January 22, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 UPDATE #2:

Our second UPDATE of today (!) and 2017 brings news of a news director hire at a top 5 network o-and-o.

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Andrea P.

Congratulations to ANDREA PARQUET-TAYLOR who’s been named VP/News for KTVT-TV, the CBS o-and-o in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. She’s been the ND for Nexstar’s WNCN-TV in Raleigh since May, 2011. More from the Fort Worth Business Press.

It’s a return to Texas for Andrea, who earlier in her career had been the Assistant ND for KHOU-TV in Houston. She’s also been an ND in Detroit, Baltimore, and for another Raleigh station. More from her Linkedin page.

At KTVT, Andrea replaces MIKE GARBER who left the station last August after about two years as ND.

More later!


Rick Gevers

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 UPDATE:

Our first UPDATE of 2017 brings news of a news director change at a top 30 station.



Veteran News Director JIM GILCHRIEST has left WSMV-TV, Meredith’s NBC affiliate in Nashville, where he’d been the ND for the past 19 months.

He’s a former news director in Norfolk and Boise, held a variety of positions at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, including Assistant ND. He’d also been an AND in Winston-Salem, and worked for two stations in Rochester, NY. Jim began his career in radio news. His full background can be found on his Linkedin page.

We’ll have more on this change…and all the week’s news…in our full newsletter later this week.


Rick Gevers

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Welcome to our weekly report on comings and goings of news directors and news managers, with a touch of GM news each issue.

This week, just ONE new ND opening, and ONE open position has been filled. Our always unofficial count of ND openings stands at 21.

We have FIVE new help wanted ads this week, including one for the job as Executive Director of RTDNA/RTDNF. The other four ads are for positions in top ten markets! Check them out below.

As you know, the Nexstar purchase of Media General is final, and they wasted no time filling a number of general manager openings. That’s below, along with the retirement of a longtime West Virginia GM and some news managers on the move.

Read on for all the details.



New News Director Openings:



WGFL-TV, Gainesville, FL…ANDREA CLENNEY has left this Sinclair Broadcasting operated CBS affiliate that’s owned by New Age Media. She’d been news director there since last May in her second stint as an ND in Gainesville: earlier in her career she was the ND at WCJB-TV. She’s also been an ND in Columbus, GA, Greenville, NC, and Wilmington, NC, and has also worked in Denver, Orlando, Tampa, Austin, Syracuse, and Augusta, GA.

Newly Named News Directors:

WPBF-TV, Palm Beach, FL…TRAVIS SHERWIN has been promoted to news director for this Hearst owned ABC affiliate. He’s a 19 year Hearst veteran who’s been the Assistant ND here for the past three years. He’s also worked in Orlando, Ft. Myers, and Casper, WY. He replaces PAIGE HARRISON who was promoted to be ND for Hearst’s WCVB-TV in Boston late last year.

Also this week, we’ve removed the ND opening at WCAX-TV in Burlington, VT, from our list of open ND jobs.. Station President PETER MARTIN emailed to say the vacancy created by the departure of ANSON TEBBETS late last year had been filled by a promotion of the #2. He didn’t give me that name, though, and hasn’t yet responded to my inquiry. When he does, I’ll let you know. UPDATE 1/25/17: ¬†PETER MARTIN responded with word that¬†ROGER GARRITY, who’d been the executive producer, has been promoted to news director.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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Executive Director, RTDNA/RTDNF:

The Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation are seeking an Executive Director to replace our retiring ED.

He or she will be responsible for all RTDNA and RTDNF business, employees and assets, as provided by the Constitution and Bylaws of both organizations; to provide leadership and set the annual agenda for RTDNA and RTDNF; to be the chief representative of RTDNA and RTDNF; and to lead and actively participate in fundraising for RTDNA and RTDNF.

This position reports to the Association and Foundation Chairman/Chairwoman; Executive Committee and Board of Directors/Board of Trustees, as assigned.

The organizations are based in Washington, DC. The Executive Director may live elsewhere, but frequent travel to Washington, DC will be required.

Minimum qualifications: 10 years + journalism management, bachelor’s degree, working knowledge of broadcast and digital news operations.

The position is open until filled. Interviews will begin in January 2017; projected start must be no later than September 1, 2017.

Send resume, cover letter and 3-5 references to apply@rtdna.org.

For more complete details about the duties and responsibilities of the position, click here.

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Senior Producer, WTXF-TV, Philadelphia, PA:

WTXF, Fox 29 Philadelphia, is searching for an outstanding passionate Line Producer, someone who loves to create great shows, and knows how to win. Our new Senior Producer will be responsible for overseeing production for our 10pm and 11pm Newscasts, supervising a staff of writers, editors, reporters, and photographers. Our ideal candidate has 3+ years of line producing experience in a top 10 market, or as an Executive Producer in a Top 40 market.

Qualified candidates will be responsible for editorial decision making on a nightly basis, not only in story selection but in how our reporters and writers present stories. A strong background in writing packages, vo’s and vo/sot’s under deadline pressure is a must, as is the ability to write effective teases. Candidates must know how to manage rating meters and have a strong understanding of demographics for their shows. Must also be able to incorporate social media for their shows and in a relationship with our viewers. Candidates must have strong news judgment, good writing skills, knowledge of current events and excellent communications and people skills.

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter via the on-line application process here.

WTXF IS AN EOE/M/F/Disabled/Veterans


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Assistant News Director, WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX:

WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas, a TEGNA Media Company, is seeking an Assistant News Director responsible for overseeing all daily newscasts and the day to day operations of the newsroom under the direction of the Executive News Director. This position will help manage one of the best newsrooms in the country. The chosen candidate will have strong editorial judgement and the ability to lead continuous big story coverage. Responsibilities will also include leading the implementation of new and differentiated content strategies designed to transform and attract new viewers. We are looking for a positive person willing to elevate and inspire others. The role also requires expertise in digital content strategies, long term planning, and experience hiring.

We are seeking a candidate with the following:

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field required.
Must possess management experience and strong communication skills in a medium to large market
Must possess strong leadership skills
Experience with newsroom digital strategy

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, just click here.

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), formerly Gannett Co., Inc., is comprised of a dynamic portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content that matters and brands that deliver.

TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.


Executive Producers, WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA:

Are you a news junkie AND a natural leader ready to test yourself in a top ten market? Can you help lead a team of dedicated producers, reporters, and staff members to provide viewers with compelling news that is relevant and impactful. Bring the capital “J” back to journalism through balance and digging deeper? If you answered yes, we may have the perfect job for you. Meredith Corporation has immediate openings for Executive Producers for its Atlanta morning and nightside shifts. This is a great opportunity to be part of not only putting a quality product on the air, but creating a great work environment for employees.

CBS46 (WGCL-TV) is the largest of Meredith’s 17 owned or operated television stations broadcasting station, broadcasting 35+ hours of local news weekly as well as top prime and high profile sports programming. Employees enjoy a great work environment and flexible benefits. The station is located in Midtown Atlanta- a great place to work, shop, or live.

Please visit this site for complete details and to apply online.

Meredith Corporation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity.


Newscast Producer, WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA:

Our news producers take pride in how they craft their newscast, making it compelling and relevant to viewers. Despite the fast-pace and stress, producers leave their fingerprint on each newscast through creative story showcasing. They are expected to have a strong editorial voice and engage with other staff members. If that describes you and you’re ready to test yourself in a top ten market at a station that is going to convert samplers to loyal viewers, Meredith Corporation’s Atlanta station may be the perfect place to show your stuff.

CBS46 (WGCL-TV) is the largest of Meredith’s 17 owned or operated television stations broadcasting station, broadcasting 35+ hours of local news weekly as well as top prime and high profile sports programming. Employees enjoy a great work environment and flexible benefits. The station is located in Midtown Atlanta- a great place to work, shop, or live.

All you need to do is click here for complete details and to apply online.

Meredith Corporation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity.

Other News Management Openings:


WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (relisted 1/8/17)
KXAS-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (relisted 12/4/16)
WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 12/4/16)
KJRH-TV, Tulsa, OK (new listing this week)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (relisted 12/24/16)
KTUU-TV, Anchorage, AL (listed 12/18/16)
KTXS-TV, Abilene, TX (relisted 1/8/17)


WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (AM EP, listed 12/24/16)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (AM & PM EPs, listing revised this week, see ad above!)
KMOV-TV, St. Louis, MO (relisted 12/24/16)
KPTV, Portland, OR (relisted this week)
WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (Dayside EP, listed 1/8/17)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised this week)
KCTV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 11/27/16)
WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL (2 openings, EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 12/4/16)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, relisted 1/8/17)
WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC (PM EP, listed 1/8/17)
WJAX/WFOX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (PM EP, listed 12/11/16)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (PM EP, relisted this week)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted this week)
KJRH-TV, Tulsa, OK (AM EP, new listing this week)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (AM EP, relisted 12/18/16)
WOI-TV, Des Moines, IA (relisted 12/24/16)
WCBD-TV, Charleston, SC (listed 1/8/17)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (relisted 11/27/16)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (relisted 11/27/16)

Names in the News:

BAYLOR LONG, a Penn State journalism alum, returns to Pennsylvania as the new Assistant News Director for Hearst’s WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. He’s currently the EP for Hearst’s WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, NC. He’s also worked for Hearst stations in Cincinnati and Baltimore.

Congratulations to SEAN HIRSHBERG who’s been promoted to Nightside Executive Producer for Scripps’ KSHB-TV in Kansas City. He had been a producer for that NBC affiliate.

Our friends at Devlin Design Group have unveiled a new set for KRIV-TV, the FOX o-and-o in Houston which is now on the air. The set was designed for interaction and movement. Learn…and see…more about it here and check out the wide shot below.

Kriv Set

General Manager News and Notes:

Now that Nexstar’s purchase of Media General has closed, Nexstar’s been busy naming new General Managers in a number of markets, including San Francisco, Portland, OR, Indianapolis, Hartford/New Haven, Harrisburg, and Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, PA. The company has nicely placed all the appropriate news releases on one handy website.

ROGER SHEPPARD will step down as GM for WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, WV in early March. He’s worked there almost 30 years, including a stint as news director. He’s been GM since 2000.

Our Full List of Open ND Jobs:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, January 22, 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
WTIC-TV 285 Broad Street Hartford, CT 06115
WIVB-TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
KOTV 303 N. Boston Ave Tulsa, OK 74103
WOWK-TV 555 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Drive New Bern, NC 28560
WNCT-TV 3221 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27834
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
KARD/KTVE-TV 200 Pavilion Road W. Monroe, LA 71292
KBJR-TV 246 South Lake Ave. Duluth MN 55802
WGFL-TV 1703 NW 80th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave. Meridian MS 39301
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N Twin Falls, ID 83301

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