April 5, 2014


TWO new news director openings, and TWO new news directors are featured in your pre-NAB edition of our weekly newsletter. That means 25 stations, according to our unofficial list, are looking for a news director.

If the long winter is getting you down and you’re considering a change, the ABC affiliate in always sunny San Diego is looking for a morning EP. That’s one of THREE paid ads this week. And THREE companies that support this newsletter with advertising will be exhibiting at NAB. Check their ads out below, stop by their booths, learn more about their offerings, and thank ’em for their support.

We have lots of other items this week. There are lots of changes to our long list of Other News Management Openings. And we have a lot of material in our Names in the News section, including FOUR stations who won Peabody’s, THREE who were honored by NPPA, a ten-time former ND now working as an interim ND in Charlotte, and several other stories.

If you’re going to NAB, I hope to see you there. RTDNA is organizing an informal get-together in the Parasol Down Bar at Wynn, beginning at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, but I fear most of you will have returned home by then. If you’re still in Las Vegas, stop on by!

Read on for details on all this week’s news.

New News Director Openings:

KXTX-TV, Dallas, TX…this Telemundo station is looking for a news director.

WAKA-TV, Montgomery, AL...after 12 years as ND here, ROB MARTIN is leaving to return to Birmingham as ND for WIAT-TV. More on that below. WAKA is a CBS affiliate owned by Bahakel.

Newly Named News Directors:

WVUC-TV, Raleigh, NC…JAIME ZEA returns to this Univision affiliate as ND and anchor. More in this story from Media Moves.


WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL…as noted above, ROB MARTIN will be the next news director for this currently-owned-by-LIN CBS affiliate. It’s a return to WIAT for Rob, who was the Assistant ND there in the 90’s. He’s actually lived in Birmingham and commuted to Montgomery for the past 12 years, where he’s been ND at WAKA-TV. He’s also been an ND in Austin, TX, and Florence/Myrtle Beach, SC, and once worked in Tuscaloosa. At WIAT, he replaces BILL PAYER who left the station in December.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:   

Morning Executive Producer, KGTV, San Diego, CA:

KGTV, the ABC affiliate in beautiful San Diego, is recruiting for an experienced Morning Executive News Producer. This position is responsible for managing the content and showcasing across multiple platforms. KGTV is owned by E.W. Scripps and has the resources to make an impact.

Additional requirements include:

Must have a strong journalistic sense, knowledge of what makes news, and what interests people. Must have the ability to meet deadlines and work with a wide range of personalities. At least three years of line producing experience with a commercial news operation required. College degree required. Experience using television news research to create action plans is a big plus.

If you are ready for a new adventure, please visit www.scripps.com/careers and submit your information to requisition #7704.

KGTV and E.W. Scripps are equal employment opportunity employers. Candidates being offered a position of employment must successfully pass a drug and background screen.

Executive Producer, KTTC-TV, Rochester, MN:

Just named “Best Newscast” for Minnesota by the AP and building on four Regional Emmys for morning and evening newscasts in the last five years, this is a chance to help lead the #1 news team in a great part of the Upper Midwest.

Working with the News Director and Internet Director, this person will help supervise field operations, newscast producers, anchors/reporters/multimedia journalists and photographers in weekday afternoon/evening dayparts. This newsroom pushes content on-air, on-line and to mobile platforms for two television stations, and we’re constantly reinventing ourselves.

We’re looking for a leader with a knack for managing people, a sense of how best to steer breaking and developing news coverage to multiple platforms, solid experience producing newscasts, and the ability to coach young reporters on their storytelling. We’re searching for a person who is sensitive to management concerns, and is creative, yet realistic, about using social networks and other new media.

KTTC NewsCenter is committed to strong journalism and community service, and is #1 in southeastern Minnesota, a beautiful part of the country recognized again and again for its incredible quality of life.

Please send resume materials via email to nsederstrom@kttc.com or via postal mail to:

Noel Sederstrom
News Director
6301 Bandel Road NW
Rochester MN 55901

KTTC is an NBC affiliate, part of the Quincy Broadcast Division. EOE.

Quincy and its subsidiaries do not discriminate in the sale of advertising in any medium (broadcast, print, or interactive), and will accept no advertising which is placed with an intent to discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity.

KOMU-TV Assistant Professional Practice Professor (two positions)

The Missouri School of Journalism and its unique television teaching laboratory invite applications for two positions. The full-time, non-tenure track, 12-month appointments will be at the rank of Assistant Professional Practice Professor.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication or a related discipline and five years of television newsroom experience as a reporter or producer or both.

Assignment: Duties include a minimum of 30 hours per week in the KOMU-TV (NBC-affiliate) newsroom supervising the work of student reporters, anchors, newscast producers and videographers. Duties also include classroom teaching and service to the journalism school and the University.

Application Process: Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Hiring is expected to be completed in the spring or summer of 2014, with a start date as soon as possible.

Applications must include an academic CV or professional resume, the names of three references in the field of television journalism, and a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in teaching and in students, and opinions about teaching television journalism. This cover letter must also include an analysis of the television news profession’s transition from solely broadcast to broadcast and digital/internet news platforms.

Please click here to access the online application system. The job ID number is 12818.

Email Elizabeth Hardt (hardte@missouri.edu) with any questions.

The University of Missouri is committed to cultural diversity and it is expected that successful candidates will share this commitment. MU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA institution and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Other News Management Openings:


KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 2/14/14)
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted this week)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted this week)
KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, NV (listed 3/30/14)
WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY (new listing this week)


WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (Web EP, listed 2/22/14)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 2/14/14)
WFLA-TV, Tampa. FL (relisted this week)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (relisted 3/30/14)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Morning EP, listed 3/30/14, see ad above!)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (Morning EP, new listing this week)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted this week)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Senior EP, listed 3/17/14)
WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, OH (2 Openings, listed 2/14/14)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (relisted this week)
KGPE/KSEE-TV, Fresno, CA (AM EP, listed 2/8/14)
KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK (relisted 2/22/14)
WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY (new listing this week)
KGUN-TV, Tucson, AZ (Morning EP, relisted 3/22/14)
WSJV-TV, South Bend/Elkhart, IN (relisted 2/22/14)
WJCL/WGTS-TV, Savannah, GA (Digital EP, listed 3/7/14)
WKBN-TV, Youngstown, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised 3/7/14)
WCIV-TV, Charleston, SC (listed 3/22/14)
KTTC-TV, Rochester, MN (listed 3/30/14, see ad above!)


WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC (listed 3/17/14)


WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Digital ME, listed 3/17/14)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted this week)

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are 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:

Four local commercial TV stations were among those honored with Peabody Awards this week. Congratulations to KING-TV (second in three years), WBZ-TV in Boston, WTVF-TV in Nashville, and WVUE-TV in New Orleans. Here’s the list of all the winners, complete with links to the work that was honored.

KUSA-TV, WAVY-TV, and KCCI-TV were named Stations of the Year in different market sizes by the National Press Photographers Association. Congratulations, as well, to JONATHAN MALAT from KARE-TV in Minneapolis, who was tabbed as NPPA Television Photographer of the year.

SIMONE APONTE joins KTVU-TV (Fox in San Francisco/Oakland) as Executive Producer of Special Projects. She’s spent the last four years as an EP at KFMB-TV in San Diego. Simone has also worked at two other San Diego stations.


We told you earlier this week that RON BILEK will be the interim ND for Gannett’s WCNC-TV in Charlotte. (The station is currently without a GM, ND, Assistant ND, and Sales Manager.) We also told you it completed the Charlotte hat trick for Ron, but that’s not quite true. It’s the fourth Charlotte station for which Ron has worked. He was ND at WSOC-TV, Executive Editor at WBTV, and Executive Producer at the PBS station. In all, Ron’s worked for 19 stations and has been ND at ten. One more note…Ron hired Gannett’s VP/News, ROB MENNIE, in Columbus. for his first TV job, and Rob served as Ron’s Assistant ND in Atlanta and Columbus.

JIM THOMAS, longtime VP/Marketing and Programming for Journal Broadcasting, is leaving for a job at Frank N. Magid Associates, the consulting firm. He’s the second Journal VP to depart recently, following VP/News BILL BERRA, who took an ND job in Tampa.

WUGA-TV, the University of Georgia owned public television station, will stop producing local content later this year.

General Manager News:

DEREK JEFFERY has been promoted to VP/GM of KGET-TV in Bakersfield, CA. He’s been the sales manager there, and replaces TOM RANDOUR who’s retiring after 16 years as GM and 37 years at the station.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, March 30, 2014.
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 *
KXTX-TV 4805 Amon Carter Blvd. Ft. Worth TX 76155 *
WBZ-TV 1170 Soldiers Field Rd. Boston MA 02134
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33175 *
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
WEWS-TV 3001 Euclid Ave. Cleveland OH 44115
KMOV-TV One Memorial Dr. St. Louis MO 63101
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WCNC-TV 1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr. Charlotte NC 28217
WTMJ-TV 720 E. Capitol Dr. Milwaukee WI 53212
KVDA-TV 6234 San Pedro San Antonio TX 78216 *
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville KY 40203
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WOI-TV 3903 Westown Parkway West Des Moines IA 50266
WAAY-TV 1000 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville AL 35801
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
KCEN-TV 314 South Intestate 35 Eddy TX 76524
WCBD-TV 210 W. Coleman Blvd. Charleston SC 29464
WNCT-TV 3001 Euclid Ave. Greenville NC 27834
WAKA-TV 3251 Harrison Road Montgomery AL 36109
WRBL-TV 1350 13th Ave. Columbus GA 31901
WJHG-TV, 8195 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach FL 32407
WDAM-TV 2362 U.S. Highway 11 Moselle MS 39459
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station

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