Wednesday, July 1 UPDATE:
PATTI McGETTIGAN has been promoted within LIN Television to become news director for the company’s CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, WISH-TV. She has been the ND for LIN’s WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI, since 2001. More on this move in our next full update later this week.
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Edward R. Murrow Winners Announced:
Congratulations to KIRO-TV in Seattle and KCCI-TV in Des Moines who were named winners of the National Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence. The complete list of winners can be found here.
Tuesday, June 30 UPDATE:
There are new details about the weekend stabbing death of BRYAN BARBIN, son of longtime news director LYN TOLAN and her husband BRAD BARBIN. As noted below, Brian died after an incident at a Columbus, OH festival. The Columbus Dispatch has this update, and you can find details about both funeral arrangements and a memorial fund in this obituary.
Sunday, June 28 UPDATE:
BRYAN BARBIN, the 18 year old son of former news director LYN TOLAN and her husband BRAD BARBIN, died last night after being stabbed at a Columbus, OH, festival. The Columbus Dispatch has further details.
Welcome to the ‘Bradley’ edition of your weekly newsletter, full of news of Bradleys, both Don and Dan. And several other well known names are sprinkled throughout the newsletter, names such as Doerr, Effron, Petner, Erbach, Iler, and Lippman.
There are THREE new NDs to share with you, and ONE new ND opening.
Those moves bring our count of open ND jobs to just 15, which I think is about the lowest number in the 13 years we’ve been reporting ND changes to you.
In addition to the names teased above, we have marriage news for a former South Carolina and Oklahoma ND.
All that, and more, after this week’s changes.
NEW NEWS DIRECTOR OPENINGS:
KXLN-TV, Houston, TX…REY CHAVEZ left this Univision station earlier this month after four years as ND. He plans to travel. Rey previously was the EP for KMEX-TV in Los Angeles.
NEW NEWS DIRECTORS NAMED:
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX…as we reported earlier in the week, TOM DOERR has been named VP/News Director for this FOX o-and-o. Tom’s a veteran ND who most recently had served as VP/Station Manager for CBS’s Miami duopoly. He’s been an ND in Houston earlier in his career, as well as in Dallas, Washington, Miami, San Antonio and Tulsa, and also spent three years as a consultant with AR&D. At KRIV, he replaces KATHY WILLIAMS who left the station in March after seven years as ND. She’s now the Assistant ND for KPRC-TV in Houston.
WGNO-TV, New Orleans, LA…RICK ERBACH returns to the ND chair as he moves to The Big Easy and this Tribune-owned ABC affiliate. Rick most recently was ND for WGCL-TV in Atlanta, a job he left about a yearago. Rick’s also been an ND in St. Louis, and worked for CNN Newssource. He replaces BOB NOONAN who left the station in May to become Assistant ND for WREG-TV in Memphis.
KAVU-TV, Victoria, TX…DON BRADLEY is the new ND for this Saga Communications owned ABC affiliate. Don had been ND for KCEN-TV in Waco until lastMay. Previously he spent 16 years as an ND in Ft. Wayne. He’s also worked in Memphis, St. Louis, Louisville, and Hartford/New Haven. At KCEN, he replaces DOUG TISDALE who left the station in May.
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OTHER NEWS MANAGEMENT OPENINGS:
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
WMUR-TV, Manchester, NH (listed 4/25/09)
WNEM-TV, Saginaw, MI (relisted 6/19/09)
EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:
KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (PM EP, relisted 6/14/09)
WESH-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted 5/15/09)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, relisted 6/19/09)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 6/19/09)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (listed 6/14/09)
KRNV-TV, Reno, NV (listed 5/22/09)
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NAMES in the NEWS:
Longtime news director and news manager DAN BRADLEY has been promoted to General Manager for Media General’s WCMH-TV in Columbus, OH. Dan’s been the Director of Digital Journalism for that NBC affiliate since April. He spent eight years as VP/News for Media General and earlier served as ND of the company’s NBC affiliate in Tampa, WFLA-TV. Dan began his career as a news photographer at WTOL-TV in Toledo and also worked in Dayton before moving to Tampa.
JOHN LIPPMAN is retiring as Senior VP/News and Operations for Univision, but John tells me he is not retiring from TV. John’s been in that job for the past 14 years, and previously was ND for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles and KIRO-TV in Seattle.
MARK EFFRON is moving to radio as Executive Produce for “The Takeaway”, Public Radio International’s national morning drive news program. That’s a co-production of PRI and WNYC Radio in New York. Mark’s a former MSNBC executive, worked as VP/News for Post-Newsweek Stations, and was President/COO of Titan TV.
STEVE KORIOTH is the new EP for WKOW-TV in Madison, WI. Steve most recently spent six years as ND for KTEN-TV in the Sherman, TX, Ada, OK market. He’s also worked in Huntsville and Tucson.
RICK ILER has a new job. The former Kansas City (KSHB-TV) and Little Rock (KARK-TV) ND has joined Cedar Rapids, IA, based BVS Performance Systems as Executive VP/COO. The company delivers training and communications support solutions for banks and credit unions. Wish him well at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to former ND SCOTT PARKS on his recent marriage to a high school classmate, CATHY WELTY. They reconnected at a reunion last summer and married June 16th. Scott’s a former ND for WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, and KOTV in Tulsa. He’s now a staff writer and editor for the Dallas Morning News. Cathy is a business development specialist for a Dallas architectural firm. Your note of congratulations reaches Scott via email at: email@example.com
Finally, a note of appreciation for TOM PETNER whose run as editor of the venerable Shoptalk newsletter has come to an end. Tom has been putting together that daily publication since founder DON FITZPATRICK died in 2006. Tom dramatically expanded the content of Shoptalk during his time as editor. I don’t know Tom well, but in my dealings with him have always found him to be fair, friendly, and honest. Good luck, Tom, in the next phase of your career.
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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Saturday, June 27, 2009. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WNBC-TV 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York NY 10012
WDIV-TV 550 W. Lafayette Blvd Detroit MI 48231
KXLN-TV 9440 Kirby Dr. Houston TX 77054 ***
WTVJ-TV 15000 SW 27th Ave. Miramar FL 33027
WISH-TV 1950 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
WZZM-TV 645 Three Mile Road NW Grand Rapids MI 49504
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
KSAX-TV PO Box 189 Alexandria MN 56308
(BOLD indicates new opening this week.
*** indicates Spanish language station)