September 1, 2009 UPDATE:
KAREN SCOTThas resigned as ND of Tribune’s WPIX-TV in New York. She’s been ND there for ten years, making her NYC’s longest tenured ND. Karen has worked at the station for 16 years. More details in this article from The New York Daily News.
An opening in market #2 heads another busy week in news director and news management movement. We told you about that opening earlier this week in an emailed UPDATE.
That’s one of THREE newly opened ND positions in this week’s report, and there are TWO new NDs to tell you about.
That brings my count of open ND jobs to 28.
We have four new news management openings this week, continuing a flurry of such openings added to the list. Could that mean stations are hiring again? I’ve seen a little of that in my ‘day job’ as an agent for on-air folks. (BTW, if you have on-air openings, please let me know via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Names in the News, two news manager updates, and a new job for a longtime newsie. Tease: he got all wet to get ready for this new job.
All that and more after this week’s changes:
NEW NEWS DIRECTOR OPENINGS:
KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA…we told you earlier this week about the impending retirement of veteran news director BOB LONG, who’s stepping down as ND for this NBC o-and-o next month. Bob’s been the ND here since 2003, and previously served as ND for another NBC o-and-o, WRC-TV in Washington. Bob spent most of his career in Los Angeles and DC, and also headed his own production company from 1975 to 1992. He’ll leaving the country in October to teach a semester of journalism ethics at the Bahcesehir University on the Bosphorous in Turkey.
WZTV, Nashville, TN…KEN SMITH, the only news director this Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate has ever had, has left the station after more than 9 years. Ken launched news here in 2000, and has also worked at all the other Nashville stations, as well as in Cincinnati, Greensboro, NC, Shreveport, Knoxville, and also served as ND for the Orlando-based Health Network.
WBRE-TV, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA…RON KRISULEVICZ has left the Nexstar owned duopoly after three years as ND. When he was promoted to that position, he also oversaw news at WYOU, which has since closed its news operation. Ron previously worked in Hagerstown, MD.
NEW NEWS DIRECTORS NAMED:
KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, NM…IAIN MUNRO has been promoted to ND for this LIN-owned CBS affiliate. He’s been the Assistant ND here since 2007. Iain’s a former ND at KTXS-TV in Abilene, TX. At KRQE, he replaces FORREST CARR who left the station last month after less than a year as ND.
WGBA-TV, Green Bay, WI…BOB HEALEY is assuming the additional duties as news director for this Journal-owned NBC affiliate. Bob’s been an evening anchor here since 2003, and has worked at the station since 2001. He started his career in sports, befitting someone who was a number one draft pick of the California Angles and pitched in their farm system for four years. He’s also worked (in TV) in Quincy, IL, and Des Moines. At WGBA, he replaces MEGAN RUSHMORE who left the station last month after more than 2 1/2 years as ND.
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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)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (PM EP, listed 7/31/09)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, new listing this week)
Northwest Cable News, Seattle, WA (PM EP, listed 8/7/09)
WOFL-TV, Orlando, FL (new listing this week)
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)
KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (AM EP, new listing this week)
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)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (new listing this week)
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:
MARGARET CORDES returns to Texas as the new morning EP for KRIV-TV, the FOX o-and-o in Houston. Margaret is currently the evening EP for WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, but earlier in her career was an EP for KTRK-TV in Houston. She’s a former news director in New Orleans, and has also worked in Chicago, Seattle, and Milwaukee.
Congratulations to STEVE KORIOTH who has been promoted to Ass’t. News Director for Madison, WI’s, WKOW-TV. Steve just joined WKOW about two months ago after six years as ND for KTEN-TV in the Sherman, TX/Ada, Oklahoma. He’s also worked in Huntsville and Tucson.
Veteran newsman SKIP HALEY has joined Bright Star Productions as Operations Manager. Bright Star focuses on sports programs, including two new scuba series which will air next year. So Skip earned a Master Dive certificate. The company is in Florida, but Skip will continue to live in Baton Rouge, LA, where he formerly worked at WBRZ-TV. He’s also worked in Atlanta, Montgomery, and Huntsville, and is a former RTNDA board member. Wish him well via email at: email@example.com
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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Friday, August 28, 2009. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
KNBC-TV 3000 W. Alameda Ave. Burbank CA 91523
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
WZTV-TV 631 Mainstream Drive Nashville TN 37228
WPEC/WFLX 1100 Fairfield Dr. W. Palm Beach FL 33407
WOOD-TV 120 College SE Grand Rapids MI 49503
WBRE-TV 62 S. Franklin Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
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
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