January 1, 2017


Happy New Year!

As you’d expect, pretty slow this week.

NO newly opened news director jobs, while ONE station announced a new ND. That moves our list of open ND jobs to 23.

We welcome a new annual advertiser this week, as Sinclair Broadcast Group supports this newsletter with a series of recruiting ads that you’ll be seeing in the weeks and months ahead.

And we have THREE other paid help wanted ads in this issue.

As you probably know, today’s was the day of an affiliate change in Boston, and we have the latest in a story from the Boston Globe. That’s in Names in the News, along with some news managers on the move.

Best wishes to you and yours for a safe, happy, and successful 2017.


New News Director Openings:

No new openings this week that I’m aware of. If you know something I don’t, please let me know via email: rick@rickgevers.com

Newly Named News Director:



WAPT-TV, Jackson, MS…Hearst continues its trend of promoting from within with the news that YVE JONES will be the next ND for this ABC affiliate. Here’s the news release. She’s been the Assistant News Director at Hearst’s KHBS/KHOG-TV in Ft. Smith, AR, since 2014. Yve’s also worked for Hearst stations in New Orleans and Milwaukee. At WAPT, she replaces BEN HART who was promoted to ND for the company’s WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

Paid Help Wanted Ads: 

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Morning Executive Producer, WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX:

We are seeking an Executive Producer who will take the editorial lead each day and develop multi-platform content that succeeds on air and on digital. This individual will manage, coach, and motivate a team of producers, writers, reporters, anchors, and photojournalists who are among the best in the business. The Executive Producer is responsible for the overall content of assigned newscasts, manages all aspects of breaking news, social engagement, and ensures the product stays on brand. Effective communication and decision making under daily deadline pressure are a must. The Executive Producer must have strong ethics, a solid producing background, a desire and ability to win the day, and be an exceptional troubleshooter. This individual must be able to generate unique content, and develop and produce specials as required. The EP will also work closely with other news managers and the News Director to implement winning strategies for each newscast.

We are seeking a candidate with the following:

Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.
Must have five or more years producing experience in a major television market.
Must be able to effectively manage people & act decisively under pressure.
Must know news and what is important to the community.
Must have social media knowledge and a digital footprint.
Must have technical expertise to booth live newscasts and troubleshoot problems
Must perform administrative duties including scheduling, performance reviews, training of new staff, and provide critical feedback as needed.

To learn more about this job and apply, please click here.

An Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Senior Media Consultant, SmithGeiger:

Help shape the future of media as part of the industry’s most innovative market research and consulting firm.

SmithGeiger LLC is looking for a Senior Strategist with total command of the latest digital engagement and monetization techniques, and recent experience with modern media and station operations. You must have extreme creativity, interests in all platforms, exceptional communication and writing skills, relentless client customization abilities, a commitment to excellence, and be a true team player.

You will work face-to-face with the Who’s Who of Tech, Social Media, Mobile, Internet, OTT, Studio, Program Syndication, Cable and Broadcast companies, and provide state of the art research and on-going strategic counsel that produce successful results. CEO Dave Smith calls this the true “Golden Age of Media.”

Be part of the team innovating in these unprecedented times.

Email resume and any relevant links to: jobs@smithgeiger.com

Job Type: Full Time
Travel: Yes
Experience: 5-20 years
Education: College/Experience
Salary: Competitive, depending on experience

Assistant News Director, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AK:


Other News Management Openings:


WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 10/30/16)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 12/4/16)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 12/4/16)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 12/4/16)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (relisted 12/24/16)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 12/24/16)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 12/24/16)
KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AL (listed 12/18/16, see display ad above!)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 10/30/16)


WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (AM EP, listed 12/24/16, see ad above!)
KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA (listed 11/20/16)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (Spec. Projects Sr. EP, relisted 11/16/16)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (Senior EP, relisted 11/6/16)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (relisted 11/20/16)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (relisted 12/24/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (relisted 11/20/16)
WXIN-TV, Indianapolis, IN (two openings, listed 10/23/16)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (two openings, relisted 11/20/16)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 11/27/16)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listing revised 12/24/16, two openings, AM & PM)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (2 openings, EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 12/4/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WJAX/WFOX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, listed 12/11/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, relisted 11/13/16)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 11/20/16)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (AM EP, relisted 12/18/16)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (relisted 12/24/16)
WAAY-TV, Huntsville, AL (PM EP, relisted 10/30/16)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 11/27/16)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 11/27/16)

Names in the News:

Today was the first day of the affiliate switch in Boston, with Comcast/NBC launching a new channel and former NBC affiliate WHDH-TV becoming an independent. More from the Boston Globe.



Veteran Bay Area newsman BRANDON BEHLE joins KGO-TV, the ABC o-and-o in San Francisco, as Executive Producer. All the details are in this note to the staff from KGO’s News Director, TRACY WATKOWSKI SILVA.

MISTIE LACKEY is leaving her job as Assistant News Director for KSLA-TV in Shreveport in a few months. Mistie tells me she’s going to move back to her home town of Nashville and figure out ‘life after that’. She’s previously worked for two stations in Nashville, as well as in Sacramento, Atlanta, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Knoxville, and Johnson City, TN.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, January 1, 2017:

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

KTVT-TV 5233 Bridge Street, Fort Worth TX 76103
WUSA-TV 4100 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WPBF-TV 3970 Rca Blvd #7007, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
WRGB-TV 1400 Balltown Road. Schenectady, NY 12309
WOWK-TV 555 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701
WAND-TV 904 South Side Drive Decatur, IL 62521
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCAX-TV PO Box 4508. Burlington VT 05406
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
WNCT-TV 3221 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27834
WBTW-TV 101 McDonald Court Myrtle Beach SC 29588
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KDLT-TV 3600 South Westport Avenue Sioux Falls SD 57106
KADN/KLAF-TV 1500 Eraste Landry Rd Lafayette, LA 70506
KVII-TV 1 Broadcast Center, Amarillo, TX 79101
WTVA-TV PO Box 320 Tupelo MS 38802
KX Network 1811 N 15th Street Bismarck, ND 58501
KBJR-TV 246 South Lake Ave. Duluth MN 55802
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian, Ms. 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301

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