July 5, 2013


I hope you had…or are having…a great holiday.

As you might expect in a holiday weekend, not much activity on the news directors front, but have some interesting items for you.

Just ONE new ND and ONE newly named ND this week, leaving our count of open news director jobs at 21.

We have ads for TWO news directors positions (one a blind box ad), TWO new ads this week for EP positions in large markets, as well as a number of repeat ads for news management jobs in a wide variety of market sizes.

By now, most of you have heard of the latest station group purchase, but we’ll provide some a link to an article below. We’ve also got a link to an NPR story about a Louisville station that is promising not to hype ‘breaking news’. And in our GM Notes, we’ll share information about a 20 year North Carolina GM who passed away and the departure of a Kansas GM.

All that…and more…below.

New News Director Opening:

WHP-TV, Harrisburg, PA…DAVE BAER has left this Sinclair owned CBS affiliate, just three months after he arrived and just a few weeks after he was charged in a prostitution sting.

Newly Named News Director:


WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH…ALEX BONGIORNO returns to TV News as the next news director for this Scripps’ owned ABC affiliate. Alex left WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh last October after 3 1/2 years as ND there. She had earlier been an ND in Spartanburg, SC, and had worked in Tampa and Las Vegas. At WCPO, she replaces LANE MICHAELSEN, who left the station last March to become ND at WGCL-TV in Atlanta. In the interim, former Scripps news executive JEFF BROGAN was named General Manager here.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

Morning Executive Producer, News 12 New Jersey:

News 12 New Jersey… a 24/7 regional cable news station watched by more people in New Jersey than any other station… is looking for a morning show EP. Be a part of the team that beats most NYC stations in our coverage area every morning. We’re available in 1.7 million households.

News 12 New Jersey is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated news professional to supervise newsgathering and presentation of hyperlocal evening news coverage on all platforms. Responsibilities will include: overseeing editorial content and monitoring the construction of newscasts, copy editing newscast and reporter scripts and working closely with the Assignment Desk Supervisor to monitor developing stories, breaking news and crew logistics.

Other responsibilities include: providing coaching and training for producers; conducting performance reviews; coordinating scheduling of staff; monitoring the news product across all platforms to ensure quality control and maximize added value on the News 12 New Jersey website, infobar, and the 612 content (VOD) channel.

The Executive Producer will also be required to collaborate with the News Director and Assistant News Director to develop special segments and news programming, including but not limited to, elections and town meetings; troubleshoot issues and perform other duties as assigned.

To view the qualifications for this position and submit your resume, please click on the submit button below.

Click here to submit your resume

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintain a drug-free and smoke-free workplace.

Senior Executive Producer, WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA:

WSB-TV in Atlanta is looking for a Senior Executive Producer. This person will be a key manager for Atlanta’s number one-rated news team and one of the nation’s top television stations.

Candidates should have significant newsroom management experience and major market producing experience. The Senior EP will supervise a creative and competitive group of producers, oversee more than 45 hours of news each week, help develop and implement research-based newscast goals, help copy-edit newscasts, and ensure our newscasts have high production values. The successful candidate must know how to lead and motivate.

College degree required. WSB-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides excellent benefits.

E-mail: mike.dreaden@wsbtv.com

No phone calls please.

News Director, WVVA-TV, Bluefield, WV:

We’re looking for a dynamic newsroom leader to take our award winning team to the next level.

WVVA TV, in beautiful Bluefield, WV, a dominant NBC affiliate is searching for a News Director to help guide our news department to new heights of journalistic and ratings success. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a great team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing and maintaining market leading standards for newsroom operations and content. Other duties include hiring, coaching, supervising and evaluating news personnel, as well as preparation and administration of newsroom budgets and capital requests. The News Director is expected to work closely with other department managers to achieve the company’s overall performance goals.

A minimum of 6 years television news management experience and a college degree in broadcast journalism preferred. Candidate must be able to demonstrate strong working knowledge of community issues, as well as sound journalistic principles. Must have the ability to make fast, accurate journalistic and logistical judgments. Excellent communication skills are required.

If you have a passion for excellence, and a burning desire to lead the number one television news team in the Bluefield/Beckley WV market we want to hear from you.

WVVA offers a competitive salary, traditional benefits package, plus health club membership.

WVVA Television, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: newsdirector@wvva.com

or mail to:

News Director Opening
3052 Big Laurel Highway
Bluefield, WV 24701

Interviewing will begin immediately.

Small Market News Director/Anchor, Blind Box Ad:

If you have been thinking about trying your hand at news management, keep reading.

This is a great opportunity for the person who wants to make a difference by strategically guiding a young but capable news staff. This is a “hands on” position that could involve some anchoring. You will be working in a small market, not far from the east coast, loaded with charm and natural beauty.

You’ll have the tools and support to succeed.

Sound like a fun and rewarding challenge?

Send your resume, coverage and presentation philosophy and salary requirements to: newsdirectorad@yahoo.com

Assistant News Director, KRIV/KTXH-TV, Houston, TX:

KRIV/KTXH currently has an opening for an Assistant News Director. Overall management of the News Department including supervision of the Executive Producers, Managing Editor, Producers, Associate Producers, Weather, Sports and the Special Projects departments. Will lead the newsroom on various social media platforms. Will have primary oversight of the content gathering selections made during editorial meetings, and evaluating those selections on a daily basis. Work closely with the Director of News Operations on a scheduling of news employees to maximize talent and resources of the newsroom for all platforms. Assists in recruitment and management of all on-air talent.

Requires [4] year college degree with in Journalism or Communications. Min. [7] years as an AND or EP in a major market. Must have excellent supervisory and management skills. Must have exceptional editorial judgment and the ability to deliver compelling live tv. Must have experience working with newsroom budgets and a strong background in legal and ethical issues as it relates to the newsgathering process.

Qualified candidates should send resume, salary requirements, and non-returnable tape (if applicable) to: krivjobs@foxtv.com

or via mail to:

Assistant News Director Opening
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

No phone calls please. EOE M/F/D/V

AM & PM Executive Producers, KRIV/KTXH-TV, Houston, TX:

KRIV/KTXH currently has two openings for Executive Producer, AM & PM. Individuals will oversee all aspects of AM & PM newscasts. Guide daily editorial direction and help plan and oversee guest bookings and segment ideas and development. Oversee producers, associate producers, anchors and reporters in the selection and formatting of stories. Approve and copy edit scripts, teases and graphics. Help coordinate technical and logistical elements of newscasts.

Requires [4] year college degree in Journalism or Communications. Min. five (5) years producing exp. in mid-major market including show producing experience. [2] years management experience strongly preferred. Must be able to work in a fact paced, deadline oriented environment. Must possess good editorial judgment and understand the legal and ethical parameters for mass media. Strong working knowledge of technical aspects of tv news production required, including digital and web based newsgathering tools.

Qualified candidates should send resume, salary requirements, and non-returnable tape (if applicable) to: krivjobs@foxtv.com

or via mail to:

Executive Producer Opening
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

No phone calls please. EOE M/F/D/V

Morning Executive Producer, KGTV, San Diego, CA:

KGTV, San Diego’s ABC Affiliate, is recruiting for an experienced Executive Morning News Producer. This position is responsible for managing the content and showcasing across multiple platforms, ensuring the station is dominant within the market.

Requirements: Must have a strong journalistic sense, knowledge of what makes news and what interests people. 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, previous EP experience preferred. College degree required.

Additional duties include:

  • Coordinate the content and presentation across multiple platforms
  • Enhance and support content with graphics, video and station branding
  • Review content for multiple platforms
  • Supervise pre-production to ensure quality and ethical standards and coordination between Control Room and design staff
  • Supervise the writing of content, including but not limited to teases and web headlines
  • Manage schedules, overtime and performance for assigned direct reports, including but not limited to yearly reviews
  • Monitor web analytics on a daily basis to enhance user experience, site stickiness and engagement
  • Post content to station’s web sites
  • Knowledge and demonstration of editorial judgment, journalistic ethics and libel laws
  • Create tactics and strategies to increase demo performance in key target areas for multiple platforms
  • Have working knowledge of federal, state and local laws impacting operations
  • Work with other departments to accomplish the objectives of the station

If interested in this opportunity, please apply online at: http://www.scripps.com/careers

KGTV is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Dayside Executive Producer, WCSH-TV, Portland, ME:

Gannett’s powerhouse #1 station in “Vacationland” is looking for a dayside Executive Producer.

WCSH6 in beautiful Portland, Maine, has the ratings, the talent and the budget. All we need is a creative show doctor ready to do captivating television news. Come join the management team at Gannett, the fastest growing and best journalism company in America. We care about the compelling and enterprising, not the run of the mill collection of house fires and homicides. And we don’t hold back on the big stories. We go all out.

Our EP is involved in all critical decision making for our news team and product on all platforms. Our EP is responsible for teaching and training our producing team to showcase our legendary talent and journalism. Our EP approves rundowns, reporter scripts and edits copy, and will fill-in produce on dayside shifts as needed.

We have the canvas and the paint. You bring your talent and imagination.

Email your reel link, resume and references via email to: mredding@gannett.com

or via mail to:

Mike Redding
News Director
One Congress Square
Portland ME 04101

WCSH is an equal opportunity employer.

Other News Management Openings:


KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (listed 6/30/13, see ad above)
WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted this week)
WVIT-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (relisted 6/7/13)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listing revised 6/7/13)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (listed 6/16/13)
WBND/WCWW-TV, South Bend, IN (relisted this week)
WBTW-TV, Florence/Myrtle Beach, SC (listed 6/16/13)
KTIV-TV, Sioux City, IA (listed 5/10/13)


WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, listed 5/17/13)
KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (relisted 6/30/13)
KNTV, San Francisco/San Jose, CA (PM EP, listed 5/10/13)
The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (Morning EP, relisted 6/2/13)
WRC-TV, Washington, DC (listed 5/10/13)
WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA (Senior EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (AM & PM openings, listed 6/30/13, see ad above!)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 5/10/13)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (Dayside EP, relisted 5/10/13)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 6/7/13)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (AM EP, listed 6/30/13, see ad above!)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 6/23/13)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (AM EP, new listing this week)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (AM EP, listing revised 6/16/13)
WHBQ-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 6/7/13)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM EP, relisted 6/16/13)
WCSH-TV, Portland, ME (Dayside EP, listed 6/30/13, see ad above!)

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and looking for a new opportunity. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 150 words). You may include a link to a website, an email address, and a 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.

Names in the News:

It’s old news by now, but the latest station consolidation involves Tribune buying the LocalTV stations. The L.A. Times (itself owned by Tribune) reported on the news here.

NPR this morning offered a report on how Louisville’s FOX affiliate WRDB-TV is promising viewers it will not hype ‘breaking news’. Take three minutes and 31 seconds and listen to it by clicking here.

GM Notes:

Longtime WXII-TV (Winston-Salem, NC) GM RENNIE CORLEY died this week. He spent 20 years of his 43 year broadcast career as GM of WXII. That station’s current boss, HANK PRICE, remembers him in this broadcast editorial.

KSNW-TV (Wichita, KS) General Manager JOHN DAWSON has announced he’s leaving this newly-acquired-by-LIN Media NBC affiliate. He’s been commuting to Indianapolis during his almost four years as GM there and told the staff it’s time to stop what he called ‘the insanity’ of the long commute. John’s a former GM in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, and Birmingham and ran his own consulting firm.

Finally, congratulations to Northwest Cable News (Seattle, WA) News Director WAYNE LYNCH and his wife KAREN who will celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary next Wednesday, July 10th. A note of congratulations can go to: wlynch@nwcn.com

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Friday, July 5, 2013.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
KMSP/WFTC 11358 Viking Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344
KTXL-TV 4655 Fruitridge Rd. Sacramento CA 95820
XETV 8253 Ronson Rd. San Diego CA 92111
WOAI-TV 1031 Navarro St. San Antonio TX 78205
WXMI-TV 3117 Plaza Dr. NE Grand Rapids MI 49525
KOCO-TV 1300 East Britton Road Oklahoma City OK 73131
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
KOB-TV 4 Broadcast Plaza SW Albuquerque NM 87104
WTVR-TV 3301 W. Broad St. Richmond VA 23230
KTUL-TV 3200 S. 29th West Ave. Tulsa OK 74107
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
WEYI-TV 2225 W. Willard Road Clio MI 48420
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
KGUN-TV 7280 E. Rosewood St. Tucson, AZ 85710
KRCG-TV Highway 54 North Holts Summit MO 65043
WTWO-TV PO Box 9268 Terre Haute IN 47808
WVVA-TV 3052 Big Laurel Highway Bluefield, WV 24701 (see ad above)
WUTR/WFXV/WPNY 5956 Smith Hill Rd. Utica NY 13502
WLIO-TV 1424 Rice Ave. Lima OH 45805
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521

* Spanish language station

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