It’s been a busy week.
We have a number of news director changes, above and beyond those we shared with you in an ND List UPDATE earlier this week. And several of them involve some veteran NDs on the move.
In all, there are FIVE new news directors this week, while we have THREE new ND openings.
That brings our count of open ND jobs to 17.
We have one new news management opening, and be sure to check out our ads for a news management job in Columbus, OH, and for a great traffic service.
Also below, funeral information for WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) General Manager JIM TELLUS, who died earlier this week.
In Names in the News, a new GM job for one former ND and a new wife for another, with a little bit of a twist.
All that and more after this week’s many changes:
NEW NEWS DIRECTOR OPENINGS:
WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC…JIM PLATZER has left this Gannett-owned CBS affiliate after just ten months as ND. Jim’s a former ND in Decatur, IL, and Clarksburg, WV. He’s also worked in Orlando, Tampa, Mobile, Altoona, and Johnstown, PA.
WOWK-TV, Charleston/Huntington, WV…LEEZA GLAZIER is leaving to become the Morning Executive Producer for WTEV/WAWS-TV in Jacksonville, FL. Leeza’s been ND for this West Virginia Media Holdings since August, 2008, when she was promoted. She’s also worked in Shreveport and Alexandria, LA. In addition to her management experience, Leeza’s also worked on air as a morning weather anchor.
WMBF-TV, Myrtle Beach, FL…MATT MILLER is leaving this Raycom NBC affiliate for another Raycom station. He’s been named ND for WXIX-TV in his native Cincinnati. More on that below. He’s been the ND here since the station first starting airing news in 2008.
NEW NEWS DIRECTORS NAMED:
WGBO-TV, Chicago, IL…I’m told this Univision owned station has named a new news director. Regretfully, I don’t know her name. Can anyone help?
KTVT/KTXA-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX…ADRIENNE ROARK will be the next ND for this CBS o-and-o. She comes from another CBS owned station, WFOR/WFBS in Miami, where she’s been ND since June, 2007. Adrienne has also worked in Orlando, Columbus, OH, and Cleveland. She replaces SCOTT DIENER who also moved up in CBS, taking over as ND for KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles earlier this year.
WFOR/WFBS-TV, Miami, FL…CESAR ALDAMA will replace Adrienee as ND here. He’s currently the Assistant ND for yet another CBS o-and-o, KYW/WPSG-TV in Philadelphia. It’s the third tour of duty for Cesar in Miami, who earlier worked as an editor, photographer, and assignment manager at WSVN-TV as well as a stint at WFOR as Managing Editor. He’s also worked in Baltimore and Orlando.
WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, OH…congratulations to Cincinnati native MATT MILLER who returns home as ND for this Raycom-owned FOX affiliate. Matt’s currently ND for Raycom’s WMBF-TV in Myrtle Beach, SC. Matt will now have worked at all four Cincinnati stations: as a floor director for WKRC-TV, as a sports reporter for WLWT-TV, and as the Assistant ND for WCPO-TV. He’s also worked in Macon, GA. Matt replaces STEVE ACKERMANN who’s being promoted to Regional News Director for Raycom. Steve will continue to be based in Cincinnati, where he’s been ND for WXIX since February, 2005.
KMPH-TV, Fresno, CA…veteran news director JIM TURPIN will be the next ND for this FOX affiliate owned by the New World TV Group, which took over many of the former Pappas stations. Jim’s a former ND in Memphis, Norfolk, Wichita, the Quad Cities, and Ft. Smith, AR. The ND job at KMPH was vacant for several years during the Pappas bankruptcy proceedings. The last fulltime ND there was GEOFF ROTH who left in July 2007
Finally, two clarifications on items from last week. KOHD-TV in Bend, OR, will continue to produce local news updates and a ten minute newscast at 11:00 PM, in addition to regular web updates. The station will NOT serve as a bureau for it’s Eugene, OR, sister station.
And we reported that MACRADEE AEGERTER has been promoted to ND for KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, WY. We’ve since learned her predecessor, TREGG WHITE, has been named station manager for the company’s Northern Colorado operation.
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OTHER NEWS MGMT. OPENINGS:
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 2/26/09)
WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted this week)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (listed 2/12/10)
WAPT-TV, Jackson, MS (listed 3/5/10)
EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:
News 12 The Bronx/Brooklyn, NY (listed 1/8/10)
News 12 New Jersey (AM EP, new listing this week)
KTVT-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (2 jobs, Special Projects & AM EP, listing revised 1/8/10)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, listing revised 1/29/10)
KPTV, Portland, OR (two openings, one is EP/Special Proj., listing revised 1/29/10)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (AM EP, listed 12/26/09)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 2/26/10)
WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX (listed 2/5/10)
WPEC-TV, West Palm Beach, FL (relisted 12/12/09)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (relisted 1/15/10)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (PM EP, listed 2/19/10)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (listed 3/5/10)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (PM EP, listed 1/22/09)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (listed 3/5/10)
MANAGER OF CONTENT PRESENTATION:
WCMH-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 3/05/12, see ad above)
MULTI MEDIA CONTENT DIRECTOR:
The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 12/12/09)
The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 12/18/09)
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Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Saturday, March 13) in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, IN, for WTHR-TV General Manager JIM TELLUS who died earlier this week. Jim, 47, died of an apparent heart attack while in Columbus, OH, for the monthly board meeting of WTHR’s parent company. I’ve heard from many of you this week after reporting his death and all agree that he was one of the truly good guys in the business. He’d been GM for WTHR since January, 2008, and previously had been ND there. He’d also been an ND in Seattle, Norfolk, and Wichita. Jim was a New York City native. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, a son, and three daughters. The station aired this report on his passing.
In addition to the memorial suggestions mentioned in the linked articles above, there is now a Jim Tellus Memorial Fund at his alma mater, Wichita State University. You can contribute online, via mail, or via phone (316-978-6842.) Contributions can be sent to:
Jim Tellus Memorial
c/o WSU Foundation
1845 Fairmount, Box 2
Wichita, KS 67260-0002
or you can go online here, go to ‘other’ near the bottom of the page and write in Jim Tellus Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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More than 10 days after his death, The Miami Herald ran this obituary on WPLG-TV Executive Producer CHRIS GILKS. Chris was a former ND in Atlanta and Spokane, WA.
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NAMES IN THE NEWS:
Congratulations to one-time news director PETER MARONEY who’s been named VP/GM for Local TV’s KDVR/KWGN-TV, the Fox/CW duopoly in Denver. Peter is currently GM for the company’s WTVR-TV in Richmond, VA. He’s previously been a GM for KOIN-TV in Portland, OR, where he had been the VP/News and Programming. He’d also been ND for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, and worked in newsrooms in Boston, Minneapolis, and Houston.
WPIX-TV in New York has hired HOWARD DORSEY as an Executive Producer. He’s been the morning EP for News 12 New Jersey, which is now searching for his replacement as listed above.
Finally, former Los Angeles and Seattle News Director JOE BARNES will have a unique twist when he gets married later this month. His ‘best man’ will be a woman: ADRIENNE LAURENT, who was the Assistant ND at KOMO-TV in Seattle when Joe was the ND there. Adrienne’s also a former anchor and news director and anchor for KSBW-TV in Salinas/Monterrey, CA. Adrienne also served on the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She and her husband, MARK SHILSTONE, were among the co-founders of Medialine. Joe is still in Seattle, where he’s Chief Marketing and Development officer for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have an ND opening, as of Friday, March 12, 2010.
And if you know of updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KVEA-TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave. Los Angeles, CA 91523 ***
WXYZ-TV 20777 W. 10 Mile Road Southfield MI 48037
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way Sacramento CA 95815 ***
WTIC-TV, 285 Broad St. Hartford, CT 06115
WZTV-TV 631 Mainstream Drive Nashville TN 37228
WAVE-TV 725 S. Floyd St. Louisville KY 40203
WFMY-TV 1615 Phillips Avenue Greensboro NC
WTEN-TV 341 Northern Blvd. Albany, NY 12204
WOWK-TV 555 Fifth Ave. Huntington WV 25701
KGMB-TV 420 Waiakamilo Rd. # 205 Honolulu HI 96817
WNWO-TV 300 S. Byrne Rd. Toledo OH 43615
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main St. Johnson City TN 37601
WFFF-TV 298 Mountain View Dr. Colchester VT 05446
WMBF-TV PO Box 3579 Myrtle Beach SC 29577
WMGT-TV PO Box 4328 Macon GA 31208
KTVE/KARD-TV 200 Pavilion Rd. West Monroe LA 71292
KGNS-TV 120 W. Delmar Blvd. Laredo TX 78045
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