July 16, 2010


One of the longest open ND jobs on our list has finally been filled.  That’s one of  TWO new NDs in this week’s report, which features  ONE new ND opening.  Those moves bring our always unofficial total of open ND jobs to 29.

We have lots of other items for you:  a new ad for an EP job in a large Florida market, a repeat of last week’s ad for an ND job in Maine, and lots of items in Names in the News, including two new news managers in Oregon, a Wisconsin ND on the mend after a bad bicycle accident, the death of a former CBS News correspondent, and details on nine local stations honored with News and Documentary Emmy award nominations.

Also this week, the application deadline nears for a news media leadership program aimed at news directors which will cost you very little money.

That’s all below, after this week’s changes:


WJAR-TV, Providence, RI…this Media General owned NBC affiliate is advertising for a news director.  The position has been vacant since BETTY JO CUGINI was laid off in April, 2009, after almost eight years as ND and 22 years at the station.  Content Brand Manager CHRIS LANNI has overseen the news department since then, and he will continue as content brand manager.


WZTV, Nashville, TN…this long-standing opening has been filled as ROBERTA PETTERSON has been named ND.  She’s been the Assistant ND at WEWS-TV in Cleveland (which is now searching for her replacement, as listed below) since last August.  Roberta previously worked in Pittsburgh as the Assistant ND and EP at WTAE-TV and has also worked at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh and in Tulsa.  She replaces KEN SMITH who left the station last August after nine years as ND.  WZTV is owned by Sinclair and is a FOX affiliate.



WCTV, Tallahassee, FL…TRISTON SANDERS has been promoted to ND for the Gray Television owned CBS affiliate.  She’s been the Executive Producer here for the past two years, and first joined the station as an anchor/reporter.  She’s also worked in Ft. Myers, and once interned for WCTV while attending Florida State University.  Triston replaces MIKE SMITH who was promoted to GM of another Gray station, WTVY-TV, in Dothan, AL, after 20 years as ND.

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Executive Producer, WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL

Post-Newsweek-owned WKMG-TV in Orlando is searching for its next dynamic manager.  We need an aggressive Executive Producer to lead our morning team to victory on television, online and on social networking outlets.

Develop, implement and execute strategy for morning news.
Oversee execution and overall presentation of morning newscasts.
Work closely with producers, reporters, photographers, editors, anchors and assignment desk to gather and present the news.
Maintain editorial direction set by the news director.
Maintain high quality and standards of WKMG and Post-Newsweek stations.
Ability to work flexible hours.
Reports to news director.
Minimum of five years producing experience in medium or large television market.
Prior television news management experience preferred.
College degree preferred.
Must demonstrate ability to manage people and resources.


Steve Hyvonen
News Director
4466 N. John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32804

or via email to: shyvonen@wkmg.com

(No phone calls please.)

Note: All of the essential functions of this position are not necessarily described in this posting.

Any offer of employment is conditional on successful completion of pre-employment physical exam, including drug screen , background checks, required reference checks and educational degree verification.

We are an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, matriculation or political affiliation.

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WGME-TV, the highly rated CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine is seeking an experienced, hands-on, News Director with strong leadership skills and an aggressive style.

The News Director is responsible for managing WGME’s news operations, setting budgets, establishing goals and directing the staff for a news operation producing 41.5 hours of local news weekly. This individual will work closely with local and corporate management to establish news content, philosophy and direction.

The News Director will review daily newscasts to ensure quality control, brand compliance, and subsequently provide feedback to all news staff.   The News Director is responsible for recruiting, hiring and negotiating contracts for news personnel, as well as, initiating and managing content delivery on multiple platforms including web and mobile.  This individual will also collaborate with other managers to develop marketing plans, establish and reach ratings goals.


A Journalism degree and a minimum of five years in news management preferred.
Strong fiscal experience with operational and capital expenditures is required.
Demonstrated success in building a winning news organization.
Must have a working knowledge of journalistic ethics, libel, and privacy law as well as experience working in a union environment is strongly preferred

Applicants must apply online to be considered. You can apply at www.wgme.com or www.sbgi.net. No phone calls or emails please. If you don’t have access to an on-line computer, please try your local public or school library or your nearest unemployment office.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

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New Media Leadership Forum

Don’t be left behind.  Apply today!

The Carole Kneeland Project is seeking applications for the 2010 New Media Leadership Forum.

This entirely new session for experienced, dynamic, and innovative news directors will be held October 13-16, 2010 in Austin, Texas.

You can’t afford to miss these three days!

Thanks to our generous funders, this opportunity is nearly free for you. The Kneeland Project pays for all tuition costs as well as your accommodations.  You cover only your transportation and a few meals — we’ll take care of the rest.

We will tackle such issues as:

Leadership and ethics in a 24/7 socially networked world

What local news will look like in the next few years and beyond

Challenges and opportunities in times of change

Leading Millennials

How processes and systems must evolve to meet the challenges of our business

Most importantly, you’ll leave the program with a solid plan to guide your leadership decisions starting the day you return to your newsroom.  This isn’t theoretical stuff that you’ll put on a shelf and neglect.  You’ll walk away with concrete action items to implement immediately that will make a difference in your station…and your life.

Click here for more information and to apply.  Applications are due by next Friday, July 23, and only 18 news directors will be selected for this program.  Apply today!

For additional information, please contact The Kneeland Project’s executive director Stacy Baum at stacybaum@comcast.net.

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WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (new listing this week)
WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (new listing this week, see ad above!)

KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (listed 6/26/10)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (listed 6/20/10)
WPTV, W. Palm Beach, FL (listed 5/31/10)
WHAS-TV, Louisville, KY (relisted 6/26/10)
WDSU-TV, New Orleans, LA (7/2/10)
WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY (listed 6/20/10)
WAOW-TV, Wausau, WI (listed 7/9/10)
KECI/KCFW/KTVM, Missoula, MT (listed 5/31/10)


KYW-TV, Philadelphia, PA (listed 6/4/10)
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (AM EP, new listing this week)
The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 4/9/10)
KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/14/10)
KTVT-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (Special Projects EP, relisted this week)
WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN (listed 7/9/10)
WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN (new listing this week)
KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (Morning EP, listed 5/31/10)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (AM EP, listed 4/23/10)
WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC (relisted 7/2/10)
WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX (relisted 5/7/10)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (AM EP, listed 3/27/10)
WTLV/WJXX, Jacksonville, FL (listed 5/21/10)
KOLD-TV, Tucson, AZ (AM EP, listed 6/20/10)
WHAM-TV, Rochester, NY (listed 7/9/10)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (Morning EP, listed 6/13/10)
WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI (relisted 7/2/10)


KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/14/10)


KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 5/14/10)

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Two new management hires at KPTV/KPDX, the Meredith owned duopoly in Portland, OR:  MARILYN DEUTSCH has been promoted to EP of Special Projects, while TIM WILLIAMS has been hired as the Nightside EP.  He was a senior producer at KCBS/KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, and had previously worked in San Diego and Spokane.  Tim’s a native of Washington State and happy to be home.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to SEAN DWYER, ND for WXOW-TV in Lacrosse, WI.  He’s recovering from injuries suffered when a car pulled in front of his bicycle.  Sean has a broken vertebra in his neck and a lot of bumps and bruises.  Your good wishes will reach him at: sdwyer@wxow.com

Two stations in Denver and two in San Francisco were among nine local TV stations were nominated for in the 31st Annual News and Documentary Emmy awards.  The entire list (and it’s a long one) is here.  (Find the word regional in the list to find the local nominees).



Former Erie, PA, and Traverse City ND MIKE CONWAY’s book is one of the finalists for the AEJMC’s top honor, the Tankard Book Award.  Mike’s book, The Origins of Television News in America is described as the first in-depth look at the development of the television newscast.

A veteran network newsman is returning to the network whose spokesman once called him a third rate producer!   STEVE FRIEDMAN is the new EP for MSNBC’s DYLAN RATIGAN show.  More on his lengthy career…and some fun three year old quotes from an NBC spokesperson…in this article from Mediaite.com.

Finally, former CBS News correspondent DAVID DICK died today (Friday, July 16th) at his Kentucky home.  He was 80, and had fought prostate cancer for many years.  Dick spent 19 years at CBS, and later was the director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and wrote several books.  The Lexington Herald Leader remembers him here.

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Here’s our list of the stations currently looking for an ND, as of Friday, July 16, 2010.

If you know of any changes, additions, corrections, or deletions, please let me know via email:  rick@rickgevers.com

KVEA-TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave.             Los Angeles, CA 91523 ***
KNBC-TV 3000 W. Alameda Ave              Los Angeles, CA 91523
KIAH-TV, 7700 Westpark Dr.                     Houston, TX 77063
KCPQ-TV    1813 Westlake Ave.  N.          Seattle, WA 98109
WBNS-TV 770 Twin Rivers Dr.                 Columbus OH 43215
WXMI-TV 3117 Plaza Dr. NE                    Grand Rapids MI 49525
WFMY-TV 1615 Phillips Avenue                Greensboro NC 27405
WJAR-TV 23 Kenney Dr.                       Cranston, RI 02920
WTEN-TV   341 Northern Blvd.                   Albany, NY 12204
KMSB-TV 1855 N. 6th Ave.                         Tuscon, AZ 85705
WNWO-TV   300 S. Byrne Rd.                    Toledo OH 43615
WGME-TV 81 Northport Drive          Portland, ME 04103 (see ad above)
KCRG-TV 501 2nd Ave. NE                        Cedar Rapids IA 52401
KGAN-TV 600 Old Marion Rd NE           Cedar Rapids IA 52402
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main St.                           Johnson City TN 37601
WCBD-TV 210 W. Coleman Blvd.            Mt. Pleasant SC 29464
KIVI-TV 1866 E. Chisolm Dr.                     Boise ID 83687
KTRV-TV 1 Sixth St. N.                               Boise ID 83687
KSFY-TV 300 N. Dakota Ave. #100        Sioux Falls SD 57104
KVLY-TV 1350 21st Ave South                  Fargo, ND 58107
WGXA-TV 599 Martin Luther King        Macon GA 31201
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                            Macon GA 31208
WRBL-TV 1350 13th Ave.                           Columbus GA 31901
KTVL-TV 1440 Rossanley Dr.                   Medford OR 97501
KECI/KTVM/KCFW 340 W. Main St.     Missoula MT 59802
KFBB-TV 3012 Highwoods Blvd.               Great Falls MT 59403
KLDO-TV 226 Bob Bullock Loop                Laredo, TX 78040
KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                Laredo TX 78045
KIEM-TV 5650 S. Broadway                       Eureka CA 95501

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