May 21, 2010


We  have  TWO new ND openings to tell you about this week, with NO new vacancies that I’m aware of.  That brings our count of open ND jobs to 23.

There’s also a new ad for an EP opening in sunny Florida.  And we have a smattering of Names in the News, including new jobs for three former news directors.

One other note.  I have 2-3 extra tickets for next Sunday’s (May 30th) Indianapolis 500.  They’re good seats in the Tower Terrace, along the main straightaway, and are $90 each.  If you’re interested, drop me a note (

Here’s this week’s changes:




KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA…as we told you earlier this week, STEVE LANGE has left this NBC o-and-o after just four months as VP/Content.  The Los Angeles Times offered an interesting report on his departure.  Steve’s returning to his independent production company.  He’s a former ND at WBBM-TV in Chicago, worked for WCBS-TV in New York, and also served as an EP for the news magazine Extra.



KIVI-TV, Boise, IDROBBY MESSER is leaving this Journal Broadcasting owned ABC affiliate to take a job in Albuquerque.  Robby had been the ND there since January, 2009, when he was promoted from Assistant ND at Journal’s WGBA-TV in Green Bay, WI.


None that I know of.

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Executive Producer, WTLV/WJXX, Jacksonville, FL:

First Coast News, Gannett’s NBC/ABC duopoly in Jacksonville, Florida is looking for an Executive Producer who can help take our product to extraordinary levels and beyond.

Strong news judgment, great communication skills and an understanding of the value of multi-platform delivery are critical to this position’s success.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value the benefits of diversity in our workplace.

Requirements:   The perfect candidate has produced award-winning newscasts and must be able to lead a team of talented journalists. Two (2) years management experience and five (5) years producing experience are required for this job.

If you are interested in this key newsroom position, rush a resume to:

Mike Garber
News Director
First Coast News
1070 East Adams St.
Jacksonville FL 32202

or email to:

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KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 4/30/10)
WHAS-TV, Louisville, KY (listed 3/27/10)
WDSU-TV, New Orelans, LA (listed 4/23/10)


The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 4/9/10)
News 12 New Jersey (AM EP, listed 3/12/10)
KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/14/10)
KTVT-TV, Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX (Special Projects EP, listing revised 4/18/10)
KXTV,    Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/7/10)
KPTV, Portland, OR (two openings, one is EP/Special Proj., listing revised 1/29/10)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI (AM EP, listed 4/23/10)
WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC (listed 3/27/10)
WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX (relisted 5/7/10)
KOB-TV, Albuquerque, NM (AM EP, listed 3/27/10)
WTLV/WJXX, Jacksonville, FL (new listing, see ad above!)
WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN (listed 3/5/10)
KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX (listed 3/19/10)
WSAV-TV, Savannah, GA (listed 4/30/10)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (listed 3/5/10)
WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach, SC (listed 4/2/10)
WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI (listed 4/23/10)


KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, relisted 5/14/10)


WCMH-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 3/05/10)


KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 5/14/10)

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WLWT-TV in Cincinnati has a new Assistant News Director.  It’s RICK McLAUGHLIN, currently an EP at WHDH-TV in Boston.  He’s also worked in St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati.

Three former news directors have new jobs.



ANDREW FINLAYSON has joined SmithGeiger as a consultant.  Andrew was an ND in Chicago, Oakland/San Francisco, and Nashville, and also served as Director of Online Content for the Fox station group.  He just finished a year long Knight Fellowship at Stanford, studying digital media.  You can congratulate Andrew on his new gig at:



BRIAN OLSON has started a new company, Conversation Starters, LLC, in Denver, which Brian says will specialize in developing communication strategies for non-profit organizations.  Brian held ND jobs in Cheyenne, WY, Midland, TX, and Beaumont, TX, and also worked in Las Vegas and for CONUS.  (Full disclosure:  Brian and I served on the RTNDA board together.)  Other old friends can re-connect with Brian here:

And MICHAEL O’NEIL is returning to the business as a producer for WPTY-TV in Memphis.  Michael was an ND in Bangor, ME, and Montgomery, and worked in Sioux Falls, Tucson, Milwaukee, and Grand Rapids, MI (where we worked together when I was the ND there.)  Michael’s worked in finance in the Chicago area for the last few years.  He tells me he’s excited to return to the business he loves.  You can tell him hello via email at:

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Here’s our list of all the stations currently looking for an ND, as of Friday, May 21, 2010.

If you know of any changes, additions, corrections, or deletions, please let me know via email:

News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn 930 Soundview Ave. Bronx NY 10473
KVEA-TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave.             Los Angeles, CA 91523 ***
KNBC-TV 3000 W. Alameda Ave          Los Angeles, CA 91523
New England Cable News 160 Wells Ave. Newton MA 02459
KIAH-TV, 7700 Westpark Dr.                     Houston, TX 77063
WXYZ-TV   20777 W. 10 Mile Road           Southfield MI 48037
WWSB-TV 1477 10th St.,                            Sarasota, FL 34236
KCPQ-TV    1813 Westlake Ave.  N.         Seattle, WA 98109
KUVS-TV   1710 Arden Way                         Sacramento CA 95815 ***
KDKA-TV  One Gateway Center,               Pittsburgh, PA 15222
WZTV-TV   631 Mainstream Drive             Nashville TN 37228
WBNS-TV 770 Twin Rivers Dr.                Columbus OH 43215
WAVY-TV 300 Wavy St.                              Portsmouth VA 23705
WFMY-TV 1615 Phillips Avenue                Greensboro NC 27405
WTEN-TV   341 Northern Blvd.                   Albany, NY 12204
WNWO-TV   300 S. Byrne Rd.                    Toledo OH 43615
WJHL-TV 338 E. Main St.                           Johnson City TN 37601
WGXA-TV 599 Martin Luther King        Macon GA 31201
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                            Macon GA 31208
KIVI-TV 1866 E. Chisolm Dr.            Boise ID 83687
KJCT-TV 8 Foresight Dr.                             Grand Junction, CO 81505
KLDO-TV 226 Bob Bullock Loop                Laredo, TX 78040
KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                Laredo TX 78045

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