November 21, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010 UPDATE:



Congratulations to KIRK VARNER who’s been named ND for Newport’s WKRC-TV (ABC) in Cincinnati.  Kirk’s been VP and Director of News for WTNH/WCTX in Hartford for the past 9+ years.  That’s the LIN owned ABC/MyTV duopoly there.  He’s also worked in New York, Boston, and Buffalo and for ESPN.

Kirk replaces ELBERT TUCKER who moved north in September to become ND for WBNS-TV in Columbus, OH.  Elbert was ND in Cincy for nine years, too.

More in our next full newsletter later this week.

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It’s a quiet week, with ONE new ND opening, while the smallest opening on our list is the ONE new ND job filled this week.  And I suspect this week will be quiet as well.

Our count of open ND jobs remains at 21.

We have a handful of management moves in Names in the News, and a few new management jobs in Other News Management Openings.

That’s all below, after this week’s changes:

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New News Director Opening:

WWL-TV, New Orleans, LA…after more than 30 years of service, CHRIS SLAUGHTER has left this Belo-owned CBS affiliate, just one year after the station won a George Foster Peabody Award.  He was promoted to ND in 2007 and had been Assistant ND before that, and earlier worked on the assignment desk.  It’s the only TV station for which he has worked.

Newly Named News Director:

KAVU-TV, Victoria, TX…HENRY MEDRANO is the new ND for this Saga Communications owned ABC affiliate.  Henry most recently served as the ND for KVEO-TV in Brownsville, TX.  He’s also worked in San Antonio and for CBS Newspath.  He replaces DON BRADLEY who retired after just over a year as ND here and a 50 year career in news.

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Other News Management Openings:

Assistant News Director:

WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 10/29/10)
WVIT-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 10/3/10)
KMBC-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 10/22/10)
WBMA-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 10/22/10)
WBRC-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 11/14/10)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (new listing this week)
WNEM-TV, Saginaw, MI (listed 10/29/10)
KREM-TV, Spokane, WA (listed 8/20/10)
WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC (listed 10/22/10)

Executive News Producer:

WRNN-TV, Rye Brook, NY (listed 10/22/10)
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (AM EP, relisted 11/14/10)
KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (AM EP, listed 10/22/10)
WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted 8/13/10)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 8/13/20)
KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA (Morning EP, relisted 8/20/10)
WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD (Nightside EP, listed 10/15/10)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 11/14/10)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (Special Projects EP, listed 9/6/10)
WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 8/13/10)
WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, OH (PM EP, listed 11/5/10)
WSYX/WTTE-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 10/29/10)
KENS-TV, San Antonio, TX (listed 8/20/10)
WBRC-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 11/14/10)
KOKI-TV, Tulsa, OK (AM EP, listed 9/10/10)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (Morning EP, relisted 9/17/10)
KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA (listed 9/6/10)

Special Projects Producer:

KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (listed 10/10/10)

Managing Editor:

WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (new listing this week)

Digital Media Manager:

KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 10/3/10)

Senior Manager News Operations:

Source Media Group, Cedar Rapids, IA (listed 9/10/10)

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Names in the News:

5.  32.  2.  7.  9. Those are the Chicago TV stations for which TODD WOOLMAN has worked as he moves to his FIFTH Windy City TV station.  He’s the new EP of afternoon newscasts for WMAQ-TV.  Todd’s been the morning EP for WFLD-TV for the last seven months and previously was the Assistant ND at WBBM-TV.  His Chicago tenure was interrupted by a two year gig as ND for WPTV in W. Palm Beach.  Before Florida, Todd worked at WLS-TV and WGN-TV.  He’s also worked in Seattle, Detroit, South Bend and Kalamazoo.

CHRIS PANTALEO returns to his native Detroit to become the new morning EP for WXYZ-TV.  He’s been the evening EP for WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids since 2000, where he worked with ND TIM DYE, who’s now the ND at WXYZ.



CARRIE, meet CORRIE.  CORRIE, meet CARRIE. That’s the conversation at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, where CARRIE HOFMANN has been hired by ND CORRIE HARDING.  Carrie will be the Assistant ND for this Belo-owned NBC affiliate.  She’s been an EP for KMGH-TV in Denver, where she’s worked in a variety of roles since 1999.  She’s also worked in Phoenix and Milwaukee.



One time ND LENA SADIWSKYJ is now the Editor in Chief for, whose new iPhone app, mytaptu, is getting rave reviews.  It’s a social news aggregator.  Check it out here.  Lena’s a former ND in Orlando, Tucson, and Shreveport, worked in Phoenix, Dallas and Birmingham as well as Toronto and Halifax, and taught at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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The Full List:

To the best of my knowledge, here is the list of stations with open news director jobs, as of Sunday, November 21, 2010.

If you know of any additions/deletions/changes/updates, please email me at:

KHOU-TV 1945 Allen Parkway                                          Houston TX 77019
WCCO-TV  90 S. 11th St.                                                      Minneapolis MN 55403
WTHR-TV 1000 N. Meridian St.                                      Indianapolis IN 46204
WKRC-TV  1906 Highland Road                                      Cincinnati, OH 45219
WJXT-TV 4 Broadcast Place                                              Jacksonville FL 32247
WWL-TV 1024 N. Rampart St.                                        New Orleans LA 70116
WTEN-TV    341 Northern Blvd.                                        Albany, NY 12204
KMSB-TV     1855 N. 6th Ave.                                            Tuscon, AZ 85705
WNWO-TV  300 S. Byrne Rd.                                           Toledo OH 43615
KVEO-TV    349 N. Expressway                                       Brownsville TX 78521
WSBT-TV    1301 E. Douglas Rd.                                     Mishawaka IN 46545
WJAC-TV 49 Old Hickory Lane                                       Johnstown PA 15905
KSFY-TV     300 N. Dakota Ave. #100                           Sioux Falls SD 57104
KVAL-TV    4575 Blanton Road                                        Eugene OR 97405
WMGT-TV  PO Box 4328                                                   Macon GA 31208
KTKA-TV    2121 SW Chelsea Dr.                                    Topeka KS 66614
WJHG-TV  8195 Front Beach Rd.                                   Panama City Beach FL 32407
KTEN-TV 10 High Point Circle                                       Denison TX 75020
KXII-TV      4201 Texoma Parkway                                 Sherman TX 75090
KGNS-TV   120 W. Delmar Blvd.                                     Laredo TX 78045
KFBB-TV   3012 Highwoods Blvd.                                  Great Falls MT 59403

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