December 1, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 UPDATE:

And then there were TWO.


Two ND openings in Indianapolis, that is, following Tuesday’s announcement that STEVE BRAY has been promoted to news director at WISH-TV, the LIN Media owned CBS affiliate there.

Steve’s path is untraditional, to say the least. He first joined the station in 1995 as a meteorologist, was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in 1999, News Operations Manager in 2009, and Assistant News Director last December. He’s been the interim ND since PATTI McGETTIGAN left the station in August after three years as ND.  And he’s been anchoring weathercasts regularly.

Steve began his career in Decatur, IL, and has worked in Lake Charles, LA, and Mobile, AL.

But…if your goal is to be an ND in Indianapolis (added benefit: we’d be neighbors), there are still two openings at WRTV and WTHR-TV.

Our full newsletter may be delayed this week due to travel.

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The biggest news in this week’s newsletter involves a former ND, and longtime Hearst VP, who’s leaving the company for a job as a General Manager with a competitor.


BRIAN BRACCO, who’s spent the last 25 years working for Hearst, will start Monday as GM for Scripps’ KSHB-TV in Kansas City. He’ll compete with Hearst’s KMBC-TV, where he served as ND from 1987-2000 before becoming VP/News for the company. Brian…one of the truly good people in our industry…told me he’s looking forward to the challenge, is happy to be able to stay in Kansas City, and he (and his wife!) are glad to reduce his travel schedule.

Brian’s also been an ND in Columbus, OH, and Birmingham.  He’s also worked in Wichita.

Judging by the emails I received after first reporting this news in a Friday UPDATE, most of you are as surprised as I was.

We do have TWO newly named NDs to share with you, and details about ONE new opening. Those changes leave our count of open ND jobs at 24..

We do have an ad for another opening, a blind box ad for an ND/anchor opening at a station in the Midwest. And we’re repeating an ad for a faculty spot at the University of Missouri.

There’s also an obituary for a former Cincinnati GM, and lots of Names in the News, including stories on FOUR former NDs making news.

All that and more after this week’s changes:

New News Director Openings:

KRIS/KZTV, Corpus Christi, TX…SANDRA RICHARDS, who worked for KRIS for some 15 years in a variety of positions, has left the stations, operated by Cordillera. HOLLIS GRIZZARD, now a consultant with AR&D and a former Corpus Christi ND, will serve as the interim ND here but will continue his consulting duties with other stations.

Newly Named News Director:

KBOI-TV, Boise, ID…this Fisher owned station has named CAROL CARREAU as its next ND. She’s spent the last seven years at CNN as a segment producer and writer. She’s been an Assistant ND in Richmond, a special projects producer in Providence, and worked for two stations in Spokane and one in Missoula, MT. Carol replaces JULIE WEINDEL who left this CBS affiliate in July after almost three years as ND.

KSWT-TV, Yuma, AZ…STEVE NUNEZ has been named ND for this CBS affiliate. He’s a former morning anchor and reporter for KGUN-TV in Tucson.

Help Wanted Ads:

Blind Box Ad, News Director/Anchor, Midwest:

Great Midwest market seeks a News Director who is aggressive, forward thinking and a creative journalist. This is an exciting opportunity to build upon a high quality news organization. The successful candidate will anchor, producer, hire, mentor and lead a team of skilled professionals. Solid news judgment, great communication skills and knowledge of relevant local news content are necessary. The position will include anchoring our three-time Emmy nominated and twice awarded Best Newscast. 5-10 years experience as a primary news anchor preferred. Knowledge of eMedia, social media and mobile website journalism is required.

Please send a web link, resume, cover letter and news philosophy to:

Faculty Position, University of Missouri/KOMU-TV, Columbia, MO:

The Missouri School of Journalism seeks a journalist with extensive newsroom experience and a talent for teaching at the university level. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of television newsroom experience; some newsroom management experience preferred. This faculty member will manage and keep the station and the students updated on new opportunities in interactive news presentation. The job description includes a minimum of 30 hours per week at KOMU-TV (NBC-affiliate) and supervising the work of student reporters, anchors, newscast producers and videographers. The job description also includes classroom teaching and service to the Journalism School and the University.

Required qualifications: Experience as a journalist in a professional television newsroom, a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college of university, at least five years experience in journalism and significant work in the specialized field of news interactivity.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Hiring is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013, with an immediate start date. Please click here to access the online application system. Applications must include an academic CV or professional resume, links to video of recent television work produced by the candidate, including online, multimedia work, references in the field and a cover letter that must also include an analysis of the television news profession’s transition from solely broadcast to broadcast and digital/internet news platforms.

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

Other News Management Openings:


WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted this week)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted this week)
KVUE-TV, Austin, TX (relisted 11/17/12)
WNCT-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (listed 11/17/12)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (listed 9/22/12)


The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 9/22/12)
KTTV/KCOP-TV, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, relisted 11/23/12)
KDFW-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, relisted this week)
KTVT-TV, Dallas, TX (EP of Special Projects/Investigations, relisted 11/23/12)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (Nightside EP, listing modified 11/3/12)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 11/23/12)
WTVT-TV, Tampa, FL (AM EP, listed 10/5/12)
WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (AM EP, listing modified 11/10/12)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (Senior EP, listed 10/5/12)
KPTV/KPDX-TV, Portland, OR (Nightside EP, relisted 9/30/12)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (AM EP, relisted 11/17/12)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted this week)
WXMI-TV, Grand Rapids, MI (TV Content Mgr., listed 10/19/12)
KWTV, Oklahoma City, OK (PM EP, relisted this week)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (listing modified 11/17/12)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Evening EP, relisted 11/17/12)
WTLV/WJXX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (2 openings, listed 11/3/12)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM EP, relisted this week)
WCYB-TV, Bristol, TN (relisted 11/23/12)
KOLO-TV, Reno, NV (Morning EP, relisted 10/19/12)
KIFI/KIDK-TV, Idaho Falls, ID (listed 11/17/12)


KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted this week)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (relisted 10/28/12)


J.B. CHASE, a onetime GM for WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, died November 25th at the age of 76. He joined the station in 1972, was promoted to GM in 1990, and retired in 1999.

Situations Wanted:

No takers this week on our free Situations Wanted listings. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 100 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:

Two former news directors have been promoted at The Weather Channel. HELEN SWENSON is now Senior Vice President of Live Programming, while JENNIFER RIGBY has been upped to Senior Director Coverage & Talent, overseeing daily operations and talent management. Helen was an ND in West Palm Beach and Seattle, while Jennifer ran three Cox newsrooms in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Dayton. Both also worked as consultants: Helen for Magid, Jennifer for SmithGeiger.


CHERYL CARSON returns to a newsroom as the new Assistant News Director for KING-TV in Seattle. Cheryl most recently spent eleven years as an EP at KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. She’s a former ND at WGHP-TV in Greensboro/High Point, first joining the station as a producer. Cheryl’s also worked in Las Vegas and Greenville, NC. Small world department: both Cheryl and her new boss, KING ND MARK GINTHER worked as Assistant NDs for SCOTT LIBIN: Cheryl in Greensboro, Mark in Minneapolis.

MIKE JANTZEN moves from Morning EP at WAVY-TV in Norfolk to Atlanta, where he’s the new Weekend Content Manager/Producer for WXIA-TV. He’s also worked in Saginaw, Louisville, and Evansville.

ELAINE HUME PEAKE is the new Assistant ND for WLNE-TV in Providence. She’s previously held management positions in New York City (two stations), Albany, NY, Miami and Jacksonville, FL.

Longtime Raleigh news director JOHN HARRIS is stepping down as station manager for WAOW-TV in Wausau, WI. John tells me he’s returning to North Carolina to help his wife care for her ailing mother.  He’s been station manager for this Quincy owned station for about two years.  John took advantage of an early retirement offer from WRAL-TV in 2009 when he was Director of Programming.  He’d also been ND there as well as in Orlando and Greenville, South Carolina.

One GM move to report: JOHN HUMPHRIES is the new GM for Hearst’s WGAL-TV in Lancaster, PA. He’s been the Director Sales for the company’s WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, December 1, 2012.

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

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
WTXF-TV 330 Market St. Philadelphia PA 19106
KTVK-TV 5555 N. 7th Avenue Phoenix AX 85013
WKYC-TV 1333 Lakeside Ave. Cleveland OH 44114
WPXI-TV 4145 Evergreen Road Pittsburgh PA 15214
WISH-TV 1950 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
WRTV 1330 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
WTHR-TV 1000 N. Meridian St. Indianapols IN 46204
KSHB-TV 4720 Oak Street Kansas City MO 64112
WDAF-TV 3030 Summit St. Kansas City MO 64108
KSNV-TV 1500 Foremaster Lane Las Vegas NV 89101
WVEC-TV 613 Woodis Ave. Norfolk, VA 23510
WPTY/WLMT 2701 Union Ave. Ext. Memphis TN 38112
KTHV-TV 720 Izard St. Little Rock 72201
KOTV 302 S. Frankfort St. Tulsa OK 74120
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
WCSH-TV One Congress Square Portland ME 04101
WMTV 615 Forward Dr. Madison WI 53711
KHGI-TV 13 S. Highway 44 Kearney NE 66848
KION/KCOY 1550 Moffett St. Salinas CA 93905
KRIS/KZTV 301 Artesian St. Corpus Christi, TX 78401
WVII-TV 371 Target Industrial Circle Bangor ME 04401
WVNS-TV 141 Old Cline Rd. Ghent WV 25843
KFBB-TV P.O. Box 1139 Great Falls, MT 59403

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