January 12, 2009


Welcome to a slightly delayed edition of your weekly newsletter covering news director and news management moves. I hope to return to our regular Friday distribution schedule this week.

There’s ONE new opening this week (at a network o-and-o in a top 25 market) and TWO new NDs to tell you about. That means my (very unofficial) count of open ND positions stands at 24.

There some new news management openings to share with you, and, at least for this week, no Names in the News. We always welcome your submissions via email to: rick@rickgevers.com

Here are this week’s changes:


KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, PA…we first reported that JOHN VERRILLI is being promoted to sister-CBS o-and-o WBZ-TV in an ND List UPDATE earlier this week. John’s been ND here since late 2004, and previously worked for three stations in New York, including WCBS-TV. At WBZ, he replaces JEFF KIERNAN who was also promoted to a larger CBS station, WBBM-TV in Chicago. (John’s move means there are now two ND openings in Pittsburgh, Hearst’s WTAE-TV being the other.)


WBZ-TV, Boston, MA…as noted above, JOHN VERRILLI will be the next ND for this CBS o-and-o. John’s spent the last 4+ years as ND for CBS’s KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. He replaces JEFF KIERNAN who was promoted to ND for WBBM-TV in Chicago. Jeff was ND here for just 14 months.

KIVI-TV, Boise, ID…ROBBY MESSER is the new ND for this Journal Broadcasting owned ABC affiliate. Robby has been the Assistant ND for Journal’s WGBA-TV in Green Bay, WI. Robby replaces SCOTT PICKEN, who was promoted to ND for the company’s KMTV in Omaha. Scott also went to KIVI from the Assistant ND position in Green Bay.

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WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (new listing this week)
KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City, OK (listed 10/3/08)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (listed 11/21/08)
WTEN-TV, Albany, NY (new listing this week)


WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 12/28/08)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 9/26/08)
WFOR-TV, Miami, FL (Morning EP, listing revised 12/19/08)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (AM EP, listed 9/19/08)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, listed 12/19/08)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, listed 12/12/08)
WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, relisted 9/19/08)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (relisted 11/21/08)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (relisted 9/26/08)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 11/21/08)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Dayside EP, relisted 12/12/08)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (listed 11/21/08)
KOLD-TV, Tucson, AZ (AM EP, relisted 11/21/08)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (relisted 10/03/08)


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

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Sunday, January 11, 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
CLTV News 2000 York, Suite 114            Oak Brook IL 60523
WCVB-TV   5 TV Place                      Needham MA 02194
WWSB-TV   1477 10th St.                   Sarasota FL 34236
KDVR/KWGN-TV 100 Speer Blvd.              Denver CO 80203
KDKA-TV   One Gateway Center              Pittsburgh PA 15222
WTAE-TV   400 Ardmore Blvd.               Pittsburgh PA 15221
WXIN-TV   6910 Network Place              Indianapolis IN 46278
KGTV      4600 Air Way                    San Diego CA 92102
KUTV      299 S. Main St. #150            Salt Lake City UT 84111
KLUZ-TV   2725 F. Broadbent Parkway NE    Albuquerque NM 87107 *
WKBW-TV   7 Broadcast Plaza               Buffalo NY 14202
KMPH-TV   5111 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WEYI-TV   2225 West Willard Road          Clio MI 48420
WFTX-TV   621 SW Pine Island Rd.          Cape Coral FL 33991
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
KDBC-TV   2201 E. Wyoming Ave.            El Paso TX 79903
WTXL-TV   1620 Commerce Blvd.             Midway FL 32343
KION/KCBA-TV 1550 Moffett St.             Salinas CA 93905
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                     Macon GA 31208
WTVA-TV   PO Box 350                      Tupelo MS 38802
KNOE-TV   1400 Oliver Rd.                 Monroe LA 71211
KRCG-TV   Highway 54 Nortn                Holts Summit MO 65043
KMID-TV   3200 LaForce Blvd.              Midland TX 79711

* Spanish language station

Rick Gevers
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