November 1, 2009


FOUR new news directors top this week’s report.  TWO of those new NDs are creating vacancies at their current stations, and those changes mean we now show  28 stations with news director openings.

Also this week, cutbacks cost a corporate VP/News his job.  We also have news of two new Assistant NDs in different markets.  And we’re repeating our ad for a VERY interesting job at a strong North Carolina TV station.  It’s not an ND position, yet they want someone with five years as an ND.  If that’s you, and you’re looking for a new challenge, check out the ad.

All that and more, below.


KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT…TOM BELL is leaving one Newport owned TV station for another.  He’ll be the next ND at WOAI-TV in San Antonio.  More on that below.  Tom’s been the ND for this ABC affiliate since June, 2008.

WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY…MIKE GOLDRICK is leaving this Hubbard-owned NBC affiliate to take over the ND job at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh.  Mike’s been the ND here since November, 2006, and will leave after the November rating period.  More on Goldrick in our next item.




WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh, PA….MIKE GOLDRICK has been named ND for this Cox-owned NBC affiliate.  We told you above that Mike is currently the ND for WHEC-TV in Rochester, NY.  He’s been there three years, and previously served as an EP for KOMO-TV in Seattle.  He’s also worked in West Palm Beach, Charlotte, Tampa, Houston, and Detroit.  At WPXI, he replaces CORRIE HARDING who left the station in September after four years as news director.

WOAI-TV, San Antonio, TX…as mentioned above, TOM BELL will be the next ND for this Newport-owned NBC affiliate.  Tom’s been the ND for Newport’s KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City for the last year and a half.  He’s a former ND in Phoenix and Detroit, and also served two stints as an Assistant ND in St. Louis.  Tom replaces AARON RAMEY who left the station in October after two years as ND.



WAND-TV, Decatur, IL…TAI TAKAHASHI has been named news director for this Block Communications owned NBC affiliate.  Tai’s a former ND in Lexington, KY, who’s also worked in Seattle, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Wichita, and Topeka.  He replaces JIM PLATZER who left the station in May to become ND for WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC.  Jim was ND here for more than three years.

KAUZ-TV, Wichita Falls, TX…TALIA NAQUIN is the new ND for this Drewry owned CBS affiliate.  She’s originally from the area, has most recently worked at WSFL-TV in Ft. Lauderdale, and has also worked in Jacksonville and Lawton, OK.  Talia replaces DAN GARCIA.



Also, group broadcaster Nexstar this week eliminated its VP/News position, leaving CHRIS MANSON out of work.  The company blamed the economy and a need to reduce corporate overhead.  Chris had been in that position since 2006.  He’d previously been an ND at the company’s WMBD-TV in Peoria.  He’s also worked in Scranton, PA, and Monterey-Salinas, CA.

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Must have well rounded skills: knowledge of Programming, News, Strategic Planning, Research, and FCC requirements.  Successful candidate will have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Must be detail-oriented with strong project management skills.  Will oversee non-news, local program production (including documentary unit).

Minimum of 5 years of News Director experience.  Programming experience helpful; this person will report directly to Vice President & General Manager Steven D. Hammel.

Please do not mail or email resumes: All candidates must apply online at


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WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI (listed 9/12/09)


KIAH-TV, Houston, TX (PM EP, relisted 10/17/09)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (Special Projects, listed 9/18/09)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, listed 8/28/09)
WXYZ-TV, Detroit, MI (listed 9/4/09)
WOFL-TV, Orlando, FL (listed 8/28/09)
KXTV,    Sacramento, CA (AM EP, relisted 9/25/09)
KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO (AM EP, listed 7/31/09)
KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (AM EP, listed 8/28/09)
WPEC-TV, West Palm Beach, FL (relisted 9/18/09)
WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids, MI (listed 8/7/09)
KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, NV (AM EP, listing revised 10/24/09)
KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 10/2/09)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL listed 8/28/09)
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA (relisted 9/18/09)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (relisted 9/18/09)
WPTA/WISE, Ft. Wayne, IN (listed 8/14/09)

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JEFF GILLAN moves cross-town in Las Vegas to become the new Assistant ND for KVBC-TV there.  Jeff had been the anchor and managing editor for a 9:00 newscast on Las Vegas One, the cable channel owned by KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.  That newscast shutdown last month.  The move reunites him with new KVBC ND BOB STOLDAL, who had been the VP/News at KLAS before retiring last year.

GARY DARIGOL has been named Assistant ND/Content Manager for WSJV-TV in South Bend/Elkhart, IN.  Gary’s a former ND for KEZI-TV in Eugene, OR, and previously worked in Spokane, Yakima, and Springfield, IL.

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have an ND opening, as of Sunday, November 1, 2009.  If you know of updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at:

WPIX-TV   220 E. 42nd Street              New York NY 10017
KNBC-TV   3000 W. Alameda Ave.            Burbank CA 91523
KNTV      2450 North First St.            San Jose CA 95131
NewsChannel 8  1100 Wilson Blvd.          Arlington VA 22209
WXYZ-TV   20777 W. 10 Mile Road           Southfield MI 48037
WTSP-TV   11450 Gandy Boulevard           St. Petersburg FL 33702
WSFL-TV   200 E. Las Olas Blvd.           Fort Lauderdale FL 33301
KUVS-TV   1710 Arden Way                  Sacramento CA 95815 ***
WCNC-TV   1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr.      Charlotte ND 28217
WZTV-TV   631 Mainstream Drive            Nashville TN 37228
KTVX-TV 2175 W. 1700 South     Salt Lake City UT 84104
WWMT-TV   590 W. Maple St.                Kalamazoo MI 49008
WBRE-TV   62 S. Franklin                  Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
KSEE-TV   5035 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WKRG-TV   555 Broadcast Dr.               Mobile AL 36606
WSAZ-TV   645 Fifth Ave.                  Huntington WV 25701
WFTX-TV   621 SW Pine Island Rd.          Cape Coral FL 33991
WNWO-TV   300 S. Byrne Rd.                Toledo OH 43615
WHEC-TV 191 East Ave. Rochester NY 14604
KSPR-TV   999 W. Sunshine St.           Springfield MO 65807
WFFF-TV   298 Mountain View Dr.           Colchester VT 05446
KRNV-TV   1790 Vassar St.                 Reno NV 89502
WPBN/WTOM-TV 8518 M 72 West               Traverse City MI 49684
KHBS/KHOG-TV 2809 Ajax Avenue, # 200      Rogers AR 72758
WMGT-TV   PO Box 4328                     Macon GA 31208
WWAY-TV   615 N. Front St.                Wilmington NC 28401
WBBJ-TV   346 Muse St.                    Jackson TN 38301
KALB-TV   605 Washington St.              Alexandria LA 71301

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