May 18, 2009


Another busy week of changes in the middle of an important rating period, with THREE new news director openings, and THREE new NDs to introduce to you.

Two of these new NDs are at stations which aren’t used to such changes: one has had just one ND in 25 years, the other only four news directors in 26 years.

These changes leave our count of open ND jobs at 21.

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And the other paid ad is for a news director search in The Big Easy.

In Name in the News (a slow week there!) we’ll tell you about a big new job for a former Seattle and Florida ND who’s been working as a consultant.

All that and more following this week’s changes:


KGPE-TV, Fresno, CA…veteran news director JIM HOLLAND is leaving this Newport TV-owned CBS affiliate. Jim tells me he has a new job in TV, but won’t be able to share the details for a few days. He’s been the ND here for almost six years, and has previously served as an ND in Dallas, Albany, Wichita (where he was also station manager) and Syracuse. We’ll report his new job when we get the details.

WPBN-TV, Traverse City, MI…DOUG DeYOUNG is leaving this Barrington Broadcasting owned NBC affiliate to become Director of Government Relations for the Traverse City area Chamber of Commerce. He’s Doug’s been ND here for more than ten years, and previously worked in Lansing and Grand Rapids, MI, all at NBC affiliates. Full disclosure: Doug and I worked together at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids when I was the news director there.

KAVU-TV, Victoria, TX…this ABC affiliate is advertising for a new news director. My records show the most recent ND was DOUG TISDALE.


WSYX/WTTE-TV, Columbus, OH…MITCH JACOB has been named ND for this Sinclair-owned ABC/FOX duopoly. Mitch won’t have far to move, as he is currently the ND for WTOL-TV in Toledo. He’s been ND there for almost five years, and previously has been an ND in Phoenix, Wichita, and Harlingen, TX. In Columbus, Mitch replaces LYN TOLAN who left the station in January after two years as ND.

WTOL-TV, Toledo, OH…ANDI ROMAN has been promoted to News Director for this Raycom-owned CBS affiliate. Andi has been the Assistant ND there, and moves up with the departure (noted immediately above) of MITCH JACOB to Columbus. Andi becomes just the fourth ND here in 26 years!

WCAX-TV, Burlington, VT…ANSON TEBBETS will be the next ND for this family owned CBS affiliate, where he had been a reporter before becoming Vermont’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2007. He’s also a former radio ND. Anson replaces longtime WCAX ND MARSELLIS ‘DIV’ PARSONS, who’s been news director here since 1984. ‘Div’ will continue to anchor the 6:00 pm news through the summer. He’s worked for WCAX since 1967, and is one of the true gentlemen in our business. I’ll miss seeing him at RTNDA and other industry gatherings.

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WMUR-TV, Manchester, NH (listed 4/25/09)
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (listed 1/11/09)
WBTV, Charlotte, NC (relisted this week)
WNEM-TV, Saginaw, MI (listed 3/8/09)


KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (PM EP, listed 2/13/09)
WESH-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted this week)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (Morning EP, listed 1/30/09)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (relisted 1/23/09)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 1/16/09)
KITV, Honolulu, HI (listed 2/27/09)


WRTV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted this week)

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NAME in the NEWS:

Former Seattle (KIRO-TV) and West Palm Beach (WPEC-TV) news director HELEN SWENSON has been named VP of Live Programming for the Weather Channel. It’s a return to Atlanta for Helen, who lived there earlier in her career when she worked at WSB-TV. Helen most recently has been working as a consultant for Magid. She’s also worked in Pittsburgh, Orlando, and Miami.

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Friday, May 15, 2009. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at:

WDIV-TV   550 W. Lafayette Blvd           Detroit MI 48231
KRIV-TV   4261 Southwest Freeway          Houston TX 77027
WTVJ-TV   15000 SW 27th Ave.              Miramar FL 33027
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
WZZM-TV   645 Three Mile Road NW          Grand Rapids MI 49504
WGNO-TV  One Galleria Blvd, #850 Metairie, LA 70001 (See ad above!)
WJAR-TV   23 Kenney Dr.                   Cranston RI 02920
KGPE-TV   4800 N. First St.               Fresno CA 93726
WKRG-TV   555 Broadcast Dr.               Mobile AL 36606
WAND-TV   904 South Side Dr.              Decatur IL 62525
WAFF-TV   1414 N. Memorial Pkwy.          Huntsville AL 35801
KWWL-TV   500 East Fourth St.             Waterloo IA 50703
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
WPBN/WTOM-TV 8518 M 72 WesT               Traverse City MI 49684
KWQC-TV   805 Brady St.                   Davenport IA 52803
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                     Macon GA 31208
KOBI-TV   125 South Fir St.               Medford OR 97501
KAVU-TV   3808 N. Navarro                 Victoria TX 77901
KSAX-TV   PO Box 189                      Alexandria MN 56308

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