November 9, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 UPDATE:

Happy Veteran’s Day.

There are two interesting developments to tell you about, beginning with a four time News Director moving to a corporate role with a new company.


MICHAEL FABAC, who’s been the ND for Media General’s WCMH-TV in Columbus, OH, since August, 2012, will be the next Director of News and Marketing for News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting. He’ll be based at NPG’s station in Colorado Springs (KRDO-TV), which is a happy coincidence since Michael grew up there and even interned at the station at the age of 16.

NPG’s COO, MIKE MEARA, announced the hire in this email.

In addition to Columbus, Michael’s been an news director in Austin, TX, Little Rock, and Flint/Saginaw and has worked in St. Louis and for two stations in Detroit.

The search for his replacement at WCMH is likely to be delayed until a new GM is hired. We told you several months ago that the current GM there, former newsie DAN BRADLEY, will retire by the end of the year.

One other item of note.


Legendary Wichita newsman LARRY HATTEBERG is leaving KAKE-TV after 51 years there. He is currently an anchor, but began as a photographer, then Chief Photographer, Assistant News Director, Executive News Director, co-anchor and anchor for that ABC affiliate. Larry’s perhaps best known for his series of stories “Hatteberg’s People” which he will continue to do on an occasional basis. He posted a farewell message on the station’s website.

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


Rick Gevers

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FIVE, count ’em, FIVE new news directors to tell you about in our report this week. And FOUR of those are in top 50 markets. And there’s just ONE new opening, so our list of open ND jobs drops to 24.

TWO of those open positions are among FIVE paid Help Wanted ads.

We’ve updated our list of Other News Management Openings, and we have details about two news managers on the move.

Also, we have an obituary for a man some called the Walter Cronkite of Central Florida, and another obituary for a one-time Detroit General Manager.

All this…and more…as you read on.

New News Director Opening:

WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA…SCOTT LEVY is leaving this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate to become the next ND for WIVB-TV in Buffalo. More on that below. Scott was ND here for just over a year. If you want to replace him, start with checking out the paid help wanted ad below.

Newly Named News Directors:


WTTG-TV, Washington, DC…PAUL McGONAGLE has been named ND for this FOX o-and-o. Paul had been the News Director for another FOX owned station, WFXT-TV in Boston until the company sold/traded that station to Cox. He’d been ND in Boston for three years, and spent the previous seven as the Assistant ND there. He joined WFXT from his job as Assistant ND at WJAR-TV in Providence, and first joined that station as a reporter. Paul’s also worked in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Burlington, VT.  At WTTG, he replaces DANA HAHN who moved to newly-acquired FOX o-and-o KTVU-TV in Oakland/San Francisco.


WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA…we told you earlier this week that JENNIFER RIGBY was returning to an Atlanta newsroom as ND for this Gannett-owned NBC affiliate. (The news release is here, and you can read the memo to station staff here.) She’s been working for the Atlanta-based Weather Channel for the past four years, but was the ND for WSB-TV in Atlanta for four years earlier in her career. (Between the Weather Channel and WSB, she worked as a consultant for SmithGeiger.) Jennifer is a former ND in Pittsburgh and Dayton, and has worked in newsrooms in Phoenix, Fresno, and Salt Lake City. She replaces ELLEN CROOKE who’s been promoted to VP/News for Gannett after six years as ND here.


KCTV, Kansas City, MO…in another move we first reported earlier this week, veteran news director ED KOSOWSKI is headed to Kansas City as news director for this CBS affiliate. Ed most recently was ND for KDVR/KWGN-TV in Denver, a job he left earlier this year to pursue new opportunities. He’s been a news director in San Francisco and Boston, has worked in Miami and Washington, as well as for CNBC. At KCTV, he replaces LARRY PERRET, who was promoted to be ND for another Meredith station, WGCL-TV in Atlanta. Larry was ND here for about a year.


WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY…we mentioned above that SCOTT LEVY has been hired as the next ND for this Lin Media owned CBS affiliate. He’s spent the last year as the ND for WTAJ-TV in Altoona, PA. (The station is looking for his replacement: check out the ad below). He’s also been an ND in Elmira, NY, and has worked for News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn, and in Dallas, Memphis, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa (twice). He replaces JOE SCHLAERTH who’d been ND here for 10 years and worked at the station for 30.

WICU/WSEE-TV, Erie, PA…TIM MELLO has been promoted to news director for this Lilly-owned NBC/CBS duopoly. He’s been the Assistant ND there for the past four years, and replaces BILL CUMMINGS. We told you back in August that Bill was leaving the station when his contract expired in October.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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Executive Producer, New England Cable News, Newton MA:

NECN in Newton, MA is looking for an Executive Producer to drive editorial content for our newscasts, lead with urgency during breaking news coverage, and lead production of relevant, timely, topical and creative news storytelling.

NECN is the largest and most honored regional 24-hour news network in the country, serving more than 3.7 million homes in more than 1,000 cities and towns throughout all six New England states. Launched in 1992, NECN provides 24-hour access to breaking news, sports, weather, and traffic and is the home for a robust line-up of New England focused original programming.

Still interested? We are looking for people with a skill and passion for managing and producing a stellar news program who are ready to grow their career in the newsroom. This candidate must possess poise under pressure and be able to meet tight deadlines, change and numerous other tasks. If that’s you please apply directly. Just click here!

11:00 PM Producer, KOMO-TV, Seattle. WA:

KOMO-TV Seattle has an immediate opening for an 11pm Weekday News Producer. We’re looking for a dynamic, creative, take charge producer to join our award winning team and take our flagship newscast to the next level.

The ideal candidate will have solid news judgment, be a compelling and accurate writer and be able to multitask and manage their time in order to put together an exciting and informative newscast. We want someone who isn’t afraid to try something new – working with the nightside crews, editors and graphics teams to make the show stand out.

You should be proficient in all aspects of social media and able to bring story ideas to the editorial meetings every afternoon. You must have at least 5 years of previous news producing experience at a medium to large market commercial TV station, demonstrated leadership skills, and the ability to execute news strategies and goals in daily newscasts.

To apply online, go to

News Director, WVVA-TV, Bluefield, WV:

WVVA TV, West Virginia Broadcasters Associations’ 2014 Station of the Year and dominant NBC affiliate in Bluefield, WV, is seeking an energized, caring, competitive, take charge newsroom leader.

Situated in southern WV in Nature’s Air Conditioned City enjoy year round outdoor activities including golfing, hiking, white water rafting, ATV trails and skiing within minutes of your door. Great communities in which to live and work.

As WVVA’s News Director you are coaching, guiding and mentoring on a continuous basis. Are you someone that has heart, wants to make a difference and grow beyond traditional broadcast news? An excellent opportunity to join our award winning team, if you have a passion for excellence, and a burning desire to lead the number one television news team in the Bluefield/Beckley WV market we want to hear from you.

A minimum of 6 years television news management experience and a college degree in broadcast journalism preferred. Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate strong working knowledge of community issues and needs, as well as sound journalistic principles. Must have the ability to make fast, accurate journalistic and logistical judgments.

WVVA is part of Quincy Newspapers Inc. a family owned media company operating 12 television stations and 2 radio stations in a variety of market sizes. This means internal opportunities and professional growth.

Please send your resume, reel and references vi email to or by mail to:

Human Resources
3052 Big Laurel Highway
Bluefield WV 24701

Executive Producer, WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL:

WIAT (CBS) in Birmingham, AL (market #43) is searching for an experienced Executive Producer. It’s a brand new look at WIAT 42 News in Birmingham!

This is an excellent opportunity to join a team that is expanding and growing. We are devoted to bring in the best staff to grow our newly outfitted station!

Candidate must define a strategic direction for content coverage, manage newsroom, contribute to the editorial process and make solid decisions in breaking news situations. The Executive Producer should execute strategies that grow audiences across all media devices.

To apply, go to: or email

Other News Management Openings:


WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 9/14/14)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (listed 9/29/14)


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (relisted 11/1/14)
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 this week)
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, see ad above!)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Dayside EP, relisted 10/26/14)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (Dayside EP, new listing this week)
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)


Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (relisted this week)


WFXT-TV, Boston, MA (new listing this week)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 10/11/14)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 10/26/14)


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


BEN AYCRIGG, a longtime Orlando News Director and Anchor, died Tuesday at the age of 88. He suffered from renal failure. Ben worked for more than 35 years at what was then WDBO-TV and is now WKMG-TV. His former station has much more in this story.

MIKE BERMAN, a one time Detroit (WXON-TV) General Manager, died in a car accident October 30th in Somers, MT. He was 73. Mike’s background was in sales. In addition to Detroit, he worked in Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco. More in this obituary.

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:

SARAH GLOVER has been promoted to Social Media Editor for the NBC o-and-o’s. She’s been working for one of those stations, WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, as Social Media Editor.

WSMV-TV in Nashville has promoted MICHELLE PALMER to Assistant ND. She’s been an EP for this Meredith owned NBC affiliate, joining the station in March after several years as a producer for sister-Meredith station WFSB-TV in Hartford.

Finally, a sad week here at the World Headquarters as we lost one of the Associates after 16 years of faithful service. Don’t believe the picture: Reggie was a very friendly, if very shy, cat.

R.I.P Reggie: 1998-11/6/14

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 9, 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
WJW-TV 5800 S. Marginal Road Cleveland OH 44103
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
WTLV/WJXX-TV, 1070 E. Adams St. Jacksonville FL 32202
WRGB-TV 1400 Ball Town Road Schenectady NY 12309
WEAR-TV 4990 Mobile Highway Pensacola FL 32506
WSYR-TV 5904 Bridge St. East Syracuse, NY 13057
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
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
KTIV-TV 3135 Floyd Blvd. Sioux City IA 51108
WVVA-TV 3052 Big Laurel Highway, Bluefield WV 24701 (see ad above!)
WXXV-TV PO Box 2500 Gulfport MS 39505
WCJB-TV 6220 NW 43rd Street Gainesville FL 32653
KLDO/KXOF-TV 226 Bob Bullock Loop Laredo TX 78040
WBUP/WBKP-TV 1705 Ash Street Ishpeming MI 49849

* Spanish language station

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