June 22, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 UPDATE:

A major station swap today, with Cox Media Group and FOX being the players.

Cox is trading its San Francisco duopoly, KTVU-TV and KICU-TV, for two FOX o-and-o’s in Boston (WFXT-TV) and Memphis (WHBQ-TV).

More details in this news release from Cox.

Our full report this week may be delayed by our attendance at the annual IRE conference in San Francisco, where I hope to see many of you.

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There are TWO new openings, both in 100+ markets, to tell you about this week, and, to my knowledge, NO new NDs were hired this week.  Those changes bring our total of open ND jobs to 27.

ONE of those 27 jobs is featured in a paid ad below, along with THREE ads for Executive Producer openings in a wide range of markets.

Names in the News features good news about longtime consultant DAVE SMITH and longtime newsman SCOTT LIBIN, along with a number of news managers on the move and some GM changes, too.

Finally, last week I mentioned that we’d moved and have new telephone numbers.  Due to some spectacularly inept customer service by my former former phone company TDS Telcom (Motto: America’s seventh largest local exchange telephone company. Seriously.), I’d like to repeat the new numbers and encourage you to update your contact list.

New work number is: 317-635-7912.  New fax number is 317-635-7919.  And the new address is:

355 E. Ohio St. #303
Indianapolis IN 46204

All this week’s news after this ad from a returning advertiser, ExciteM!

New News Director Openings:

WAKA-TV, Montgomery, AL…after just one month on the job, an illness involving his mother has forced JACK PAGANO to step down as ND for this Bahakel owned CBS affiliate. He joined the station after spending six years as a television mentor/trainer in Afghanistan since retiring from the Army. He once served as ND for WWAY-TV in Wilmington, NC.

KPVI-TV, Pocatello, ID…is advertising for a new news director. You can see that paid ad below. My records show that TODD BLACKINTON had been the ND/anchor there for the past two years. He’d earlier worked in Peoria. KPVI is an NBC affiliate and is now owned by Idaho Broadcast Partners.

Newly Named News Directors:

None, that I know of. Do you know of any? Then shoot me an email! rick@rickgevers.com

Paid Help Wanted Ads:    

News Director, KPVI-TV, Pocatello ID:

KPVI NBC 6 in the majestic Idaho Falls/Pocatello, Idaho market, has an opening for a motivated, versatile, knowledgeable, experienced, and goal-oriented News Director to manage our news operations. While News Director experience is preferred, we also want to hear from any experienced Executive Producers or an Assistant News Director looking to take that next step.

The KPVI News Director position is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the television newsroom and website, budgeting, hiring and training of the newsroom personnel, maintenance of journalistic and legal standards, superior news gathering and news production. The News Director must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Organization and time management skills are a must. Position reports directly to the VP/General Manager, Shawn Wilcox.

If you wish to work for a company that rewards excellence and you are a motivated, goal-oriented self-starter, please e-mail your resume and a link to your finished news product to swilcox@kpvi.com.

Resumes and links may also be mailed as follows:

Mr. Shawn Wilcox
General Manager
902 E. Sherman
Pocatello ID 83201


Morning Executive Producer, KING-TV, Seattle. WA:

KING 5 TV, Seattle’s #1 news station, is looking for a creative Executive Producer to oversee the content and direction of our 4 ½ hour morning newscast. If you are competitive and passionate about covering news, have strong journalistic credentials, and proven leadership skills to manage a large staff, we want to talk to you.

You will lead a staff of reporters, producers, writers, photographers, and assignment editors. To be successful in this position, you need to thrive at producing, planning, and motivating. You need to know how to solve problems and make decisions as the leader of the team. Experience growing digital and social platforms beyond simple broadcast companions is desired.

Candidates with a college degree and 5 years news management experience preferred. System experience with ENPS, Axis graphics, and Vertigo is beneficial.

KING TV is owned by Gannett, the largest local media company in the country. To be considered a candidate for an opening at KING, you must complete the online application on the employment tab found on: king5.com/on-tv and attach your resume and cover letter.

Paper resumes or any electronic information received that do not come through the online application process will not be considered part of the applicant pool.

KING TV is an equal opportunity employer.

Morning Executive Producer, KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO:

KOAA, the number one NBC affiliate in beautiful Colorado Springs-Pueblo is looking for an Executive Producer to lead our talented morning team through a two and a half hour award winning newscast.

We are looking for a true leader who can set the pace in the market on multiple platforms including web, mobile and social media. We staff for multiple morning live shots, and expect a fact paced, informative newscast on brand. The ideal candidate will be a great teacher for young producers, coordinate with marketing, collaborate with managers and bring creative solutions to the table; must be able to make smart decisions and execute last minute changes to shows without supervision.

We are an investigative station in a market with a lot of breaking news, including critical weather conditions during morning drive. At least two years producing experience required. Management experience preferred – but leadership qualities are even more important. Familiarity with NBC Newschannel, ENPS, Social News Desk & Ross Overdrive is helpful.

You will get to work in one of the most beautiful places on earth, in a happy newsroom, with full benefits and competitive pay. We love what we do – come see why.

Rush your resume & link to your work via email to: EPJob@KOAA.com, SUBJECT LINE: Executive producer

NO phone calls please.

Executive Producer, KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO:

The E.W. Scripps owned NBC affiliate in Kansas City, MO, 41 Action News seeks an Executive Producer who is a strong show doctor ready for the next challenge. You should be high-energy, aggressive with breaking news and know how to think big. You’ll run the day to day operations, guide coverage across 3 screens and create special coverage plans. You’ll need to be great at juggling multiple projects and collaborating with the team to ensure those projects are executed.

The successful candidate will possess 3 + years’ experience in newsroom management and progressive producing desired. Must have proven and effective leadership skills; fosters open dialogue, empowers others, addresses conflict quickly and directly. Strong organizational and communication skills (verbal and written) required.

Send resume and a letter of introduction via email to: carrie.hofmann@kshb.com or via mail to:

Carrie Hofmann
News Director
4720 Oak Street
Kansas City MO 64112

Scripps Media, Inc., certifies that its advertising sales agreements do not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity. All advertising sales agreements contain nondiscrimination clauses.

Other News Management Openings:


WLS-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 5/24/14)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 6/15/14)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 6/7/14)
KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, NV (relisted 6/15/14)
WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY (relisted 6/15/14)
WCJB-TV, Gainesville, FL (listed 5/2/11)


WFLD-TV, Chicago, IL (AM EP, listed 5/30/14)
WLS-TV, Chicago, IL (relisted 5/24/14)
KTVU-TV, San Francisco/Oakland, CA (Digital EP, listed modified this week)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (AM EP, relisted 6/15/14)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (relisted 6/15/14, see ad above!)
WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, new listing this week)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Senior EP, relisted 5/18/14)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Dayside EP, new listing this week)
WTEV/WAWS, Jacksonville, FL (AM EP, listed 5/11/14)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (relisted 6/15/14)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Nightside EP, listed 5/24/14)
KGUN-TV, Tucson, AZ (Morning EP, relisted 5/24/14)
WHAM-TV, Rochester, NY (listed 5/30/14)
WISC-TV, Madison, WI (listed 5/30/14)
WSJV-TV, South Bend/Elkhart, IN (AM EP, listing modified 4/25/14)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (AM EP, relisted this week, see ad above!)
WCIV-TV, Charleston, SC (relisted 5/24/14)
KTVA-TV, Anchorage, AK (listed 5/2/14)
KTTC-TV, Rochester, MN (relisted 5/30/14)


WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC (relisted 5/18/14)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (listed 6/15/14)


WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Digital ME, relisted 5/18/14)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 6/7/14)


WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 5/24/14)


WAVE-TV, Louisville, KY (listed 5/18/14)

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are 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…and other things:


We have good news to report on the condition of SmithGeiger CEO DAVE SMITH who underwent his second kidney transplant surgery earlier this week at UCLA Medical Center. The new kidney is functioning well and his recovery is going well. Dave’s daughter HARPER, who donated a kidney to an exchange program that resulted in the kidney for Dave, is also doing well. There were a total of 22 people in the exchange program, 11 donors and 11 recipients at eight medical centers. While he recovers, Dave can’t accept flowers, but a donation to the PKD Foundation would be appreciated. Click here to learn more. Your note of well wishes should go to: dave@smithgeiger.com


SCOTT LIBIN is joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Scott tells me he’ll teach two courses each semester, coordinate internships, work on redesigning the curriculum and engage the industry in an ongoing conversation about what media employers need from graduates. And he’ll continue to do outside consulting and training. Scott most recently had been working for Internet Broadcasting. He’s a former ND for two stations in Minneapolis and one in Greensboro-High Point, NC, and has worked at Poynter.

MIKE AVILA joins WPIX-TV in New York as Supervising Producer of the morning news. He had been working for WLNY-TV in New York and has also worked for WNBC-TV and WCBS-TV in the Big Apple.

Speaking of New York, STEVE BOGNAR joins WNBC-TV as Managing Editor. He’s been an EP for WBZ-TV in Boston and earlier worked for WDIV-TV in Detroit.

DENETRA WALKER has been promoted to Assistant ND at Raycom’s WIS-TV in Columbia, SC. She’s been an EP at this NBC affiliate, and earlier in her career worked in Augusta, GA.

General Manager Notes:

Longtime WSVN-TV (Miami) General Manager BOB LEIDER will retire in September. He’ll be replaced by the GM of sister Sunbeam Broadcasting station WHDH-TV in Boston, CHRIS WAYLAND. And Wayland will be replaced by ROBERT BURNS.

PAUL PEROZENI has been promoted to GM for WJW-TV in Cleveland. He’d been the sales manager there.

JOSE LUIS PADILLA is the new GM for KAZA-TV, the Azteca America o-and-o in Los Angeles.

Sinclair Broadcasting promoted GREG CONNER to GM for WXLV-TV and WZLV-TV in Winston-Salem, NC. He’d been the Director of Sales for another Sinclair duopoly, KVCW-TV and KVMY-TV in Las Vegas.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

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

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, June 22, 2014.

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
WGN-TV 2501 Bradley Place Chicago IL 60618
KTVT-TV 5233 Bridge St. Ft. Worth TX 76103
New England Cable News, 160 Wells Avenue Newton, MA 02459
WBZ-TV 1170 Soldiers Field Rd. Boston MA 02134
WFDC-TV 101 Constitution Ave. NW Washington DC 20001 *
KPRC-TV 8181 SW Freeway Houston TX 77074
KIRO-TV 2807 Third Ave. Seattle WA 98121
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
WEWS-TV 3001 Euclid Ave. Cleveland OH 44115
KMAX-TV 2713 Kovr Drive Sacramento CA 95605
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WCNC-TV 1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr. Charlotte NC 28217
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
WTLV/WJXX-TV, 1070 E. Adams St. Jacksonville, FL 32202
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WFRV-TV 1181 E. Mason St. Green Bay WI 54301
WOI-TV 3903 Westown Parkway West Des Moines IA 50266
KTLM-TV 3900 N. 10th St., 7th Floor McAllen TX 78501
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
WCBD-TV 210 W. Coleman Blvd. Charleston SC 29464
KVRR-TV 4015 9th Ave S Fargo ND 58103
WAKA-TV 3251 Harrison Road Montgomery AL 36109
KLFY-TV 1808 Eraste Landry Rd. Lafayette LA 70506
KPVI-TV 902 E Sherman Pocatello ID 83201 (see ad above!)
KLDO/KXOF-TV 226 Bob Bullock Loop Laredo TX 78040
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station

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