Wednesday, August 26, 2009 UPDATE:
Veteran news director BOB LONG is retiring from KNBC-TV, where he has been ND since 2003. Prior to that, Bob was the ND for WRC-TV, the NBC o-and-o in Washington, DC. He’s leaving KNBC in late September and heads to Turkey to teach a semester on journalism ethics a week later. Bob’s also a regional director for RTNDA.
We’re a little early this week, in part because there’s been a lot of activity in the last day or two, and in part because of my travel schedule.
There are FOUR new openings to tell you about, all in top 70 markets, and three of which involve people who’ve been NDs at several different stations. And the ONE new ND named this week has also been an ND two top 20 markets.
That brings my count of open ND jobs to 27.
Also this week, we’re re-running paid ads for openings at the Weather Channel and a blind box ad for a Midwest duopoly looking for an Assistant News Director.
And we have two new managers to tell you about in Names in the News.
All that and more after this week’s changes:
NEW NEWS DIRECTOR OPENINGS:
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC…MARY ALVAREZ has been named Executive Producer for Local Progamming for this Belo-owned NBC affiliate. The station’s news release says the goal is to produce compelling local programming. Mary’s been ND here for more than four years and has worked at the station for more than nine. She’s also worked at two stations in Miami and in Tallahassee.
WPEC-TV, West Palm Beach, FL…DAVE CHRISTOPHER has left the Freedom Broadcasting-owned CBS affiliate after just more than two years as ND. He’s also been a news director in Springfield, IL, and Jackson, TN, and has worked in Dallas, Cleveland, Columbus, OH, Charleston, WV, and Ft. Wayne.
WNYT-TV, Albany, NY…PAUL LEWIS is headed to college. He’s enrolled in a master’s program at Quinnipiac University in interactive communications. Paul’s been the ND for this Hubbard Broadcasting owned NBC Affiliate for three years and earlier had been an ND in Hartford, CT, for ten years.
KGUN-TV, Tucson, AZ…LENA SADIWSKYJ has left this Journal Broadcasting owned ABC affiliate. She’s been the ND there for just over three years. Lena’s a former ND at two stations in Orlando as well as one in Shreveport, and has worked in Phoenix, Birmingham, and taught at the University of Missouri.
NEW NEWS DIRECTORS NAMED:
WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, OH…STACY OWEN heads east to become the next news director for this Hearst-owned NBC affiliate. Stacy most recently was ND for KXTV in Sacramento, and earlier in her career was ND for KRON-TV in San Francisco, where she had also served as producer, executive producer, and assistant news director. She replaces BRENNAN DONNELLAN who left the station last month after six years as news director.
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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, THE WEATHER CHANNEL, ATLANTA
We are searching for an Executive Producer to be responsible for all aspects of all weekday morning live programming.
– Determining daily editorial content, overall production elements, graphic support and contributions from bureaus and affiliate partners.
– Producing in a control room, including multiple live shots from various locations. Consult with Meteorologists during daily briefings.
– Overseeing video acquisitions via satellite networks and other sources.
– Writing creative scripts and preparing video teases as needed
– Developing and maintaining a constructive relationship with show talent.
– Responsibility for planning and executing sponsorship components and ad integration
– 10-15 years experience in live television news production
– At least 6 years experience managing a staff
– Bachelor`s degree in communications, or related subject preferred.
– Control room experience producing live news programs that contain live remote elements.
– Must be able to work in a team environment with minimum supervision.
– Advanced knowledge of computer newsroom systems
Send your resume to: Rashida Jones at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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BLIND BOX AD, ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR, MIDWEST
Mid-size Midwestern duopoly on the rise, looking to continue redefining a market. After years of unprecedented growth, we need an Assistant News Director who is willing to take the reins and continue shaping our news product across multiple platforms.
Successful candidate needs an ability to multi-task, a willingness to get their hands dirty, and a desire to mold an improving newsroom. Must be willing to build news product focused on what the viewer wants to see, while working within the restraints of modern news budgets.
Strong news judgment, flexibility and focus are necessary.
Email your resume and cover letter to: NDad@rickgevers.com, or mail to:
Blind Box Ad
Rick Gevers & Associates
PO Box 577
Zionsville IN 46077
Please note: I have no role in the hiring process. All replies, both email and postal mail, are forwarded automatically to the hiring station.
OTHER NEWS MGMT. OPENINGS:
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
WMUR-TV, Manchester, NH (listed 4/25/09)
KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA (listed 7/31/09)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (listed 8/7/09)
EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:
KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (PM EP, relisted 6/14/09)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (AM EP, listed 8/7/09)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (PM EP, listed 7/31/09)
Northwest Cable News, Seattle, WA (PM EP, listed 8/7/09)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, relisted 6/19/09)
KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO (AM EP, listed 7/31/09)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (two jobs, AM & PM, listed 8/14/09)
WPEC-TV, West Palm Beach, FL (listed 8/14/09)
WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids, MI (listed 8/7/09)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (listed 7/24/09)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 6/19/09)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (listed 6/14/09)
WPTA/WISE, Ft. Wayne, IN (listed 8/14/09)
KRNV-TV, Reno, NV (listed 5/22/09)
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NAMES IN THE NEWS:
MARCIE GOLGOSKI heads south and returns to Hearst as the morning Executive Producer for WESH-TV, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Orlando. Marcie is currently the morning EP at WSYR-TV in Syracuse. Earlier in her career, she worked for Hearst as a producer for WBAL-TV in Baltimore.
WNEM-TV in Flint/Saginaw has a new Assistant ND as ERIC SHEPARD joins this Meredith owned CBS affiliate. He most recently was an EP at WXYZ-TV in Detroit and has been a producer in Baltimore and Raleigh.
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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Thursday, August 20, 2009. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: email@example.com
WYIN-TV 8625 Indiana Place Merrillville IN 46410 (PBS affiliate)
KNTV 2450 North First St. San Jose CA 95131
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
KXLN-TV 9440 Kirby Dr. Houston TX 77054 (Spanish Language)
WDIV-TV 550 W. Lafayette Blvd Detroit MI 48231
WCNC-TV 1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr. Charlotte ND 28217
WPEC/WFLX 1100 Fairfield Dr. W. Palm Beach FL 33407
WOOD-TV 120 College SE Grand Rapids MI 49503
KRQE-TV 13 Broadcast Plaza Albuquerque NM 87104
KSEE-TV 5035 E. McKinley Ave. Fresno CA 93727
WNYT-TV 715 N. Pearl St. Albany NY 12204
WKRG-TV 555 Broadcast Dr. Mobile AL 36606
KGUN-TV 7280 E. Rosewood St. Tucson AZ 85710
WGBA-TV 1391 North Rd. Green Bay WI 54307
WNWO-TV 300 S. Byrne Rd. Toledo OH 43615
KITV-TV 801 South King St. Honolulu HI 96813
WAND-TV 904 South Side Dr. Decatur IL 62525
WFFF-TV 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester VT 05446
WNCT-TV 3221 S. Evans St. Greenville NC 27834
WLNS-TV 2820 E. Saginaw St. Lansing MI 48912
KBCI-TV 140 N. 16th St. Boise ID 83702
WPBN/WTOM-TV 8518 M 72 West Traverse City MI 49684
WMGT-TV PO Box 4328 Macon GA 31208
WEAU-TV 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire WI 54701
WECT-TV 322 Shipyard Blvd. Wilmington NC 28412
WLOX-TV 208 DeBuys Road Biloxi MS 39531
KTVZ-TV 62990 O.B Riley Rd. Bend OR 97701