May 3, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 UPDATE:

Cox

Cox

Funeral services for HARVEY COX will be held Thursday in Jonesboro, AR.  Here’s the link to the obituary. Harvey was 70 years old when he died suddenly on Saturday afternoon while doing yard work.

Our sympathy to his widow, MARIE COX, their six children, and 14 grandchildren.

(There are more details in our Obituary section below.)

regards,

Rick Gevers

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Monday, May 4, 2015 UPDATE:

As promised, we have an update on the passing of longtime news director HARVEY COX.  I’m told that Harvey died of an apparent heart attack Saturday afternoon while doing yard work at his home.  His son went outside to tell Harvey, an ardent fan, that the Mets game was about to start.  His son and wife performed CPR without success.

Harvey will be laid to rest on Thursday in Arkansas.  Final details are still being worked on, and I’ll post the here when they are finalized.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years and six children.

One addendum to the item below.  Harvey also worked as a news director for WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV) in Orlando.

regards,

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

Just as we were finalizing this week’s newsletter, we were saddened to learn about the death of veteran news director HARVEY COX. We don’t have many details: the ones we do have are in our obituary section below. But I will update this page when I learn more.

Otherwise, just ONE new ND opening this week, with ONE new ND opening, leaving our count of open ND jobs at 27 stations.

TWO of those openings are featured in help wanted ads below, along with an ad for a new corporate news job at one of the largest broadcast companies.

We have several news managers on the move in our Names in the News section, and please be sure to check out the VERY unusual move by a Cleveland GM unhappy with his station’s landlord.

Read on…

Devlin full 4-27-15

New News Director Openings:

Smith

Smith

WTOC-TV, Savannah, GA…JAN SMITH has left this Raycom owned CBS affiliate after ten years, the last five as news director. She’s also been an ND in Bangor, ME. Jan began her career in Bangor (at another station) as a production assistant and worked her way up to reporter and fill-in anchor. She later worked in El Paso, TX, before returning to Bangor.

Newly Named News Directors:

Waldman

Waldman

WPIX-TV, New York, NY…we reported to you earlier this week that AMY WALDMAN had been promoted to ND for this Tribune owned CW affiliate. She’s been the Senior Executive Producer for the last year of her eight year stint at the station. She’s also worked at Court TV, CNBC, and Fox News Channel, as well as in Buffalo and Erie, PA. Amy’s been the interim ND since MARK EFFRON left last year. Here’s the news release from GM RICH GRAZIANO.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

Sinclair Logo-gif

Director of News Content and Operations, Sinclair Broadcast Group:

Sinclair Broadcast Group has a great opportunity for you! We are looking for an experienced news leader to assist the corporate Vice President of News in managing the day-to-day operations of our corporate news department and our more than 60 local newsrooms across the country. This Director will work closely with and report directly to the corporate VP, News, and will be based at our corporate headquarters in Hunt Valley, MD.

Job duties:

  • Manage day-to-day operations of stations from corporate level, including serving as point of contact for content, legal, and HR issues
    Reinforce corporate strategy and newsroom initiatives
    Manage resources appropriately to ensure top editorial priorities are handled effectively
    Approve key hires and talent development
    Help coordinate, develop, and execute strategy for news dissemination via multiple screens now and in future applications
    Work with existing Group News Directors, Managers and collaborate with Corporate VP’s to ensure operational excellence of team, including our local news operation and bureau

Required Experience:

  • Must have a proven track record of news leadership, with demonstrable growth in ratings and revenue
    Excellent editorial, legal and ethics knowledge
    More than 10 years of industry experience in local or cable television news is required and experience managing multiple operations preferred
    Thorough understanding of needs of large and small market operations
    Prefer experience in a corporate broadcast, network or cable news environment.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

Apply online at www.sbgi.net

Questions?  employment@sbgtv.com

WBNS logo

News Director, WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH:

WBNS-TV, Central Ohio’s News Leader, is seeking a news director to lead this extraordinary team.

We are a dominant station, nationally recognized, award-winning, and locally owned station seeking a dynamic visionary leader. Must be able to foster a culture of enterprise reporting and produce compelling and distinctive content on all multi-media platforms. Must demonstrate a passion for the product with strong oversight and consistent communication and feedback.

Quality drives our success and we’re eager to have a leader join us and lead us on this quest. Looking for long term players who love the quality of the Midwest and who would be proud to call Ohio home. Minimum 7 years experience in news management and proven track record in enterprising content and ratings success.

Please include your news philosophy along with your resume and cover letter when applying online at www.10TV.com.

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News Director, WFXR/WWCW-TV, Roanoke, VA:

WFXR-TV/WWCW-TV in beautiful Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA is seeking an experienced News Director who is an innovative leader possessing excellent news judgement, strong digital news initiative and a passion to be the best. This is a great opportunity to build your own team and hire multiple journalists as we expand our news product in a BRAND NEW state of the art facility.

Southwest Virginia is home to numerous universities and colleges, including Virginia Tech and their highly acclaimed NCAA Division I athletics program. The picturesque communities are situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and near several major metropolitan areas, including Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC.

WFXR is home to the region’s only 10:00 pm newscast and the only local newscast from 7:00 to 9:00 am. Now we are ready to expand and serve the viewers of Southwest Virginias like never before. This is a once in a career opportunity to re-launch an established and award winning news operation. We have a new building and new gear is on the way. Now we need an experienced local journalist to lead our operation into this exciting expansion period.

For more information and to apply, go to: http://nexstar.hirecentric.com/jobs/80663.html

WFXR-TV/WWCW-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Assistant News Director, NBC Montana, Bozeman, MT:

NBC Montana – KECI/KCFW/KTVM, the NBC stations in Missoula, Kalispell and Butte-Bozeman, MT — is seeking an Assistant News Director/Executive Producer for its Bozeman, MT station. This opportunity is unique and especially challenging because you will be a key member of a news management team that produces over 25 hours of live news each week on two stations in two DMAs across spectacular Western Montana, a coverage area larger than New England.

We are looking for an aggressive hands on newsroom leader who embraces coaching and training newsroom personnel and promotes a collaborative work environment in concert with our company’s Culture of Excellence, while adhering to the highest journalistic standards. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least three years of experience in the production of live local TV news. Qualified candidates should also be savvy with web posting and social media. Must be a self-starter with ability to work and coordinate efforts with News Director and staff of the other news stations and bureaus within the NBC Montana station group.

Bozeman is a thriving community of about forty thousand and is home to Montana State University. You can enjoy year round outdoor activity at nearby Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone National Park.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter, resume and references to News Director Julie Wendell via email to jweindel@keci.com.

No phone calls please.
Eagle Communications, Inc. dba NBC Montana is owned by Bonten Media Group. EEOC

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/22/15)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 4/5/15)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (listed 4/12/15)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 4/12/15)
WJCL-TV, Savannah, GA (listed 3/29/15)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (listed 4/19/15)
KECI/KCFW/KTVM, Bozeman, MT (listed 4/26/15, see ad above!)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 3/22/15)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (listed 3/1/15)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (2 jobs, Inv/Spec. Projects & show EP, listing revised this week)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (relisted 3/22/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 3/14/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (2 openings, relisted 3/14/15)
KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA (PM EP, listed 4/12/15)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, new listing this week)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (Special Projects EP, listed 3/29/15)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (2 openings, AM & Dayside, listed 3/29/15)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted 4/19/12)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, relisted 3/7/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 4/12/15)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (PM EP, listed 4/26/15)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Digital EP, listed 3/1/15)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 3/22/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 3/22/15)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (relisted 4/26/15)
Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 3/29/15)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 4/12/15)

NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 3/22/15)

Obituaries:

Cox

Cox

Longtime news director HARVEY COX died Saturday, May 2nd. Harvey most recently served more than ten years as ND for WMGM-TV in Atlantic City before new owners took the station in a different direction. Earlier he was a news director at KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, AR, and twice served as ND for WSPA-TV in Greenville-Spartanburg, SC. Here’s his Linkedin page. (Monday update.  Harvey also was an ND in Orlando for then WCPX-TV, now WKMG-TV).  I just heard from Harvey less than two weeks ago, when he alerted me to the passing of his former WMGM-TV General Manager, RON SMITH.

I’m hoping to get more details about Harvey’s death and arrangments…and will update this website when I do. Please check back during the week.

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a photo. You must include your name. I’ll run it for one week. I don’t represent or endorse those listed, but merely trying to help.

Names in the News…and other things:

KATIE HAMNER has been hired as the new Executive Producer for Gannett’s WFAA-TV in Dallas. She’s been the Senior Executive Producer for now-news-director-less KSTP-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Katie’s also worked in Fargo.

Congratulations to MIKE CURTIS who’s been named Assistant News Director for Scripps’ KSHB-TV in Kansas City. He most recently was the Assistant ND for WHBQ-TV in Memphis, and has also worked in Philadelphia for WCAU-TV, for the New Jersey network, for another Memphis station, and as a reporter in Evansville and Greenville, MS.

At WBAY-TV in Green Bay, SARAH GRAY has been promoted to EP for this Media General owned ABC affiliate. She had been the 10:00 producer there.

General Manager News:

PAMELA BARBER moves from GSM to GM of Hearst’s Tampa independent, WMOR-TV. She replaces KENNETH LUCAS who’s retiring in June after 17 years as GM.

This story is not normally in our purview (there’s a $5 word you don’t see very often) but I couldn’t resist including it. Just what do you do when your TV station has mice? One Cleveland GM had, shall we say, an interesting tactic. Here’s the story.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, May 3, 2015.

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

KABC-TV 500 Circle Seven Drive Glendale CA 91201
KWHY-TV 4975 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles,CA 90019 *
KSTP-TV 3415 University Ave. St. Paul MN 55114
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33178
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
Central Florida News 13, 20 N. Orange Ave. Suite 13 Orlando FL 32801
WSMV-TV 5700 Knob Rd. Nashville TN 37209
WBNS-TV 770 Twin Rivers Drive Columbus OH 43215 (see ad above!)
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WDJT-TV 809 S. 60th St. Milwaukee WI 53214
KTNV-TV 3355 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas NV 89102
WWL-TV 1024 North Rampart St. New Orleans LA 70116
WTEN-TV 341 Northern Blvd. Albany NY 12204
KJRH-TV 3701 South Peoria Avenue Tulsa OK 74105
WOWK-TV 555 Fifth Ave. Huntington WV 25701
WFXR-TV 2618 Colonial Ave. S.W. Roanoke VA 24015 (see ad above!)
WACH-TV 1400 Pickens St. Columbia SC 29201
WTOC-TV 11 News Place Savannah GA 31405
KRNV-TV 1790 Vassar St. Reno, NV 89502
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WPTA/WISE-TV 3401 Butler Rd Ft. Wayne, IN 46808
KION-TV 1550 Moffett St. Salinas, CA 93905
KMIZ-TV 501 Business Loop 70 East Columbia MO 65201
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
WHSV-TV 50 North Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22802
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station


April 26, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015 UPDATE:

Two items in this morning’s UPDATE…a new ND and the winners of regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

First, a long vacant ND opening in the number one market has been filled by an internal promotion.

Waldman

Waldman

AMY WALDMAN has been named news director of Tribune’s WPIX-TV in New York. She’s been at this CW affiliate for more than eight years and has served as Senior Executive Producer for more than a year. She’s also worked at Court TV, CNBC, and Fox News Channel, as well as in Buffalo and Erie, PA.

Here’s the memo from GM RICH GRAZIANO to the staff.

Amy replaces MARK EFFRON who left the station last fall after about 18 months as ND.

Also, we accidentally omitted the latest regional Murrow Award winners in this week’s newsletter. Here’s the news release, which includes a link to the winners broken down by region.

Have a great week…and we’ll be back this weekend with our full list of news management changes.

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

27 stations, by our unofficial count, are looking for news directors after this week’s changes. Those include TWO new openings and TWO newly named news directors.

THREE of those openings are featured in paid ads below. And there’s an ad for a new corporate news executive position for a large broadcast company…all below.

The Peabody Awards were announced this week. Just one local, commercial station was honored (along with a DC bureau for a big group broadcaster). That information is below, along with some news about news managers, including the retirement of a former ND who’s spent almost 50 years with the same station.

All that…and more…as you read on.

New News Director Openings:

WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH…as we told you earlier this week, ELBERT TUCKER is leaving this Dispatch owned CBS affiliate to become ND for WISH-TV in Indianapolis. More on that below. Learn more about this opportunity in the paid ad below.

WFXR/WWCW-TV, Roanoke, VA…this Nexstar owned FOX affiliate is expanding its news department and hiring its first ND. More details in the paid ad below.

Newly Named News Directors:

Tucker

Tucker

WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN…as noted above, ELBERT TUCKER will join this CW affiliate in June as its next news director. Elbert’s spent the last 14+ years as a news director in Ohio: the last five at WBNS-TV in Columbus, and more than nine years prior to that at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, where he worked with WISH-TV GM LES VANN. Elbert worked in management positions at WKRC for more than eight years before ascending to the ND job. He’s also worked in Birmingham and Chattanooga. WISH posted this story on its website. Elbert’s memo to his staff…and WBNS GM JOHN CARDENAS’s note to the station, are here. He replaces STEVE BRAY who spent 2 1/2 of his 20 years at the station as ND.

Fulk

Fulk

WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC…22 year station employee LISA FULK has been promoted to News Director for this Hearst-owned NBC affiliate. She joined WXII in 1993 as a production assistant, later moved to the news department on the assignment desk. She later became a producer. Lisa became the Digital Executive Producer before being named Assistant ND in 2012. This story on the station’s website has more details. Lisa replaces BARRY KLAUS who left in March for a family business in New York after eleven years as ND.

By the way, we heard this week from LENA SADIWSKYJ. We told you last week that she was leaving WVLT-TV in Knoxville. Lena updated us that she’ll be at the station through the end of May, and promised to let me know when she can say what her next move is.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

Sinclair Logo-gif

Director of News Content and Operations, Sinclair Broadcast Group:

Sinclair Broadcast Group has a great opportunity for you! We are looking for an experienced news leader to assist the corporate Vice President of News in managing the day-to-day operations of our corporate news department and our more than 60 local newsrooms across the country. This Director will work closely with and report directly to the corporate VP, News, and will be based at our corporate headquarters in Hunt Valley, MD.

Job duties:

  • Manage day-to-day operations of stations from corporate level, including serving as point of contact for content, legal, and HR issues
    Reinforce corporate strategy and newsroom initiatives
    Manage resources appropriately to ensure top editorial priorities are handled effectively
    Approve key hires and talent development
    Help coordinate, develop, and execute strategy for news dissemination via multiple screens now and in future applications
    Work with existing Group News Directors, Managers and collaborate with Corporate VP’s to ensure operational excellence of team, including our local news operation and bureau

Required Experience:

  • Must have a proven track record of news leadership, with demonstrable growth in ratings and revenue
    Excellent editorial, legal and ethics knowledge
    More than 10 years of industry experience in local or cable television news is required and experience managing multiple operations preferred
    Thorough understanding of needs of large and small market operations
    Prefer experience in a corporate broadcast, network or cable news environment.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

Apply online at www.sbgi.net

Questions?  employment@sbgtv.com

WBNS logo

News Director, WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH:

WBNS-TV, Central Ohio’s News Leader, is seeking a news director to lead this extraordinary team.

We are a dominant station, nationally recognized, award-winning, and locally owned station seeking a dynamic visionary leader. Must be able to foster a culture of enterprise reporting and produce compelling and distinctive content on all multi-media platforms. Must demonstrate a passion for the product with strong oversight and consistent communication and feedback.

Quality drives our success and we’re eager to have a leader join us and lead us on this quest. Looking for long term players who love the quality of the Midwest and who would be proud to call Ohio home. Minimum 7 years experience in news management and proven track record in enterprising content and ratings success.

Please include your news philosophy along with your resume and cover letter when applying online at www.10TV.com.

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News Director, WFXR/WWCW-TV, Roanoke, VA:

WFXR-TV/WWCW-TV in beautiful Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA is seeking an experienced News Director who is an innovative leader possessing excellent news judgement, strong digital news initiative and a passion to be the best. This is a great opportunity to build your own team and hire multiple journalists as we expand our news product in a BRAND NEW state of the art facility.

Southwest Virginia is home to numerous universities and colleges, including Virginia Tech and their highly acclaimed NCAA Division I athletics program. The picturesque communities are situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and near several major metropolitan areas, including Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC.

WFXR is home to the region’s only 10:00 pm newscast and the only local newscast from 7:00 to 9:00 am. Now we are ready to expand and serve the viewers of Southwest Virginias like never before. This is a once in a career opportunity to re-launch an established and award winning news operation. We have a new building and new gear is on the way. Now we need an experienced local journalist to lead our operation into this exciting expansion period.

For more information and to apply, go to: http://nexstar.hirecentric.com/jobs/80663.html

WFXR-TV/WWCW-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Assistant News Director, NBC Montana, Bozeman, MT:

NBC Montana – KECI/KCFW/KTVM, the NBC stations in Missoula, Kalispell and Butte-Bozeman, MT — is seeking an Assistant News Director/Executive Producer for its Bozeman, MT station. This opportunity is unique and especially challenging because you will be a key member of a news management team that produces over 25 hours of live news each week on two stations in two DMAs across spectacular Western Montana, a coverage area larger than New England.

We are looking for an aggressive hands on newsroom leader who embraces coaching and training newsroom personnel and promotes a collaborative work environment in concert with our company’s Culture of Excellence, while adhering to the highest journalistic standards. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least three years of experience in the production of live local TV news. Qualified candidates should also be savvy with web posting and social media. Must be a self-starter with ability to work and coordinate efforts with News Director and staff of the other news stations and bureaus within the NBC Montana station group.

Bozeman is a thriving community of about forty thousand and is home to Montana State University. You can enjoy year round outdoor activity at nearby Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone National Park.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter, resume and references to News Director Julie Wendell via email to jweindel@keci.com.

No phone calls please.
Eagle Communications, Inc. dba NBC Montana is owned by Bonten Media Group. EEOC

KION

News Director, KION-TV, Salinas/Monterey, CA:

KION News Channel 5, located in beautiful Monterey County, California, is seeking an extraordinary leader to head a growing news team. We were acquired by News-Press & Gazette Company in December 2013, and are making huge capital investments to build a strong local news organization.

Our News Director will be a visionary leader who understands how to produce compelling and distinctive content on all multi-media platforms. Must have proven skillset to maximize content and customer loyalty on digital and social media platforms. Must demonstrate a passion for the product with strong oversight and consistent communication and feedback.

The successful candidate will be called upon to provide strategic direction for daily news coverage as well as working closely with the General Manager on long-range planning, special news coverage and station projects.

Applicants should be prepared to discuss:
Previous experience
Creative approaches to building and innovating news brand
Mobile and online strategies
Effective use of social media in a broadcast environment
Previous experience managing financial, technical and people resources

If you want to be a part of our success, please send your resume and cover letter, along with your news philosophy, and indicate your referral source to:

Kristy Santiago
KION-TV
1550 Moffett Street
Salinas, CA 93905

or email to kristy.santiago@npgco.com

KION-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position is closed when filled.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/22/15)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 4/5/15)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (listed 4/12/15)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 3/7/15)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 4/12/15)
WJCL-TV, Savannah, GA (listed 3/29/15)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (listed 4/19/15)
KECI/KCFW/KTVM, Bozeman, MT(new listing this week, see ad above!)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 3/22/15)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (listed 3/1/15)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/14/15)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (relisted 3/22/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 3/14/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (2 openings, relisted 3/14/15)
KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA (PM EP, listed 4/12/15)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (Special Projects EP, listed 3/29/15)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (2 openings, AM & Dayside, listed 3/29/15)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted 4/19/12)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, relisted 3/7/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 4/12/15)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (PM EP, new listing this week)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Digital EP, listed 3/1/15)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 3/22/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 3/22/15)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (relisted this week)
Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 3/29/15)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 4/12/15)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/14/15)

NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 3/22/15)

Obituaries:

Former WMGM-TV (New Jersey) General Manager RON SMITH died suddenly on Friday, April 17. He also worked in Hagerstown, MD, as well as in a number of radio markets. More here.

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a photo. You must include your name. I’ll run it for one week. I don’t represent or endorse those listed, but merely trying to help.

Names in the News…and other things:

Just one local, commercial TV station was honored with a Peabody Award this week. Congratulations to KVUE-TV in Austin, TX, its ND FRANK VOLPICELLA, and the staff on the win. Scripps Washington Bureau was also honored. The complete list of winners is here.

SARAH MOORE is the next Assistant ND for Scripps’ WFTS-TV in Tampa. She’s currently the morning EP for WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, and previously worked 12 years for WTVF-TV in Nashville where she rose through the ranks to EP.

One time KRGV-TV (Weslaco, TX) News Director RICK DIAZ will retire from the station at the end of May. He’s worked there for almost 50 years! He became ND in 1976 but continued to anchor even after giving up the ND job. But it won’t be a complete retirement…he’ll continue to produce a popular weekly series.

Finally, congratulations to our friends at Devlin Design Group which scored two awards last week. DDG was honored by NewscastStudio with Set of the Year for its work with WAGA-TV in Atlanta. And the company won the prestigious ACE Award for best exhibit at the NAB show.

Devlin NAB  set

General Manager News:

CHUCK REID has been promoted to GM of Sinclair’s KSAS-TV, the FOX affiliate in Wichita. He had been the GSM there.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, April 26, 2015.

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

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
KABC-TV 500 Circle Seven Drive Glendale CA 91201
KWHY-TV 4975 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles,CA 90019 *
KSTP-TV 3415 University Ave. St. Paul MN 55114
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33178
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
Central Florida News 13, 20 N. Orange Ave. Suite 13 Orlando FL 32801
WSMV-TV 5700 Knob Rd. Nashville TN 37209
WBNS-TV 770 Twin Rivers Drive Columbus OH 43215 (see ad above!)
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WDJT-TV 809 S. 60th St. Milwaukee WI 53214
KTNV-TV 3355 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas NV 89102
WWL-TV 1024 North Rampart St. New Orleans LA 70116
WTEN-TV 341 Northern Blvd. Albany NY 12204
KJRH-TV 3701 South Peoria Avenue Tulsa OK 74105
WOWK-TV 555 Fifth Ave. Huntington WV 25701
WFXR-TV 2618 Colonial Ave. S.W. Roanoke VA 24015
WACH-TV 1400 Pickens St. Columbia SC 29201
KRNV-TV 1790 Vassar St. Reno, NV 89502
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WPTA/WISE-TV 3401 Butler Rd Ft. Wayne, IN 46808
KION-TV 1550 Moffett St. Salinas, CA 93905 (see ad above!)
KMIZ-TV 501 Business Loop 70 East Columbia MO 65201
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
WHSV-TV 50 North Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22802
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station


April 20, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 UPDATE:

A veteran news director rejoins his former general manager in a surprising move just announced…and a name change for the part of the company now called Gannett.

Tucker

Tucker

ELBERT TUCKER, the news director for WBNS-TV in Columbus, OH, heads west on I-70 to become the next ND for WISH-TV here in Indianapolis. The move reunites Elbert with WISH General Manager LES VANN: they held the same jobs at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati.

Elbert leaves WBNS, the Dispatch owned CBS affiliate in Ohio’s capital city, and will now compete against Dispatch’s only other station, WTHR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Indiana’s capital.

WBNS GM JOHN CARDENAS‘ note to the staff, and Elbert’s note to his staff, are yours for the reading by clicking here.

He spent five years as ND at WBNS, and nine of his 18 years at WKRC as the ND there. He also had been the Assistant ND and EP for that ABC affiliate. Elbert’s also worked in Birmingham and Chattanooga.

He’ll start at WISH after the May rating period and replaces STEVE BRAY who will leave the station after 2 1/2 years as ND and 20 at the station. Steve led the staff through a news expansion following the loss of the station’s CBS affiliation at the start of the year. WISH is now a CW affiliate.

Finally, when Gannett spins off its TV and digital business from the print side, it will have a new name. More here.

We’ll have more on this…and all the week’s news…in our full newsletter.

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

TWO new ND openings, and FOUR new news directors leave us with 27 stations looking for news directors. TWO of those openings are featured in one of our THREE paid help wanted ads.

TWO of the new NDs are in Knoxville. There are TWO stations (still) looking for NDs in Los Angeles. And TWO stations in Ft. Wayne are also looking for NDs.

Just thought that was interesting. You probably didn’t.

Sadly, we also have TWO obituaries of legendary broadcasters who may not be well known to newer journalists but both had big impacts on our business. And we have several items in Names in the News, including management hires in Miami Phoenix, and Austin, TX, and an honor for a longtime newsman who’s also had a big impact on TV news.

All that and more below.

Devlin Full 12-30-14

New News Director Openings:

KRNV-TV, Reno, NV…MATT McCONICO has left Sinclair’s NBC affiliate in what the locals call the “Biggest Little City in the World.” He’s been the ND here for more than four years and had been the Assistant ND before his promotion. Matt’s also worked in Ft. Myers (three stations), Green Bay and Eau Claire, WI.

KION-TV, Monterey/Salinas, CA…LESLIE MILLER is leaving this CBS affiliate to take a new job in Florida. She’s been the ND here for just over a year. Leslie began her career as a reporter, working in Des Moines, Orlando, and Phoenix, and worked in management positions in Atlanta, Phoenix (two stations) Tampa (two stations), Houston and New Orleans. KION is owned by News Press & Gazette Broadcasting. You can learn more about this opportunity in the paid help wanted ad below.

Newly Named News Directors:

Acosta

Acosta

KENS-TV, San Antonio, TX…JACK ACOSTA moves within Gannett and across Texas to become news director of the company’s CBS affiliate here. He’s currently the Assistant ND of another Gannett/CBS station, KHOU-TV in Houston, where his co-workers read about his new job in this memo. Jack’s worked here for ten years, first as a producer, then EP, before a promotion two years ago to Assistant News Director. He’s also worked for another Houston station and in New York. At KENS, he replaces TRISTON SANDERS who left the station earlier this year (after two years as ND) to become a consultant for Magid.

Jennings

Jennings

WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN…Gannett has also promoted Assistant News Director MARTHA JENNINGS to news director for this NBC affiliate. She’s been the AND there since last November. Martha earlier worked as the Nightside EP for WFLA-TV in Tampa, and has also worked as a producer in Raleigh and Charleston, SC. At WBIR, she replaces CHRISTY MORENO who left a few months ago (after 2+ years here) to become ND for sister station KUSA-TV in Denver.

Bernhardt

Bernhardt

WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN…TONY BERNHARDT has been named news director for this Gray TV owned CBS affiliate. Tony’s currently the Assistant News Director for WTNH-TV in New Haven/Hartford, CT. He’s also worked in Washington, DC, Tampa, Orlando, and Colorado Springs. At WVLT, he will replace LENA SADIWSKYJ who’s been the news director here for the last four years.  Lena will leave the station after the May book.

Wordlaw

Wordlaw

WVLA/WGMB-TV, Baton Rouge, LA…GARY WORDLAW returns to a newsroom as the news director for this NBC/FOX duopoly operated by Nexstar. Gary’s been an ND in Washington and Baltimore, and a general manager in Seattle, New Orleans, Syracuse, and Tallahassee. He’s also worked in Chattanooga. In Baton Rouge, he replaces DAVID A’QUIN who’s been ND here for more than eight years. David had been an anchor at the station before being promoted. He earlier had worked as a weather anchor in Lafayette, LA.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

KION

News Director, KION-TV, Salinas/Monterey, CA:

KION News Channel 5, located in beautiful Monterey County, California, is seeking an extraordinary leader to head a growing news team. We were acquired by News-Press & Gazette Company in December 2013, and are making huge capital investments to build a strong local news organization.

Our News Director will be a visionary leader who understands how to produce compelling and distinctive content on all multi-media platforms. Must have proven skillset to maximize content and customer loyalty on digital and social media platforms. Must demonstrate a passion for the product with strong oversight and consistent communication and feedback.

The successful candidate will be called upon to provide strategic direction for daily news coverage as well as working closely with the General Manager on long-range planning, special news coverage and station projects.

Applicants should be prepared to discuss:
Previous experience
Creative approaches to building and innovating news brand
Mobile and online strategies
Effective use of social media in a broadcast environment
Previous experience managing financial, technical and people resources

If you want to be a part of our success, please send your resume and cover letter, along with your news philosophy, and indicate your referral source to:

Kristy Santiago
KION-TV
1550 Moffett Street
Salinas, CA 93905

or email to kristy.santiago@npgco.com

KION-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position is closed when filled.

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News Director, WPTA/WISE-TV, Ft. Wayne, IN:

HEADLINE: Experienced News Director wanted to lead a fantastic news team in beautiful Northeast Indiana.

Our next News Director will lead our stations’ news operation, both on-air and on-line. If you are passionate, sharp and love to enrich viewer’s lives, you’re what we’re looking for.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Ability to meet deadlines while handling multiple tasks.
Preparing and maintaining departmental budgets.
Developing news coverage strategies for 2 TV stations and an extensive arsenal of digital properties.
Minimum 5 years experience in TV news and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field.
Working with other department heads to establish and reach goals.
Developing your staff through critiques, training and mentoring.
Exemplary oral and written communications skills.

Never considered Northeast Indiana? Well, you’ve been missing out! Low cost of living, affordable homes, beautiful lakes, great sports and accolades galore from some of the nation’s leading publications. Centrally located from Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit and Cincinnati, everyone loves Northeast Indiana as a contender in a land full of kings. You can make your mark here, and you will. Visit www.yourstorymadehere.com and you’ll learn our story.

Please apply online at www.gbcjobs.com, or send your cover letter and resume with reference to:

WPTA / WISE,
Attn. Don Osika
General Manager.
3401 Butler Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808

or email todono@21alive.com

Please tell us where you saw this opportunity. EOE.

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Assistant News Director, KGTV, San Diego, CA:

KGTV, San Diego’s ABC affiliate, is looking for a dynamic Assistant News Director with a proven record of ratings success to help us dominate the San Diego news market.

If you have great news judgment, a strong understanding of changing digital demands, and more creative energy than you know what to do with – this is the job for you. The Assistant News Director will oversee daily content gathering, enterprising stories and creative execution of content across multiple platforms.

If you are ready for a new adventure, please visit www.scripps.com/careers and submit your information to requisition #10280.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/22/15)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 4/5/15)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted 3/7/15)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (listed 4/12/15, see ad above!)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 3/7/15)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 4/12/15)
WJCL-TV, Savannah, GA (listed 3/29/15)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (new listing this week)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 3/22/15)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (listed 3/1/15)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (relisted 2/22/15)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/14/15)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (relisted 3/22/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 3/14/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (2 openings, relisted 3/14/15)
KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA (PM EP, listed 4/12/15)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (Special Projects EP, listed 3/29/15)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (2 openings, AM & Dayside, listed 3/29/15)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted this week)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, relisted 3/7/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 4/12/15)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Digital EP, listed 3/1/15)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 3/22/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 3/22/15)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 2/22/15)
Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 3/29/15)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 4/12/15)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/14/15)

NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 3/22/15)

Obituaries:

Slatter

Slatter

BILL SLATTER died last Sunday (April 12th) in Washington, DC. He was 87. Many of you didn’t know Bill, but he had two very different careers. First as an anchor and reporter in New Orleans, where he once interviewed LEE HARVEY OSWALD a few months before the JFK assassination. He later became a talent scout for NBC. In the pre-videotape (and, obviously, pre-internet world) he travelled the country meeting with NBC news directors to ask about good talent in their market. More in this story.

Legendary photographer DARREL BARTON died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 73. Darrel was twice named the Photographer of the Year and taught hundreds of photographers at NPPA seminars. That group honored him with this obituary.

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a photo. You must include your name. I’ll run it for one week. I don’t represent or endorse those listed, but merely trying to help.

Names in the News…and other things:

WTVJ-TV in Miami, the NBC owned station there, has promoted Senior Producer DAVID HENDERSON to EP of the 5 o’clock news. ELIZABETH FLORES, who was the 11:00 EP, was also promoted to Senior EP supervising the 6:00 and 11:00 news.

TYSON MILANOVICH crosses the street in Phoenix to become the AM EP for Scripps’ KNXV-TV. He had been working for KTVK-TV.

ANA MARIA LAMAS returns to Texas as the EP for KEYE-TV in Austin. She had been working as the Managing Editor for the Telemundo station in Los Angeles.

Finally, legendary newsman AL PRIMO was one of six broadcasters recognized Wednesday with a Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award. The honor is given by the Broadcasters Foundation of America and was presented at a Wednesday morning breakfast at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas during the NAB conference. I was honored to be one of Al’s guests at the event, and snapped the photo below. More details about the award…and the other honorees…in this news release.

Al Primo Award

General Manager News:

Two news directors turned General Managers are leaving their jobs.

At KDVR/KWGN-TV in Denver, PETER MARONEY announced his retirement in this memo to the staff. He plans to stay in Denver and work on other projects. Peter’s also been a GM in Portland, OR, and Richmond, VA, a news director in San Francisco, and also worked in Boston, Houston, and Minneapolis. More in this article from the Denver Post.

EMILY NEILSON will leave as GM of Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-TV in a few months when her replacement is found. Emily’s been here for 35 years, beginning as a part-time clerk in the traffic department, before moving into the news department as a secretary and eventually rising to ND before her promotion to GM. She told TVSpy that she’s been thinking of leaving for two years but wanted to complete the transition to new owner Nexstar.

JOE DENK is the new GM at Nexstar’s WATN-WLMT-WJKT-TV in Memphis. He’ll over see the ABC and CW stations in Memphis and the FOX affiliate in Jackson, MS. Joe’s been the GM at the company’s WFRV-TV in Green Bay. He’s also been a GM in Rockford, IL.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, April 19, 2015.

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

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
KABC-TV 500 Circle Seven Drive Glendale CA 91201
KWHY-TV 4975 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles,CA 90019 *
KSTP-TV 3415 University Ave. St. Paul MN 55114
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33178 *
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
Central Florida News 13, 20 N. Orange Ave. Suite 13 Orlando FL 32801
WISH-TV 1950 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
WSMV-TV 5700 Knob Rd. Nashville TN 37209
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WDJT-TV 809 S. 60th St. Milwaukee WI 53214
KTNV-TV 3355 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas NV 89102
WXII-TV 700 Coliseum Drive Winston-Salem NC 27106
WWL-TV 1024 North Rampart St. New Orleans LA 70116
WTEN-TV 341 Northern Blvd. Albany NY 12204
KJRH-TV 3701 South Peoria Avenue Tulsa OK 74105
WOWK-TV 555 Fifth Ave. Huntington WV 25701
WACH-TV 1400 Pickens St. Columbia SC 29201
KRNV-TV1790 Vassar St. Reno, NV 89502
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WPTA/WISE-TV 3401 Butler Rd Ft. Wayne, IN 46808 (see ad above!)
KION-TV 1550 Moffett St. Salinas, CA 93905 (see ad above!)
KMIZ-TV 501 Business Loop 70 East Columbia MO 65201
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
WHSV-TV 50 North Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22802
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station


April 12, 2015

Greetings from Las Vegas, site of the annual NAB convention. I hope to see many of you here.

RTDNA is sponsoring a (very) informal gathering on Tuesday night, beginning at 9:00 PM at the Parasol Down bar at the Wynn Hotel and Casino. That’s the night before the ‘RTDNA @ NAB’ seminar which will take place on Wednesday. I hope to see you there.

Turning to our normal business, not much activity this week, with ONE news director departure announced, and TWO ND jobs filled (one with an asterisk!), with another consolidated with a sister station.

Those changes mean 27 stations are now looking for NDs.

We have TWO new help wanted ads for a total of FOUR ads for different jobs in a wide range of markets ranging from coast-to-coast.

In addition, TWO of the advertisers that help support this newsletter will be exhibiting at the NAB conference. I hope you’ll stop by their booths and learn more about their services. Their ads below will tell you where their exhibits are.

We have TWO obituaries, and several items in Names in the News, including details about a bad health report for a veteran ND, a longtime Tribune exec on the move, and the complete list of IRE winners.

Devlin Full 12-30-14

New News Director Openings:

Bray

Bray

WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN…the end of the May rating book will bring the curtain down on the 20 year career here for STEVE BRAY. He’s been the ND for 2 1/2 years, and held several management positions before moving into the ND job. Steve oversaw news expansion earlier this year after the station lost its CBS affiliation and linked up with the CW network, He first joined the station as the weekend meteorologist, was promoted to Chief Meteorologist four years later, and maintained the title even though he rarely appeared on air over the last few years. The Indianapolis Business Journal has more. Steve’s also worked in Mobile, Lake Charles, and Decatur.

Speaking of Indiana ND openings, please note the new ad below for the opening in Ft. Wayne. We told you last week that PETER NEUMANN is retiring from WTPA-WISE-TV.

WxMt-3-20-15

Newly Named News Directors:

Chavez

Chavez

KTSM-TV, El Paso, TX…REY CHAVEZ returns to El Paso and KTSM as the next ND for this Nexstar-owned NBC affiliate. Rey has an extensive background, much of it in Spanish language stations in large markets. It’s all detailed here in his Linkedin page. But 30 years ago he worked as a director for KTSM. He replaces LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES who left the station last month after more than four years as ND.

WEAU-TV, Eau Claire, WI...I think that ANDREW FEFER has been promoted to news director here. After all, that’s what his bio on the station website says. Being old-fashioned, I emailed him to confirm his promotion and to ask when it had happened. His response: “I’m sorry, but I have no comment.” O-kay. He did give me the phone number for the GM, who I’m guessing isn’t in on Sunday. If in fact the station’s website is correct, Andrew replaces MIKE LOPEZ who was there about two years. Andrew’s also worked in Wausau and Green Bay. WEAU is an NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television.

Also, please note that we’ve removed the NE opening for WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, ND from our list of openings. JEFF NELSON, who oversees sister station WDAY-TV, will now oversee WDAZ-TV as well. Jeff’s been the ND at WDAY for more than ten years.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

WptaLogoWiseLogo

News Director, WPTA/WISE-TV, Ft. Wayne, IN:

HEADLINE: Experienced News Director wanted to lead a fantastic news team in beautiful Northeast Indiana.

Our next News Director will lead our stations’ news operation, both on-air and on-line. If you are passionate, sharp and love to enrich viewer’s lives, you’re what we’re looking for.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Ability to meet deadlines while handling multiple tasks.
Preparing and maintaining departmental budgets.
Developing news coverage strategies for 2 TV stations and an extensive arsenal of digital properties.
Minimum 5 years experience in TV news and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field.
Working with other department heads to establish and reach goals.
Developing your staff through critiques, training and mentoring.
Exemplary oral and written communications skills.

Never considered Northeast Indiana? Well, you’ve been missing out! Low cost of living, affordable homes, beautiful lakes, great sports and accolades galore from some of the nation’s leading publications. Centrally located from Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit and Cincinnati, everyone loves Northeast Indiana as a contender in a land full of kings. You can make your mark here, and you will. Visit www.yourstorymadehere.com and you’ll learn our story.

Please apply online at www.gbcjobs.com, or send your cover letter and resume with reference to:

WPTA / WISE,
Attn. Don Osika
General Manager.
3401 Butler Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808

or email todono@21alive.com

Please tell us where you saw this opportunity. EOE.

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Assistant News Director, KGTV, San Diego, CA:

KGTV, San Diego’s ABC affiliate, is looking for a dynamic Assistant News Director with a proven record of ratings success to help us dominate the San Diego news market.

If you have great news judgment, a strong understanding of changing digital demands, and more creative energy than you know what to do with – this is the job for you. The Assistant News Director will oversee daily content gathering, enterprising stories and creative execution of content across multiple platforms.

If you are ready for a new adventure, please visit www.scripps.com/careers and submit your information to requisition #10280.

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Assistant News Director, KHOU-TV, Houston, TX:

This is a great opportunity to join a newsroom in a Top 10 market.

Houston is a culturally diverse city that has a lot to offer. It’s the 4th largest city in the nation…Home to the largest medical center in the world, the 2nd largest theatre district (trailing NYC), a unique museum district, and home to three professional sporting teams.

The ideal candidate is an experienced Executive Producer or senior-level manager ready to move up. Must have a current track record of crafting winning morning newscasts and leading talented people. This is an opportunity for a talented show leader who’s got what it takes to be an Assistant News Director. Line producing and show managing experience required. Five (5) to seven (7) years overall experience preferred.

For more information please click here to view job posting and how to apply.

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Assignment Manager, Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL:

News 13 is looking for an experienced news manager to oversee the exciting logistics of daily news coverage.

Our Assignment Manager position is directly responsible for a staff of staff of 5 Assignment Editors but is also indirectly responsible for a staff of more than 60 journalists. This Executive Producer level management position reports to the News Director and collaborates with 7 other news department managers.

The successful candidate will be extremely organized, very familiar with large market news coverage strategy, and most importantly a leader who inspires and motivates journalists.

To apply for this position please click on this link:

Bright House Networks is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/22/15)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 4/5/15, see ad above!)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted 3/7/15)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (new listing this week, see ad above!)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 3/7/15)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (new listing this week)
WJCL-TV, Savannah, GA (listed 3/29/15)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 3/22/15)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (listed 3/1/15)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (relisted 2/22/15)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/14/15)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (relisted 3/22/15)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 2/7/15)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL, (listed 2/1/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 3/14/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (2 openings, relisted 3/14/15)
KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA (PM EP, new listing this week)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (Special Projects EP, listed 3/29/15)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (2 openings, AM & Dayside, listed 3/29/15)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted 2/15/15)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, relisted 3/7/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted this week)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Digital EP, listed 3/1/15)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 3/22/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 3/22/15)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 2/22/15)
Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 3/29/15, see ad above!)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (new listing this week)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 3/14/15)

NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 3/22/15)

Obituaries:

ALAN DePETRO, who once served as news director for WKBF-TV in Cleveland, died this week at the age of 81. Not familiar with WKBF?  Wikipedia to the rescue!  Alan spent almost 25 years as a reporter for WEWS-TV in Cleveland, which detailed his passing here in a report which includes links to some of his stories. Alan also worked in Youngstown and once led a fund-raising drive for new uniforms for his high school band.

And I’m sorry to report the death of my mother-in-law, BEVERLY SHIPPEE, who died in her sleep Thursday morning at her Detroit home. She was 87. In addition to my wife, KAREN BURNS, she is survived by another daughter, MARGARET KNIGHT, and a son, JAMES SHIPPEE. More in this obituary.

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a photo. You must include your name. I’ll run it for one week. I don’t represent or endorse those listed, but merely trying to help.

Names in the News…and other things:

Investigative Reporters and Editors released the names of the winners of its annual awards completion, including a number of TV winners. The honors will be presented at the annual IRE convention in Philadelphia this June. (As I’ve mentioned before, the IRE conference is, in my opinion, terrific. If you’re working in a newsroom and haven’t been, you should make every effort to go.) Here’s the list of winners.

Kennedy

Kennedy

SEAN KENNEDY has a new job but doesn’t have to move. He’s been named the Assistant ND at KSWB-TV, the Tribune-owned FOX affiliate in San Diego. Sean spent almost ten years in the same role at KGTV in San Diego. Before that, he was an ND in Shreveport for five years. He’s previously worked in Dallas as an EP for the now-defunct Texas Cable News, and in Springfield, MO.

Carr

Carr

Longtime newsman FORREST CARR has hit an unfortunate bump in the road in his battle against cancer. He tells the whole story in his latest blog post, which you can find by clicking here. Forrest has twice been a news director in Tucson, as well as in Tampa, Ft. Myers, and Albuquerque. He’s been working in radio in Tucson, and pursuing his first love, fiction writing.

General Manager News:

One time CLTV (Chicago) news director STEVE FARBER has joined Weigel Broadcasting as its SVP of Operations. Steve spent more than 20 years at Tribune Broadcasting in a variety of roles, as you will learn by reading this story.

TIM BENNETT has been named GM of WUPA-TV in Atlanta. That’s a CW affiliate that’s owned by CBS. He’ll continue as Director of Sales for the SE region for the CBS TV Stations.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, April 12, 2015.

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

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
KABC-TV 500 Circle Seven Drive Glendale CA 91201
KWHY-TV 4975 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles,CA 90019 *
KSTP-TV 3415 University Ave. St. Paul MN 55114
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33178 *
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
Central Florida News 13, 20 N. Orange Ave. Suite 13 Orlando FL 32801
WISH-TV 1950 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
WSMV-TV 5700 Knob Rd. Nashville TN 37209
KENS-TV 5400 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio TX 78229
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WDJT-TV 809 S. 60th St. Milwaukee WI 53214
KTNV-TV 3355 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas NV 89102
WXII-TV 700 Coliseum Drive Winston-Salem NC 27106
WWL-TV 1024 North Rampart St. New Orleans 70116
WTEN-TV 341 Northern Blvd. Albany NY 12204
KJRH-TV 3701 South Peoria Avenue Tulsa OK 74105
WBIR-TV 1513 Hutchison Ave Knoxville TN 37917
WOWK-TV 555 Fifth Ave. Huntington WV 25701
WACH-TV 1400 Pickens St. Columbia SC 29201
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WPTA/WISE-TV 3401 Butler Rd Ft. Wayne, IN 46808 (see ad above!)
KMIZ-TV 501 Business Loop 70 East Columbia MO 65201
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
WHSV-TV 50 North Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22802
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station