August 16, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 UPDATE:

A surprising development from Phoenix prompts an unusual third consecutive day for an UPDATE.

MICHELLE DONALDSON, who’s been the ND at KPHO-TV (a CBS affiliate owned by Meredith) for the past five years, is leaving the station to return to Albuquerque.

She’s been named ND for Hubbard’s KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate there, replacing JOHN MASON who resigned for family reasons in June after six months as news director. Michelle spent eight years at KRQE-TV in Albuquerque before moving to KPHO in 2008.

She’s also worked in Detroit, where she began her career in radio.

It’s been a busy week, which means a full newsletter sometime this weekend.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 UPDATE:

A big management promotion at Scripps and bigger/better jobs for two veteran newsmen are featured in this UPDATE.


BOB SULLIVAN, who’s been VP of Content for Scripps since 2010, has been promoted to Vice President of Programming for the company. He’s been leading the company’s efforts in new, first run program development while working with its local stations. The company will hire a new VP of News, and that person will then hire a new Director of News Strategies, a spot that opened up when JEFF BROGAN was named GM of WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. Bob’s been a GM in Washington, and has worked in Phoenix (two stations) Jacksonville, FL, Denver, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, and Madison, WI.


In other news, ERIK SCHRADER, who’s been the ND at LIN’s WTNH-TV in Hartford/New Haven for the past two years, has been promoted to General Manager of the company’s recently acquired KSNW-TV in Wichita. He was introduced to the staff at this NBC affiliate today. Erik previously had been an ND for WNEP-TV in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He’s also been an ND in Joplin and Springfield, MO and Savannah, GA. He’s worked in production, as a reporter, and as a sports director before moving into management.


WTNH wasted no time in promoting AL CARL to be the new ND at this ABC affiliate. Al’s been the managing editor there since April, 2012. He’s been an ND in Omaha, Savannah, and two stations in Huntsville, AL, and has held news management positions at two stations in Kansas City. He’s also worked in Albany, NY, and Saginaw, MI.

We’ll have more on all these changes in our full report, which may be delayed this week by my attendance at the RTDNA/SPJ/EIJ/NAHJ conference in Anaheim, where I hope to see many of you.

Monday, August 19, 2013 UPDATE:

A FOX o-and-o promotes from within to fill its vacant news director position.

KMSP/WFTC-TV in Minneapolis has promoted MARIAN DAVEY, who’s been the Assistant ND (and interim ND since BILL DALLMAN left in June) to be the next ND for this duopoly. She joined the station in 2002 as Managing Editor and was promoted to Assistant ND a year later. She previously spent 14 years at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, rising from intern to Managing Editor.

Dallman left after seven years as ND here (and five at another FOX o-and-o, KDVR-TV in Denver) to become the News Director for Fox Sports 1, which I’m guessing you know by the barrage of promos, launched this past Saturday.

This week’s full report may be delayed by our attendance at RTDNA, at which I hope to see many of you.


Rick Gevers

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TWO new news directors and TWO new ND openings highlight this week’s report, leaving our unofficial count of ND openings at 25.

We have a paid ad for one of those new openings, along with ads for management positions in a wide variety of markets.

And we welcome back WeatherMetrics as an advertiser. Check out their ad below and visit their booth at the upcoming RTDNA conference.

Also this week, a former ND turned Weather Channel VP is headed back to a local station as a GM. We have news of a new EP in Sacramento, and learn about another new e-book, this one written by a veteran broadcaster who offers his tips on how to win the TV wars.

All this, and more, below:

New News Director Openings:

WEEK/WHOI-TV, Peoria, IL…DON SHAFER is leaving this Granite Broadcasting owned operation after five years as ND. He’s returning to San Diego as an ND there. Learn more about this opportunity in the paid ad below.

KVDA-TV, San Antonio, TX…this Telemundo affiliate, owned by ZGS Communications, has posted an ND opening. JOHNNY CORDOBA had been the ND here for the past year and a half.

Newly Named News Directors:


XETV, San Diego, CA…veteran ND DON SHAFER returns to San Diego as the next ND for this CW affiliate. Don most recently was the ND for WEEK/WHOI-TV in Peoria, but earlier in his career was the ND for KNSD-TV in San Diego. He’s also worked in Colorado Springs, Denver, San Diego, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Flint/Saginaw, MI, and Tallahassee, FL. Don replaces JON FISCHER at the helm of the news department for this Bay City Televison owned station. Jon left the station earlier this summer after less than a year as ND.


WLNE-TV, Providence, RI…NICOLE MOYE starts soon as the next ND for this Citadel Communications owned ABC affiliate. She’s been the Assistant ND for WPMT-TV in Harrisburg, PA. Nic was previously the startup ND for KOHD-TV in Bend, OR, and she’s also worked in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, OR, and Santa Barbara, CA. She’s replacing BOB ROCKSTROH who is leaving the station after just over 18 months as ND.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

News Director, WEEK/WHOI-TV, Peoria, IL:

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Assistant News Director, WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH:

Want to work for a news station committed to journalistic excellence? Want to work for a company committed to giving you the resources to be number one?

WBNS 10TV, the dominant news station in Central Ohio and a 2013 Emmy Award for News Excellence seeks an assistant news director to help lead its dynamic and award-winning news team. The assistant news director oversees a news staff of 80, manages the day-to-day news coverage, and directly supervises reporters’ enterprising efforts.

This is no ordinary newsroom. We thrive on enterprise reporting, breaking news, and investigative reporting. Ideal candidate must have a proven track record in these areas. Leading candidate must also demonstrate exceptional news judgment and newsgathering skills. Superior writing and storytelling skills are also required.

Minimum 5 years experience as a news manager in a top 50 market.

If it sounds too good to be true, submit your resume today at and see for yourself.



Executive Producer, WLNE-TV, Providence, RI:

ABC6, WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island is looking for an Executive Producer.

Candidate must have 4 years producing experience, have excellent creative and editorial judgment, excellent writing skills and be able to handle deadline pressure. Candidate must also adapt well to changing events and be a self-starter, able to manage a diverse group of employees and personalities while consistently developing fast-paced, graphic-intensive newscasts with live and local elements.

Send tape and resume (stating referring source) via email to:

or via mail to:

Business Manager
10 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904

Close 8/29/13 – EOE

Executive Producer, KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO:

The E.W. Scripps owned NBC affiliate in Kansas City, MO, KSHB-TV 41 Action News seeks a strong Executive Producer who is a strong show doctor ready for the next challenge.

You should be high-energy, aggressive with breaking news and know how to think big. You’ll need to be great at juggling multiple projects and collaborating with the team to ensure those projects are executed.

Please apply online at and contact Carrie Hofmann, News Director at if qualified and ready to join a great team.

News Content Manager, WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach, SC:

Get some sand between your toes at the dominant #1 CBS affiliate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Come help lead this Media General powerhouse in Market #103 as its Content Manager.

Successful candidates will take ownership of the Continuous News process, constantly gathering and delivering news and information on all platforms and will be responsible for the day-to-day news content coverage planning and advanced planning.

Apply to Job ID BTW-000356 at

Other News Management Openings:


KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (listed 6/30/13)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WPBF-TV, W. Palm Beach, FL (listed 8/2/13)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 7/20/13)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (listed 6/16/13)
KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO (listed 8/11/13)
WBND/WCWW-TV, South Bend, IN (relisted 7/5/13)
WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach, SC (News Content Mgr., revised 8/11/13, see ad above!)
WKBN-TV, Youngstown, OH (listed 7/20/13)


News 12 New Jersey, Edison, NY (Morning EP, listed 7/5/13)
KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, CA (EP of Sports, listed 8/11/13)
KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (relisted 6/30/13)
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (Special Projects EP, listed 8/11/13)
The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (Morning EP, relisted 6/2/13)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (2 Positions, AM EP & Spec. Projects, listed 8/2/13)
WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA (Senior EP, listed 7/5/13)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (AM & PM openings, listed 6/30/13)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 7/20/13)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (Dayside EP, relisted 7/20/13)
WFTV, Orlando, FL (AM EP, listed 8/2/13)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (listed 7/26/13)
WBAL-TV, Baltimore, MD (Nightside EP, listed 7/13/13)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 6/23/13)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 8/11/13, see ad above!)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (AM EP, listed 7/5/13)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (AM EP, relisted 7/20/13)
WLNE-TV, Providence, RI (new listing this week, see ad above!)


KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (listed 7/26/13)

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.

Names in the News…and other stuff:


HELEN SWENSON is leaving The Weather Channel for a General Manager job at an as yet undisclosed station. (We’ll tell you when it’s announced.) She first joined the Weather Channel in 2009 and is currently Senior VP for Live Programming. Helen’s a former ND in Seattle and West Palm Beach and has also worked in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Orlando and Miami, and as a consultant for Magid.

KOVR-TV in Sacramento has promoted LEIGH ANNE KEYS to Dayside Executive Producer. She’s been the 10:00 PM producer there, and previously worked as an EP for another Sacramento station, and as a producer in Philadelphia.

Veteran broadcaster DAVE COCHRAN wrote to promote his new e-book, NewsCycles, which he tells me is his take on how to win viewers in the TV wars. You can learn more about the book, get a quick preview, and buy it by clicking here. Dave’s currently a chief meteorologist in Montana and has worked as a weather/news anchor in a number of markets.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Friday, August 16, 2013.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at:

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
KMSP/WFTC 11358 Viking Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344
KTXL-TV 4655 Fruitridge Rd. Sacramento CA 95820
KCTV 4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy. Fairway, KS 66205
KVDA-TV 6234 San Pedro San Antonio TX 78216
WXMI-TV 3117 Plaza Dr. NE Grand Rapids MI 49525
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque NM 87104
WRIC-TV 301 Arboretum Place Richmond VA 23236
KTUL-TV 3200 S. 29th West Ave. Tulsa OK 74107
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
WEYI-TV 2225 W. Willard Road Clio MI 48420
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WIS-TV 1111 Bull St. Columbia SC 29211
WHEC-TV 191 East Ave. Rochester NY 14604
WAAY-TV 1000 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville AL 35801
KOAA-TV 530 Communications Circle Colorado Springs CO 80905
WFFF/WVNY-TV 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester VT 05446
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323 Tyler TX 75701
WEEK/WHOI-TV 2907 Springfield Rd. Peoria IL 61611 (new listing, see ad above!)
KMID-TV 3200 LaForce Blvd. Midland TX 79711
WTWO-TV PO Box 9268 Terre Haute IN 47808
WUTR/WFXV/WPNY 5956 Smith Hill Rd. Utica NY 13502
WLIO-TV 1424 Rice Ave. Lima OH 45805
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521

* Spanish language station

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