February 16, 2009


We have just a few changes to share with you in this week’s newsletter.

There’s ONE new opening in a top 25 market. and ONE new ND to report. That brings the number of openings to 23.

Please note that we have removed CLTV from the list of openings, as WGN-TV ND GREG CAPUTO will assume responsibilities for that Tribune-owned cable news operation when CLTV moves to the WGN facility.

We have a paid ad this week for that one new opening…if you’re looking for a new opportunity, be sure to check that out.

There’s an obituary for a former Kansas and Iowa ND and anchor, and a few new news manager promotions, as well. And we’ll share a link to an essay explaining why investigative reporting is not only good journalism, it can be good for business and ratings, too.

That and more after this week’s changes:


KPTV/KPDX-TV, Portland, OR…PATRICK McCREERY has been ND and GM here for a while, and is now looking for a news director so he can concentrate on his GM responsibilities. Patrick’s been ND for this Meredith-owned FOX and My Network TV duopoly since June, 2004. You can learn more about this opportunity by reading the paid advertisement below.


WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL…veteran ND BILL CUMMINGS will be the next ND for this Calkins Media owned ABC affiliate. Bill most recently has been working for weather vendor Baron Services, but is a former ND in Evansville, Tucson, Huntington, WV, and Tri-Cities, TN. He replaces KEITH WHEELER who left the station last August after six months as ND>

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Position Summary:

Oversee the operations and management of the News department.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Develop daily informative and entertaining newscasts. Hire, train, supervise, and motivate news department personnel. Maintain consistent execution of goals.
Monitor the newscast for accurate editorial content while keeping the brand vision on track.
Work with Programming Consultants and Promotion department to develop effective news promotion.
Develop news operating budget and keep expenses within guidelines.
Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications – All must be met to be considered:

College degree in Journalism or related field. Five years in television news management. Knowledge of budgeting, promotion, journalism, and news production.

Skills and Abilities:

Must know the elements of a good television newscast.
Understand the importance of promotion and branding a newscast.
Must have knowledge of budgeting.
Excellent people skills are a must.
Monitor competition and industry trends

Resumes can be emailed to pdxtvjobs@kptv.com or mailed to:

Human Resources
14975 NW Greenbrier Pkwy
Beaverton, OR 97006

Meredith Corporation, KPTV-FOX 12/PDX TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (listed 1/30/09)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 1/11/09)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 1/16/09)
WTEN-TV, Albany, NY (listed 1/11/09)


KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (PM EP, new listing this week)
WFOR-TV, Miami, FL (Morning EP, relisted 1/23/09)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (listed 1/30/09)
WESH-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 1/30/09)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, listed 1/30/09)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, listed 12/12/08)
WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, relisted 1/16/09)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (relisted 1/23/09)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Dayside EP, relisted 12/12/08)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 1/16/09)


KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (relisted 11/21/08)


WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (listed 1/30/09)

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I’m a big fan of the annual IRE conference, and an even bigger fan of the organization, of which I’ve been a member for a long time. PHIL WILLIAMS, the very good investigative reporter for WTVF-TV in Nashville and a member of the IRE board, has penned a thoughtful piece explaining why investigative reporting can also be a very good business move. You can read that here:


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I’m sorry to report the death of JON POSTON, a former news director in Wichita (then KTVH-TV) and Sioux City, IA (KMEG-TV), where he also anchored. Jon died last weekend of a massive stroke in Arizona, where he had been working in public relations for the last few years. More details on Jon’s passing in this article from the Sioux City Journal.

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NAMES in the NEWS:

PAUL GOURLEY has been named EP for WGCL-TV in Atlanta. Paul has been an EP for WFLA-TV in Tampa.

Congratulations to MATT PARCELL who’s been promoted to Managing Editor for Cox-owned WFTV in Orlando. Matt most recently has been the ME for WFTV.com, and is a former Special Projects Producer here.

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Friday, February 13, 2009. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: rick@rickgevers.com

KTLA-TV   5800 Sunset Blvd.               Los Angeles, CA 90028
WCVB-TV   5 TV Place                      Needham MA 02194
WWSB-TV   1477 10th St.                   Sarasota FL 34236
KXTV      400 Broadway                    Sacramento CA 95818
KDKA-TV   One Gateway Center              Pittsburgh PA 15222
WTAE-TV   400 Ardmore Blvd.               Pittsburgh PA 15221
KPTV      14975 NW Greenbrier Parkway     Beaverton OR 97006
WCMH-TV   3165 Olentangy River Rd.        Columbus OH 43202
WSYX/WTTE-TV 1261 Dublin Rd.              Columbus OH 43215
KUTV      299 S. Main St. #150            Salt Lake City UT 84111
WFMY-TV   1615 Phillips Avenue            Greensboro BC 27405
KMPH-TV   5111 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
WTAJ-TV   5000 6th Ave.                   Altoona PA 16603
KDBC-TV   2201 E. Wyoming Ave.            El Paso TX 79903
WFFT-TV   3707 Hillegas Road              Ft. Wayne IN 46808
WHOI-TV   500 N. Stewart St.              Creve Coeur IL 61601
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                     Macon GA 31208
WTVA-TV   PO Box 350                      Tupelo MS 38802
KNOE-TV   1400 Oliver Rd.                 Monroe LA 71211
KTVE/KARD-TV 200 Pavilion Rd.             West Monroe LA 71292
KTUU-TV   701 E. Tudor Rd. #220           Anchorage AK 99503
KSAX-TV   PO Box 189                      Alexandria MN 56308

Rick Gevers
Rick Gevers & Associates
PO Box 577
Zionsville IN 46077
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317-769-7910 (fax)

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