February 22, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 UPDATE:


Congratulations to longtime KOMU-TV (NBC/Columbia, MO) News Director STACEY WOELFEL who today was named the first Director of the Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  As you know, KOMU is owned by the University and its newsroom staffed by faculty and students from the School of Journalism. The documentary program was announced two weeks ago.

Stacey’s been at KOMU since 1986, and was promoted to news director in 1990. He’s a Missouri alum and spent five years as a photographer and assignment editor in Orlando before returning to Columbia. Stacey’s a past chairman of RTDNA and a board member of the Carole Kneeland Project.

More on this story, and all the week’s news, in our full report this weekend.

Monday, February 24, 2014 UPDATE:


BILL BERRA, who announced earlier this month he was leaving WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, this morning was named ND for WFLA-TV, the Media General owned NBC affiliate in Tampa. Bill’s family has remained in Tampa during the nine years he worked for WTMJ. He had been the ND at WFTS-TV in Tampa before moving to Milwaukee.

At WFLA, he replaces DON NORTH, who left the station last November after eight years in the ND chair.

We’ll have more on this story…and all the latest news management news…in our full report later this week.

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TWO newly opened ND jobs and ONE newly named ND top the news in this week’s report.

Be sure to read the entire release about the new ND…it made my head spin.

Those changes leave our list of open ND jobs at 24.

Also in this week’s report, we have paid ads for FOUR jobs, including a medium market ND position, a web EP position in a top ten market, and EP jobs in two other markets.

In Names in the News, a reporter returns to California in a management role, a new hire for a consulting firm, and a new GM for a small market station who might be able to trade houses with his predecessor.

Those stories and much more below.

New News Director Openings:

KOIN-TV, Portland, OR…BRAD NEUHOFF has left this LIN Media owned CBS affiliate after more than 2 1/2 years as ND. He previously spent four years as ND for WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, and has also worked in Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, and Charleston, SC.


WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids, MI…STANTON TANG will be leaving this Gannett owned ABC station in a few months. He wants to be closer to family on the west coast. He’s been the ND here for more than four years, and first joined the staff as EP in December, 2005. He’s previously worked in Las Vegas, Sacramento and Phoenix.


Newly Named News Director:


WHAS-TV, Louisville, KY…in a complicated announcement, JOSH EURE will be the next ND for this ABC affiliate owned by…oh, hell, figure it out yourself: Gannett Broadcast Service Center has named Joshua Eure Executive News Director supporting WHAS, a Sander Operating Co. ILLC station. Click here to read the entire story, including the explanation (in the last paragraph) of exactly what that means. He’s been the Assistant ND at Gannett’s KPNX-TV since late 2012, from Senior Producer at ABC News. Earlier he’d served as a coordinating producer for both World News Now and Good Morning America, and has worked at local stations in New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Baltimore, and Greensboro, NC. He replaces MARK NEERMAN who left in September after almost four years as ND.

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Web Executive Producer, WJLA-TV, Washington, DC:

ABC 7 News/WJLA.com is seeking an aggressive multimedia journalist to lead our web team. Our new executive producer will supervise and contribute to the production of written and multimedia news content for WJLA.com.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing and scheduling web producers, coordinating content with the WJLA-TV Managing Editor, maintaining top quality content on the site at all times, gathering news updates from reporters in the field, writing and reporting news articles and emails, writing headlines and teases, producing video clips, implementing engaging features, managing social media and managing the homepage.

The ideal candidate will possess strong news judgment, attention to detail, copy editing skills, familiarity with content management systems and a strong knowledge of how to reach out to a large audience on Facebook and Twitter. Above all, though, we are looking for a driven, creative candidate who works well under pressure and has a keen eye on the future of digital journalism.

Send resume and cover letter to eensign@wjla.com

Executive Producer, WSJV-TV, Elkhart/South Bend, IN:

Ready to play B-I-G?

WSJV-TV, FOX for South Bend IN (market #96) is expanding and has an immediate opening for an executive producer. With a three hour morning show and a nightly news hour, we need a hands-on, inspired leader to create, groom and grow these already award winning news products.

If you’re ready to take the wheel of one of these race cars apply to: wsjvep@quincyinc.com

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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:


Other News Management Openings:


WFLD/WPWR-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 1/26/14)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 2/14/14)
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted 2/1/14)
WTSP-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted this week)
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 2/14/14)
KXAS-TV, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (Morning EP, listed 2/1/14)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (Web EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 2/14/14)
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, listed 2/14/14, see ad above!)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (listed 1/26/14)
KGPE/KSEE-TV, Fresno, CA (AM EP, listed 2/8/14)
KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK (relisted this week)
KGUN-TV, Tucson, AZ (Morning EP, listed 1/18/14)
WSJV-TV, South Bend/Elkhart, IN (relisted this week, see ad above!)
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 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.

Names in the News:

MONIKA DIAZ returns to Sacramento, where she’ll be the Managing Editor for KTXL-TV. She most recently was a reporter for WFAA-TV in Dallas from 2007 until last December,when she left to care for an ailing family member in Miami. Earlier in her career she reported for KXTV in Sacramento. She’s also worked in Miami (two stations).

Audience Research & Development has hired ROBIN HOFFMAN as Chief Marketing Services Officer and Senior Marketing Consultant. Hoffman will oversee AR&D’s marketing consultation services and strategy for local media companies. She has been the Director of Creative Services for KMGH-TV in Denver but, as you can see from her Linkedin page, has worked in newsrooms in a variety of markets.

General Manager News:

CHRIS CONROY, the marketing director at Raycom’s WMC-TV in Memphis, has been named GM for sister Raycom station KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, AR. He’ll replace TRACEY ROGERS who’s moving from GM at KAIT to GM at WMC, where she’d earlier been the ND. Perhaps they can trade houses.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, February 22, 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
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
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 *
WZZM-TV 645 Three Mile Road NW Grand Rapids MI 49504
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
WIAT-TV 2075 Golden Crest Drive Birmingham AL 35209
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 (see ad above!)
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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