April 20, 2009

Greetings:

We’re a little early this week as we wanted to catch those of you were are headed to soon-to-be hot Las Vegas (74° today, 83° Saturday, 87° Sunday, 91° Monday, 94° Tuesday) for RTNDA and NAB.

That’s because we have two ads aimed at attendees, especially if you are looking for a new job. And we have two social invites you can add to your calendar. (I’ll look forward to seeing you at both events.)

As to the main function of this weekly newsletter, new ND openings in Miami and Huntsville are featured this week, as well as a promotion of a veteran newsman in Houston, filling one of two open ND jobs there.

That leaves the count of open ND jobs at 19.

In Names in the News, new leaders for RTNDA and RTNDF, an award for a longtime newsman, and an obituary for the mother of a former Florida news director.

All that and more following this week’s changes:

NEW NEWS DIRECTOR OPENING:

WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL…veteran NBC employee YVETTE MILEY is leaving this NBC o-and-o to take on a new role for the network. She’s going to be the Executive Editor for MSNBC. Yvette’s been the ND here since May, 2004 when she returned to WTVJ after a stint as ND for its then owned station, WVTM-TV in Birmingham.

WAFF-TV, Huntsville, AL…MIMI STRAWN is leaving this Raycom-owned NBC affiliate in June to return to New Orleans for family reasons. She’s been the ND since last October, and has previously been a news director in New Orleans and Tulsa. If you are interested in this opportunity, please be sure to see the paid ad below, particularly if you are going to RTNDA.

NEW NEWS DIRECTORS NAMED:

KPRC-TV, Houston, TX…we told you earlier this week that RICK McFARLAND has been promoted to News Director for this Post-Newsweek/NBC affiliate. He’s been the interim ND since SKIP VALET left to become GM of sister PNS station WKMG-TV in orlando, where he had earlier been the ND. Rick’s been the Assistant ND at KPRC since 2001, and first joined the station in 1980 as a sports photographer. He’s also worked in Syracuse and Columbia, MO, where he and your editor were classmates at the University of Missouri.

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PAID ADS:

NEWS DIRECTOR, WAFF-TV, Huntsville, AL:

WAFF, Raycom’s NBC affiliate in Huntsville, AL seeks a News Director who has a successful track record of leading aggressive news coverage. Strong leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, and a passion for news are a must.

Responsibilities include goal setting, staff management, budget and expense admin., and responsible stewardship of technical resources. Must be able to provide strategic direction for day-to-day news coverage, breaking news & weather, and major stories on air as well as on our highly trafficked website while consistently communicating and protecting the brand image.

Successful candidate should exhibit a track record of working with Sales and Marketing on a variety of special projects. Background should include 3-5 years of significant experience in television newsroom management with previous News Director experience preferred.

Send your resume and salary requirement to:

Vanessa Oubre
General Manager
WAFF
1414 N Memorial Pkwy
Huntsville, AL 35801

Or you can send resume and salary requirement via email to: voubre@waff.com

PLEASE NOTE if you will be at RTNDA@NAB in Vegas, Raycom VP of News Susana Schuler is attending and would like to hear from any News Director who is interested in this position. Please contact her via email if you plan to be at RTNDA@NAB. Sschuler@raycommedia.com

Learn more about AP’s ENPS System at NAB
(or on the web if you’re not going to Las Vegas)

See the AP in Content Central at NAB 2009, booth C161, and preview ENPS 7.0 starting with its powerful new Digital Publishing Engine. In addition to making it incredibly easy to create multimedia content for on-air, online, and mobile devices, dynamic feedback from your public Web site can automatically flow back into ENPS so producers can see which stories are getting the most attention. ENPS 7.0 components will bolt right on to existing ENPS 6.0 systems as they are released over the next two years.

Also take a closer look at the ENPS Web client, part of the ENPS Mobile Suite, enhanced to give remote users more powerful editing capabilities. ENPS Mobile empowers journalists to work via out-of-the-newsroom browsers on PCs and Macs, as well as on PDAs and cell phones.

More than 52,000 reporters, writers, and producers in 57 countries use ENPS, and no other system supports as many companies and products, allowing freedom of choice, innovation, and integration of best-fit solutions.

ENPS will be showcased by partners in 30 more locations on the convention floors. Need more information, or staying home this year? Check out http://www.enps.com or http://apbroadcast.com

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OTHER NEWS MANAGEMENT OPENINGS:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KRPC-TV, Houston, TX (new opening this week)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 1/11/09)
WBTV, Charlotte, NC (listed 4/10/09)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 1/16/09)
WNEM-TV, Saginaw, MI (listed 3/8/09)
WTEN-TV, Albany, NY (listed 4/3/09)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (PM EP, listed 2/13/09)
WFOR-TV, Miami, FL (Morning EP, relisted 1/23/09)
WESH-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 1/30/09)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, listed 1/30/09)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (relisted 1/23/09)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 1/16/09)
KITV, Honolulu, HI (listed 2/27/09)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 4/3/09)

SENIOR WEB PRODUCER:

WFLD-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 3/20/09)

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RNTDA SOCIAL EVENTS

If you’re going to RTNDA in Las Vegas, mark your calendar for two get-togethers.

The Missouri Mafia will gather in its regular spot at its regular time. That’s Tuesday evening between 5:00-7:00 at the bar at the Benihana restaurant at the Las Vegas Hilton. This year’s gathering is co-sponsored by Dan Devlin at the Devlin Design Group and will honor Mizzou alum, faculty member, and ND at KOMU-TV, STACEY WOELFUL, who assumes the chairmanship of RTNDA this month.

And, as we told you last week, plan on stopping by the annual and informal gathering of news managers on Monday night, April 20, at the Parasol Down bar in the Wynn Hotel and Casino. That’s the same place this gathering was held last year. It’s set to begin around 9:30, and I’ll look forward to seeing you there. Thanks to BETSY MUELLER for organizing this event.

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NAMES in the NEWS:

RTNDA has named new executive directors for both RTNDA and RTNDF. KATHLEEN GRAHAM will oversee RTNDF while JANE NASSIRI will serve as Executive Director for RTNDA, working closely with the organization’s chairman. Read all about it here.

Congratulations to veteran newsman STEVE KALB who’s been honored as the UCONN/Storrs campus Educator of the Year. Steve is an instructor there in addition to his work with the Connecticut radio network.

Our sympathy to PETER SPECIALE on the passing of his mother, GRACE SPECIALE, who died April 8th at the age of 86. Peter’s been an ND in Burlington, VT, and Gainesville, FL. He also helped launch Cablevision’s VOOM/HDNews and most recently was working as a producer for Bloomberg in New York before losing his job in layoffs earlier this year. Your note would reach Peter at: spesh12005@yahoo.com

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Friday, April 17, 2009. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: rick@rickgevers.com

WMUR-TV   100 South Commercial St.        Manchester NH 03101
WDIV-TV   550 W. Lafayette Blvd           Detroit MI 48231
KRIV-TV   4261 Southwest Freeway          Houston TX 77027
WTVJ-TV   15000 SW 27th Ave.              Miramar FL 33027
KXTV      400 Broadway                    Sacramento CA 95818
KDKA-TV   One Gateway Center              Pittsburgh PA 15222
KPTV/KPDX 14975 NW Greenbrier Parkway     Beaverton OR 97006
KSHB-TV   4720 Oak Street                 Kansas City MO 64112
WSYX/WTTE-TV 1261 Dublin Rd.              Columbus OH 43215
WFMY-TV   1615 Phillips Avenue            Greensboro NC 27405
WJAR-TV   23 Kenney Dr.                   Cranston RI 02920
WKRG-TV   555 Broadcast Dr.               Mobile AL 36606
WAFF-TV   1414 N. Memorial Pkwy.          Huntsville AL 35801
KWWL-TV   500 East Fourth St.             Waterloo IA 50703
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
KWQC-TV   805 Brady St.                   Davenport IA 52803
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                     Macon GA 31208
KNOE-TV   1400 Oliver Rd.                 Monroe LA 71211
KSAX-TV   PO Box 189                      Alexandria MN 56308

Rick Gevers
Rick Gevers & Associates
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Zionsville IN 46077
317-769-7900
317-769-7910 (fax)
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