October 28, 2012


Another week, and another long list of newly named news directors to tell you about.  There are FOUR new NDs in this report, with  TWO  new openings.  That lowers our count of open ND jobs to just 25.

TWO of those newly named ND are at Hearst stations, which brings to NINE new Hearst NDs this year, an unusual flurry for a company that is traditionally very stable.  Many of those nine new NDs came from within Hearst.

We have an ad for an interesting opportunity in California…be sure to check that out.

And a busy bottom of the newsletter, too, with two obituaries, two items about news people on the mend, two anniversaries, a handful of news managers on the move, and one new GM to report.

All that and more below:

New News Director Openings:


WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO…we told you earlier this week that BRYAN McGRUDER has left this LocalTV owned FOX Affiliate after ten years as ND here. He spent two years as ND for what was then a sister-FOX o-and-o, WHBQ-TV in Memphis. Bryan also was an ND in Savannah, GA. He began his career on air as an anchor/reporter. He’s worked in Huntsville, Jackson and Meridian, MS, and Columbia, MO.

KION/KCOY-TV, Salinas/Monterey, CA…TRACIZNN ZERAVICA is leaving this Cowles California operation to become the new Assistant ND for KATU-TV in Portland, OR. She’s been the ND here for 3 1/2 years. You can learn more about this opportunity in the paid ad below.

Newly Named News Directors:


WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, OH…longtime Hearst ND MICHAEL NEELLY has been promoted to ND for this NBC affiliate. He’s been the ND for the company’s WLKY-TV in Louisville for the last 12 years, and spent three years as the Assistant ND there. He’s also worked in Ft. Myers, Portland, ME, and Jackson, MS. He replaces STACY OWEN who left after three years as ND to become the Assistant ND for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.


WLKY-TV, Louisville, KY…ANDREA STAHLMAN moves one office over to become the new ND for this Hearst owned CBS affiliate. She replaces the above mentioned MICHAEL NEELLY who’s moving to WLWT-TV in Cincinnati to be the new ND for that Hearst station. Andrea has been the Ass’t. ND here for 12 years, but first joined the station in 1993 as weekend assignment editor and has worked as a producer and EP as well.


WNCT-TV, Greenville, NC…welcome back to INGRID JOHANSEN who’s the new ND for this Media General owned CBS affiliate. She’s been out of TV for four years. She previously was the NC for WCTI-TV in the same market. In the interim, Ingrid was a management consultant for various companies and managed a Congressional campaign. She’s worked as an ND in Providence and Lexington, and also worked in Raleigh, Greensboro, Columbia, SC , and Orlando. Ingrid replaces MARTY VAN HOUSEN who left earlier this summer to become Assistant ND for WGCL-TV in Atlanta.

KGWN-TV, Cheyenne, WY…we’re a little tardy in reporting that CHRIS TURNER has been named ND here. Chris spent more than 20 years at CNN in a variety of roles. He joined the station in September and replaces MACRADEE AEGERTER who left in July of 2011.

Help Wanted Ad: 

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Other News Management Openings:


KING-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted this week)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 9/22/12)
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)
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)
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)
WXMI-TV, Grand Rapids, MI (TV Content Mgr., listed 10/19/12)
KWTV, Oklahoma City, OK (PM EP, listed 9/30/12)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM & PM EPs, relisted 10/19/12)
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, relisted 10/19/12)


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

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. 


Our sympathy to CNBC digital executive KEVIN KRIM and his family on the deaths of their two young children. You’re probably familiar with the story which has received widespread play. If not, here’s a New York Times report.

HAGAN THOMPSON, a long ago ND for Jackson, MS’s, WLBT-TV, died October 22nd in Atlanta at the age of 85. He suffered from congestive heart failure. Hagan first joined WLBT in 1953.

On the Mend:

Two veteran newsmen could benefit from your well wishes.

RTDNA Treasurer and former ND LOREN TOBIA is recovering from a broken shoulder suffered when he tripped over an uneven sewer grate in downtown Indianapolis. He skipped dinner, still conducted his AccuWeather business the next day, but went immediately to the hospital when he returned home. Doctors diagnosed him with a broken humerus bone. Good news, no surgery. Bad news, lots of pain. He’s already back on the road where he could read your kind note: tobia@accuweather.com

And former news director DON BRADLEY faces quadruple bypass surgery this week. Don most recently was ND for KAVU-TV in Victoria, TX before retiring in 2010. He spent 16 years as an ND in Ft. Wayne. Don began his career in radio, and over 51 years has worked in Springfield MA, New Haven, Decatur, Louisville, Tulsa, St Louis, Memphis, and Waco, among other markets. Don can be reached at: connieburi@aol.com

Names in the News:

An interesting addition to the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Conference (I’m an old timer…I still think of it as the RTDNA convention). The National Associate of Hispanic Journalists will partner with RTDNA and SPJ in Anaheim next August.


THOMAS TOBIN picked a heckuva time to start his new job as Assistant News Director for WABC-TV in New York. He starts tomorrow, in the middle of storm and election coverage. He’s been the Senior Executive Producer for WRC-TV in Washington where he worked for WABC-TV News Director CAMILLE EDWARDS. He’s also worked for WTTG-TV in Washington and as a producer in both Richmond and Roanoke, VA, and worked as a reporter/anchor in Harrisonburg, VA.


KPNX-TV in Phoenix has hired JOSH EURE as its new Assistant News Director and Senior Content Manager. Josh most recently was a Senior Producer at ABC News. Earlier he’d served as a coordinating producer for both World News Now and Good Morning America. Josh has also worked at local stations in New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Baltimore, and Greensboro, NC.

One GM note this week: TOM CANEDO has been named GM for CBS’s Detroit station, WWJ-TV. He’s been the GM for CBS’s CW affiliate in Atlanta, WUPA-TV.

A tip of the hat to longtime newsman TOM BECHERER (and, of course, his wife DONNA) who celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Tom’s a former VP/GM of the now-defunct Conus Communications. He had a long career in newsrooms, as a news director in Detroit, Baltimore (two stations) and Louisville. He also worked in St. Louis (two stations) and for UPI. Your note of congratulations would reach Tom at: tom@becherer.org

And congratulations to WLUK-TV News Director JULI BUEHLER who celebrated her 25th anniversary with the station on Friday.

Our Full List of News Director Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Sunday, October 28, 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
KNXV-TV 515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
KTVK-TV 5555 N. 7th Avenue Phoenix AZ 85013
WWSB-TV 1477 10th St. Sarasota, FL 34236
WKYC-TV 1333 Lakeside Ave. Cleveland OH 44114
WPXI-TV 4145 Evergreen Road Pittsburgh PA 15214
WISH-TV 1950 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
KSHB-TV 4720 Oak Street Kansas City MO 64112
WDAF-TV 3030 Summit St. Kansas City MO 64108
KSNV-TV 1500 Foremaster Lane Las Vegas NV 89101
WVEC-TV 613 Woodis Ave. Norfolk, VA 23510
WPRI/WNAC-TV 25 Catamore Bvld. E. Providence, RI 02914
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
KHGI-TV 13 S. Highway 44 Kearney NE 66848
KBOI-TV 140 N. 16th St. Boise ID 83702
KION/KCOY-TV, 1550 Moffett St. Salinas CA 93905 (see ad above!)
WVNS-TV 141 Old Cline Rd. Ghent WV 25843
KSWT-TV 1301 Third Ave Yuma AZ 85364
KKCO-TV 2325 Interstate Ave. Grand Junction CO 81505
KFBB-TV P.O. Box 1139 Great Falls, MT 59403

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