March 23, 2009


Welcome to the full disclosure edition of your regular weekly newsletter covering the comings and goings of news directors and news managers. (Read on: you’ll figure it out).

This week we have ONE new opening, and ONE new ND to report. That keeps our list of stations with ND openings at 19.

Of note: that one new opening is in Houston, and leaves two of the “Big Four” stations there without a news director.

We have one new management job listed, and two items in Names in the News: one a new job for a former Dallas and KC ND, and the other an obituary for the mother of a veteran Michigan news director.

Since we have few items in Names in the News this week, let me remind you that we welcome your submissions. Send ’em via email to:

Here are this week’s changes:


KPRC-TV, Houston, TX…SKIP VALET has been promoted within parent company Post-Newsweek to be GM for the company’s Orlando station, WKMG-TV. Skip was ND at WKMG before taking over the same job at KPRC in 2006. He’s a Florida native who first joined PNS at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, where he worked his way up from production assistant to ND. Full disclosure: Skip and I worked together at WJXT.


WWSB-TV, Sarasota, FL…JASON WILDENSTEIN is now the ND for this Calkins-Media owned ABC affiliate. He had been the Director of Operations. Jason replaces KAY MATHERS (MILLER) who left the station last August to join a local non-profit. Kay was ND here for seven years.

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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)
WNEM-TV, Saginaw, MI (listed 3/8/09)


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)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 1/16/09)
KITV, Honolulu, HI (listed 2/27/09)


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


WFLD-TV, Chicago, IL (new listing this week)

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NAMES in the NEWS:

Former Kansas City (KCTV) and Dallas-Ft. Worth (KTVT-TV) ND REGENT DUCAS has joined Dallas-based Talent Dynamics as Director of Business Development/Sports. He’ll be trying to grow the firm’s business in coaching and media training for professional athletes. Since leaving KTVT in August, 2007, Regent has been an interim ND for WLNE-TV in Providence and served as an adjunct professor for University of Texas-Arlington.

Our sympathy to WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids, MI) News Director TIM DYE on the loss of his mother, PATRICIA ‘PAT’ DYE, who passed away March 9th after complications from surgery. She was 81, and is survived by her husband Jim and three other children. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 21, in Saginaw. You can read the obituary here: Full disclosure: Tim and I worked together at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. You can send Tim your condolences at:

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Friday, March 20, 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
WMUR-TV   100 South Commerical St.        Manchester NH 03101
KRIV-TV   4261 Southwest Freeway          Houston TX 77027
KPRC-TV   8181 SW Freeway                 Houston TX 77074
KXTV      400 Broadway                    Sacramento CA 95818
KDKA-TV   One Gateway Center              Pittsburgh PA 15222
KPTV/KPDX 14975 NW Greenbrier Parkway     Beaverton OR 97006
KSHB-TV   4720 Oak Street                 Kansas City MO 64112
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
KWQC-TV   805 Brady St.                   Davenport IA 52803
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
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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