October 14, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012 UPDATE:

There’s breaking news this morning with a new ND for the NBC o-and-o in Washington.


It was announced within the hour that MIKE GOLDRICK will become the next ND for WRC-TV when he joins the station in late November. Mike’s been the ND for Cox’s WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh for almost three years. He spent the previous three years as ND for WHEC-TV in Rochester, NY. Mike’s also worked in Seattle, Detroit, Houston, Tampa, Charlotte, and West Palm Beach.

At WRC, he replaces CAMILLE EDWARDS who left the station earlier this year to become ND for WABC-TV in New York.

I hope to post this week’s newsletter later today. When it arrives, it will have lots of ND changes.


Rick Gevers

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Our weekly report is delayed by travel but full of information.

There are THREE new ND openings (including one in the number one market) and FOUR new ND’s to tell you about including one in the number two market).

Those moves mean we now have 29 stations looking for a new news director.

There’s one ad this week for a Senior Executive Producer in the Pacific Northwest.

Our sympathy to the staff at KCBS/KCAL-TV who lost a 35 year veteran assignment manager to cancer this week. Details below.

In Names in the News, two former ND’s have new jobs as EPs, a former ND turned GM is elected to a Hall of Fame, and we’ll tell you about the retirement of a GM who spent nine years as a college basketball coach.

And we’ll introduce you to four longtime TV types who are celebrating a combined 156 years of marriage this year.

All that and more below:

New News Director Openings:


WPIX-TV, New York, NY…BILL CAREY‘s long reported departure from this Tribune owned station became ‘official’ this week. Bill will leave the station for a new job he expects to be announced shortly. He’s been there just over two years. He’s a former GM in Tampa, ND and Station Manager in the Quad Cities, IL, market, a former ND in Detroit and for WCBS-TV in New York. He’s also worked for WABC-TV there.

WYFF-TV, Greenville, SC…JUSTIN ANTONIOTTI has left this Hearst owned NBC affiliate to become ND for Hearst’s WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. More on that below.

WMTV, Madison, WI…CHRIS GEGG is leaving this Gray TV owned NBC station to become the new news director for Hearst’s WISN-TV in Milwaukee. More on that below.

Newly Named News Directors:

KVEA-TV, Los Angeles, CA…RUBEN KEOSEYAN is the new ND for this Telemundo owned Spanish language station. He most recently was Executive Editor of the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the U.S., La Opinión, in Los Angeles. He earlier had been Publisher and Editor of the largest Spanish language newspaper in the Midwest, La Raza, in Chicago. At KVEA, he replaces RICK MORALES who left the station in August after two years as ND.


WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA…we told you earlier this week that JUSTIN ANTONIOTTI has already started as ND for this Hearst-owned ABC affiliate. He’s spent the last five years as ND for the company’s NBC station in Greenville, SC, WYFF-TV. This second generation broadcaster (Dad Steve was a longtime ND & GM) has also worked in Milwaukee, Houston, Memphis, Biloxi, and Columbia, MO. He replaces ALEX BONGIORNO. We told you last week that she was leaving the station this week after 3 1/2 years as ND.


WISN-TV, Milwaukee, WI…in another move we reported in an UPDATE earlier this week, CHRIS GEGG has been named ND for this Hearst-owned ABC station. Chris has spent the last five years at the helm of WMTV‘s (Madison, WI) news department. He’s a former EP in Detroit and Nashville, and has also worked in Tampa and Toledo. Chris replaces LORI WALDON. She left a few months ago to become ND at Hearst’s KCRA-TV in Sacramento.


WJHL-TV, Johnson City, TN…JENNIFER DALE started October 1st as the news director for this Media General owned CBS affiliate. She’s a former Assistant ND for WTVM-TV in Columbus, GA, EP at WMBF-TV in Myrtle Beach, SC, and as a producer for WKRG-TV in Mobile. The move reunites her with her former boss, DAN CATES, who was her ND in Mobile and is now the GM for WJHL. She replaces JOHN SOARES who left last month to become ND for KWCH-TV in Wichita.

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Other News Management Openings:


KING-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 9/14/12)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 9/22/12)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (listed 8/5/12)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 9/14/12)
KVUE-TV, Austin, TX (listed 9/1/12)
WLNE-TV, Providence, RI (listed 9/14/12)
WKOW-TV, Madison, WI (listed 8/12/12)
WCTI-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (relisted 9/14/12)
KEZI-TV, Eugene, OR (listed 9/22/12)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (listed 8/5/12)


The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA (listed 9/22/12)
KTTV/KCOP-TV, Los Angeles, CA (PM EP, listed 9/14/12)
KDFW-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, relisted 9/14/12)
KTVT-TV, Dallas, TX (EP of Special Projects/Investigations, listed 9/14/12)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 10/5/12)
WTVT-TV, Tampa, FL (AM EP, listed 10/5/12)
WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted 9/1/12)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (Senior EP, listed 10/5/12, see ad above!)
KPTV/KPDX-TV, Portland, OR (Nightside EP, relisted 9/30/12)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (AM EP, listed 9/1/12)
WMAR-TV, Baltimore, MD (AM EP, listed 9/22/12)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 9/14/12)
KWTV, Oklahoma City, OK (PM EP, listed 9/30/12)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM & PM EPs, listed 8/12/12)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Evening EP, relisted 9/9/12)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM EP, listing revised 9/14/12)
WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY (listed 9/1/12)
WCYB-TV, Bristol, TN (relisted 9/14/12)
KOLO-TV, Reno, NV (Morning EP, listed 8/18/12)


KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (listed 9/14/12)
KTVT-TV, Dallas, TX (listed 9/14/12)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 9/1/12)

Situations Wanted:

We have no takers for this feature this week. Our Situations Wanted listings are free. If you’d like to state your case to a well targeted audience, email me an item (max. 100 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.



STEVE CRAWFORD, who spent 35 years as an assignment editor for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, died this week of cancer.  Steve left the station in May without telling anyone that he suffered from advanced esophageal cancer.  More details about Steve’s life…and death…in this story from the LA Observer.


Names in the News:


GRIFF POTTER returns to the Midwest as the new Morning EP for WDIV-TV in Detroit. We told you a few weeks ago that Griff was leaving his job as ND for KVLY/KXJB-TV in Fargo, ND, for a job to be announced soon. Griff spent just over two years as ND in Fargo. He’s also been an ND in Paducah, KY, and Quad Cities, IL, and has worked in Milwaukee, Nashville, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Kansas City, Toledo and Huntsville, AL.

JENNIFER HOPPENSTEDT has been promoted to EP/Social Media and News for WLS-TV in Chicago. She joined the station 30 years ago, and most recently was Assignment Manager.


LEEZA GLAZIER is the new EP at ABC’s KFSN-TV in Fresno, CA. She most recently was the Assistant ND at for the now closed OHIO NEWS NETWORK. Leeza’s a former ND for WOWK-TV in Huntington, WV, and has worked in Jacksonville, FL, Shreveport and Alexandria, LA. In addition to her management experience, Leeza’s began her career on air as a morning weather anchor.

News Director turned GM PAUL SANDS has been elected to the Vermont Broadcasters Hall of Fame. We told you a few weeks ago that Paul is retiring at the end of the year as GM of WPTZ/WNNE-TV in Burlington, VT.

WAYNE MARTIN, who’s been GM of Gray TV’s WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY since 1993, has announced his retirement as of the end of the year. Did you know that he spent nine years as the head basketball coach at Morehead State University?


Let’s pause a moment to congratulate three longtime broadcasters who are celebrating their 42nd anniversaries this year. In a business full of too many divorces and failed relationships, 42 years is worth of a tip of our hat.

Longtime consultant and AR&D Principal JIM WILLI and his wife SHERRI marked their 42nd this month.

KIRO-TV (Seattle) News Director BOB JORDAN and his wife SHARON celebrated their 42nd in May.

And former ND turned WCMH-TV (Columbus, OH) General Manager DAN BRADLEY and wife LYNN achieved their 42nd last month.

Finally, while not in the 42 year club (but still noteworthy) retired Las Vegas and Nashville ND MIKE CUTLER and his wife CHRIS observed their 30th this month.

Congrats to all.

Our Full List of News Director Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, October 14, 2012.

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

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
WTXF-TV 330 Market St. Philadelphia PA 19106
WRC-TV 4001 Nebraska Ave. NW Washington DC 20016
KNXV-TV 515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
KTVK-TV 5555 N. 7th Avenue Phoenix AX 85013
WWSB-TV 1477 10th St. Sarasota, FL 34236
WKYC-TV 1333 Lakeside Ave. Cleveland OH 44114
WISH-TV 1950 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
KSHB-TV 4720 Oak Street Kansas City MO 64112
WLWT-TV 5555 N. 7th Avenue Cincinnati OH 45210
WSPA-TV 250 International Drive Spartansburg SC 29303
WYFF-TV 505 Rutherford St. Greenville SC 29609
KSNV-TV 1500 Foremaster Lane Las Vegas NV 89101
WTLV/WJXX 1070 E. Adams St. Jacksonville FL 32202
KTHV-TV 720 Izard St. Little Rock 72201
KOTV 302 S. Frankfort St. Tulsa OK 74120
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
KOLR/KOZL 2650 E. Division Springfield MO 65803
WMTV 615 Forward Dr. Madison WI 53711
WNCT-TV 3221 S. Evans St. Greenville NC 27834
KHGI-TV 13 S. Highway 44 Kearney NE 66848
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee FL 32309
KBOI-TV 140 N. 16th St. Boise ID 83702
WVNS-TV 141 Old Cline Rd. Ghent WV 25843
KSWT-TV 1301 Third Ave Yuma AZ 85364
WETM-TV 101 E. Water St. Elmira NY 14901
KKCO-TV 2325 Interstate Ave. Grand Junction CO 81505
KFBB-TV P.O. Box 1139 Great Falls, MT 59403
KGWN-TV 2923 E. Lincolnway Cheyenne WY 82001

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