February 14, 2014


This week report features ONE new news director opening, ONE newly named news director, ONE new paid advertisement (though it features two openings), ONE taker on our free Situations Wanted feature, and just ONE item in Names in the News (though the item isn’t really about a name!).

Breaking that streak, there are TWO general manager items, one involving the retirement of a longtime GM who was also a longtime news director in some very large markets. And we’re repeating TWO ads for jobs.

The ND changes leave our list of open ND jobs at 23.

Read on!


New News Director Opening:


KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO…we first reported SEAN McLAUGHLIN’s departure from this used-to-be-Belo-and-about-to-be-owned-by-Meredith CBS affiliate earlier this week. Sean’s off to Scripps. where he’ll be VP/News, based at the company’s Cincinnati headquarters. He’s been ND here since 2007, earlier served as ND at two Tulsa stations, as well as Springfield, IL. He’s also worked in Minneapolis and Austin, MN, where he began his career as an anchor/reporter.


Newly Named News Director:


WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV…veteran newswoman ELLEN MILLER returns to a newsroom as the ND for this West Virginia Media owned CBS affiliate. Ellen’s been an ND in Sacramento and Charlotte, and has held news management positions in Chicago, Cleveland (two stations), and Nashville, worked as Director of the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and, most recently, for a branding and consulting company in Cleveland. At WOWK, she replaces KEITH BAKER who left the station last month after one year as ND. She’ll be the tenth ND in just over eleven years here.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:   

Two Executive Producers, WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, OH:

We are the station with the momentum and ratings growth in Cincinnati. One seasoned anchor at the station told his news director, “It’s fun to work here again.”

We are looking for a morning EP and a nightside EP to help lead a group of people who have upped their game and taste success. They are working hard and want EPs who can lead them and teach them how to produce up shows. If you’re interested, click on the links below for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Morning EP:


Nightside EP:


Morning Executive Producer, KSEE 24 & CBS 47, Fresno, CA:

If you are looking for your next management challenge or if you are ready to take the leap into management – an incredible opportunity has become available in California’s Central Valley.

Nexstar’s NBC and CBS affiliates in Fresno are housed under one roof in a beautifully redesigned and remodeled newsroom and building. New brands, graphics, newsroom sets, and technology are ready for the next newsroom leader to help take the content to the next level.

The new EP will oversee two competing morning newscasts originating out of one newsroom.

Daily- the Executive Producer will conduct planning meetings with anchors, reporters, and producers, enterprise stories, oversee on air and digital content, and help with scheduling.  The ability and willingness to fill-in to produce newscasts is essential.

The Executive Producer is a core member of our Management Team. Along with the day-to-day responsibilities, the EP will be involved in sweeps planning, franchises, elections, interviewing job candidates and interns, and other duties as assigned.

A flexible schedule is required. Candidate must be willing to work holidays, early mornings or late nights, weekends as needed, and be on-call as needed.

A college degree, minimum of 3 years newscast producing and some management experience is preferred.

To apply go to http://nexstar.hirecentric.com/jobs and send a cover letter and resume to ND Chad McCollum at: ChadMcCollum@cbsfresno.com

10:00 Newscast Producer, KVUE-TV, Austin, TX:

KVUE Television, the ABC affiliate in Austin Texas has an immediate opening for a 10pm newscast producer.

The successful candidate will be an experienced late night newscast producer with a proven track record of success. They must be able to help manage and motivate a seasoned team of journalists; excel at breaking news coverage; and incorporate the web and social media into their newscast.

Austin is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities for a reason. It has a flourishing live music scene; a unique blend of Texas pride and southern hospitality; and a climate that supports outdoor sporting enthusiasts year round.

Please send a link of your recent newscast, a resume and list of references via email to: sbonilla@kvue.com or via postal mail to:

Human Resources
3201 Steck Ave.
Austin TX 78757


Other News Management Openings:


WFLD/WPWR-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 1/26/14)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted this week)
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted 2/1/14)
WTSP-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 12/22/13)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 2/1/14)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 1/12/14)


KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (Special Projects, relisted this week)
KXAS-TV, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (Morning EP, listed 2/1/14)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (new listing this week)
WFLA-TV, Tampa. FL (relisted 2/1/14)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 1/12/14)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (relisted 1/12/14)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listing revised 2/1/14)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (PM EP, relisted 2/1/14)
WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, OH (2 Openings, new listing this week, see ad above!)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (listed 1/26/14)
KGPE/KSEE-TV, Fresno, CA (AM EP, listed 2/8/14, see ad above!)
KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK (relisted 12/22/13)
KGUN-TV, Tucson, AZ (Morning EP, listed 1/18/14)
WSJV-TV, South Bend/Elkhart, IN (relisted 2/8/14)
WKBN-TV, Youngstown, OH (2 openings, Dayside EP & Digital EP, listed 1/10/14)


WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA (Assistant News Ops. Mgr, relisted 1/12/14)


WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 1/26/14)


WVIT-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 1/18/14)

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.


This week, meet JIM PARKER.  (Full disclosure: I hired Jim when I was the ND at WTOL-TV in Toledo.)

Experienced broadcast and digital news executive with a pioneering spirit in developing new and exciting ideas for media is looking for that next great opportunity.

During his 25-year career, Jim Parker has led broadcast and/or digital news operations in a very diverse group of markets – including significant major market experience. As a result, Jim has a thorough knowledge of legacy and new media, strong editorial skills with a proven track record in assembling and leading teams of effective journalists, plus a keen understanding of innovative content creation that garners audience engagement, interaction and monetization.

While currently residing on the west coast, Jim welcomes hearing about interesting opportunities in all regions of the country.

You can learn more about Jim at http://www.linkedin.com/in/parkerjim or contact Jim via email: jparkercbs@gmail.com

Names in the News:

The University of Missouri School of Journalism will launch a documentary journalism program, thanks to a $6.7 million dollar gift from alum JON MURRAY. Murray’s company, Bunin/Murray Productions, is credited with pioneering reality TV programs.

General Manager News:


BILL APPLEGATE has announced his retirement after a long career in our industry. Most recently, he’s been the GM for WOIO/WUAB-TV in Cleveland. He began his career as an anchor and reporter, working in Detroit and Los Angeles. Bill went on to become an ND in Buffalo, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. He’s been a GM in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Memphis before moving to Cleveland in 2001. Chicago’s ROBERT FEDER remembers Applegate’s impact on the Windy City in this column.

JOE POSS has been promoted to GM of Journal’s WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. He’s been the GM for Journal’s WGBA-TV in Green Bay.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Friday, February 14, 2014.

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

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
KTTV 1999 S. Bundy Dr. Los Angeles CA 90025
WFLA-TV 200 S. Parker St. Tampa FL 33606
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33175 *
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KMOV-TV One Memorial Dr. St. Louis MO 63101
WCNC-TV 1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr. Charlotte NC 28217
WTMJ-TV 720 E. Capitol Dr. Milwaukee WI 53212
KVDA-TV 6234 San Pedro San Antonio TX 78216 *
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
WIAT-TV 2075 Golden Crest Drive Birmingham AL 35209
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville KY 40203
WALA-TV 1501 Satchel Paige Blvd. Mobile AL 36606
WOI-TV 3903 Westown Parkway West Des Moines IA 50266
WAAY-TV 1000 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville AL 35801
KCEN-TV 314 South Intestate 35 Eddy TX 76524
WCYB/WEMT-TV 101 Lee St. Bristol TN 24201
KWQC-TV 805 Brady St. Davenport IA 52803
WRBL-TV 1350 13th Ave. Columbus GA 31901
WJHG-TV, 8195 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach FL 32407
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
WLUC-TV 177 US Highway 41 East Negaunee MI 49866
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station

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