April 13, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013 UPDATE:


We now have more information on the passing of former ND AL ZOBEL, who died last Thursday of a brain tumor.  Al was 58, and is survived by his wife of 31 years, a son, and a daughter.  A celebration of his life will be held next Thursday in McFarland, WI.  More details here.

The original post on his passing and his background can be found below.

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It was nice to see some of you at this week’s NAB conference in Las Vegas.

There’s ONE new ND opportunity (and it’s an interesting one) in this week’s report, and TWO new news directors. That drops our list of open jobs to just 18.

We have an ad for that new ‘interesting’ new opening, an ad for an o-and-o ND opening in a large Texas market, and ads for two medium market management jobs.

If FREE appeals to you (and why wouldn’t it?) check out display ads below for offers from two advertisers.

We’ve refreshed our list of Other News Management Openings, have several names in the news, details about IRE Award winners, the sale of the Fisher Broadcast stations, and, sadly, an obituary for a former ND in Wisconsin, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska.

All that…and more…after this week’s openings.

New News Director Opening:

KTVA-TV, Anchorage, AK…the new owners of the CBS affiliate, GCI, Alaska’s largest telecom, have launched a massive re-building of the station, including a relocated facility, additional newscasts, and a larger staff. You can learn more about this opportunity in the paid ad below. (You might note a familiar name in that ad: longtime KTUU News Director/Anchor JOHN TRACY is consulting the owners on the relaunch).

Newly Named News Directors:


WPIX-TV, New York, NY…we told you on Tuesday that MARK EFFRON is returning to a local newsroom as ND for this Tribune owned operation. Mark’s a former VP/News for Post-Newsweek, ND for WFSB-TV in Hartford (when PNS owned it), and a former MSNBC executive. He most recently has been working on a public radio partnership. The New York Daily News interviewed Mark about his new opportunity. He replaces BILL CAREY who left the station last fall after almost three years as ND.

KINT-TV, El Paso, TX…URIEL POSADA will be the next ND for this Entravision owned station. He has been working at the Telemundo station in El Paso, and has previously worked in Denver and Sacramento. Uriel replaces ZOLTAN CSANYI-SALCEDO who left the station in February for a job at ESPN.

Help Wanted Ads:

News Director, KTVA-TV, Anchorage, AK:

KTVA 11 seeks a leader who will take Alaska’s first television station to the top. This is a rare opportunity for an experienced news manager to build their own team as part of a multi-million dollar HD re-build. You will oversee a staff of 45+, with a new state-of-the-art newsroom, studio, field and editing gear, along with multiple satellite and ENG tools. We’re not even keeping the old logo!

The new local owners are committing the budget and resources to producing the highest quality newscast possible. A great opportunity for a current Executive Producer or Assistant News Director from a larger market looking to create an outstanding news organization. Or for a News Director looking to fulfill their own vision without heavy corporate competition for resources.

The ideal candidate creates a culture of enterprise, promotes creative storytelling, and commits to community. Balance, context and fairness guides all news decisions. Broadcast, mobile and on-line distribution experience is also important criteria.

This is a challenge for someone looking to compete against a legacy station, in a market that is ripe for change. Please provide a link to, or a DVD of a newscast that reflects your imprint. Please provide a cover letter explaining your news philosophy, and how you would manage the process of building an award winning and market-leading newsroom.

Yes, it’s Alaska. If that excites you, then we’d like to hear from you.

Please send your material to:

John Tracy
Denali Media
C/O Bradley Reid & Associates
900 W. 5th Ave. Suite 100
Anchorage AL 99501

Or via email to: john.tracy@bradleyreid.com
(907) 276-6353

VP/News Director, KRIV/KTXH-TV, Houston, TX:

KRIV/KTXH currently has an opening for a VP, News Director.

Individual must possess the ability to motivate, lead and manage a major market news operation to its maximum potential. Must possess solid experience in strategic planning, strong organization and problem solving skills, strong oral and written communication skills and must bring successful management experience in leading a large newsroom. Individual will be expected to develop the vision and strategies for newscasts to achieve ratings growth.

Degree in Journalism or related field required. Five [5] or more years Previous News Director experience in a mid to major market preferred. Must be a highly motivated, creative and organizationally sound news leader with proven team building skills and a winning attitude. Must possess strong editorial judgment . Ability to challenge employees to grow and develop news gathering and reporting skills to consistently deliver informative, compelling and accurate newscasts. Must be knowledgeable in developing web and social media initiatives.

Qualified candidates send resume, salary requirements, and non-returnable tape (if applicable) via email to: krivjobs@foxtv.com

or via mail to:

News Director Search
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston TX 77027

No phone calls please. EOE M/F/D/V

Director of News Content Implementation, WPMT-TV, Harrisburg, PA:

The Director of News Content Implementation will work directly with our entire newsroom, finding creative, memorable and innovative ways to present the news on every platform.
This is the equivalent of an Assistant News Director position and it requires prior news management experience.

We are looking for someone who is a passionate about TV News and can coach people to deliver compelling content.

College degree required. Solid Broadcast writing & production skills are essential as are strong news judgment and hands on management skills. Candidate should have at least five years experience, and demonstrate a progressive increasing role of management responsibility in a TV News operation. Please, no phone calls.

Please forward resume and cover letter to dsilverstein@tribune.com

Mailing Address:

David Silverstein
News Director
2005 S. Queen St.
York PA 17403

717-814-5605 (fax)

Evening Executive Producer, WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL:

Wanna live and work in Dunk City, USA? You know our brand of basketball is exciting and so is our brand of news! If you’re the best producer in your shop, you’re looking for a medium-market management opportunity and you want to enjoy an excellent quality of life, come visit WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida.

We’re looking for a dynamic leader to be our night-side executive producer. We do 52.5 hours of news a week and lead the ratings (Feb. 2013, Rentrak) in every news time period.

People like working and living here. Large market stations like to hire from here. We have a proven track record of growing careers and setting high standards for quality television news. That’s a combination for a great career move! But wait, there’s more! It’s Southwest Florida! No snow shovels or heavy winter coats required! We enjoy the best winter weather in the country!

Don’t delay- email the news director today at russ.kilgore@winktv.com

Other News Management Openings:


WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 3/16/13)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (listed 4/6/13)
WPMT-TV, Harrisburg, PA (listed 4/6/13, see ad above) *

* (actual title Director of News Content Implementation)


The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (Morning EP, listed 3/16/13)
KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, relisted 2/23/13)
KDFW-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, relisted 2/2/13)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, listing revised this week)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (Dayside EP, relisted 3/8/13)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, listed 3/29/13)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (PM EP, relisted 3/8/13)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted this week)
WCMH-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 3/22/13)
WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA (relisted this week)
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, listed 3/2/13)
WTLV/WJXX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, relisted this week)
KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA (PM EP, listing modified 3/16/13)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM EP, relisted 4/6/13, see ad above!)
WIS-TV, Columbia, SC (AM EP, relisted this week)
WCYB-TV, Bristol, TN (relisted this week)
KOLO-TV, Reno, NV (Morning EP, relisted this week)


KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 2/23/13)



I’m sorry to report the death of former news director AL ZOBEL, who died this past week at the age of 58. I’m told he’d been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Al left our business five years ago for a career as a financial planner. He most recently had served as news director for WKOW-TV in Madison, WI (where he still lived). He also served as a news director in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Jefferson City, MO, and Kearney, NE. Al began his career on air in Texas.

A colleague from WKOW remembers him in this blog post.  (If you missed it, funeral services and memorial information can be found above.)

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.

There were no takers this week.

Names in the News:

JESSIE KANE LYLE has been promoted to Executive Producer at Seattle’s KING-TV. She has been the 11:00 producer for this Belo-owned NBC affiliate.

PATRICK BENEDICT joins KNXV-TV in Phoenix as EP/Special Projects. It’s a reunion for Patrick with the ND there, PAT COSTELLO. The two Pats worked together when Pat was ND at KTVU in Salt Lake City.  Patrick has been working as a Special Projects Producer for KTVX-TV. Patrick also began SaltTVnetwork, a website devoted to news in SLC. He’s a former ND at KTVX, Assistant ND at KUTV there, and producer at WCMH-TV  in Columbus, OH, before that.

Two management moves at KMOV-TV in St. Louis: SARA DAVIS is the new Nightside EP there, joining the staff from KIRO-TV in Seattle, where she was the morning EP. And TIM KLUTSARITS has been promoted to dayside EP from 6:00 producer.

Since the beginning of the year, Sinclair Broadcasting has purchased 50 stations with the news this week that’s it’s buying the Fisher TV stations. And the company indicates it’s not done yet. More in this article.

Congratulations to WFAA-TV in Dallas and KMOV-TV in St. Louis (both Belo-owned stations) who were honored by this years IRE Awards. The complete list of honorees, both print and broadcast, can be found by clicking here. There are links to the winners, as well.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, April 6, 2013.

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

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
KRIV-TV 4261 Southwest Freeway Houston TX 77027 (see ad above!)
KOVR-TV 2713 Kovr Drive Sacramento CA 95605
WXIN-TV 6910 Network Place Indianapolis IN 46278
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Ave. Cincinnati OH 45202
KFOR-TV/KAUT-TV 444 E. Britton Rd. Oklahoma City OK 73114
WHP/WLYH-TV 3300 North 6th St. Harrisburg PA 17110
WAVE-TV 725 S. Floyd St. Louisville KY 40203
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
KTVA-TV 1007 W. 32nd Ave. Anchorage AL 99503 (see ad above!)
KCAU-TV 7280 E. Rosewood St. Sioux City IA 51101
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr. Palm Desert CA 92260
WVVA-TV 3052 Big Laurel Highway Bluefield, WV 24701

* Spanish language station

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