevin suffered a stroke in the WILX-TV newsroom earlier this week and is hospitalized in critical condition. I believe he is 62 years old. The station posted this brief story on its website. Kevin’s been the ND for this Gray Television owned NBC affiliate for 19 years, has been an ND in Wichita and Greenville, SC, and worked in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

We have details on an inurnment service for former Los Angeles and Washington news director BOB LONG, who died last August of cancer at the age of 71. The service will be Wednesday, November 30, at Arlington National Cemetery. More here.

KTLA-TV in Los Angeles has promoted KERRY BRACE to Assistant ND. She’s been an EP there and has worked in Los Angeles for 25 years.

MATT WAGGONER has been promoted to Assistant ND for Seattle’s KCPQ-TV. Matt’s been the Senior Executive Producer for that Tribune owned FOX affiliate. He’s previously worked in Portland, OR, and Phoenix.

BOB SABO is moving up at Hubbard’s KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Bob has been named Assistant News Director. He’s been the Assignment Manager for this ABC affiliate.

AMBER STATLER-MATTHEWS joins Fox’s WJYZ-TV in Charlotte as Assistant ND. She’s been working for a production company and earlier worked in news management positions for three different Miami stations.

Dieterle

Dieterle

DANA DIETERLE is about to hop onto I-70 and head east to Kansas City where he’ll be the new Assistant News Director for Hearst’s KMBC-TV, the ABC affiliate there. He’s spent the last 5+ years as the Assistant ND for Tribune’s KDVR/KWGN-TV in Denver. Dana’s a former ND in Albany, NY, and has also worded in Boston, Cleveland, Miami, Hartford, and Providence.

SARA VAN AERNUM heads to Memphis where she’ll be the Assistant ND for WREG-TV. She’s been working at KHOU-TV in Houston. Sara’s also worked for several news organizations in Washington.

General Manager News:

Remington

Remington

Former news director turned General Manager BRAD REMINGTON is leaving Scripps’ KMGH-TV in Denver, where’s he’s been the GM since March, 2015. The Denver Post has more. He’d been out of TV when he took the job at that ABC affiliate, running a franchised business. Brad’s a former ND in Denver (KDVR-TV), Phoenix, St. Louis, and Albuquerque.

Elsner

Elsner

Nineteen year station veteran ALICIA ELSNER will be the next General Manager for Tegna’s KSDK-TV, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis. The official news release is here. She’s been the General Sales Manager there most recently, and has been the interim GM since MARV DANIELSKI left the station earlier this summer.

PATTY KOLB, who’s been the General Manager for Tribune’s WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids, MI, will leave that FOX affiliate at the end of the year. Patty’s been the GM for 13 years, and earlier served three years as a GM for WFFT-TV in Ft. Wayne.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, November 20, 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
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
WTEN-TV 41 Northern Blvd, Albany, NY 12204
WRGB-TV 1400 Balltown Road. Schenectady, NY 12309
WKRG-TV 555 Broadcast Dr. Mobile AL 36606
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima, WA 98901
KAPP/KVEW 114 N. 4th Street Yakima, WA 98901
WTVA-TV PO Box 320 Tupelo MS 38802 (see ad above!)
KX Network 1811 N 15th Street Bismarck, ND 58501
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
KESQ-TV 31276 Dunham Way Thousand Palms, CA 92276
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301


November 13, 2016

Greetings:

A fair amount of news director movement in this week’s report, considering we’re in the middle of a rating period.

We have TWO newly named news directors to introduce you to, and there are TWO new news director openings.

That keeps our list of open news director jobs at 23.

ONE of those open ND jobs is featured among our TWO Paid Help Wanted ads.

We have an obituary for a two-time North Carolina General Manager, a former newsman is slated to run one of America’s biggest broadcasting companies, there are new GMs in Seattle and Omaha, and we’ll also tell you about several news managers on the move.

That’s all below!

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New News Director Openings:

Luhn

Luhn

WCBD-TV, Charleston, SC…BRYAN LUHN has left this Media General owned (for now, it’s about to be acquired by Nexstar) NBC affiliate after about 2 1/2 years as news director. Bryan told me it was strange not to be with ‘his troops’ on election night but is enjoying time with his family. He earlier had been an Assistant ND in Asheville, NC, and has also worked at the Weather Channel, and in Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Louisville, Ft. Myers, and Sherman, TX.

Barden

Barden

KADN/KLAF-TV, Lafayette, LA…DOUG BARDEN is leaving this FOX/NBC duopoly to return to California for a new business venture. Here’s the note Doug sent to his staff. He was the first ND here, starting last January. He had been the ND for KSBY-TV in San Luis Obisbo, is a former ND in Reno and Bakersfield, and has also worked in Salt Lake City. The stations are currently being sold by Nexstar to Bayou City Broadcasting.

Newly Named News Directors:

Araiza

Araiza

WCSH/WLBZ-TV, Portland/Bangor, ME…KAREN ARAIZA has been named news director for the Tegna owned NBC duopoly. Details here. She’ll start there in two weeks. Karen has been the managing editor of integrated media for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, where she’s worked for 24 years in a variety of roles. She’s also worked in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Austin, TX. Karen replaces MIKE REDDING who was promoted to Tegna’s KVUE-TV in Austin, TX, earlier this summer after three years   as ND here.

Brink

Brink

KYOU-TV, Ottumwa, IA…PAT BRINK returns to television news after 29 years away as the news director for this FOX affiliate owned by American Spirit Media but operated by Raycom. Pat’s been working in a variety of jobs in public relations since leaving his last TV job as Assignment Manager at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. He’s also worked in Rochester and Austin, MN.

Paid Help Wanted Ads: 

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News Director, WTVA-TV, Tupelo, MS:

WTVA-TV Channel 9, the Heartland Media owned NBC affiliate in Columbus-Tupelo, MS (133) is looking for an individual who can lead their #1 station in north Mississippi to new heights of success. Are you….

*Looking for a company that is expanding and investing in news?
*Interested in world class research and training in your craft?
*Excited about using top of the line technology?
*An Executive Producer or Assistant News Director who is ready to lead their own shop?
*An experienced News Director looking for a great market and a great company?
*Up for relocating to a better lifestyle and great cost of living?
How would you like to invest your TIME in….
*The #1 station in North Mississippi (and growing)
*A company that provides great benefits and training
*A company that invests in its people
*A strong team of journalists who are ready for strong leadershipIs that you?

If so, we need to talk!

The full description of the job responsibilities and requires for those interested may be found at www.wtva.com

To learn more about the city you will soon call home click here.

To apply please send resume via email to jjones@wtva.com or mail to:

Jerry Jones
WTVA-TV
P.O. Box 320
Tupelo, MS 38802

No Phone Calls Please

WTVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition to complying with the requirements of federal law, WTVA will comply with applicable state and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination.
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Managing Editor, WAND-TV, Decatur, IL:

WAND-TV News in Decatur, IL is seeking a Managing Editor who understands how to showcase news across all platforms to provide the best experience whether it is on TV, digital or social. The person will oversee communication and logistics, working directly reporters, photographers, producers, managers, and others to cover the news of the day. The Managing Editor should have excellent news judgment and leads a team of multi-platform talent. He or she works closely with the News Director and Assistant News Director to manage workflow, content distribution and coverage planning.

ROLE AND REQUIREMENTS:

Lead role in identifying daily news coverage and content for all WAND News platforms. Previous experience in some form of multi-platform content distribution is necessary.
Will supervise breaking news response and daily coverage.
Ability to bring strong sense of urgency, immediacy and real time strategies to digital content and project initiatives.
Proven record with breaking news, owning the big story and growing new opportunities in our multi-media environment.
Work with reporters and anchors on enterprising stories.
Ability to coach reporters on finding unique elements to differentiate their content depending on platform.
The ideal candidate thrives on taking a lead role in editorial meetings and is a multi-tasker with demonstrated leadership and skills in managing resources.
Candidate must be an excellent communicator, motivator and delegator and able to foster teamwork and collaboration. Strong organization and writing skills and ability to prioritize daily is a must.

Please rush your resume to Morgan Trump, Assistant News Director: Morgan.Trump@wandtv.com.

WAND-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 10/30/16)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 11/6/16)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 10/30/16)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted 10/23/16)
KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 10/16/16)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 10/2/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 10/23/16)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted this week)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 10/23/16)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 10/30/16)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 11/16/16)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (Spec. Projects Sr. EP, relisted 11/16/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (Special Projects/Investigative, relisted 10/30/16)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Senior EP, relisted 11/6/16)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 9/18/16)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (AM EP, listed 10/23/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (relisted 9/11/16)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (two openings, listed 10/23/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (two openings, listing modified 9/18/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 9/18/16)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, relisted this week)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (relisted 9/25/16)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (listed 9/4/16)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (AM EP, listed 10/30/16)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (listed 10/23/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 9/25/16)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (listing revised 9/11/16)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WAND-TV, Decatur, IL (listed 11/6/16, see ad above!)

Obituary:

Adams

Adams

KAREN ADAMS, a former General Manager for FOX owned stations in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC, died earlier this month from what are described as medical complications. She was 62 years old. She spent most of career at WGHP-TV in Greensboro, beginning as a camera operator and rising to general manager. She later moved to Fox’s WJZY-TV in Charlotte as GM before becoming VP of corporate initiatives for the Fox stations group. More details on her life and career in this obituary.

Names in the News:

Goldberger

Goldberger

BOB GOLDBERGER returns to KNTV in San Jose/San Francisco as the Assistant News Director for that NBC o-and-o. He’s spent the last 13 years at KGO-TV in San Francisco as an EP, but earlier had been the ND at KTNV before it became an o-and-o. The move also reunites him with KNTV ND STEPHANIE ADROUNY. They worked together at both KNTV and KGO. Here’s the note she sent to the staff. Bob’s also worked in Ft. Myers, Baton Rouge, and Columbia, MO.

STEVE ROGERS, who left the ND job at WTVA-TV in Tupelo last month after less than a year as ND there, is starting a new career as a sports talk show host.

Ramsey

Ramsey

DOUG RAMSEY had a wide and long career in our industry, as a news director in San Francisco, San Antonio, and New Orleans, an anchor in New York, Portland, OR, and New Orleans, and as the Senior Vice President for FACS for almost 17 years. Now he’s returned to the city where he grew up, Yakima, WA, and concentrating on jazz. More here.

General Manager News:

Symson

Symson

Congratulations to old friend ADAM SYMSON who’s been named Chief Operating Officer for Scripps, and heir apparent to CEO RICH BOEHNE who will retire in 2017. Adam began his career in local news and is now the Chief Digital Officer for Scripps. More details in this news release.

KIRO-TV in Seattle is about to get a new General Manager. GREG BILTE has spent the last 3+ years as GM for Cox’s KOKI-TV in Tulsa.

Scripps has named CHRIS WAY as its new General Manager for KMTV in Omaha. He has a strong digital background and is currently Director of Business Development for LAKANA.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, November 13, 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
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
WTEN-TV 41 Northern Blvd, Albany, NY 12204
WRGB-TV 1400 Balltown Road. Schenectady, NY 12309
WKRG-TV 555 Broadcast Dr. Mobile AL 36606
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
WRCB-TV 900 Whitehall Road Chattanooga, TN 37405
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Road Fort Wayne, IN 46807
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KIMA/KEPR-TV 2801 Terrace Heights Dr. Yakima, WA 98901
KAPP/KVEW 114 N. 4th Street Yakima, WA 98901
WTVA-TV PO Box 320 Tupelo MS 38802 (see ad above!)
KX Network 1811 N 15th Street Bismarck, ND 58501
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
KWES-TV P.O. Box 60150 Midland, TX 79711
KESQ-TV 31276 Dunham Way Thousand Palms, CA 92276
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301