June 30, 2008


Three ND moves to tell you about this week, with TWO stations getting new news directors and just ONE new opening.

These changes mean 25 stations remain with an opening for a news director.

This week’s edition contains news of a former ND-turned-GM resigning his GM gig in a top 20 market. And we have obituaries for three people, including a former Arkansas and Ohio ND who also taught for many years.

Finally, we’re re-running paid ads for EP openings in Phoenix and Nashville.

All that, and more, after this week’s changes.


WIS-TV, Columbia, SC…TINA LUQUE BLACKLOCKE is leaving this Raycom-owned powerhouse NBC affiliate to become ND at WTKR-TV in Norfolk, VA. (More on that below.) Tina’s been the ND here since April, 2003. She’s also worked in Philadelphia and Boston.


WTKR-TV, Norfolk, Va…as noted above, TINA LUQUE BLACKLOCKE will be the next ND for this LocalTV owned CBS affiliate. The move here reunites Tina with WKTR GM JEFF HOFFMAN. They worked together in Philadelphia and at WIS-TV where Tina became ND when Jeff gave up those responsibilities to concentrate on his Station Manager duties. At WTKR, Tina replaces SHANE MORELAND who left the station last week after ten months as news director. Tina is the fifth ND here in the last four years.

WNWO-TV, Toledo, OH…TIM LIVINGSTON has been promoted to ND for this Barrington owned NBC affiliate. He first joined the station eleven years ago as a producer and has worked his way up. He replaces PAT LIVINGSTON (no relation) who has been named Director of News for owner Barrington Broadcasting. Pat was the ND here for the last year, and has also been an ND in Youngstown, OH, and Peoria, IL.

Note: Last week we reported an ND opening at Tribune’s KHCW-TV in Houston. The station will change its call letters next month to KIAH-TV. It’s the third set of calls for this station in the last nine years.

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KPHO-TV5, the Meredith-owned CBS affiliate in Phoenix, AZ has an opening for an Executive News Producer.

Are you an experienced news manager who knows how to deliver a great newscast through people-driven leadership?

KPHO seeks an Executive Producer responsible for supervising all aspects of our news programs, including development and execution of newscast content and program format. Successful candidate will work closely with Producers, Reporters and Assignment Editors in developing and maintaining high quality newscasts by overseeing story selection, coverage, pre-production and rundowns. Also responsible for proofing and editing scripts on a daily basis.


Bachelor’s degree preferred in Journalism or Broadcasting. Training in management and newsroom computers required. High School diploma or equivalent required.


3-5 years experience in mid-to-large markets preferred.

Specific Knowledge:

Minimum three years experience as a Producer and demonstrated track record developing and producing news programs. Proven communication skills and management leadership skills are necessary. Must have the ability to work well under deadline pressure, have excellent organizational skills and the ability to management projects.

Apply online at cbs5jobs@kpho.com or mail your resume to:

Human Resources
4016 N Black Canyon Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85017


Rare opening in Music City!

FOX 17 News seeks an experienced Executive News Producer. Qualified candidates will have extensive producing and previous EP experience.

As the number-two person in the newsroom, you`ll supervise the nightly newscasts, proofing scripts, writing copy, managing staff and working with producers and the desk.

You must be an excellent writer and producer, a leader and motivator. You need to be creative, able to multi-task and meet deadlines. We`re looking for a strong journalist who can proof scripts and help craft compelling, informative and interesting newscasts.

You will also have administrative duties requiring excellent communication and people skills. You must be a team player, a problem solver and have a passion for TV news.

If interested, send a resume and DVD or VHS tape of your best work. Also send a note detailing your direct involvment in the product.. and a cover letter explaining your news philosophy and why you`re a good candidate.

You should also apply online at fox17.com

News Director
631 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37228

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WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 5/16/08)
WTXF-TV, Philadelphia, PA (listed 6/20/08)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (relisted 6/6/08)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (listed 6/13/08)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (listed 6/6/08)
KVIA-TV, El Paso, TX (relisted this week)
KHBS/KHOG, Fort Smith, AR (listed 5/9/08)


KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, CA (2 Openings, AM and PM, listed 4/18/08)
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (AM EP, listed 6/13/08)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 6/20/08) See ad above!
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 4/18/08)
KSTP-TV, Minneapolis, MN (listing revised 5/2/08)
WOIO/WUAB-TV, Cleveland, OH (Nightside EP, listed 4/4/08)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Weekend EP, relisted 4/25/08)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, listed 4/18/08)
KGW-TV, Portland, OR (listed 6/20/08)
WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, relisted this week)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (relisted 5/9/08)
WVIT-TV, Hartford, CT (relisted this week)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (listed 6/20/08) See ad above!
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (Morning EP, relisted 4/18/08)
WSYX/WTTE, Columbus, OH (relisted 5/16/08)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (Dayside EP, relisted this week)
WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX (listed 6/20/08)
WPTV, W. Palm Beach, FL (Dayside EP, listed 5/30/08)
WHP-TV, Harrisburg, PA (relisted 4/25/08)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (2 jobs, Dayside & AM EP, relisted 4/18/08)
KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK (Nightside EP, relisted 4/18/08)
KVIA-TV, El Paso, TX (new listing this week)
WGGB-TV, Springfield, MA (listed 6/20/08)


WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, MN (relisted 5/16/08)

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Sadly, we have three obituaries in this week’s report:

DON SHOULTZ, a one-time news director in Little Rock and Columbus, OH, a long-time faculty member at Ohio University, and a veteran CNN employee, died Tuesday, June 17th. You can read more in this obituary from the Evansville Courier & Press.

CHANDA TAYLOR, a producer who worked at WFTV in Orlando, WSB-TV in Atlanta, and, most recently, at CNN has died of cancer. Chanda had blogged about her battle against cancer here. (As of this writing, her blog had not been updated to reflect her passing.)

JIM SCOTT, SR., father of WEWS-TV Managing Editor and interim News Director JIM SCOTT, died earlier this month after a long battle with lung and liver cancer. He was 79 and was buried last Tuesday. Jim has been blogging about his Dad’s fight. You can read the moving last installment here.

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STEVE HAMMELL has resigned as General Manager of KPHO-TV in Phoenix, a job he’s held for almost five years. Steve’s a former news director in Washington (WJLA-TV), St. Louis (KMOV-TV), and Rochester, NY (WHEC-TV).

GEOFF DANKERT has been promoted to Assistant ND for WFLD-TV, the FOX o-and-o in Chicago. He’s been the Managing Editor there and has also worked in Detroit.

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Please let me know about corrections, updates, deletions, and additions via email or telephone at the addresses and numbers below.

Here is the complete list of stations looking for a news director as of Friday, June 27, 2008. There are no guarantees that these jobs remain open. (These jobs are listed in order of market size.)

KTLA-TV   5800 Sunset Blvd.               Los Angeles, CA 90028
KVEA-TV   3000 W, Alameda Ave.            Burbank CA 91523
KIAH-TV   7700 Westpark Dr.               Houston TX 77063 (Note call letter change)
KPHO-TV   4016 N. Black Canyon Hwy.       Phoenix AZ 85017
KTVK-TV   5555 N. 7th Avenue              Phoenix AZ 85013
WEWS-TV   3001 Euclid Ave.                Cleveland OH 44115
KGTV      4600 Air Way                    San Diego CA 92102
KOB-TV    4 Broadcast Plaza SW            Albuquerque NM 87104
KMPH-TV   5111 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WTEN-TV   341 Northern Blvd.              Albany NY 12204
KOKI-TV   2625 S. Memorial                Tulsa OK 74129
WINK-TV   2824 Palm Beach Blvd.           Fort Myers FL 33916
WOWK-TV   555 Fifth Ave.                  Huntington WV 25701
WCSH/WLBZ-TV One Congress Square          Portland ME 04101
KYTV      999 W. Sunshine                 Springfield MO 65807
WSTM-TV   1030 James St.                  Syracuse NY 13203
WAAY-TV   1000 Monte Sano Boulevard       Huntsville AL 35801
WIS-TV    1111 Bull St.                   Columbia SC 29201
KFSM-TV   318 N. 13th St.                 Ft. Smith AR 72901
WEEK-TV   2907 Springfield Rd.            E. Peoria, IL 61611
KBMT-TV   525 Interstate 10 S.            Beaumont TX 77701
KBTV      6155 Eastex Freeway #300        Beaumont TX 77706
KOBI-TV   125 South Fir St.               Medford OR 97501
KTUU-TV   701 E. Tudor Rd. #220           Anchorage AK 99503
KIDK-TV   1255 E.17th St.                 Idaho Falls ID 83404

Rick Gevers
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