April 27, 2009


It would good to see a few of you at RNTDA this week, and welcome to those of you who are newcomers on the mailing list.

Our weekly newsletter is a little delayed this week, but we have TWO new NDs to report to you. Both were promoted to their jobs from within their current stations. And we have NO new ND openings.

That leaves the count of open ND jobs at 17.

We do have a paid ad for one of those openings. You’ll find that below.

We also have a few headlines from this past week’s RTNDA convention, including video of the speech given by FRED YOUNG, this year’s Paul White Award winner, as well as the video used to introduce Fred.

In Names in the News, an award for another veteran newsman, and an unusual birthday celebration for an East Coast news executive.

All that and more following this week’s changes:


None, to my knowledge.


WMUR-TV, Manchester, NY…congratulations to ALISHA McDEVITT who has been promoted to news director for this Hearst-Argyle owned ABC affiliate. She has been the Assistant ND here since 2003, and first joined the station in 1995 as a producer. Alisha replaces ANDREW VREES who’s been promoted to ND of sister Hearst ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston after almost five years as ND in Manchester.

KNOE-TV, Monroe, LA…another promotion from within finds MARLA GILCREASE moving up to ND for this Hoak Media owned CBS affiliate. Marla as been the Assistant ND and Production Manager here, and also served as Assignment Manager. She’s also worked in Shreveport. Marla replaces TAYLOR HENRY who left the station to become EP for WGNO-TV in New Orleans.

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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
1414 N Memorial Pkwy
Huntsville, AL 35801

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

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WMUR-TV, Manchester, NH (new listing this week)
KRPC-TV, Houston, TX (listed 4/17/09)
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)


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)


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


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

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While attendance at RTNDA was low, a good crowd gathered to honor recently retired Hearst-Argyle Senior VP/News FRED YOUNG as he received the Paul White Award. In his remarks, Fred noted that he’s only the second Paul White winner (of 53!) to come from a local news background. (Miami’s RALPH RENNICK was the other, in 1984.) You should watch Fred’s remarks here. Fred’s colleagues at Hearst prepared a profile video which you might enjoy. Thanks to our friends at Medialine, you can view it here.

Also at the convention, retiring RTNDA President BARBARA COCHRAN was honored by the Association for her years of service, KOMU-TV (Columbia, MO) ND and University of Missouri Journalism Professor STACEY WOELFUL assumed the chairmanship of RTNDA, becoming the first educator to hold that role. And MARK KRAHAM of WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD, was elected chairman-elect. Mark will be producing next year’s convention.

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NAMES in the NEWS:

Former Chicago (WGN-TV) and Boston (WLVI-TV) News Director PAUL DAVIS was inducted Friday (4/23) into the NATAS Silver Circle in Chicago today. Paul’s a past RTNDA chairman and also served as President of the Society of Professional Journalists. He most recently served as Senior VP of the Foundation for American Communications. Paul regularly helps others in the business with critiques, advice, and frequent speaking engagements.

NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY GM/ND RANDALL STANLEY found a unique way to celebrate his recent (50th) birthday. He traveled to Hawaii with family and friends, so he could achieve his goal of visiting all 50 states by his 50th birthday. Randal’s a former ND in Washington, Cleveland and Buffalo. You can wish him a belated Happy Birthday via email at: rwstanley@news12.com

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Saturday, April 25, 2009. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: rick@rickgevers.com

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
KSAX-TV   PO Box 189                      Alexandria MN 56308

Rick Gevers
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