June 14, 2009

Thursday, June 18 UPDATE:



COLEEN MARREN has been named News Director for CBS’s KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.  Coleen spent almost nine years as the ND for WCVB-TV in Boston before leaving the station last December.  She replaces JOHN VERRILLI who left KDKA-TV earlier this year to become ND for WBZ-TV in Boston.  More on this story in Friday’s full update.

Monday, June 15 UPDATE:

Kevin Finch

Kevin Finch

KEVIN FINCH, news director of the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, WISH-TV, has resigned to take a position with a documentary producer.  More details in next week’s report.


Welcome to a new look for my website and the newsletter.  It’s still a work in progress.  We’ll be adding a search function soon that allows you to delve into our archives, and hopefully we’ll be able to add some new features.

Due to the switch to this new look, last week’s newsletter was updated late and was only online for a short time.  If you missed it, you can check it out by clicking the link to your right for June 8, 2009.

Openings in large markets (like the largest!) and small markets highlight this slightly delayed edition of your weekly report covering news director and news manager movement.

In all, there are  THREE new openings and  TWO new news directors to tell you about.

One of those new NDs is returning to the ND chair after years away from his time as an ND in several top ten markets.

These changes mean there are now  19 stations looking for a new news director.

Also this week, an EP returns to a New York City station, and the first grandchild for a one-time news director who’s been teaching for more than 20 years.

All that and more following this week’s change:


WNBC-TV, New York, NY…VICKIE BURNS has been named VP of Content & Audience Development for NBC Local Media New York.  She’s charged with developing audience for all the WNBC platforms.  She will continue to oversee the news operation until her successor is named.  She’s been the ND here for just over a year, and previously spent more than four years as ND at sister-NBC-o-and-o WRC-TV in Washington.

WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI…PHIL HENDRIX has left this Young Broadcasting owned CBS affiliate. He’s been the ND for the last six years, and has also worked in Detroit and Flint.

WNCT-TV, Greenville, NC…ADAM HENNING is leaving this Media General owned CBS affiliate to become ND for WAFF-TV in Huntsville, AL.  He’s been the ND here since October, 2007.  More on Adam and his new job below.


WPTY/WLMT-TV, Memphis, TN…veteran News Director PETE JACOBUS starts Monday as the new ND for this Newport TV-owned ABC/CW duopoly.  Pete most recently has been working as VP/North American Television for Frank N. Magid Associates.  Earlier in his career Pete served as ND in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit and San Diego, and also served as a VP for ABC News.  In Memphis, he replaces JIM TURPIN who has left the station after seven years as ND.  Jim’s also been an ND in Norfolk, Wichita, Moline, IL, and Ft. Smith, AR.

WAFF-TV, Huntsville, AL...as mentioned above, ADAM HENNING will be the next News Director for this Raycom-owned NBC affiliate.  Adam is currently the ND at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC, and has previously been an ND in Wilmington, NC, and Gainesville, FL.  At WAFF-TV, he replaces MIMI STRAWN who left the station in April after six months as ND to return to New Orleans for family reasons.  Adam becomes the fourth ND here in just over two years.

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WMUR-TV, Manchester, NH (listed 4/25/09)
WNEM-TV, Saginaw, MI (listed 3/8/09)


KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (PM EP, relisted this week)
WESH-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted 5/15/09)
KXTV,    Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, listed 1/30/09)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 1/16/09)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (new listing this week)
WKOW-TV, Madison, WI (listed 6/5/09)
KRNV-TV, Reno, NV (listed 5/22/09)

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NAMES in the NEWS:

WPIX-TV in New York has named WILSON SURATT Senior Executive Producer of PM News Programming, which means he’ll oversee the station’s 10:00 PM news.  He’s been out of local TV for a few years, working at either CNN or working for his own production company, but previously worked at WPIX, as well as in Los Angeles and Raleigh.

Kent Collins

Kent Collins

Congratulations to KENT COLLINS, chair of the broadcast department at the University of Missouri, and a former ND in several markets, on the birth of his first grandchild.  Kent’s son Justin and Justin’s wife Lisa are the proud parents of a daughter, Lucy Grace Collins, born three weeks ago. Send your best wishes to Kent via email to: collinsks@missouri.edu

Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Sunday, June 14, 2009.  If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: rick@rickgevers.com

WNBC-TV   30 Rockefeller Plaza            New York NY 10012
WDIV-TV   550 W. Lafayette Blvd           Detroit MI 48231
KRIV-TV   4261 Southwest Freeway          Houston TX 77027
WTVJ-TV   15000 SW 27th Ave.              Miramar FL 33027
KDKA-TV   One Gateway Center              Pittsburgh PA 15222
WZZM-TV   645 Three Mile Road NW          Grand Rapids MI 49504
WGNO-TV   One Galleria Blvd, #850         Metairie, LA 70001
WJAR-TV   23 Kenney Dr.                   Cranston RI 02920
KGPE-TV   4800 N. First St.               Fresno CA 93726
WKRG-TV   555 Broadcast Dr.               Mobile AL 36606
WAND-TV   904 South Side Dr.              Decatur IL 62525
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
WLNS-TV   2820 E. Saginaw St.             Lansing MI 48912
WNCT-TV   3221 S. Evans St.               Greenville NC 27834
WPBN/WTOM-TV 8518 M 72 West               Traverse City MI 49684
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                     Macon GA 31208
KTEN-TV   10 HighPoint Circle             Denison TX 75020
KAVU-TV   3808 N. Navarro                 Victoria TX 77901
KSAX-TV   PO Box 189                      Alexandria MN 56308

(BOLD indicates new opening this week)

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