July 14, 2008


We’re a little early with this week’s newsletter, but with a very intriguing story: The headline is a surprising return to a Dallas ND’s office for a veteran news director.

That’s the only new ND hire we have to tell you about, and there is just ONE new opening. That leaves our count at 27 open ND jobs.

We do have a paid ad for news director’s job that will appeal to a lot of sports fans. And we’re also re-running ads for traditional news director positions in Florida and Kansas.

Fortunately, there are no obituaries this week. But we have no Names in the News, either. Please remember to send those items to me via email: rick@rickgevers.com

All that, and more, after this week’s changes.


KWWL-TV, Waterloo, IA…JON OKERSTROM is being promoted with parent company Quincy Newspapers. He’s been named Senior Internet Director for QNI. He’s been the ND at KWWL for two years and previously served as the Assistant ND there. The move reunites him with QNI’s Director of Broadcast News, DENNIS KENDALL. They worked together when Dennis was a news director in Cedar Rapids.


KDAF-TV, Dallas, TX…DAVID DUITCH returns to Dallas as ND for this Tribune-owned CW affiliate. David’s a former ND at Belo’s Dallas flagship, WFAA-TV. He most recently headed the company’s Capital (D.C.) Bureau, and had previously been a Corporate ND and the ND at KXTV in Sacramento, when Belo owned that. David replaces MARK SHEPHERD who was promoted to ND late last year after longtime KDAF ND ANTHONY MAISEL left the station.

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Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is looking for an experienced News Director to run the news department at its regional sports network based in Bethesda, MD.

The qualified candidate will have a proven track record of strong news judgment, the ability to build a diverse news staff, the ability to strategically position a news brand and build a quality on-air product. An understanding of how to build ratings both on-air and online is also critical.

The ideal candidate will have strong collaborative leadership skills and the ability to motivate a staff. Understanding the importance of creating dynamic digital content drivers and thinking about the product in a multi-platform, 24/7 manner are key attributes for this position.

Please send all resumes and cover letters via email only to:
Princell Hair
Senior Vice President of News Operations for Comcast SportsNet at:

Interested candidates should also apply online.

Please visit the Employment Opportunities section of Comcast SportsNet.com (www.comcastsportsnet.tv/pages/inner/employment). No phone calls please.

Comcast SportsNet is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


WPBF-TV, the Hearst-Argyle ABC affiliate in the growing West Palm Beach, Florida, market is looking for an experienced News Director to run its television and digital news operation.

The qualified candidate will have News Director experience, which should include a proven track record of excellent news judgment, the ability to build a diverse news staff, and improve product and ratings both on the air and online. Collaborative leadership skills and the ability to motivate are critical. Weather is an important element of coverage in this market, and the qualified candidate will have experience managing severe weather coverage for all platforms.

Understanding the importance of creating dynamic digital content, and helping lead that charge are necessary skills for this job.

We look forward to hearing from interested candidates.

Please send all resumes and cover letters via email only to: nloomis@hearst.com

WPBF-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified Women and Minorities Are Encouraged To Apply.


Are you an aggressive, committed journalist who can take a winning team to the next level? KWCH 12 leads the market in ratings and we are looking for a News Director to lead our team.

This CBS affiliate is a leader in convergence with cross-media partnerships. We have a dynamic newsroom, active websites and news bureaus.

The candidate we are looking for understands responsible journalism and can lead a team to produce exciting newscasts that both inform and educate viewers. A passion to win weather and sports is a must.

The perfect candidate brings News Director experience and an understanding of how to motivate and lead a team. Do your homework before you apply and you’ll know why this is a great opportunity.

If you are ready to lead a winning team send your resume and references to:

Joan Barrett
President/General Manager
care of: HR Coordinator
2815 E. 37th Street North
Wichita KS 67219

You can also apply via fax to: 316-831-6190 or by e-mail: hr@kwch.com.

KWCH-TV is an EOE. M/F/V/D. Drug screen and background check required. No phone calls please.

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WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 5/16/08)
WTXF-TV, Philadelphia, PA (listed 6/20/08)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (relisted 6/6/08)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (listed 6/13/08)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (listed 6/6/08)
KVIA-TV, El Paso, TX (relisted 6/27/08)
KHBS/KHOG, Fort Smith, AR (listed 5/9/08)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (new listing this week)


KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, CA (2 Openings, AM and PM, listed 4/18/08)
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (AM EP, relisted this week)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 6/20/08)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, listed 7/03/08)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 7/3/08)
KSTP-TV, Minneapolis, MN (listing revised 5/2/08)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Weekend EP, relisted 7/3/08)
KGW-TV, Portland, OR (listed 6/20/08)
WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, relisted 6/27/08)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (relisted 5/9/08)
WVIT-TV, Hartford, CT (relisted 6/27/08)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (listed 6/20/08)
WSYX/WTTE, Columbus, OH (relisted 5/16/08)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (Dayside EP, relisted 6/27/08)
WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX (listed 6/20/08)
WPTV, W. Palm Beach, FL (Dayside EP, listed 5/30/08)
WHP-TV, Harrisburg, PA (relisted 7/03/08)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Dayside EP, listing revised 7/03/08)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (listed 7/03/08)
KVIA-TV, El Paso, TX (listed 6/27/08)
WGGB-TV, Springfield, MA (listed 6/20/08)


WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, MN (relisted 5/16/08)

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None. Please send items to: rick@rickgevers.com

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Please let me know about corrections, updates, deletions, and additions via email or telephone at the addresses and numbers below.

Here is the complete list of stations looking for a news director as of Thursday, July 10, 2008. There are no guarantees that these jobs remain open. (These jobs are listed in order of market size.)

KTLA-TV   5800 Sunset Blvd.               Los Angeles, CA 90028
WSNS-TV   430 W. Grant Place              Chicago IL 60614 *
KIAH-TV   7700 Westpark Dr.               Houston TX 77063
KPHO-TV   4016 N. Black Canyon Hwy.       Phoenix AZ 85017
KTVK-TV   5555 N. 7th Avenue              Phoenix AZ 85013
WEWS-TV   3001 Euclid Ave.                Cleveland OH 44115
KGTV      4600 Air Way                    San Diego CA 92102
WPBF-TV   3970 RCA Blvd., Suite 7007      Palm Beach Gardens FL 33410
KMPH-TV   5111 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WTEN-TV   341 Northern Blvd.              Albany NY 12204
KOKI-TV   2625 S. Memorial                Tulsa OK 74129
WINK-TV   2824 Palm Beach Blvd.           Fort Myers FL 33916
WOWK-TV   555 Fifth Ave.                  Huntington WV 25701
KWCH-TV   2815 East 37th Street North     Wichita KS 67219
WCSH/WLBZ-TV One Congress Square          Portland ME 04101
KYTV      999 W. Sunshine                 Springfield MO 65807
WSTM-TV   1030 James St.                  Syracuse NY 13203
WAAY-TV   1000 Monte Sano Boulevard       Huntsville AL 35801
WIS-TV    1111 Bull St.                   Columbia SC 29201
KWWL-TV   500 East Fourth St.             Waterloo IA 50703
KFSM-TV   318 N. 13th St.                 Ft. Smith AR 72901
WEEK-TV   2907 Springfield Rd.            E. Peoria, IL 61611
KBMT-TV   525 Interstate 10 S.            Beaumont TX 77701
KBTV      6155 Eastex Freeway #300        Beaumont TX 77706
KOBI-TV   125 South Fir St.               Medford OR 97501
KTUU-TV   701 E. Tudor Rd. #220           Anchorage AK 99503
KIDK-TV   1255 E.17th St.                 Idaho Falls ID 83404

* Spanish language station

Rick Gevers
Rick Gevers & Associates
PO Box 577
Zionsville IN 46077
317-769-7900 (phone)
317-769-7910 (fax)

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