May 25, 2013
Welcome to your Memorial Day edition of your free weekly newsletter covering news director and news management changes.
One note: If you are headed to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, there will be a very informal gathering of news types at the base of the media tower (just north of the famed IMS Pagoda) tomorrow at 10:30. If you’re at the race and have time to stop by, I’d love to say hello. Let me know via email if you’re planning to stop by.
On to our normal business. This week’s report finds TWO new ND openings and THREE newly named NDs this week, leaving our list of open ND jobs at 20.
NOT included in that list of ND openings is the departure announced this week from CBS NewsPath of BILL MONDORA, whose title is ND there. More on that in our Names in the News section below.
Also in that section, you’ll also find the long-rumored-and-finally-official news of a new President of NBC News, details on a former Indianapolis News Director who has a new job, and a new GM for a large market Hearst station.
All that and more below!
New News Director Opening:
WXMI-TV, Grand Rapids, MI…we told you earlier this week that KERRI CAVANAUGH is leaving one Tribune-owned FOX affiliate for another. She’s been named ND for WXIN-TV in Indianapolis. She’s been the ND here for three years.
KRCG-TV, Jefferson City/Columbia, MO…JOHN SHELBY is leaving this CBS affiliate. John tells me he’s looking for opportunities closer to home. He’s been the ND here since January, 2012, and has previously been an ND in Buffalo, Green Bay, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Lansing, Sioux Falls, and Pasco, WA. He’s also worked in Chicago, St. Louis, and Columbus, OH. Barrington Broadcasting currently owns KRCG but is selling it (and their other station) to Sinclair.
Careful readers of this newsletter have known for more than a week that there are two ND openings in San Antonio. The local TV critic discovered that earlier this week.
Newly Named News Directors:
KSTS-TV, San Jose/San Francisco, CA…JUAN MIGUEL MUNIZ has been named ND for this Telemundo affiliate which is co-located with NBC’s KNTV there. Juan has been the ND for WKAQ-TV in San Juan, PR.
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN…as noted above, KERRI CAVANAUGH will be the next news director for this Tribune-owned FOX affiliate. In addition to three years as ND in Grand Rapids, she was the ND for a Tribune owned station in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and has also worked in Tampa, West Palm Beach, FL and Tuscaloosa, AL. She replaces LEE ROSENTHAL who left last month to become news director for KTVU-TV in Oakland/San Francisco, CA after four years at WXIN.
KTVA-TV, Anchorage, AL…BERT RUDMAN will be the next ND for this CBS affiliate once the new owners (Denali Media) take over. Bert’s currently a producer for ABC in Los Angeles. STACI FEGER has been the ND here for almost nine years and will remain the ND during the ownership transfer and may stay at the station afterwards. BTW, the ownership transfer here is interesting and recently caught the attention of the New York Times.
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Morning Executive Producer, WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX:
We are seeking an Executive Producer who will be responsible for the overall content and journalistic integrity of the morning newscast. This individual will oversee a staff of journalists who are responsible for producing the newscasts. This individual will also work closely with the News Director on developing and implementing strategy for each newscast.
We are seeking a candidate with the following:
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.
- Must have five or more years in a major television market.
- Must be able to work with people.
- Must know news and what is important to the community.
- Must be able to act decisively under pressure.
- Must be able to communicate effectively in emergency situations.
If you are interested and qualified, please send a cover letter and your resume to the address listed below. You may also submit this information by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
606 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
Resumes may be faxed to: (214) 977-6393
News Director, WTWO-TV, Terre Haute, IN:
Nexstar Broadcasting Company in Terre Haute, Indiana is looking for a News Director to lead and supervise all aspects of news, weather and sports programming production.
Manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department. Develops news coverage strategy for the station and its website. Critiques newscasts on a daily basis and provides mentoring. Responds to coverage questions. Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work related experience.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Minimum five years’ experience in news programming production, with at least two years experience in a leadership role.
Experience guiding, directing and motivating subordinates. Experience establishing long-range objectives. Experience preparing and maintaining departmental budgets.
Send cover letter and resume to:
PO Box 9268
Terre Haute IN 47808
or via email: email@example.com
Other News Management Openings:
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
KXAS-TV, Dallas/Ft. Worth (listed 5/17/13, see ad above!)
WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 5/5/13)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (listed 4/6/13)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 5/17/13)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (listed 5/5/13)
WBND/WCWW-TV, South Bend, IN (listed 5/5/13)
KTIV-TV, Sioux City, IA (listed 5/10/13)
EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, listed 5/17/13, see ad above!)
The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (Morning EP, listed 3/16/13)
KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (relisted 4/26/13)
KNTV, San Francisco/San Jose, CA (PM EP, listed 5/10/13)
KDFW-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, relisted 4/26/13)
WRC-TV, Washington, DC (listed 5/10/13)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 5/10/13)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, listing revised 4/13/13)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (Dayside EP, relisted 5/10/13)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (AM EP, listed 4/26/13)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 4/13/13)
WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 5/5/13)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (2 jobs, AM & PM, listed 3/22/13)
WHBQ-TV, Memphis, TN (listed 3/29/13)
WTEV/WAWS-TV, Jacksonville, FL (AM EP, relisted 5/5/13)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM EP, relisted 4/6/13)
WIS-TV, Columbia, SC (AM EP, relisted 4/13/13)
KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 4/26/13)
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.
There were no takers this week.
Names in the News:
BILL MONDORA, the longtime News Director for CBS Newspath, is leaving the job and the company at the end of June. He told the staff in this email sent on Wednesday. He’s been in his current job since 1998 and first joined CBS as a regional Newspath producer in 1989. News of Bill’s departure follows by about a week that of JOHN FRAZEE, Senior VP of News Services, who will leave CBS later this year.
DEBORAH TURNESS was officially named President of NBC News earlier this week.
Former Indianapolis (WISH-TV) and Grand Rapids, MI (WOOD-TV) News Director PATTI McGETTIGAN returns to a newsroom as Manager of Content Presentation at WCMH-TV in Columbus, OH. (You and I might call that EP.) Patti and WCMH News Director MICHAEL FABAC both were news directors for Lin Media earlier in their careers. Patti at WISH-TV and WOOD-TV, while Michael was at KXAN-TV in Austin, TX.
CHUCK WOLFERTZ has been promoted to General Manager of Hearst’s WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. He’s been the General Sales Manager there for the past year, and replaces MICHAEL HAYES who was bumped up the ladder to a corporate role in New York.
Our Full List of ND Openings:
Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, May 25, 2013.
If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
KRIV-TV 4261 Southwest Freeway Houston TX 77027
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave. Cincinnati OH 45202
KENS-TV 5400 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio TX 78229
WOAI-TV 1031 Navarro St. San Antonio TX 78205
WXMI-TV 3117 Plaza Dr. NE Grand Rapids MI 49525
KOCO-TV 1300 East Britton Road Oklahoma City OK 73131
WAVE-TV 725 S. Floyd St. Louisville KY 40203
WTVR-TV 3301 W. Broad St. Richmond VA 23230
KTUL-TV 3200 S. 29th West Ave. Tulsa OK 74107
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
WEYI-TV 2225 W. Willard Road Clio MI 48420
KGUN-TV 7280 E. Rosewood St. Tucson, AZ 85710
KRDO-TV 399 S. 8th St. Colorado Springs CO 80905
WJTV 1820 TV Road Jackson MS 39204
KRIS/KZTV 301 Artesian St. Corpus Christi, TX 78401
KCAU-TV 7280 E. Rosewood St. Sioux City IA 51101
KRCG-TV Highway 54 North Holts Summit MO 65043
WTWO-TV PO Box 9268 Terre Haute IN 47808 (see ad above!)
WVVA-TV 3052 Big Laurel Highway Bluefield, WV 24701
* Spanish language station