April 9, 2011


It’s been a little more than a week since our last full report, and we have a lot to tell you.  (Some of these moves were covered in two emailed UPDATES.)

We have FIVE new NDs to tell you about this week, while  TWO openings were created with the departures of veteran NDs.

These changes drop our unofficial number of open ND jobs to 29.

TWO of those open ND jobs are featured in paid help wanted ads below.  And we have a new ad this week for an EP opening at a legendary North Carolina station, along with ads for two other management positions.

If you’re headed to NAB, check out ads below from two of our sponsors who will be on hand in Las Vegas.

And in Names in the News, items about two former ND’s turned GMs, while a longtime CBS employee who many of you might know (at least if you’ve worked at a CBS affiliate, has left the company.

That’s all below…after this week’s many changes:

Newly Named News Directors:


WRTV, Indianapolis, IN…KEVIN FINCH completes an Indianapolis hat trick as he joins his third Indy station, and second as ND, as he takes over for this Mc-Graw Hill owned ABC affiliate.  Kevin’s been freelancing and producing documentaries since leaving the ND chair at WISH-TV in Indianapolis almost two years ago after 2+ years as ND and six years at the station.  He earlier worked as a producer and EP/Special Projects for WTHR-TV, and has also worked in Champaign, IL.  He becomes the fifth ND in just over eight years here, as he replaces SHELDON RIPSON who left in February after slightly more than two years as ND.


WNCN-TV, Raleigh, NC…ANDREA PARQUET-TAYLOR returns to North Carolina to become the next news director for this Media General-owned NBC affiliate.  Andrea’s been the Assistant ND for KHOU-TV in Houston, but earlier in her career was the ND for WRAL-TV in Raleigh.  She also served briefly as an ND in Baltimore and for almost six years at WXYZ-TV in Detroit.  The move to NC brings her closer to family there.  She replaces ERIC LUDGOOD who left the station in February after just three months as ND.  Eric returned to WGCL-TV in Atlanta as ND…he’d been the Assistant ND there before moving to WNCN.


KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT…this Newport TV-owned ABC station has hired veteran newsman LARRY PERRET as its next ND.  Larry will start in May, after he finishes his producer gig at Entertainment Tonight, and his assignment at the Royal Wedding.  Larry most recently spent six years as a consultant with Magid, has been an ND at two Los Angeles stations, worked in two other LA newsrooms, and has also worked in St. Louis, Chicago, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, Greensboro, NC, and Colorado Springs, CO. He replaces PAT LIVINGSTON who left the station last month and is now an ND for WPBN/WTOM-TV in Traverse City, MI. Larry becomes the sixth ND in less than ten years here.


WNWO-TV, Toledo, OH…this Barrington Broadcasting owned NBC affiliate has promoted AMULYA RAGUHVEER to news director.  She’s been the station’s internet managing editor and has worked there for four years.  The ND’s job has been vacant…at least on a full time basis…since TIM LIVINGSTON left in 2009 after just more than a year as ND.  Amulya becomes the sixth ND in less than ten years here.

WSHM-TV, Springfield, MA…DAVE WARD is being promoted within Meredith Broadcasting to become ND for this CBS affiliate.  Dave’s currently the Assignment Manager at another Meredith CBS affiliate, WFSB-TV in Hartford.  He’ll replace DOUG LEZETTE, the station’s first ND, who left after more than five years there to become Assistant ND at WJAR-TV in Providence.

New News Director Openings:

KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO…CAROLYN KANE has left this combined newsroom (owned by both LocalTV and Tribune) after just more than two years as ND.  Carolyn had worked for a California based production company before moving to KDVR/KWGN, but had previously been an ND in Tucson and an Assistant ND in Columbus, OH.


WJRT-TV, Flint, MI…JIM BLEICHER has parted company with this ABC affiliate after more than 20 years as ND.  He left the same day new/old owners took over.  SJL Broadcasting (aka Lilly Broadcasting) bought the station back from ABC, to whom they’d sold it in 1995.  He was apparently one of more than a dozen employees to leave the station, including two veteran anchors.  Jim’s also been an ND in Lansing and worked for many years in Detroit.  During his time in Michigan, he’s mentored dozens, if not hundreds, of young journalists.  He was also inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008.  Friends can wish him well via an email to: jimbleicher@gmail.com
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Executive Producer, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC:

Would you like to be a leader in a news operation with a commitment to excellence and the resources you need to succeed?

WRAL, the dominant television station in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville market, is seeking a strong Executive Producer to oversee the presentation and look of WRAL newscasts. We’re looking for a leader who will coach the producing staff, write and approve scripts, review topical and image promotion, enhance weather and sports coverage and contribute to special coverage and sweeps planning.

This person will work closely with our graphics and promotion teams as well as the news management team. We are looking for a person with outstanding communication skills, superb news judgment who excels at breaking news and has an eye for details. If you have a vision for graphics and a passion for memorable, creative and topnotch newscasts, this is the job for you.

WRAL is locally owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, a community-oriented company that offers some of the best benefits in the business. Requirements include five years of experience in producing newscasts, two years of news management experience, a four-year college degree and a pre-employment drug screening. All candidates must apply online at www.cbc-raleigh.com.

EOE, M/F. All Capitol Broadcasting Company properties are tobacco free.

JOB NUMBER: 11057 POSTED: April 5, 2011 CLOSING: April 19, 2011

It is the policy of the company to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment. No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, age, sex, military status, national origin, physical/mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law.

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News Director, WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA:

WDBJ7, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, VA, is looking for a news director to lead, direct, and motivate a news team of approximately 45, including satellite newsrooms. The news director is responsible developing strategies that will position WDBJ7 as the market’s leader for local news. The news director sets and enforces standards for all news content and its dissemination through television as well as Internet and other digital platforms.

Successful candidate have a demonstrated ability to coach and develop both on-air and support staff. Other responsibilities include preparing and maintaining the news budget and working with other departments to achieve the company’s goals.

Minimum of three years management experience or equivalent required. Must have valid driver’s license with a good driving record.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources
Attn: News Director Position
WDBJ Television, Inc.
2807 Hershberger Road
Roanoke, VA 24017

Or email: jobs@wdbj7.com

WDBJ Television is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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News Director, WCYB-TV, Bristol, VA:

We are looking for an experienced, goal oriented newsroom leader to take our team to the next level and beyond. WCYB (NBC) is the long time ratings leader in the Tri Cities DMA (#91) with high standards for executing great journalism and strategic news images. WCYB also supplies news services for Esteem Broadcasting LLC d/b/a Fox Tri Cities – WEMT-TV. We produce 35 hours of local news weekly. WCYB-TV is located in Bristol, VA.

The candidate we select for this position will report to the Senior Vice President/General Manager and will be responsible for the following:

• Establishing performance standards for newsroom staff and holding staff accountable
• Responsible for day to day management of news operations: on air, online, on mobile.
• Recruiting, hiring, supervising, coaching, training and evaluating newsroom personnel
• Working closely with other managers and staff to accomplish company performance goals
• Developing strategic news plans and executing them
• Ensure compliance with journalistic, ethical and legal standards at all times
• Budgeting and forecasting
• Promoting a collaborative, effective work environment in concert with our “Culture of Excellence”


• Proven news leader with track record of success delivering results with market leading stations – minimum 5 years experience as a television News Director
• Excellent written/verbal communication skills
• Proficient in software applications: MS Word, Excel, ENPS, Power Point et al.
• Reliable, self motivated individual with strong ethics
• Understanding of New Media
• Superb organizational skills
• “Hands on” – collaborative management style
• Bachelor’s degree preferred
• Valid driver license with good driving record

If you meet our criteria and are looking forward to working in an environment which rewards excellence, please contact SVP/GM Jim McKernan at jmckernan@wcyb.com. No phone calls please.

WCYB-TV is owned and operated by Bonten Media Group. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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Morning Executive Producer, KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ:

KPHO-TV, the Meredith owned CBS affiliate television station located in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, is seeking an experienced Executive Producer for our Morning Newscast.

The perfect candidate for this job is a voracious news-seeker, who is always on top of the latest developments and social trends. This person is a great team-builder, who inspires through action, clear coaching and communication. This person has a strong internal compass, and is unafraid to make decisions under deadline pressure. Above all, the ideal candidate for this job is an inventive leader, someone with great critical thinking skills who is always reviewing and improving their strategic plans and processes.

If this sounds like you we want to hear from you! Please send us your resume and application today.

All resumes and applications are accepted on line only via our corporate career center at www.meredith.apply2jobs.com. Meredith Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Assistant News Director, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA:

WHTM-TV/abc27 in Harrisburg, PA has an immediate opening for an Assistant News Director. The successful candidate will work closely with the reporters and producers, maintain the schedule for the news department, approve scripts and occasionally fill in as a producer or on the desk. We’re looking for someone with five or more years experience in TV News. Knowledge of the Harrisburg television market a definite plus.

Human Resources
Harrisburg Television, Inc.
abc27 WHTM-TV
P.O. Box 5860
3235 Hoffman Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
fax: 717-745-3997


WHTM-TV/abc27 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EEO/M/F

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Other News Management Openings:

Assistant News Director:

KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO (listed 3/12/11)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (relisted 1/30/11)
WISN-TV, Milwaukee, WI (listed 2/18/11)
WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA (listed 3/31/11, see ad above)
KVOA-TV, Tucson, AZ (listed 3/31/11)
WSJV-TV, South Bend/Elkhart, IN (position relisted 2/25/11)
KREM-TV, Spokane, WA (relisted 1/1/11)
KTIV-TV, Sioux City, IA (relisted 2/25/11)

Executive News Producer:

KYW-TV, Philadelphia, PA (listed 3/12/11)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 3/31/11, see ad above!)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (listed 2/25/11)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (Dayside EP, listed 3/25/11)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WTVD-TV, Raleigh/Durham, NC (relisted 3/4/11)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN  (relisted 2/18/11)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (listed 2/18/11)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (Morning EP, relisted 2/18/11)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (Special Projects EP, listing revised 1/14/11)
WBRC-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted 2/6/11)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (AM EP, listed 1/28/11)
KVOA-TV, Tucson, AZ (AM EP, listed 3/31/11)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (Morning EP, relisted 1/14/11)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (listed 2/6/11)
KRNV-TV, Reno, NV (relisted 1/14/11)

Special Projects Producer:

WSVN-TV, Miami, FL (listed 2/12/11)
KTNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV (listed 1/30/11)

Managing Editor:

WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (relisted 1/14/11)

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Names in the News:


Longtime newsman STEVE DOERR is leaving his GM’s job at WLNE-TV in Providence, RI, as the station goes through an ownership change.  Steve’s a former ND in Cleveland, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, and also was VP/News for the NBC o-and-o’s and a GM for KXAS-TV in Dallas/Ft. Worth.  He earlier worked in Cincinnati and spent 2+ years as a consultant with Audience Research & Development.


One time ND LARRY AUDAS continues his move up the GM ranks as he takes over at Gannett’s WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC.  Larry’s been the GM at the company’s Little Rock station, KTHV-TV, where he anchored earlier in his career.  He was once the ND at WTLX-TV in Columbia, SC, and has also worked (on-air) in Houston and Oklahoma City.


After more than 30 years in a variety of roles at CBS, old friend GED YOUNG left the company last week.  Ged tells me a restructuring of the Affiliate Relations Department led to his departure.  He’d worked for Affiliate Relations for the past nine years, and also worked for CBS News and CBS.com.  You can drop Ged a note via email: gedyoung30@gmail.com

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The Full List:

To the best of my knowledge, here is the list of stations with open news director jobs, as of Saturday, April 9, 2011.

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

KMEX-TV 5999 Center Dr.                                  Los Angeles CA 90045  **
KDVR/KWGN-TV 100 Speer Blvd.                Denver CO 80203
KOIN-TV   222 SW Columbia St.                      Portland OR 97201
WTNH/WCTX-TV 8 Elm St.                              New Haven CT 06510
KLUZ-TV 2725 F. Broadbent Pwky NE           Albuquerque NM 87107 **
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW                          Albuquerque NM 87104
KATV 401 Main St.                                               Little Rock AR 72201
WTEN-TV    341 Northern Blvd.                        Albany NY 12204
KOKI-TV    2625 S. Memorial                            Tulsa OK 74129
WKEF/WRGT-TV 45 Broadcast Plaza            Dayton OH 45408
KMSB-TV     1855 N. 6th Ave.                             Tucson AZ 85705
WDBJ-TV 2807 Hershberger Road               Roanoke VA 24017 (see ad above)
WJRT-TV 2302 Lapeer Road                        Flint MI 48503
WMTW-TV 99 Danville Corner Road           Portland ME 04210
KVEO-TV    349 N. Expressway                         Brownsville TX 78521
WCYB-TV 101 Lee St.                                       Bristol VA 24201 (see ad above)
KVAL-TV   4575 Blanton Road                          Eugene OR 97405
WREX-TV 10322 W. Auburn Rd.                     Rockford IL 61105
KTVE/KARD-TV 200 Pavilion Rd.                  West Monroe LA 71292
KTKA-TV   2121 SW Chelsea Dr.                       Topeka KS 66614
KIMT-TV 112 N. Pennsylvania Ave.                 Mason City IA 50401
WJHG-TV 8195 Front Beach Rd.                      Panama City Beach FL 32407
KUPB-TV 10313 W. Country Rd. #117             Midland TX 79706  **
WCJB-TV 6220 NW 43rd St.                              Gainesville FL 32653
KSWT-TV 1301 Third Ave.                                  Yuma AZ 85364
WDAZ-TV 2220 S. Washington                       Grand Forks ND 52801
KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                       Laredo TX 78045
KFBB-TV   3012 Highwoods Blvd.                    Great Falls MT 59403
KSAN/KLST-TV 2800 Armstrong                     San Angelo TX 76903

** Spanish language station

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