March 2, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 UPDATE:

Another (former) news director moves to the big office!

Brad Remington

Remington

BRAD REMINGTON starts Monday as the new VP/GM of Scripps’ KMGH-TV (ABC) in Denver, in a move just announced.

It’s a return to KMGH for Brad, who was managing editor there until he took his first ND job in Albuquerque in 1996. He later moved to ND jobs in St. Louis, Denver (KDVR-TV, the FOX station), and Phoenix. He left Phoenix to return to Denver 2+ years ago after four years of commuting back to Denver, where his wife has a good job. He’s been running a franchised business there since.

Here’s the news release from the company.

He replaces BYRON GRANDY, who left the station suddenly last September after six years as GM. Byron had been the ND there before his promotion.

One of Brad’s first moves will be to hire a new news director to replace JEFF HARRIS, who transferred to another Scripps station, WEWS-TV in Cleveland, late last year.

Raycom also announced some new GMs today.  We;ll have that, and all the latest news, in our full newsletter later this week.

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Greetings:

Just ONE new news director in this week’s report, and, to my knowledge, NO new openings to share with you. History tells us that could change next week, the first full week after the February rating. I do anticipate one of the larger ND openings will be filled in the next week to ten days, though.

That one change drops our list of open ND jobs to 26.

There are TWO ads this week, one for a Digital EP position, and another for an out-of-TV position that requires many skills a TV producer should have. That job is at the Indianapolis Zoo. Details on both below.

While we may not have a lot of ND changes, there are a ton of GM’s on the move. All that information is below, along with a promotion for a Sinclair news executive AND good news on the recovering-from-cancer front from a former Connecticut and New York ND.

Finally, we’ll you about the passing of a woman whose son (a well-known corporate VP/News) says she had just TWO bad days in her 101 years of a busy life.

All that…and more…as you read on.

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New News Director Openings:

I’m not aware of any new openings. If you are, please let me know via an email to: rick@rickgevers.com.

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Newly Named News Directors:

Rankin

Rankin

WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY…PHIL RANKIN has been promoted to News Director for this Nexstar owned ABC affiliate. He’s been the Digital News Manager here for the past 4+ years. Phil spent two years as a web producer here before a two year stint as the internet systems specialist for a local community college. He began his career as a backpack journalist in Watertown, NY. At WSYR, he replaces ROB CARTWRIGHT who left last September to become ND at KEYE-TV in Austin, TX.

And, as many of you know, last week I listed the wrong call letters in reporting the promotion of SCOTT LAWRENCE to ND in Beaumont, TX.  The correct call letters are KBMT-TV.  Apologies!

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 12/27/14)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 12/27/14)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (listed 2/22/15)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 1/11/15)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (new listing this week)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (relisted 2/22/15)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (2 positions, Dayside & Weekend, listed 1/18/15)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (listed 1/3/15)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 2/7/15)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL, (listed 2/1/15)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Morning EP, listed 1/26/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (AM EP, listed 1/18/15)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (Morning EP, relisted 2/1/15)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI, (AM EP, PM EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 1/11/15)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted 2/15/15)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, listing revised 1/3/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 2/1/15)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Digital EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 1/11/15)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 1/18/15)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 2/22/15)
Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 1/18/15)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 12/27/14)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)

NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (listed 2/15/15)

Obituary:

101 years old, and only two bad days last weekend. That’s pretty good. And that’s how Raycom’s VP of News, STEVE ACKERMANN, described the life (and death) of his mother, HELEN ACKERMANN, who died Friday at the above mentioned age of 101. A memorial service will be held Monday (3/2/15) morning in Dallas with the funeral in New Iberia, LA, on Tuesday. I had the pleasure of dinner with Helen and Steve a few years ago and she was delightful. Click here to learn more about her, and click here to send Steve a note of condolence.

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:

Sinclair has promoted STAN HEIST from News Talent Manager to Director of News Training and Professional Development. The memo says: “In this new role, Stan will focus on expanding producer academies, storytelling workshops, best practices, on-line training and developing a newsroom leaders program.”

Former Hartford and Albany (NY) News Director PAUL LEWIS checked in this week to let me know that doctors tell him he’s clear of throat cancer after a series of treatments last summer. Paul has been working for a philanthropic foundation for the past five years but continues to coach a handful of reporters and anchors. He’d be happy to hear from old TV friends at: paulericlewis@gmail.com

General Manager News:

This week brings the largest amount of General Manager changes in the brief time we’ve tried to chronicle those moves.

OUT: KEVIN HALE at KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. He’s retiring later this year after 11 years at this FOX o-and-o. He previously ran FOX stations in Phoenix and Memphis. The Los Angeles Times has more here.

IN and OUT: At Boston’s WHDH-TV, PAUL MANGES was promoted to GM from Director of Sales, replacing ROBERT “BUBBA” BURNES who just took that job last June.

IN: Two new General Managers in St. Louis. MIKE MURPHY leaves Birmingham’s WBMA-TV after 12 years to become GM for Meredith’s KMOV-TV in St. Louis. And former Magid consultant and Hearst and Gannett executive MARV DANIELSKI has been promoted from station manager to GM for Gannett’s KSDK-TV.

OUT: ARDYTH DIERCKS (who was once GM at KSDK) is leaving WATN-TV in Memphis after just two years at the helm of this Nexstar owned ABC affiliate. She’s a former GM in Washington, DC, Miami, and Austin, TX.

IN: CHRIS MUSIAL, former ND and then GM for WIVB-TV in Buffalo, has been named GM for WBBZ-TV there, the Me-TV affiliate. Chris retired from WIVB in 2013. More in this article.

IN: MARK OVERSTREET is the new GM for Nexstar’s WZDX-TV, the FOX affiliate in Huntsville, AL.

IN: Another News Director becomes GM, this time at News Press & Gazette’s KMIZ-TV in Columbia, MO, where CURTIS VARNS is being promoted. He’s been ND here for 16 years and worked at this ABC station for 20 years. Here’s the memo announcing the promotion from NPG’s COO MIKE MEARA. NPG now has at least FIVE general mangers who were news directors at one point in their careers.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

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

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, March 1, 2015.

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 *
KNXV-TV 515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33178
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KMGH-TV 123 Speer Blvd. Denver CO 80203
Central Florida News 13, 20 N. Orange Ave. Suite 13 Orlando FL 32801
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th St. Cleveland OH 44114
KSDK-TV 1000 Market St. St. Louis MO 63101
KATU-TV 2153 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland OR 97232
KENS-TV 5400 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio TX 78229
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WOOD-TV 120 College SE Grand Rapids MI 49503
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
WJCL/WGTS 1375 Chatham Parkway Third Floor Savannah, GA 31405
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WDAZ-TV 2220 S. Washington Grand Forks, ND 52801
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station


February 23, 2015

Greetings:

By my count, there are still 27 stations looking for news directors after a week that saw ONE new opening and THREE open positions filled. Of note: all three positions were filled from within the station.

Also, we erred last week in reporting GRIFF BENNER‘s move to Assistant ND at WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, PA. That’s correct. However, his former job at WCAV/WVAW-TV in Charlottesville, VA, was filled in December by VAL THOMPSON, whose name I butchered in a item in our mid-week UPDATE. It’s bad when you have to correct a correction.

No news director ads this week, but we do have a paid ad for an EP opening in Birmingham. And we welcome back Ivanhoe Broadcast News which has a new product. Check out their ad below.

Just one item in Names in the News…a new Senior VP/News at Tribune, which we told you about in a mid-week UPDATE. And we have several GMs on the move, two leaving their current stations and one coming out of retirement after just two months.

All that and more…after this ad for a new service from Ivanhoe:

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New News Director Openings:

Murrieta

Murrieta

Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL…after four years as ND, and eleven working here, RUDY MURRIETA has left this Bright House Networks owned 24 hour cable news channel.  He joined the operation in 2003 as the Assistant News Director.  He’s also worked in San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Ft. Myers.

 

Newly Named News Directors:

Daniels

Daniels

WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC…KEVIN DANIELS has been promoted to News Director for this Tribune owned FOX affiliate. Kevin’s been the interim ND here since KAREN KOUTSKY left at the end of 2014 to become ND for WJZY/WMYT-TV in Charlotte, NC. She was here for 14 years. Kevin’s been at the station for 15 years, most recently as the Assistant News Director. He’s also worked in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Sarasota, and Gainesville, FL.

KFDM-TV, Beaumont, TX…in another promotion from a longtime time employee to News Director, SCOTT LAWRENCE moves into the bigger office for this Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate. He’s been the Executive Producer here and replaces his longtime boss, DAVID LOWELL, who was ND there for 28 years. Dave left last month after 34 years at the station.

Tefertiller

Tefertiller

KWES-TV, Midland, TX…Chief Meterologist TOM TEFERTILLER is assuming additional duties as News Director for this NBC affiliate which is owned by Drewry Communications. Tom’s been at the station for more than 20 years and previously worked in Columbus, MS, and Victoria, TX. He replaces DAVID MARINO who left late last year to become a Senior Producer for Time Warner Cable’s news operation in Austin, TX. (Tom’s not the first chief meteorologist to become ND: STEVE BRAY made that move at WISH-TV in Indianapolis more than two years ago.)

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Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 12/27/14)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 12/27/14)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (new listing this week)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (relisted this week)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (2 positions, Dayside & Weekend, listed 1/18/15)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (listed 1/3/15)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 2/7/15)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL, (listed 2/1/15)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Morning EP, listed 1/26/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (AM EP, listed 1/18/15)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (Morning EP, relisted 2/1/15)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI, (AM EP, PM EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 1/11/15)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted 2/15/15, see ad above!)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, listing revised 1/3/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 2/1/15)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 1/11/15)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 1/18/15)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (new listing this week)
Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 1/18/15)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 12/27/14)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)

NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (listed 2/15/15)

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:

Feder

Feder

BART FEDER will start in early March as the Senior Vice President of News for Tribune Media, replacing KATHERINE GREEN. Bart most recently worked as a Senior VP at CNN, leaving in 2013, after five years at the network. He served for seven years as President and CEO of The FeedRoom. Bart was a news director in New York, Boston, Sacramento, and Jacksonville, FL. The news release announcing his hire can be found here, and a click here will lead you to his Linkedin page.

General Manager News:

BOB CHIRDON, who’s been the GM for Raycom’s WTOL-TV in Toledo, OH, since 2001, will retire at the end of March. He joined the station in as the General Sales Manager, and previously worked in Cleveland.  Click here to read a note from Raycom’s JEFF ROSSER to the WTOL staff, and also see Bob’s note to the employees.

WJET-TV (Erie, PA) General Manager TIM DUNST is leaving the station at the end of March to go into business for himself, according to a Facebook post. He’s run the Nextsar owned ABC affiliate for more than seven years. Nexstar also operates the local FOX affiliate.

DAN MODISETT, who retired in December as General Manager of WLBT-TV in Jackson, MS, will be the next GM for WTVA-TV in Tupelo, MS. The station was recently acquired by Heartland Media. PHIL SULLIVAN, the current GM, had already announced his retirement. More in this story.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

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

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, February 22, 2015.

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 *
KNXV-TV 515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33178
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KMGH-TV 123 Speer Blvd. Denver CO 80203
Central Florida News 13, 20 N. Orange Ave. Suite 13 Orlando FL 32801
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th St. Cleveland OH 44114
KSDK-TV 1000 Market St. St. Louis MO 63101
KATU-TV 2153 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland OR 97232
KENS-TV 5400 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio TX 78229
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WOOD-TV 120 College SE Grand Rapids MI 49503
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
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St. East Syracuse, NY 13057
WJCL/WGTS 1375 Chatham Parkway Third Floor Savannah, GA 31405
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WDAZ-TV 2220 S. Washington Grand Forks, ND 52801
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station


February 16, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 UPDATE:

Tribune Media has hired a former news director and CNN executive to be its Senior Vice President of News.

Feder

Feder

BART FEDER, who’s run newsrooms in New York, Boston, Sacramento, and Jacksonville, FL, will start March 2nd. Bart most recently served as Senior VP of CNN, where he worked for five years. He also spent seven years as President at CEO of The FeedRoom. Click here to read the news release about his hire, and you can see his Linkedin page by clicking here.

He replaces KATHERINE GREEN, who stepped down in December after seven months. She cited the heavy travel demands as being too tough on her family.

Two other items:

Congratulations to KEVIN DANIELS, who’s been promoted to news director for WGHP-TV in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC.

And in our last edition, we told you that GRIFF BENNER was leaving WCAV/WVAW-TV in Charlottesville, VA, to become the Assistant News Director for WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, PA. Griff actually left the stations last fall and has been replaced by VAL THOMPSON. Apologies to all.

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

regards,

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

FOUR new news director openings, and TWO open jobs were filled this week. leaving our count of open ND jobs at 30. One of those openings was created by an ND promotion to GM in the number two market.

We also have ads for THREE positions, including a blind box ad for a news director opportunity.

In Names in the News, we have details about a former ND landing her third GM opportunity and a change of career path for a former news director.

All that and more…as you read on.

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New News Director Openings:

Fair

Fair

KABC-TV, Los Angeles, CA…we told you last Wednesday that longtime news director CHERYL FAIR is being promoted to general manager for this ABC owned station. Cheryl’s been the ND for 20 years, and worked for 20 years at ABC’s WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, beginning as a producer, then managing editor, and eventually executive producer. She began her career at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. She’s replacing longtime GM ARNIE KLEINER who retired. Click here to read the story from the station’s website.

WLTV-TV, Miami, FL…Media Moves reports on a shakeup at this Univision station that saw both news director DANIEL MORCATE and EP ROBERTO PONS leave. More details in this story.

Howard

Howard

KTVL-TV, Medford, OR…after 35 years in our business, RICK HOWARD will retire in April as news director for this Sinclair owned CBS affiliate. Rick’s been the ND here for more than four years, and earlier was the ND for another Medford station, KDRV-TV. He’s also been a news director in Portland, OR, and Richmond. Rick tells me he loves the Medford area and will continue to live there after his retirement.

Benner

Benner

WCAV/WVAW-TV, Charlottesville, VA…GRIFF BENNER is leaving this Gray TV CBS/ABC duopoly to become the Assistant ND for WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, PA. It’s a return to the market for Griff, who once worked at another station there. He first joined WCAV/WVAW in 2005 as Assistant ND before being promoted to ND in 2012. He’s also worked in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Columbia, SC.  Note UPDATE above.  VAL THOMPSON was named ND here last December.

Newly Named News Directors:

Csanyi-Salcedo

Csanyi-Salcedo

KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX…ZOLTAN CSANYI-SALCEDO returns to the ND chair for this Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate. Zoltan’s spent the last two years as a coordinating producer for ESPN in Bristol, CT. A one-time ND at the Telemundo station in Dallas, Zoltan’s been an ND three times in El Paso, (twice at the Univsiion station and once at the NBC affiliate). He replaces KIMBERLY WYATT who was promoted to be ND for Sinclair’s WEAR-TV in Pensacola/Mobile. She spent 7 1/2 years as ND there.

KCBD-TV, Lubbock, TX…ERIK BREON returns to Texas as the next news director for this Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate. He’s spent the last two years as the morning EP for KNXV-TV in Phoenix. Erik previously spent almost 13 years at KING-TV in Seattle as EP of the 10:00 and 11:00 newscasts. His first management position came at Texas Cable News, where he worked with STEVE ACKERMANN, now Raycom’s VP/News. Erik also worked in Spokane as a producer. He replaces BENJI SNEAD who left after more than 12 years as ND for a job with a local bank. Want to know more? Here’s the news release.

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Candidate must define a strategic direction for content coverage, manage newsroom, contribute to the editorial process and make solid decisions in breaking news situations. The Executive Producer should execute strategies that grow audiences across all media devices.

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Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 12/27/14)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 12/27/14)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (listed 12/21/14)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (2 positions, Dayside & Weekend, listed 1/18/15)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (listed 1/3/15)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 2/7/15, see ad above!)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL, (listed 2/1/15)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Morning EP, listed 1/26/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (AM EP, listed 1/18/15)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (Morning EP, relisted 2/1/15)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI, (AM EP, PM EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 1/11/15)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted this week, see ad above!)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, listing revised 1/3/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 2/1/15)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 1/11/15)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 1/18/15)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 1/18/15)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 12/27/14)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)

NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (new listing this 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:

Bush

Bush

Former ND DEBBIE BUSH is on her way to her third General Manager’s job. She’ll start in March as the GM for Raycom’s WXIX-TV in Cincinnati. Debbie’s currently GM for the company’s KOLD-TV in Tucson, and earlier ran another Raycom station, WFIE-TV in Evansville. She’s a former news director in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Topeka, and Santa Barbara and has also worked in Pittsburgh, Cedar Rapids, and Wichita. More details in this email from Raycom Group VP JEFF ROSSER. She replaces BILL LANESEY who is leaving at the end of February.

Jobe

Jobe

Longtime news director KEN JOBE has a new job. He’s been named press secretary for the Tennessee House Democratic caucus in Nashville. Ken most recently was ND for WHBQ-TV in Memphis. He’d earlier been the ND for WMC-TV there, as well as an ND in Detroit and Cincinnati. He’s also worked in New York and Nashville, as well as an EP for another Cincinnati station. More on his new job in this story.

At WJLA-TV in Washington, News Operations Manager ERNIE ENSIGN is being bumped up to Chief Engineer. He’s worked for this Sinclair owned ABC affiliate for more than seven years, beginning as Director of New Media and Operations.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

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

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, February 15, 2015.

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 *
KNXV-TV 515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33178
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KMGH-TV 123 Speer Blvd. Denver CO 80203
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th St. Cleveland OH 44114
KSDK-TV 1000 Market St. St. Louis MO 63101
KATU-TV 2153 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland OR 97232
KENS-TV 5400 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio TX 78229
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WOOD-TV 120 College SE Grand Rapids MI 49503
WWL-TV 1024 North Rampart St. New Orleans 70116
WGHP-TV 2005 Francis St. High Point NC 27263
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
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St. East Syracuse, NY 13057
WJCL/WGTS 1375 Chatham Parkway Third Floor Savannah, GA 31405
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WDAZ-TV 2220 S. Washington Grand Forks, ND 52801
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr. Medford OR 97501
KFDM-TV 2955 Interstate 10 East Beaumont TX 77702
KWES-TV 11320 West County Road 127, Midland TX 79711
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station


February 8, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 UPDATE:

Fair

Fair

Big news this afternoon from the second largest market, where KABC-TV (Los Angeles) News Director CHERYL FAIR has been promoted to General Manager for this ABC o-and-o.

Cheryl’s been the ND here for more than 20 years: her first day on the job was memorable: It was the day of the O.J. SIMPSON car chase.

She replaces longtime KABC-TV General Manager ARNIE KLIENER who retired at the end of January after almost 20 years running the station.

Congratulations to Cheryl, who’s also worked in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

We’ll have more on this…and all the latest news…in our full report later this week.

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Greetings:

FIVE, THREE, 28.

Not a quarterback calling a play, but FIVE newly named news directors, THREE open ND jobs, and a total of 28 stations looking for a new news director. Those are the key numbers in this week’s report, in which I will try hard not to conflate anything.

Another key number: THREE. That’s the number of paid help wanted ads this week, including the first-in-a-while blind box ad for a news director opening.

Unfortunately, we also have THREE obituaries, for a long-ago CBS news executive, for a San Francisco newsman, as well as an obituary for the wife of a SmithGeiger research VP.

In Names in the News, a promotion for a Raycom newsman, and two new managers in Washington, DC.

All this…and more…below!

 http://www.rtdna.org/content/edward_r_murrow_awards

New News Director Openings:

WTEN/WXXA-TV, Albany, NY…after almost four years as ND here, DAVE CILIBERTI is transferring within Media General to run the news department at WCMH-TV in Columbus, OH. WTEN is an ABC affiliate, WXXA the Fox station. More on his move below.

KJRH-TV, Tulsa, OK…SUSAN D’ASTOLI has left this Scripps/NBC affiliate after almost 2 1/2 years as ND. She previously worked for Scripps’ stations in Tampa and Phoenix, and spent almost 12 years working for WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Eisenman

Eisenman

WJCL/WTGS-TV, Savannah, GA…JULIE EISENMANN is leaving this-newly-acquired by-Hearst ABC/FOX duopoly to become the Assistant News Director for WXIA-TV, Gannett’s NBC station, in Atlanta. Julie’s been the ND here since June, 2011, previously worked as an ND in Erie, PA, where she also had reported and anchored, and earlier worked on the assignment desk at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh.

Newly Named News Directors:

Connors

Connors

WTNH-TV, New Haven/Hartford, CT…we told you Friday that old friend KEITH CONNORS had been named ND for this Media General owned ABC affiliate, succeeding AL CARL (more on Al below). Keith most recently was the ND for WTHR-TV in Indianapolis before leaving about two years ago. He’s been working on a digital project since then. He’s a former ND in Houston, Charlotte, Norfolk, and Rochester, NY, and also worked in Nashville and Toledo, where I hired him at WTOL-TV.

Ciliberti

Ciliberti

WCMH-TV, Columbus, OH…DAVE CILIBERTI leaves one Media General station (WTEN/WXXA-TV in Albany, NY) to become ND for another, this one an NBC affiliate. Dave spent almost four years in Albany, and 17 years at WFTS-TV in Tampa in a variety of roles. He also worked for two New York City stations, and as a photographer in Washington, DC, and Houston. At WCMH, he replaces MICHAEL FABAC who left late last year after 2+ years to become Director of News and Marketing for News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting.

Carl

Carl

KSNT-TV, Topeka, KS…we told you above that AL CARL is the next news director for this Media General owned NBC affiliate. He’s been the ND for another M-G station, WTNH-TV in New Haven/Hartford, CT. Al requested the transfer for family reasons. He’s been ND at WTNH for about 18 months and worked at the station for almost three years, first as Managing Editor (our report Friday incorrectly said he’d been there about two years). Al’s been an ND in Omaha, for two stations in Huntsville, and in Savannah, and worked for two stations in Kansas City as well as in Saginaw and Albany, NY.

Talley

Talley

WMBF-TV, Myrtle Beach, SC…congratulations to ASHLEY TALLEY who gets her first ND job for this Raycom/NBC station. Ashley’s been the Assistant ND for WCTI-TV in New Bern, NC, and has worked in Charlotte and Wilmington. Here’s the story the station posted on its website. I predict Ashley won’t complain about her predecessor to the GM, since GM SARAH MILES spent four years as the ND before being promoted to GM in December.

WEVV-TV, Evansville, IN…longtime Evansville newsman WARREN KORFF has been chosen to re-start news for this CBS affiliate. He’s been working as the Assignment Manager for WEHT/WTVW-TV for the past eight years and has worked in Evansville for 30 years. WEVV dropped news in 2001 under different ownership, but the new owner, Bayou City Broadcast, plan to launch news by the fall.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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The News Director will define a clear mission, purpose and vision for our three hyperlocal channels. The ideal candidate will be adept at leading the areas of news content, budget, production analysis management and newsroom culture.

Key responsibilities include recruit, develop and retain talent, create overall journalistic strategy and policy for daily news broadcasts, manage staff effectively in a deadline-oriented environment while interacting in a positive, proactive and productive manner. Key competencies include a PASSION for News and a proven track record in producing winning newscast while leading a team of talent that will develop into successful professional.

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KNXV/ABC15 in Phoenix is seeking a creative and dynamic Executive Producer to lead our morning news strategy. The right candidate is a proven leader who understands how to present fresh and urgent content and has an unyielding will to win every story.

As the Executive Producer, you will manage content and showcasing across multiple platforms. All candidates must have experience as a morning show producer and at least three years in a leadership role. Candidates must also have digital expertise and a cross-platform mindset.

If you are passionately curious, have a track-record of great news judgment and want to supervise a great team in one of the most liveable cities in America we want to hear from you.

To apply for this position, please visit us here at the External Career Center and search for requisition #10007.

KNXV ABC 15 IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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Executive Producer, WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY:

News 4 is seeking a top Executive Producer who loves to live news! A qualified applicant will be an experienced Executive Producer or Special Projects Producer or the best producer in your shop, who is a great writer and wants to help lead a team of the some of the strongest news people in the business.

You must be able to explain and then sustain our news vision. Some additional job requirements include; knowledge of graphics-use to enhance the value to our audience, know how to showcase a newscast and the ability to lead and enhance the performance of producers, reporters and anchors.

The ideal candidate will understand, use and be able to teach the value of social media and digital content. Great judgment and ethics along with the ability to maintain a flexible work schedule will contribute to your success in this position.

Education/Experience: a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, TV/film or the equivalent and at least 5 years experience in television or radio broadcast/production.

If you know how to bring value to viewers, love investigative journalism, understand the importance of weather and can work well under pressure, this may be the job for you!

WIVB/WNLO is a LIN Media station. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and offer competitive salaries and wages, and a standard benefit package that includes a 401K plan and medical and dental plans.

To apply online – http://www.linmedia.com/contact-us/careers/

EOE/MINORITIES/FEMALES/VETERANS/DISABLED

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 12/27/14)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 12/27/14)
WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA (relisted 1/11/15)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 1/11/15)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (listed 12/21/14)
WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (2 positions, Dayside & Weekend, listed 1/18/15)
WUSA-TV, Washington, DC (TWO openings, listed 11/21/14)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (listed 1/3/15)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL, (listed 2/1/15)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Morning EP, listed 1/26/15)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (AM EP, listed 1/18/15)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (Morning EP, relisted 2/1/15)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI, (AM EP, PM EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 1/11/15)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Morning EP, listing revised 1/3/15)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (relisted 2/1/15, see ad above!)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, relisted 1/11/15)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 1/11/15)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 1/18/15)

ASSIGNMENT MANAGER:

Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 1/18/15)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 12/27/14)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (relisted 1/11/15)

NEWS OPERATIONS MANAGER:

WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 1/11/15)

Obituaries:

Our sympathy to the folks at KRON-TV in San Francisco on the death of their Digital Manager, BRIAN SHIELDS. Brian died at his home this week at the age of 53.  Here’s the obituary the station posted.

SANDY SOCOLOW, once described as WALTER CRONKITE‘s right hand man, died Saturday, February 1, of complications after a long illness. He was 86. During his career at CBS, he was a VP, head of the Washington bureau, and EP of the CBS Evening News. This obituary offers a detailed look at his career.

CRISTEN CERVELLINI-CALFO, wife of SmithGeiger’s VP/Research Strategies TONY CALFO, lost her long battle with cancer Wednesday. She was 42.  During her illness, she wrote a children’s book called “When Mommy Loses Her Hair” to help parents explain cancer to children. This 2011 profile and this obituary tell us about a special woman. Your kind email would reach Tony at: tony@smithgeiger.com

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:

Ackermann

Ackermann

Congratulations to longtime newsman STEVE ACKERMANN who was officially named VP of News for Raycom Broadcasting on Friday. He’s actually had the responsibilities for a few weeks but the title was finally made official. Steve joined the company ten years ago as ND of its Cincinnati station (WXIX-TV). He was the startup (and only) news director for Belo’s Texas Cable News and spent many years working for CBS. Steve began his career in his native Louisiana.

WUSA-TV in Washington has two new news managers. JAMES HALLMAN joins this Gannett owned CBS affiliate has the morning EP. He had been working for WTXF-TV in Philadelphia. And JOAN VASILIADIS has been promoted to Manager of Digital Strategy.

General Manager News:

Nexstar has named DENISE McMANUS General Manager of its new acquired KASW-TV, the CW affiliate in Phoenix. She’d been working as VP of Sales for the Telemundo station in Phoenix.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

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

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, February 7, 2015.

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
KWHY-TV 4975 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles,CA 90019 *
KNXV-TV 515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KMGH-TV 123 Speer Blvd. Denver CO 80203
WOIO/WUAB-TV 1717 E. 12th St. Cleveland OH 44114
KSDK-TV 1000 Market St. St. Louis MO 63101
KATU-TV 2153 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland OR 97232
KENS-TV 5400 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio TX 78229
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
WOOD-TV 120 College SE Grand Rapids MI 49503
WWL-TV 1024 North Rampart St. New Orleans 70116
WGHP-TV 2005 Francis St. High Point NC 27263
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
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St. East Syracuse, NY 13057
KGBT-TV 9201 West Expressway 83 Harlingen, TX 78552
WJCL/WGTS 1375 Chatham Parkway Third Floor Savannah, GA 31405
WFFT-TV 3707 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne IN 46807
WDAZ-TV 2220 S. Washington Grand Forks, ND 52801
KFDM-TV 2955 Interstate 10 East Beaumont TX 77702
KCBD-TV 485 South Highland Lubbock TX 79404
KWES-TV 11320 West County Road 127, Midland TX 79711
KMVT/KSVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. North Twin Falls, ID 83301
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station