March 7, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014 UPDATE:


Longtime Cleveland News Director JILL MANUEL left WEWS-TV today, after more than 5 1/2 years as ND for this Scripps-owned ABC affiliate.

She previously was the ND for CLTV, the Tribune-owned cable news operation in Chicago. Jill also served as an EP for WBBM-TV in Chicago and also worked for the Fox News and the Fox News Channel.

We’ll have a lot to share with you in our full report, which I hope to finish sometime tomorrow afternoon.

Have a great weekend.


Rick Gevers

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Often when a rating period ends, there’s a flurry of new news director openings.

Not so this time, at least not so far. I’m not aware of any new ND openings, while TWO vacant news directors jobs were filled this week.

Those changes leave our total of open ND jobs at 23.

We do have TWO paid help wanted ads.

In Names in the News, a groundbreaking producer leaves NBC News, a veteran Alabama ND gets promoted and a new title, and a promotion for a former ND.

All this…and more…below:

New News Director Openings:

I’m not aware of any new ND openings. If you know of any, please let me know via an email to:

Newly Named News Directors:

KWQC-TV, Davenport, IA…RICHARD KURZ makes the long trip from Portland, OR, to become ND for this Media General owned NBC affiliate. He’s worked for KGW-TV for the past 15 years: since 2006, as EP and Special Projects Producer, and earlier as a producer. Rich has also worked in Tucson, Washington, DC, and Columbia, MO. At KWQC, he replaces BETH MARSOUN who is stepping down as ND but will stay at the station. She was ND for 18 months, and has worked at the station for 10 years.

WLUC-TV, Marquette, MI…STEVE ASPLUND has been promoted to news director for this NBC/FOX duopoly. He’s an anchor there, and has worked at the station for more than 30 years. Steve replaces REGINA ROBINSON who left the station earlier this year after two years as ND.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:   

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

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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.

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No phone calls please.

News Director, Small Market, Upper Midwest:

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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)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (relisted 1/12/14)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listing revised 2/1/14)
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, new listing this week, see ad above!)
WKBN-TV, Youngstown, OH (Dayside EP, listing revised this week)


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


WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 1/26/14)


WVIT-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 1/18/14)

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:

CHERYL GOULD, the first female EP of the NBC Nightly News, is leaving the network after 37 years. Learn more by clicking here.


Congratulations to GARRY KELLY, who’s been promoted to Vice President and News Director for WBMA-TV in Birmingham. Garry’s been the only ND for this ABC affiliate since it began news 18 years ago. He earlier had been an ND in Huntsville, and worked in Nashville, Denver, and Detroit. Friends can send him a note of congratulations to:

JEREMY SETTLE has been promoted to Assistant ND for News 12 New Jersey. He’s been an EP there for the past year, has been an ND in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Charlottesville, VA, and for NewsChannel 8 in Washington, DC. He’s also worked for the Fox News Channel.

JON STROSHINE is the new Digital EP for WKBN-TV in Youngstown, OH.

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 Friday, March 7, 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 *
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 *
WZZM-TV 645 Three Mile Road NW Grand Rapids MI 49504
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
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
WRBL-TV 1350 13th Ave. Columbus GA 31901
WJHG-TV, 8195 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach FL 32407
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station

* Spanish language station

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