March 2, 2009


A very slow week, with just ONE new news director to report.

That brings the number of openings to just 19, about as low as it’s ever been in the 12+ years I’ve distributed this newsletter.

There is one new management opening (but really, who wants to work in Hawaii)?

And we have two obituaries of veteran newsmen whose careers were mostly spent in one market, one in Ohio and one in Hawaii.

That and more after this week’s changes:


None that I know of.


WTVA-TV, Tupelo, MS…JEFF HOUSTON has been named News Director for this locally owned NBC affiliate. Jeff is currently an EP for WAVY-TV in Norfolk. He’s previously worked in Atlanta, Jacksonville (FL) and Augusta, GA. At WTVA, he replaces ROBERT DAVIDSON who left the station last October.

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WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (listed 1/30/09)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 1/11/09)
WREG-TV, Memphis, TN (relisted 1/16/09)


KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (PM EP, listed 2/13/09)
WFOR-TV, Miami, FL (Morning EP, relisted 1/23/09)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (listed 1/30/09)
WESH-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 1/30/09)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, listed 1/30/09)
WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, listed 12/12/08)
WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, relisted 1/16/09)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (relisted 1/23/09)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Dayside EP, relisted 12/12/08)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 1/16/09)
KITV, Honolulu, HI (new listing this week)


KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (relisted 11/21/08)


WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (listed 1/30/09)

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I’m sorry to report the loss of two veteran newsmen.

BOB SEVEY died last week after a three year battle with cancer. Often referred to as the Walter Cronkite of Hawaii, Bob served as ND and anchor for KGMB-TV in Honolulu and also worked at KITV (then KHVH-TV). Bob also had occasional appearances on the Hawaii 5-0 TV show. He was 81 years old. Read more about his life and career here.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Saturday, February 28, 2009) for longtime Cleveland newsman WIN SMITH who died earlier this week at the age of 82. He retired from WKYC-TV in 1991 after 40 years as a producer and assignment editor. The full obituary can be found here, while a blog from the station is here.

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Friday, February 27, 2009. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at:

KTLA-TV   5800 Sunset Blvd.               Los Angeles, CA 90028
WCVB-TV   5 TV Place                      Needham MA 02194
WWSB-TV   1477 10th St.                   Sarasota FL 34236
KXTV      400 Broadway                    Sacramento CA 95818
KDKA-TV   One Gateway Center              Pittsburgh PA 15222
KPTV      14975 NW Greenbrier Parkway     Beaverton OR 97006
WCMH-TV   3165 Olentangy River Rd.        Columbus OH 43202
WSYX/WTTE-TV 1261 Dublin Rd.              Columbus OH 43215
KUTV      299 S. Main St. #150            Salt Lake City UT 84111
WSPA-TV   250 International Drive         Spartanburg SC 29301
WFMY-TV   1615 Phillips Avenue            Greensboro NC 27405
KMPH-TV   5111 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
KDBC-TV   2201 E. Wyoming Ave.            El Paso TX 79903
WHOI-TV   500 N. Stewart St.              Creve Coeur IL 61601
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                     Macon GA 31208
KNOE-TV   1400 Oliver Rd.                 Monroe LA 71211
KTVE/KARD-TV 200 Pavilion Rd.             West Monroe LA 71292
KSAX-TV   PO Box 189                      Alexandria MN 56308

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