March 16, 2014


We have THREE new ND openings in this week’s report (just one week I expressed surprise at no new ND openings right after a rating period.)

And we have just ONE new ND, bringing our count of open ND jobs to 25.

One of those ND openings is featured in a paid ad below, one of FIVE ads in this week’s edition. Be sure to check those out below.

In Names in the News, we have a number of management moves as well as a link to an article that profiles CBS This Morning and its use of music.

All that and more below.

New News Director Openings:


WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH…we first reported the departure of JILL MANUEL in a Friday afternoon UPDATE.  Jill left the station Friday after more than 5 1/2 years as news director. She previously had been the news director for CLTV, the Tribune owned Chicago cable news operation.  Jill had also worked at WBBM-TV in Chicago as an executive producer, and for both Fox News and the Fox News Channel.  WEWS is an ABC affiliate owned by Scripps.


WDAM-TV, Hattiesburg, MS…after 30 years as news director and anchor, RANDY SWAN is stepping down as news director but will stay busy. He’ll continue to anchor and will launch an investigative unit for the Raycom Media owned NBC affiliate (which carries ABC programming on a digital channel). He’s been ND and anchor here since 1982 (with the exception of a five year stint at a station in Greenville, MS.) You can learn more about this opening in the paid ad below.


WNCT-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC…INGRID JOHANSEN has left this Media General owned CBS affiliate after 16 months as news director. Ingrid tells me she has plans for the future, but isn’t ready to reveal them quite yet. Earlier, she worked for six years as the ND at another station in the market, as well as an ND in Providence and Lexington. She’s worked in Raleigh, Greensboro, Columbia, SC , and Orlando, as a management consultant, and also ran a Congressional campaign.

Newly Named News Directors:


WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids, MI…congratulations to TAZ PAINTER who’s been named news director for this Gannett-owned ABC affiliate. It’s a move within Gannett for Taz, who’s been the Managing Editor for WBIR-TV in Knoxville for the past seven years. He’s also worked in Albuquerque and Greenville, SC. Luckily his wife is from Michigan so she can guide him through the brutal Grand Rapids winters! Taz replaces STANTON TANG who announced several weeks ago he’d be leaving the station to be closer to family out west.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:   

News Director, WDAM-TV, Hattiesburg, MS:

WDAM News has a unique opportunity for an experienced news manager to expand their vision and skills in one of the best news markets in America as a News Director.

Located in the heart of the Mississippi Pine Belt, the area boasts a superb quality of life. With a low cost of living coupled with first-class schools, and a great mass communication school, University of Southern Mississippi, it’s a great place to settle. The station is part of the Raycom Media group of television stations, which means that they have state of the art equipment and a strong culture of continuous training and opportunity for growth within the company.

The successful candidate will have at least five years of experience as an executive producer or higher level news leadership. Applicants should have a well developed nose for news plus the following experience base:

  • Strategic planning and execution
  • Sweeps planning and TSR development
  • Human resources
  • First Amendment/Journalism law,
  • Daily news gathering logistics and operations
  • Television production
  • Digital news gathering
  • Social Media

Above all else, exceptional “people skills, the ability to resolve conflict, guide, direct and grow the skill set of all in the news department is a must.

If you want to be a leader in an award winning, aggressive newsroom that makes a difference in its community, then apply online and upload your resume and references by clicking here.

No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/

Senior Executive Producer, WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH:

WBNS-TV, Central Ohio’s News Leader, seeks a dynamic Senior Executive Producer with a proven track record.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the production, execution and overall presentation of our daily newscasts, while providing leadership in the newsroom, managing producers and associate producers, ensuring writing meets station standards, coordinating with other departments for daily newscast production and assisting in development of news department strategy.

This position requires at least eight years experience in local television news as Producer and Executive Producer, with at least three years as EP or similar; excellent news judgment and communication skills, and above average writing and storytelling skills. Ability to manage and influence a large group and to work effectively in often stressful situations required. Experience in investigative journalism and digital platforms are a plus.

Qualified individuals may submit their resume online at

Dispatch Broadcast Group is an equal opportunity employer.
We are a drug free workplace.

Digital Managing Editor, WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH:

WBNS-TV is searching for a Digital Managing Editor to drive digital coverage on all platforms, including and mobile.

The successful candidate will coordinate the process of publishing and updating digital content with compelling text and images, managing breaking news coverage and ensure complementary branding for on-air product.

This is a fast paced, hands on role responsible for taking an active role in writing, editing, approving and publishing content daily while also providing direction and leadership to news and digital staff that is also responsible for creating and implementing strategic plans, collaborating with other Dispatch properties on special and non-news sections and analyzing digital reports and statistics.

This position requires at least three years experience working in the newsroom of a TV station or news publication, working knowledge of html, javascript, dynamic html, cgi and photo editing and publishing, preferably with Adobe Photoshop. Knowledge of AP Internet style required. Bachelors degree in journalism or broadcast journalism and previous supervisory experience strongly preferred.

Qualified individuals may submit a resume online at

Dispatch Broadcast Group is an equal opportunity employer.
We are a drug free workplace.


Assignment Manager, WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC:

WSPA-TV, covering the beautiful Carolinas, is seeking a strong leader to join our news team.

Candidates must have a background in advocacy journalism and show proven success managing multiple employees. The Assignment Manager oversees the assignment desk, editors and photographers and should be practiced in multi-tasking. The right candidate should have a proven track record in organizing, planning, and executing long and short term news coverage.

Candidates should have 5 years experience in a medium to large market with proven leadership skills.

Email your resume to or via mail to:

Human Resources
250 International Drive
Spartanburg SC 29303

Digital Executive Producer, WJCL/WGTS-TV, Savannah, GA:

Lin Media is expanding its digital content footprint with the ABC and Fox affiliates in one of the most beautiful DMA’s in the country, Savannah, GA/Hilton Head, SC. We have historic cities, beautiful geography, beaches near-by and very mild winters. LinMedia is one of the most progressive media companies in the business and is investing in Savannah in its properties, its people and its communities.

WJCL is now accepting résumés for Digital Executive Producer. The position is responsible for news content oversight, brand execution as well as managing people and workflows. The DEP is a newsroom leader and must have passionate vision for digitally executing local news coverage.

The DEP is charged with managing the daily editorial operations of the stations digital portfolio of web sites, projects and initiatives.

A journalism degree and 2+ years experience writing/editing in a newsroom is required. HTML experience is preferred.

Send to

No phone calls please.

Other News Management Openings:


WFLD/WPWR-TV, Chicago, IL (listed 1/26/14)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 2/14/14)
WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (relisted 2/1/14)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 2/1/14)


KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (Special Projects, relisted 2/14/14)
KXAS-TV, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (Morning EP, listed 2/1/14)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (Web EP, listed 2/22/14)
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 2/14/14)
WFLA-TV, Tampa. FL (relisted 2/1/14)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 1/12/14)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listing revised 2/1/14)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Senior EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (PM EP, relisted 2/1/14)
WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, OH (2 Openings, listed 2/14/14)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (listed 1/26/14)
KGPE/KSEE-TV, Fresno, CA (AM EP, listed 2/8/14)
KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK (relisted 2/22/14)
KGUN-TV, Tucson, AZ (Morning EP, listed 1/18/14)
WSJV-TV, South Bend/Elkhart, IN (relisted 2/22/14)
WJCL/WGTS-TV, Savannah, GA (Digital EP, listed 3/7/14, see ad above!)
WKBN-TV, Youngstown, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised 3/7/14)


WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA (Assistant News Ops. Mgr, relisted 1/12/14)


WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 1/26/14)
WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC (new listing this week, see ad above!)


WVIT-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 1/18/14)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Digital ME, new listing this week, see ad above!)

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:

KXAS-TV, the NBC o-and-o in Dallas/Ft. Worth, has hired DEAN TRAVINSKI as its Morning Executive Producer. It’s a return to Dallas and Texas for Dean, who once worked at WFAA-TV as a producer. Dean’s a Texas native who worked in his hometown of Waco before moving on to Oklahoma City, where he worked for two different stations. Most recently Dean was the morning EP for KCTV in Kansas City.


YVONNE SIMONS crosses the country to become the next Assistant News Director for KOVR-TV in Sacramento. She’s spent the last 3 1/2 years in the same role for WBTV in Charlotte. Before that she was an ND for two years in Boise. During her career. Yvonne has worked in Las Vegas, Columbus, Raleigh, Norfolk, and Champaign, IL, often as a reporter and anchor.

MICHELLE PALMER moves within Meredith to become an Executive Producer for WSMV-TV in Nashville. She’s been a producer for sister-Meredith station WFSB-TV in Hartford. She’s also worked for another Hartford station and for News 12 Connecticut.

Former Indianapolis (WISH-TV and WRTV) News Director KEVIN FINCH takes a look at the CBS Morning News (and its clever use of music) in this story on the RTDNA website.

General Manager News:

I’m not aware of any GM moves this week.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, March 16, 2014.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at:

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
KTTV 1999 S. Bundy Dr. Los Angeles CA 90025
WLTV 9405 NW 41st St. Miami FL 33175 *
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
WEWS-TV 3001 Euclid Ave. Cleveland OH 44115
KMOV-TV One Memorial Dr. St. Louis MO 63101
KOIN-TV 222 SW Columbia St. Portland OR 97201
WCNC-TV 1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr. Charlotte NC 28217
WTMJ-TV 720 E. Capitol Dr. Milwaukee WI 53212
KVDA-TV 6234 San Pedro San Antonio TX 78216 *
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
WIAT-TV 2075 Golden Crest Drive Birmingham AL 35209
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville KY 40203
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WOI-TV 3903 Westown Parkway West Des Moines IA 50266
WAAY-TV 1000 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville AL 35801
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
KCEN-TV 314 South Intestate 35 Eddy TX 76524
WCBD-TV 210 W. Coleman Blvd. Charleston SC 29464
WCYB/WEMT-TV 101 Lee St. Bristol TN 24201
WNCT-TV 3001 Euclid Ave. Greenville NC 27834
WRBL-TV 1350 13th Ave. Columbus GA 31901
WJHG-TV, 8195 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach FL 32407
WDAM-TV 2362 U.S. Highway 11 Moselle MS 39459 (see ad above!)
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station

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