November 30, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014 UPDATE:

News today from Memphis, where a veteran news director has left his job.



KEN JOBE, who’s been the ND for WHBQ-TV for the last eleven years, left the station today, as did General Manager JOHN KOSKI. WHBQ was recently acquired by Cox Media as part of the station swap that saw Cox and Fox trade stations in Boston and Oakland/San Francisco.

Ken’s been a news director in Detroit, Cincinnati, and for another Memphis station. He’s also worked in New York and Nashville, as well as an EP for another Cincinnati station.

We’ll have more in our full report later this week.


Rick Gevers

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This post-Thanksgiving edition of your weekly newsletter contains news of TWO new news director openings, and TWO new news directors.

So our list (in its entirety below) stands at 25 open ND jobs.

We have ONE paid ad this week…for an Assistant ND job in a Pennsylvania market.

In Names in the News…and Other Things…details about a new ‘non-traditional’ newscast starting up at a network affiliate in a top 25 market, and just ONE news manager on the move.

All that and more, as you read on!

New News Director Opening:

WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN…we told you earlier this week that CHRISTY MORENO is leaving this Gannett station for another, and will be the next ND for KUSA-TV in Denver. More on that below.



WDAZ-TV, Grand Forks, ND…JULIE MORAVCHIK is leaving this Forum Communications owned ABC affiliate after about 1 1/2 years as News Director. She tells me she wants to stay in the business and is interviewing for other news director jobs. Julie’s a former ND in Duluth. WDAZ is a sister station to WDAY-TV in Fargo and produces some of its own newscasts. TERRY DULLUM, who left the station in October after almost 40 years as an anchor/reporter there, posted this laudatory blog post.

Newly Named News Director:



KUSA-TV, Denver, CO…as noted above, CHRISTY MORENO has been named ND for this Gannett-owned NBC affiliate. She’s spent the last 2 1/2 year as ND for Gannett’s WBIR-TV in Knoxville. Christy is a former Assistant ND at KENS-TV in San Antonio and an EP for KRIV-TV in Houston, where she began as a producer. She’s also worked for a different Houston station and in Wichita Falls. At KUSA, she replaces PATTI DENNIS who’s been bumped up the Gannett food chain to VP of Talent Development. Patti’s been ND here for 18 years and will continue to be based in Denver.

KLDO-TV, Laredo, TX…ANGEL COVARRUBIAS, Jr. is the new news director for this this Entravision owned Univision affiliate. He replaces DIANA CASTILLO who left in June for a news director job in Sioux City, IA.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

Assistant News Director, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA:

WHTM-TV/abc27 in Harrisburg, PA has an immediate opening for an Assistant News Director. We are the leading multi-platform news operation in Pennsylvania’s state capital and we need an experienced leader that understands the importance of content superiority on all platforms.

Our next Assistant News Director will have big shoes to fill. This person is the cornerstone in executing our editorial strategy and must be committed to applying our standards to TV, web, mobile and social media.

The AND works closely with the entire news staff, guiding reporters in the development of their stories, assisting producers in showcasing content and providing feedback often to the entire team. We are aggressive in the pursuit of enterprise content and breaking news. Our Assistant News Director must be able to maintain our excellence in these very critical areas.

If you have producing experience you will stand out as an applicant. Our AND needs to be able to fill in line-producing newscasts in a pinch or helping out on the assignment desk occasionally.

Learn more about this opportunity by clicking here.


or mail to:

Human Resources
Harrisburg Television, Inc.
abc27 WHTM-TV
P.O. Box 5860
3235 Hoffman Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
fx: 717-745-3997


WHTM-TV/abc27 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EEO/M/F

Other News Management Openings:


WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (listed 11/9/14)
WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA (new listing this week, see ad above!)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (listed 9/29/14)


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 11/1/14)
WUSA-TV, Washington, DC (TWO openings, listed 11/21/14)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (AM EP, listed 9/21/14)
WFTV, Orlando, FL (PM EP, listed 9/29/14)
WTSP-TV, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL (Dayside EP, listed 11/1/14)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 11/9/14)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, relisted 11/1/14)
KTXL-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, listed 10/19/14)
WTNH-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (Digital EP, listed 10/26/14)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI, (AM EP, PM EP & Spec. Projects, relisted 10/11/14)
WSPA-TV, Greenville/Spartanburg, SC (AM EP, listed 10/11/14)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 11/1/14)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Dayside EP, relisted 10/26/14)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (Morning EP, listing revised this week)
WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA (listed 11/16/14)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Nightside EP, relisted 10/11/14)
WMTW-TV, Portland, ME (AM EP, listed 10/19/14)
WLBT-TV, Jackson, MS (Nightside EP, listed 10/11/14)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (relisted 10/11/14)
WCTI-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (listed 8/31/14)
WTXL-TV, Tallahassee, FL (listed 11/16/14)


Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted 11/16/14)


WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (listed 11/1/14)
WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 11/16/14)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 10/11/14)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 10/26/14)


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (relisted 11/1/14)


For those of you who missed our mid-week UPDATE, here are details about the passing of longtime WSAZ-TV (Charleston/Huntington, WV) News Director and Anchor BOS JOHNSON, who died a week ago at the age of 85. Bos was a past president of RTDNA, taught journalism at Marshall, and finished his career in public relations. Here’s a newer story from the Herald-Dispatch, while this is the only story I could find on the WSAZ website. He’s survived by his wife Dotty, and five children, including a son who anchors at WSAZ.

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and 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…and other things:

KDNL-TV, the Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate in St. Louis, will launch what it calls a non-traditional newscast in January. The station has not produced a newscast since 2001, though it did air a news program produced by KSDK-TV from 2011 until late last year. More in this article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

TALIA NAQUIN moves from WKRN-TV in Nashville to WSMV-TV, Meredith’s NBC affiliate there, as Dayside Executive Producer. Talia’s a one-time News Director in Wichita Falls, TX, and has also worked in Jacksonville, FL, and Fort Lauderdale.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

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

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, November 30, 2014.

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
KWHY-TV 4975 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles,CA 90019 *
WFTS-TV 4045 N. Himes Ave. Tampa FL 33607
KOMO-TV 140 Fourth Ave. North Seattle WA 98109
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KMGH-TV 123 Speer Blvd. Denver CO 80203
KSDK-TV 1000 Market St. St. Louis MO 63101
WJZY/WMYT-TV 3501 Performance Rd. Charlotte NC 28214
KGTV 4600 Air Way San Diego CA 92101
WCMH-TV 3165 Olentangy River Rd. Columbus OH 43202
KSNV-TV 1500 Foremaster Lane Las Vegas NV 89101
WTLV/WJXX-TV, 1070 E. Adams St. Jacksonville FL 32202
WRGB-TV 1400 Ball Town Road Schenectady NY 12309
WBIR-TV 1513 Hutchison Ave Knoxville TN 37917
WEAR-TV 4990 Mobile Highway Pensacola FL 32506
WOWK-TV 555 Fifth Ave. Huntington WV 25701
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St. East Syracuse, NY 13057
WLBT-TV 715 South Jefferson St. Jackson MS 39201
WBTW-TV 101 McDonald Court Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
WTAJ-TV 5000 6th Ave. Altoona, PA 16603
WDAZ-TV 2220 S. Washington Grand Forks, ND 52801
KTIV-TV 3135 Floyd Blvd. Sioux City IA 51108
WVVA-TV 3052 Big Laurel Highway, Bluefield WV 24701
WCJB-TV 6220 NW 43rd Street Gainesville FL 32653
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station

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