October 11, 2013


You’ll meet THREE new news directors in this week’s report.

And just ONE new opening for the second week in a row, so our count of open ND jobs drops and now stands at 23.

We have news ads for EP openings in two different markets, as well as ads for a VP/News job for Scripps, an ND opening in Alabama, and two management openings in Houston.

Two obituaries this week, for the mother of a veteran ND and a former GM in Louisville, and a handful of news managers on the move.

New News Director Openings:

WJHG-TV, Panama City, FL…this NBC affiliate, owned by Gray Television, is looking for a news director to replace JAMIE BURCH. We told you last week that Jamie was returning to Texas as ND for Gray’s KBTX-TV in Bryan.

Newly Named News Directors:


WJBK-TV, Detroit, MI…KEVIN ROSEBOROUGH has been promoted to ND for this FOX o-and-o. He’s been the acting ND since DANA HAHN left to be ND for WTTG-TV, another FOX o-and-o, in Washington. Kevin joined the station in 2004 as Managing Editor, and was later promoted to Assistant ND in 2006. He comes from print: Kevin was the Night City Editor at the Detroit Free Press before moving to TV. Dana spent 17 years here, 14 of them as news director.


KCTV, Kansas City, MO…we were first to tell you that LARRY PERRET has been named ND for this Meredith owned CBS affiliate. Larry most recently was the ND for KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City: he left the station earlier this year after an ownership change. Larry’s a former ND for two stations in Los Angeles (and has worked for a total of five stations there). He’s also worked in Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, San Francisco, Denver, Greensboro, NC, and Colorado Springs. Larry also spent six years as a consultant for Magid. He replaces BLAISE LABBE who left in July to reutrn to Texas as ND for Sinclair’s duopoly in San Antonio, WOAI/KABB-TV. Blaise was ND here for three years.

WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA…SCOTT LEVY has been named ND for this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate. We told you a few weeks ago that he was leaving Nexstar’s WETM-TV in Elmira, NY, for a job to be named later. He replaces JOHN MECHAM who was ND here for just over a year.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

Executive Producer, WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC:

Are you passionate about journalism? Do you enjoy leading a newsroom and crafting shows that really benefit your audience?

WSPA-TV is looking for you to join our award winning team as Executive Producer.

The Executive Producer is responsible for developing news content and presentation of the newscasts. The EP will follow our strategic plan and communicate it clearly. The Executive Producer evaluates each script, graphic, and super in a newscast and oversees day to day content. He/She must be skilled in the overall look of a broadcast, be able to assist in development of enterprise and breaking stories, and manage producer and director schedules. The Executive Producer must have strong journalistic ethics and be familiar with libel laws.

Qualified applicants may send their resume to:

Attn: Human Resources
250 International Drive
Spartanburg SC 29303

or apply online at www.mediageneral.com/careers

Background check and drug screen required. EOE M/F/V/D

Executive Producer, KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK:

Are you a strong leader with excellent news judgment in a metered market? Do you enjoy exploring creative and new ways to deliver content, while maintaining a clear focus on viewers?

Tulsa’s Channel 8, an ABC affiliate, is looking for an Executive Producer with these qualifications. Candidates should be a strong communicator under breaking news deadlines and have a background that demonstrates a daily commitment to all news platforms, including online publishing. Must have excellent writing and editing skills for on-air and online. Must possess strong collaboration and interpersonal skills when working with multiple departments, be proficient with the use of graphics and all newsroom resources and able to handle multi-task projects.

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field and at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in line producing newscasts in a medium or large sized market is preferred. Previous management experience is a plus.

If interested, please send resume and weblink to the attention of Director of Human Resources, KTUL
P. O. Box 8
Tulsa OK 74101

or via email to hr8@ktul.com

Tulsa’s Channel 8 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VP/News, Broadcast Division, E.W. Scripps:

The E.W. Scripps Company is seeking a VP, News for our broadcast division.

We are looking for a strategic news leader with a history of solid journalism, impeccable credibility, proven ability to inspire a shared vision as an effective leader as well as a track record of working well with a team. The best candidates will be progressive in thinking about how we can expand our news presence and win on every platform with significant experience growing a brand.

In this time of changing news preferences, an innovative and creative mind is essential to compliment core journalistic values. This role will have two direct reports (Director, News Strategy), work closely with all station GM’s, news directors and other key leaders across the division and company. The position reports to the SVP TV.

The position will be based in Cincinnati so candidates must be willing to relocate.

If interested in this opportunity, please apply at www.scripps.com/careers to requisition #6884.

News Director, WALA/WFNA-TV, Mobile, AL:

WALA-TV & WFNA -TV, the LIN Media duopoly in Mobile, Al is seeking an experienced news professional for the position of News Director.

The ideal candidate will have a broad range of experience in leading and supervising a multi-platform news staff. Our News Director will be a strategic thinker with a keen understanding of developing and implementing measurable strategies for audience growth on all platforms. They will have an unwavering focus on brand. They will be a motivational force and believe in strong community involvement.


Applicant must have at least five years’ experience as multi-platform news manager.


College degree in journalism or communications preferred.


Resumes to Gary Yoder, General Manager, WALA-TV & WFNA-TV via email to: gary.yoder@fox10tv.com

No phone calls please.

AM & PM Executive Producers, KRIV-TV, Houston, TX:

KRIV/KTXH currently has two openings for Executive Producer AM & PM.

Individuals will oversee all aspects of AM & PM newscasts. Guide daily editorial direction and help plan and oversee guest bookings and segment ideas and development. Oversee producers, associate producers, anchors and reporters in the selection and formatting of stories. Approve and copy edit scripts, teases and graphics. Help coordinate technical and logistical elements of newscasts.

Requires [4] year college degree in Journalism or Communications. Min. five (5) years producing exp. in mid-major market including show producing experience. [2] yrs mgmt. exp. strongly preferred.

Must be able to work in a fact paced, deadline oriented environment. Must possess good editorial judgment and understand the legal and ethical parameters for mass media. Strong working knowledge of technical aspects of tv news production required, including digital and web based newsgathering tools.

Qualified candidates send resume, salary requirements, and non-returnable tape or link (if applicable) via email to: krivjobs@foxtv.com

EP Openings
c/o Human Resources
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

No phone calls please. EOE M/F/D/V

Other News Management Openings:


WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 9/21/13)
KOIN-TV, Portland, OR (listed 9/28/13)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 8/16/13)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 10/4/13)
WBMA-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 9/1/13)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (listed 9/21/13)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (listed 9/6/13)
KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO (listed 8/11/13)
WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach, SC (News Content Mgr., revised 8/11/13)
WFXG-TV, Augusta, GA (listed 9/1/13)


KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (2 openings, AM & Dayside, listing revised 9/1/13)
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (2: AM & Spec. Proj. , listing revised 10/4/13)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (AM & PM openings, relisted 10/4/13, see ad above!)
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 9/28/13)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 9/28/13)
WFLA-TV, Tampa. FL (listed 9/21/13)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 9/1/13)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 8/11/13)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (PM EP, listing modified 9/21/13)
WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WAVE-TV, Louisville, KY (PM EP, listed 9/1/13)
WLNE-TV, Providence, RI (listed 8//16/13)
KTUL-TV, Tulsa, OK (new listing this week, see ad above!)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (Morning EP, new listing this week)
KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, IA (listed 9/1/13)


KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, CA (listed 8/11/13)


WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 10/4/13)


Our sympathy to former ND and current consultant JONATHAN KNOPF on the loss of his mother. SHARI KNOPF CRASILNECK died Monday at the age of 93 after a long illness. You can learn more about her life by clicking here. Jonathan is currently a Senior Consultant with the Coaching Company. He was GM/ND of News 12 New Jersey, an ND in Raleigh and Charleston, SC, and worked in Dallas, New Orleans, and Shreveport. He also worked for AR&D. Your note of sympathy can be sent to: jcknopf@gmail.com.

NEIL KUVIN, a one-time GM for WHAS-TV in Louisville, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. More in this obituary from the station.

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 stuff:

LOU COOK, a 14 year veteran of KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, has been promoted to EP of Sports for this o-and-o. He’s been a sports producer there.

I don’t know if he’s taking the Florida Turnpike or I-95, but TRAVIS SHERWIN is headed south from Orlando to West Palm Beach as Assistant ND for Hearst’s WPBF-TV. He’s been the Managing Editor for another Hearst station, WESH-TV, where he worked with WPBF ND PAIGE HARRISON.

KMTV in Omaha has named TOM LESNYA as its new Assistant ND. He previously held the same job at WAND-TV in Decatur, IL, and has also been an EP for WIVB-TV in Buffalo.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Friday, October 11, 2013.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at: rick@rickgevers.com

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
WXYZ-TV 20777 W. 10 Mile Road Southfield MI 48037
KPHO-TV 4016 N. Black Canyon Hwy. Phoenix AZ 85017
KDEN-TV 2851 S. Parker Rd. #1130 Denver CO 80014
KSAT-TV 1408 N. Saint Mary’s San Antonio TX 78215
KVDA-TV 6234 San Pedro San Antonio TX 78216 *
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville KY 40203
WALA-TV 1501 Satchel Paige Blvd. Mobile AL 36606 (see ad above!)
WEYI-TV 2225 W. Willard Road Clio MI 48420
WHEC-TV 191 East Ave. Rochester NY 14604
WROC-TV 201 Humboldt Street Rochester NY 14610
WAAY-TV 1000 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville AL 35801
KOAA-TV 530 Communications Circle Colorado Springs CO 80905
WTXL-TV 1620 Commerce Blvd Midway FL 32343
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323 Tyler TX 75701
KMID-TV 3200 LaForce Blvd. Midland TX 79711
WJHG-TV, 8195 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach FL 32407
WTWO-TV PO Box 9268 Terre Haute IN 47808
WUTR/WFXV/WPNY 5956 Smith Hill Rd. Utica NY 13502
WETM-TV 101 E. Water St. Elmira NY 14901
WLIO-TV 1424 Rice Ave. Lima OH 45805
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521

* Spanish language station

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