October 13, 2008


Welcome to the “34th Anniversary of the resignation of VP Spiro Agnew edition” of your weekly newsletter covering the movements of news directors and news managers.

Lots of new NDs named this week, which drops our unofficial number of open ND jobs to 32.

There were SIX new ND’s appointed, while, to my knowledge, there is just ONE new opening to tell you about.

We’re re-running two ads this week, for a ‘Content Brand Manager’ in Ohio and an Assistant ND in Oklahoma City. I’m pleased there are no obituaries to share with you, and Names in the News is all good news, including a new baby for a well known ND and former Poynter faculty member.

That and more after this week’s changes:


NewsChannel 8, Washington, DC…this Albritton owned 24 hours cable news operation is reinstating a separate ND position for the cable channel. This person will report to co-owned WJLA-TV VP/News BILL LORD.


WTEN-TV, Albany, NY…ROB HUBLER has been named ND for this Young Broadcasting owned ABC affiliate. Rob most recently has been an EP for WGCL-TV in Atlanta, and has previously worked in West Palm Beach, Charlotte, and Jacksonville. At WTEN, he replaces DANA DIETERLE who left the station in June to become Assistant ND for WOIO/WUAB-TV in Cleveland. Dana was ND there for about 2 1/2 years.

WPSD-TV, Paducah, KY…VP of News and Operations BILL EVANS has resumed day to day leadership of the newsroom, replacing GRIFF POTTER who has left the station. Griff had been ND for this Paxton Media owned CBS NBC station for four years.

WHBF-TV, Rock Island, IL…this Citadel Communications owned CBS affiliate has named HEATHER VOUDRIE as its next ND. Heather is currently the Nightside EP for WDTN-TV in Dayton. She’ll replace ARTHUR STEADMAN who left that position in August after seven years as ND.

WQAD-TV, Moline, IL…we first reported yesterday that BILL CAREY had been named Station Manager/News Director for this LocalTV owned ABC affiliate. Bill most recently was GM for WFTS-TV in Tampa, and previously was an ND at both WCBS-TV in New York and WXYZ-TV in Detroit. At WQAD, he replaces LEIGH GERMANIS who left the station in July after just more than a year as ND.

KBMT-TV, Beaumont, TX….PAUL BERGEN returns to Beaumont as ND for this McKinnon Broadcasting owned ABC affiliate. Paul had been ND for KBTV in Beaumont until March of this year when he left for a brief stint as ND for KTAL-TV in Shreveport. At KBMT, he replaces MILES RESNICK who left the station earlier this year after eight years as ND.

KIMT-TV, Mason City, IA…GREG BERRY is assuming the ND job for this New Vision owned CBS affiliate. He has been the anchor and EP of the morning and midday newscasts here.

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NBC 4 (WCMH-TV) is an NBC affiliate of the Media General Broadcast Group and market leader with breaking news, Storm Team 4, and news on the Web at www.nbc4i.com is looking for a Content Brand Manager to join the Newsroom Team.

The person filling this position will be responsible for the development and presentation of all content developed by the WCMH News Department and the execution of brand images in all content on a daily basis.

The Content Brand Manager will act as Brand Champion for news and news related content. Manage and develop branding elements within product(s) to ensure all content fits with brand strategy and customer focus as outlined in our market research. Coordinates education of staff on branding, how they are to use, apply and grow it.

This position requires someone with superior news judgment, outstanding marketing acumen, strong organizational skills, and the force of personality to effectively supervise reporters and anchors on a dailybasis, with the end-product being a newscast that clearly and effectively illustrates and ‘lives’ our brand.

Experience working with Media General would be useful. Ideal candidate should have a College Degree in Journalism, Communication or any other related field. At least five years of experience in a Top 50 market in a supervisory role. Preferably would have some leadership experience (either the #1 or #2 person within the newsroom). Candidate is required to have experience working in a newsroom and strong marketing experience that comes from working within a marketing/promotional department.

Qualified applicants may either send their resume and cover letter to:

Attn: Human Resources
3165 Olentangy River Road
Columbus OH 43202

or email: wcmhhr@wcmh.com.


KOCO-TV, the Hearst-Argyle owned ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City, seeks a strategic power player in local news.

Successful Assistant News Director candidates must have a proven track record of running a winning day to day news operation in a metered market, managing not only the broadcast newsroom, but also news coverage on the station’s digital news based initiatives as well.

Candidates must also have a minimum of three years news experience managing a large to medium staff in a medium to major market, excellent news judgment, the ability to direct coverage of and own latebreaking news, and the ability to work effectively with promotions, while coaching reporters, news anchors and other news managers.

The Assistant News Director must work effectively with the News Director in executing the station’s mission and vision. Please send news philosophy and last night’s 6p and 10p newscast (no phone calls please) to:

Stephanie Croswait
News Director
1300 East Britton Road
Oklahoma City OK 73131

KOCO-TV is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring, training or promotion of employees by reason of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are engaged in a continuing effort to seek out prospective applicants for employment with our company. We earnestly solicit your assistance in obtaining employees and request that you refer prospective applicants to us at the address below.

Resumes will be accepted until a qualified candidate is identified.

Please note source of referral on all resumes/cover letters/applications.


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KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 8/8/08)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (relisted 9/26/08)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (relisted 9/26/08)
KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City, OK (listed 10/3/08, see ad above)
KHBS/KHOG, Fort Smith, AR (relisted 8/15/08)


KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 8/29/08)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, relisted 9/19/08)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (Nightside EP, listed 9/14/08)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 9/26/08)
WFOR-TV, Miami, FL (Nightside EP, listed 9/26/08)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (AM EP, listed 9/19/08)
WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, relisted 9/19/08)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 8/8/08)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (relisted 9/26/08)
WHP-TV, Harrisburg, PA (relisted 9/26/08)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Dayside EP, relisted 9/26/08)
KOLD-TV, Tucson, AZ (AM EP, listed 8/22/08)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (relisted 10/03/08)


KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 7/25/08)


KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 8/8/08)


KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (listed 7/25/08)

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NAME in the NEWS:

It’s now official: PATRICK McCREERY has been promoted to General Manager for KPTV, the Meredith owned FOX affiliate in Portland, OR. He has been the interim GM there for a while and tells me he will continue to oversee the news department, at least for the immediate future. Patrick was promoted to news director there more than four years ago.

Congratulations to WCCO-TV ND SCOTT LIBIN and his wife MICHELLE on the birth of their first daughter, LAUREN MICHELLE LIBIN. Lauren was born September 23 and weighed in at seven pounds. Scott tells me all are doing well, if no one is sleeping very much. Your note of good wishes will find Scott via email at: smlibin@wcco.com

It was only a month ago that we told you that former ND TONY BALLEW had become a grandfather. He’s already added a second granddaughter to the family, as his daughter Alyson gave birth on Wednesday to a seven pound, nine ounce girl.

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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Friday, October 10, 2008. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: rick@rickgevers.com

KTLA-TV   5800 Sunset Blvd.               Los Angeles, CA 90028
CLTV News 2000 York, Suite 114            Oak Brook IL 60523
NewsChannel 8  1100 Wilson Blvd.          Arlington VA 22209
KTVK-TV   5555 N. 7th Avenue              Phoenix AZ 85013
WWSB-TV   1477 10th St.                   Sarasota FL 34236
WOFL-TV   35 Skyline Dr.                  Lake Mary FL 32746
WRTV      1330 N. Meridian St.            Indianapolis IN 46202
KGTV      4600 Air Way                    San Diego CA 92102
KUTH-TV   525 South 300 West #1           Salt Lake City UT 84101 *
KUTV      299 S. Main St. #150            Salt Lake City UT 84111
WVUE-TV   1025 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.   New Orleans LA 70125
WGRZ-TV   259 Delaware Avenue             Buffalo NY 14202
KMPH-TV   5111 E. McKinley Ave.           Fresno CA 93727
WPMI-TV   661 Azalea Road                 Mobile AL 36609
WFTX-TV   621 SW Pine Island Rd.          Cape Coral FL 33991
KMTV      10714 Mockingbird Dr.           Omaha NE 68127
WSTM-TV   1030 James St.                  Syracuse NY 13203
KTAL-TV   3150 N. Market                  Shreveport LA 71107
WAAY-TV   1000 Monte Sano Boulevard       Huntsville AL 35801
WPTZ-TV   5 Television Drive              Plattsburgh NY 12901
KDBC-TV   2201 E. Wyoming Ave.            El Paso TX 79903
WCTI-TV   225 Glenburnie Dr.              New Bern NC 28561
WTXL-TV   1620 Commerce Blvd.             Midway FL 32343
KDLT-TV   3600 S. Westport Ave.           Sioux Falls SD 57106
KOLO-TV   4850 Ampere Dr.                 Reno NV 89502
KBAK/KBFX 1901 Westwind Dr.               Bakersfield CA 93301
WTVA-TV   PO Box 350                      Tupelo MS 38802
KNOE-TV   1400 Oliver Rd.                 Monroe LA 71211
KMIR-TV   72920 Parkview Dr.              Palm Desert CA 92260
KTUU-TV   701 E. Tudor Rd. #220           Anchorage AK 99503
WTHI-TV   918 Ohio St.                    Terre Haute IN 47808
KIDK-TV   1255 E.17th St.                 Idaho Falls ID 83404

* indicates Spanish language station

Rick Gevers
Rick Gevers & Associates
PO Box 577
Zionsville IN 46077
317-769-7900 (phone)
317-769-7910 (fax)

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