February 15, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 UPDATE:


Veteran broadcaster TOM DOERR starts Monday as the next news director for WFLD-TV, the FOX o-and-o in Chicago. Tom’s been the ND for FOX’s KRIV-TV in Houston since 2009. Here’s his bio.  He’s also been an ND in several other markets, a station manager in Miami, and also worked for AR&D.

In Chicago, he replaces PHYLLIS SCHWARTZ who left the station in December after less than a year on the job. Tom is the station’s fourth news director in the last 4+ years.

More on this story and all the news in our full report later this week.


Rick Gevers

Sunday, February 17, 2013 UPDATE:

A memorial service may be held at a later date for JEFF RAKER, the News Director of WTVY-TV in Dothan, AL.  We told you earlier that Jeff collapsed on Friday and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  He was 56.

A Dothan funeral home provided me with this obituary which includes memorial information.


Rick Gevers

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Sadly, we begin this week with the obituary of a longtime news director.

Jeff Raker

JEFF RAKER, ND of WTVY-TV in Dothan, AL, collapsed at the station this morning and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Jeff is survived by his wife, Darcy, and two children. I believe he was in his early 50’s.

Jeff was in his second stint as ND at this CBS affiliate, returning last April. He’d previously been the ND there from 1997-1999. He also served as a news director in Sioux City, IA, Youngstown, OH, and Jefferson City, MO. Jeff began his career as a photographer and worked in Charlotte, Las Vegas, Huntsville, Wichita, and Toledo.

As of this writing, funeral arrangements have not been released. When they are, I’ll update this space.

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On to our normal business. This week, we have TWO new ND openings and THREE newly hired news directors. That brings our list of openings to 25.

We have an ad for one of those ND openings, as well as ads for management positions in Phoenix and on the East Coast.

In our free situations wanted column, a former newsman wants back into the business.

And in Names in the News, a new President of Local Broadcasting for a major group owner, a new news manager in Florida, and a longtime news director on the mend from surgery.

All that, and more, if you merely read on!
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New News Director Openings:

KINT-TV, El Paso, TX…ZOLTAN CSANYI-SALCEDO is headed to the bright lights of Bristol, CT, as a coordinating producer for ESPN.  Zoltan’s in the sixth year of his second stint as ND for this Entravision owned Univision affiliate….he’d earlier been ND here from 1997-2003. He’s also been an ND in El Paso and worked in Dallas.


WTVA-TV, Tupelo, MS…JEFF HOUSTON is stepping down at the end of March after four years as ND for this ABC affiliate. He previously worked as an EP in Norfolk and Jacksonville, as a producer in Atlanta and Columbus, GA, and also on the assignment desk in Columbus.


Newly Named News Directors:


KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO…we told you earlier this week that CARRIE HOFMANN will be the next ND for this Scripps/NBC affiliate. She’s currently the Assistant News Director at WCNC-TV in Charlotte. She spent more than eleven years at KMGH-TV in Denver in a variety of roles, including EP and Assistant ND, and has also worked in Phoenix and Milwaukee. At KSHB, she replaces PEGGY PHILLIP who left the station last summer after three years as ND. Peggy is now the morning EP for WPLG-TV in Miami.


KOTV, Tulsa, OK….late today it was announced that ED TRAUSCHKE will take over the news department here, with the title of Director of PM Content. We told you two weeks ago that Ed lost his job at KLRT-TV in Little Rock when new owner Mission Broadcasting combined operations with Nexstar’s KARK-TV. Ed was ND there for six years, had previously been the ND (and Ass’t. ND) at WESH-TV in Orlando, and also worked in Raleigh and for another Orlando station as a reporter. He replaces RON HARIG who is transitioning to a role as a consultant for this Griffin owned CBS affiliate and will oversee the move to a new facility.


KULR-TV, Billings, MT…ALAN WAGMEISTER is on the job as ND for this NBC affiliate, owned by Max Media of Montana. He most recently was an EP for WRNN-TV in New York and spent two years as the Special Projects Producer for WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC. He’s also worked for several networks as a producer. At KULR, he replaces JOEL LUNDSTAD who left the station after about a year in his second run as ND.


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Other News Management Openings:


WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 1/12/13)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (new listing this week)
KVUE-TV, Austin, TX (relisted 2/2/13)
WNCT-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (relisted 2/2/13)


KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, listed 12/22/12)
KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 12/22/12)
KDFW-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, relisted 2/2/13)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (Two openings, AM & PM/EP, listing updated 2/2/13)
KXNV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (Special Projects EP, relisted this week, see ad above!)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (Dayside EP, listed 12/30/12)
KOIN-TV, Portland, OR (listed 1/19/13)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (AM EP, relisted 1/12/13)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (PM EP, listed 1/19/13)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 2/2/13)
WBRC-TV, Birmingham, AL (PM EP, listed 1/6/13)
WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC (listed 2/2/13)
WTLV/WJXX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, listing revised 2/2/13)
KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA (AM EP, new listing this week)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM EP, relisted 2/2/13)
KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA (listed 1/19/13)
WIS-TV, Columbia, SC (AM EP, listed 2/2/13)
WCYB-TV, Bristol, TN (relisted 2/2/13)
KOLO-TV, Reno, NV (Morning EP, relisted this week)


KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 2/8/13)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (relisted 2/2/13)


Please note that we have an obituary for WTVY-TV News Director JEFF RAKER at the top of this week’s report.

Situations Wanted:

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, please meet RICK ILER:

News is my passion and I want back in!!! I am looking to join a great news station and company that will utilize my 23+ years as a broadcaster, 16 of those as a news manager.

I am interested in a news director, assistant news director, managing editor and/or executive producing position in any market size. I would certainly be willing to re-locate for a great opportunity.

I have experience in helping take number 2 and 3 stations to the top in their markets. I am passionate and a hard worker who cares about the work I do and every newscast that airs. I am a great motivator, outstanding leader and have the ability to teach and mentor staff to that next level.

I am looking for a company and station that is willing to take a chance on a proven winner. Available immediately!

Thanks for your consideration.

Rick Iler

Names in the News:

Longtime WMAQ-TV (NBC/Chicago) GM LARRY WERT is headed across town to Tribune Broadcasting as President of Local Broadcasting. He’ll oversee the company’s 23 TV stations and one radio property.

WJXT-TV in Jacksonville has hired JOHN CAVAZOS as its new Executive Producer. He previously had been the morning EP for WTVT-TV in Tampa.

Please join me in wishing veteran ND PERRY BOXX a quick recovery from gallbladder surgery. The offending organ was removed last Wednesday, Perry’s already home, and hopes to be back at work next week. Your email wishing him well goes to: perrylboxx@aol.com

Finally, our apologies to JOHNNY GREEN Jr., whose last name I misspelled last week in reporting his move to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia as Nightside EP.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Friday, February 15, 2013.

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

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
WFLD-TV 205 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago IL 60601
KTVU-TV 2 Jack London Square Oakland CA 94607
WGCL-TV 425 14th St. NW Atlanta GA 30318
KOVR-TV 2713 Kovr Drive Sacramento CA 95605
WTHR-TV 1000 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46204
WZTV 631 Mainstream Drive Nashville TN 37228
KTVX-TV 2175 W. 1700 South Salt Lake City UT 84104
WXIX-TV 635 W. Seventh St. Cincinnati OH 45203
KSNV-TV 1500 Foremaster Lane Las Vegas NV 89101
KFOR-TV/KAUT-TV 444 E. Britton Rd. Oklahoma City OK 73114
WPTY/WLMT 2701 Union Ave. Ext. Memphis TN 38112 (see ad above!)
WDTN-TV 4595 S. Dixie Highway Dayton OH 45439
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
KWCH-TV 2815 East 37th Street North Wichita KS 67209
WGME-TV 81 Northport Dr. Portland ME 04103
KRDO-TV 399 S. 8th St. Colorado Springs CO 80905
KINT-TV 5426 North Mesa El Paso TX 79912 *
KEYT-TV 730 Miramonte Dr. Santa Barbara CA 93109
KRIS/KZTV 301 Artesian St. Corpus Christi, TX 78401
WTVA-TV PO Box 350 Tupelo MS 38802
WREX-TV 10322 W. Auburn Rd. Rockford IL 61105
WVVA-TV Rte. 460 Bypass Bluefield, WV 24701
WBBJ-TV 346 Muse St. Jackson TN 38301

* Spanish language station

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