July 13, 2012


A surprising ND change in Phoenix late yesterday is one of FIVE new ND openings in this week’s report. And there are FOUR newly named NDs.

Those changes bump our list of open ND jobs to 34.

There are THREE new paid help wanted ads this week, one for a top five market ND job, and two for EP positions in a wide variety of market sizes and geography. And we’re advertising an opportunity for a FREE news management training seminar.

In our relatively new Situations Wanted segment, we’ll introduce you to a large market news manager who’s seeking a new opportunity.

In Names in the News, we’ll tell you about the SEVEN local stations who’ve been nominated for National Emmys. And we’ll report on some news managers on the move, and one ND who’s added a new daughter to his family.

All that, and more, below…after this week’s changes:

The Kneeland Project Accepting Applications Now:


Apply today!

The Kneeland Project is currently accepting applications for its October 3-6 session in Austin, TX. Applications are due Friday, July 27 and applications are available by clicking here.

Thanks to Kneeland’s generous funders, this opportunity is nearly free for 18 selected news directors. The Kneeland Project pays for all tuition costs as well as hotel and several meals. Participants cover only their transportation and a few meals — Kneeland takes care of the rest.
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How newsroom systems must evolve to meet the challenges of our business.
Participants will be joined by some of the best and brightest leaders in the industry, but they won’t provide didactic, one-way lectures. On the contrary, Kneeland is seeking applications from news directors with high-level expertise, insight, and experience to make a truly unique opportunity.

It’s an intensive program unlike any other. It’s practical. It’s highly interactive. It produces long-lasting results. Journalists return to their stations refreshed and ready to tackle the sometimes overwhelming challenges newsrooms now face.

Click here for more information and to apply. Only 18 news directors will be selected for this program. Apply today!

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New News Director Openings:

KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ…in a move late Thursday that caught many by surprise, JOE HENGEMUEHLER announced that he’s leaving next month. Joe told me he’s looking for a new challenge that will give him a better balance of work and life. He’s been ND here for six years and worked at this Scripps-owned ABC station for what he says is ten great years. Joe’s worked at two other Phoenix stations, was an ND in Oklahoma City, and has also worked in Washington, DC.

WFTV, Orlando, FL…this COX-owned ABC affiliate is looking for a new ND to replace BOB JORDAN. We told you a few days ago that Bob’s moving to sister-Cox station KIRO-TV in Seattle. Bob’s finishing his third stint as ND here, and will now be an ND for a second Seattle station, having worked at KING-TV years ago. More on his new job below.

KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS…CHAD CROSS is leaving the Sunflower Broadcast owned CBS affiliate to become ND for KXAN-TV in Austin, TX. More on that below. He’s been ND here for almost four years.


WFRV-TV, Green Bay, WI…CARMELYN DALEY-HINKENS is leaving to become the Assistant ND/News Content Manager for WITI-TV in Milwaukee. She’s worked here since 2008 and was promoted to ND last August. Carmelyn spent many years with WISC-TV in Madison, WI, including more than six years as ND. She left that job to accompany her husband to a position in Texas, where she worked in Dallas.


KBOI-TV, Boise, ID…JULIE WEINDEL has left this Fisher Broadcast owned ABC affiliate after almost three years as ND. (If you’re confused, the call letters used to be KBCI-TV). Earlier in her career, Julie spent 12 years at WHIO-TV in Dayton, almost nine of them as news director, before leaving that Cox owned station to start her own media company. Julie tells me she’s ready to move on to another market.

Newly Named News Directors:

KSTS-TV, San Jose/San Francisco, CA…FREDDY OLDENBURG will start Monday as the next ND for this Telemundo-owned station. He has been the EP of a program called “Noche de Perros” on TeleFutura which was recently cancelled. KSTS shares facilities with NBC’s KNTV in San Jose.


KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA….we told you earlier this week that BOB JORDAN was returning to Seattle, this time as ND for Cox’s KIRO-TV. The move brings him much closer to his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren in Seattle.  Bob’s spent the last ten years as ND for Cox’s WFTV in Orlando. That’s his third stint at WFTV, and he’s previously been an ND in Seattle for KING-TV. He’s also been an ND in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Tampa, and a General Manager in West Palm Beach. He replaces TODD MOHKTARI who left last month after five years as ND to become VP/News for KNBC-TV in his native Los Angeles.


KXAN-TV, Austin, TX…CHAD CROSS has been named ND for the Lin Media owned NBC affiliate. He’s been the ND for KWCH-TV in Wichita since September, 2008, when he was promoted to the top job. He’s worked there since 2002 as a producer, reporter, anchor and assignment editor. It’s a return to Austin for Chad, who’s a graduate of the University of Texas-Austin. He replaces MICHAEL FABAC who left the station in May after more than five years as ND.


KAAL-TV, Austin, MN…DAVID SPRINGER is the new ND for this Hubbard Broadcasting owned ABC affiliate. He previously worked for News 12 Connecticut and has also worked in South Carolina and Oregon. At KAAL, he replaces MIKE SCRHAM who left the station in April after five years as ND. Mike moved to Indianapolis to become the morning EP for WISH-TV.

Help Wanted Ads: 

News Director, KDAF-TV, Dallas, TX:

Our non-traditional newsroom seeks a non-traditional manager to help us evolve our non-traditional news product in the nation’s 5th Market.

KDAF-TV, the Tribune, CW station in Dallas-Fort Worth, has an immediate opening for a News Director. The person hired will help us break old school TV rules as we pursue our non-traditional news audience while still maintaining a quality news product. We are looking for someone who leads by example and is equally comfortable producing for the web as they are producing for air.

Primary duties include direct oversight of all content – over the air and on-line, working with producers and reporters to create compelling content, and set the tone and direction for the newsroom.

If you have television news management experience and are able to adjust to today’s multi-platform environment, send your resume and salary requirements to hfloore@tribune.com or snail mail to:

HR Department
8001 John Carpenter Freeway
Dallas TX 75247

Equal Opportunity Employer

Executive Producer, Special Projects, KGTV, San Diego, CA:

Executive Producer-Special Projects, KGTV, San Diego, CA

KGTV, San Diego’s ABC Affiliate, is recruiting for an experienced Executive Producer – Investigative Unit. The Executive Producer is responsible for managing the content and delivery of investigative, consumer, health and other franchise stories while ensuring the station is competitive on all platforms.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversee all aspects of the special projects Unit including but not limited to multi-media journalists, producers, researchers, photojournalists and editors
  • Supervise storylines, writing and editing of content related to investigations or special projects
  • Coordinate 52-week strategy with emphasis on sweeps months for multiple platforms
  • Use computer database to research statistics and facts
  • Knowledge and demonstration of creativity, editorial judgment, journalistic ethics and libel laws
  • Manage scheduling, overtime and expenses for the special projects unit
  • Complete and deliver performance evaluations for direct reports
  • Implement and have working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations
  • Identify and manage opportunities to repurpose and extend content to create synergy

Requirements: Must have the ability to meet deadlines and work with a wide range of personalities. At least three years of news line producing experience with a commercial news operation required. College degree required.

If interested, and you meet the requirements of this position, please apply online at: scripps.com/careers – requisition 5142

KGTV is an Equal Opportunity employer. All 10News employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Executive Producer, WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH:

13abc Action News in Toledo is accepting applications for an Executive Producer.

The successful candidate will work directly with our team of producers on matters of presentation, quality control and creativity and have a minimum of four years producing experience. If you are a line producer in a larger market looking for a management track opportunity with a news staff committed to excellence, this is a terrific opportunity.

No phone calls, please.

Send materials to:

Brian Trauring
Executive News Director
4247 Dorr St.
Toledo OH 43607

or email wtvg.hr@13abc.com

Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Digital Journalism, WCMH-TV, Columbus, OH:

WCMH-TV, NBC4 is looking for a dynamic leader for its digital journalism content team.

We are looking for a leader with strong communication, organizational and delegation skills with a keen ability to vision potential solutions, products and services as it relates to the creation and distribution of digital journalism based content across multiple distribution channels and platforms. A strong understanding of product branding and marketing/promotions is essential to helping grow our share of voice in the multimedia marketplace.

An appreciation of the technical operation and elements needed for the collection, processing, presentation and distribution of digital content across multiple platforms is necessary. B. A. or B. S. from an accredited college or university is preferred. 5 years or more senior level management experience at a network affiliated local television station. Preference of that management experience is in News. First hand knowledge and understanding of basic journalistic standards, ethical decision making experience and a creative vision for the future of local journalism is an important skill for this position.

To apply, submit an application on www.mediageneral.com/careers or mail your resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
3165 Olentangy River Road
Columbus OH 43202

Pre-Employment Background and drug screen required. EOE M/F/V/D

News Director, WKBW-TV, Buffalo, NY:

WKBW-TV7, the ABC Affiliate for Buffalo/Niagara Falls has an immediate opening for an aggressive hands-on News Director.

Our next News Director will have a record of proven leadership and achievement, characterized by creative and innovative use of personnel, scheduling and technical resources.

Our next News Director will have strong story instincts and production skills, on-air and online, including the successful integration of internet and social media into our day-to-day ‘multiple screen’ strategy.

The successful candidate is a highly competitive leader, teacher and team-builder, with the skills to successfully develop new talent while also growing our veterans.

Our next News Director knows how to maximize our strengths, and exploit competitive opportunities. Working closely with senior WKBW station management, the next News Director will achieve long-term budgetary and strategic goals.

If that’s you, we want to hear from you.

Send resume by mail to:
HR/News Director
7 Broadcast Plaza
Buffalo NY 14202

or via email to: wkbwresume@wkbw.com

Equal Opportunity Employer

Other News Management Openings:


KING-TV, Seattle, WA (new listing this week)
KENS-TV, San Antonio, TX (new listing this week)
WXMI-TV, Grand Rapids, MI (listed 5/26/12)
WMC-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 6/10/12)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (new listing this week)
WCTI-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (relisted 6/1/12)
KVLY/KXJB-TV, Fargo, ND (relisted this week)


KDFW-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, relisted 7/7/12)
KPRC-TV, Houston, TX (Nightisde EP, relisted 6/29/12)
KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (PM EP, listed 6/24/12)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (Dayside EP, relisted 6/29/12)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Morning EP, listed 6/10/12)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Special Projects EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 7/7/12)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (AM EP, listed 5/18/12)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (AM EP, listed 6/24/12)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (relisted this week)
KENS-TV, San Antonio, TX (new listing this week)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Evening EP, listed 6/29/12)
KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA (listed 6/24/12)
KARK-TV, Little Rock, AR (listed 6/24/12)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (relisted 7/7/12)
WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WHAM-TV, Rochester, NY (AM EP, listed 6/29/12)
WROC-TV, Rochester, NY (listed 6/1/12)
KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO (listed 6/29/12)
KBAK/KBFX-TV, Bakersfield, CA (AM EP, listed 5/26/12)
WCYB-TV, Bristol, TN (relisted 6/24/12)

Situations Wanted:

Our Situations Wanted listings are free. If you’d like to state your case to a pretty well targeted audience, email me an item (max 100 words). You may include one link to a website, an email address, and an optional 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.



I’m seeking a News Director position with a competitive organization that believes in hard work, detailed planning and isn’t afraid to try new things. A place that has strong fundamentals and realizes local TV news must be accurate, fair and entertaining. I have thirty years in the business, half of it in front of the camera, the other in top management positions including several years in a top 5 market.

I can be reached at dave.parker028@gmail.com

Names in the News:

Congratulations to seven local stations (WCAU-TV, WFAA-TV, WRAL-TV, KING-TV, KMGH-TV, WSMV-TV, and WTHR-TV) which received National Emmy nominations on Thursday. CBS led the national networks with 43 nominations. The complete list is here.

JENNIFER COBB joins WCPO-TV in Cincinnati as an executive producer. She’s previously worked in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Salinas/Monterey, CA.

DAVE MALM returns to WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee as Assignment Manager. He spent 22 years at the Journal Broadcasting owned NBC affiliate as a photographer before moving to WFRV-TV in Green Bay nine years ago as Managing Editor.

Iris Henning

Congratulations to WAFF-TV (Huntsville, AL) News Director ADAM HENNING and his wife JENNIFER on the birth July 9th of daughter IRIS HENNING. Iris weighed in at eight pounds, five ounces, and joins four year old sister LEAH in the Henning household. Adam’s been the ND in Huntsville for three years, and has previously been an ND in Greenville, NC, Wilmington, NC, and Gainesville, FL. Your note of good cheer can go to: ahenning@waff.com


Our Full List of News Director Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Friday, July 13, 2012.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com
WABC-TV     7 Lincoln Square New York, NY 10023
KDAF-TV   8001 Carpenter Freeway Dallas TX 75247 (see ad above!)
WFTS-TV     4045 N. Himes Ave. Tampa FL 33607
KNXV-TV  515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
WKYC-TV    1333 Lakeside Ave. Cleveland OH 44114
WFTV         490 E. South St. Orlando FL 32801
KCRA-TV     3 Television Circle Sacramento CA 95814
XETV             8253 Ronson Rd. San Diego CA 92111
WCMH-TV 3165 Olentangy River Rd. Columbus OH 43202 (see ad above!)
WDJT-TV    809 S. 60th St. Milwaukee WI 53214
KSNV-TV     1500 Foremaster Lane Las Vegas NV 89101
WPMT-TV    2005 S. Queen Street York PA 17403
WKBW-TV 7 Broadcast Plaza Buffalo NY 14202 (see ad above!)
KJRH-TV     3701 South Peoria Ave. Tulsa OK 74105
KOTV           302 S. Frankfort St. Tulsa OK 74120
KSNW-TV    833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
KWCH-TV  2815 East 37th Street North Wichita KS 67219
WFRV-TV   1181 E. Mason St. Green Bay WI 54301
KRBK-TV (apply to corporate) Springfield, MO
WKOW-TV   5727 Tokay Boulevard Madison WI 53719
KGAN-TV      600-2 Old Marion Rd NE Cedar Rapids IA 52402
WCTI-TV      225 Glenburnie Dr. New Bern, NC 28561
WEHT/WTVW 800 Marywood Dr. Henderson KY 42420
KHBS/KHOG-TV 2809 Ajax Ave. #200 Rogers AR 72758
KHGI-TV     13 S. Highway 44 Kearney NE 66848
KBOI-TV   140 N. 16th St. Boise ID 83702
KNOE-TV   1400 Oliver Rd. Monroe, LA 71211
WVNS-TV   141 Old Cline Rd. Ghent WV 25843
WJHG-TV   8195 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach FL 32407
KECI/KTVM-TV 340 W. Main St. Missoula MT 59802
KKCO-TV    2325 Interstate Ave. Grand Junction CO 81505
KJCT-TV      8 Foresight Dr. Grand Junction CO 81505
KGNS-TV     120 W. Delmar Blvd. Laredo TX 78045
KGWN-TV   2923 E. Lincolnway Cheyenne WY 82001

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