October 3, 2014


THREE New News Director openings, and FOUR newly named news directors make this week’s report an interesting read. One of those newly named ND is a former General Manager.

Those changes leave our list of open ND jobs at 27.

We have paid ads for TWO of those openings, as well as ads for a Corporate Director of News job and an Assistant ND job in Louisiana.

And…in Names in the News…TWO new news managers in Houston and some other management moves to share.

Read on!

New News Director Openings:

KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA…LEE ROSENTHAL, GM TOM RAPONI, and the Cox Media Group ownership are all headed to Boston and current FOX o-and-o WFXT-TV. You likely know by now that Cox is trading KTVU to Fox for both WFXT and WHBQ-TV in Memphis. More below.


KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO…after 33 years at the station, 14 as News Director, MIKE SHIPLEY has announced his retirement from the station. He’ll stay on until his replacement is hired. As you know if you clicked this link in our Wednesday UPDATE, I hired Mike as the Night Assignment Editor in 1981. He rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the Assistant ND, then ND in 2000. Mike previously worked for KLIK-AM in Jefferson City, MO, as well as at the campus radio station at Missouri, KCCS-AM, where we worked together while in school. He’s a class act and a true gentleman, and told me he plans to take some time off and then look for other opportunities.


WXXV-TV, Gulfport, MS…LON TEGELS is leaving this FOX/NBC operation owned by Morris Multimedia for a new job as Assistant News Director at WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge. Lon started the news department there 16 months ago after spending ten years as an ND in Lima, OH. He’s previously worked as an ND in Rockford, IL, Des Moines, Sioux City, and St. Joseph, MO, and has also worked in Hartford, San Diego, Jacksonville, Richmond, Ft. Myers, Evansville, Boise, Cedar Rapids, and Kirksville, MO.

And while we first told you about this opening last week, please check out the ad for the open ND position at KTIV-TV in Sioux City, IA.

Newly Named News Directors:


WFXT-TV, Boston, MA…our Wednesday update broke the news that LEE ROSENTHAL will become the ND here when Cox Media Group finalizes its purchase of this current FOX o-and-o. FOX gets Lee’s current station, KTVU-TV in San Francisco/Oakland, and Cox also gets WHBQ-TV in Memphis. Lee was ND here for about 18 months, spent more than four years as an ND in Indianapolis, and has also worked in Columbus, OH, Tampa, Knoxville, and Binghamton, NY. There’s no official word as to the future of current WFXT ND PAUL McGONAGLE. There are lots of rumors on the internet, which you’re welcome to Google.


WACH-TV, Columbia, SC…veteran broadcaster JERRY GIESLER is the new ND for this Sinclair owned FOX affiliate. He most recently spent nine years at the GM of a Granite-owned duopoly in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Jerry’s been a GM in a number of markets, including San Francisco, worked in the online world for a while, spent seven years as a consultant for Magid, and also worked in Phoenix as an Assistant ND. His Linkedin page has the whole story. At WACH, he replaces KEVIN PAZDERNIK who will remain with the station as the Special Projects Producer.

KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND…we’re a few weeks late in telling you about the promotion of LEZLIE JOHNSON to News Director here. She’s been a reporter and producer for this FOX affiliate for about a year, and has worked in Grand Forks and another Fargo station. Lezlie succeeds JIM SHAW who stepped down earlier this summer for medical reasons. Jim started the KVRR news department in 1999.

KTAB/KRBC-TV, Abilene, TX…we’re also a little tardy in reporting the promotion of MEGAN DOBBS to news director here. She’s been the executive producer and evening anchor for this CBS/NBC duopoly. Megan replaces KEVIN OSGOOD who left in July to become ND for sister-station WFRV-TV in Green Bay.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

News Director, KTIV-TV, Sioux City, IA

Emmy award winning, dominant NBC affiliate KTIV, Sioux City, Iowa is seeking an energized, caring, competitive, take charge newsroom leader. This is not a sit behind a desk job. As the News Director, you are coaching, guiding and mentoring on a continuous level. KTIV is one of the top 10 NBC affiliates in the country.

KTIV News Four is a continuous local news source with an immediate deadline mentality. The News Director directly oversees all involved in our news gathering and distribution process es. This manager directs the development of our content,weighs the full editorial possibility of every story, and makes immediate decisions on how it will be disseminated on the appropriate platforms.

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

If you have a passion for excellence and a burning desire to lead the best local broadcast news operation in Sioux City, Iowa we want to hear from you.

Please send your resume, reel and references via email to: bbreen@ktiv.com:

Bridget Breen
Station Manager
KTIV Television
3135 Floyd Blvd.
Sioux City IA 51108

EOE – No phone calls please.

Director of News, News-Press & Gazette Company:

News-Press and Gazette Company, a family-owned, employee focused company, in business for over sixty years, is looking for a Corporate Director of News. Our broadcast division owns or operates 42 TV network affiliates, 4 radio stations and multiple digital platforms operating in 10 diverse and attractive markets throughout the Midwest and western United States. We are No. 1 in local news in most of our markets.

NPG Broadcast was founded on strong journalistic principles and we continue to place high value on a culture of enterprise journalism and newsroom accountability. We pride ourselves on being committed to local news, information and community service in all of our markets. We continue to enhance our news product and expand our news coverage through the use of state of the art technology.

We believe there is strength in diversification and while our newspaper business, dating back to 1845, and our broadcast operations are still going strong, the NPG family also includes data storage and commercial printing.

NPG takes greatest pride in the quality of our employees. We strive to recognize our promising employees, promote from within and provide opportunities for employees to advance. We encourage diversity in our workforce and value the unique qualities of each individual.

Want to learn more? You can click here to see video profiles of each of our stations.

If you feel you are the Director of News we are looking for, we invite you to click here to learn more about the opportunity and company.

News Director, WMBD/WYZZ=TV, Peoria, IL:

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. is searching for a forward thinking and aggressive journalist for the position of News Director at WMBD/WYZZ-TV, the CBS/FOX affiliates, in Peoria-Bloomington, IL.

Located in central Illinois, Peoria is midway between Chicago and St. Louis. Through leading local medical institutions, companies like Archer Daniels Midland, Bradley University in Peoria and Illinois State University in Bloomington, significant education, science and arts advancements have been made through various community alliances in Peoria. Hosting a large manufacturing and agriculture community that is home to the international headquarters for Caterpillar and State Farm Insurance, Peoria and Bloomington are dynamic Midwestern communities known for their values, popular lifestyle, and ease of travel to major metropolitan areas and wonderful communities in which to work and live.

The successful candidate will be a hands on news manager who has a proven track record for coaching and developing talent, solid journalism skills, own the big news story and weather philosophy, and a passion for breaking news. Our coverage of Central Illinois is a priority, so a vision for unique coverage, storytelling and programming is a must.

To be considered, you must have a minimum of 5 years experience as a news manager and more than 10 years experience in a news operation. Prior experience with on-line and social media is required. A degree in journalism is preferred.

Apply online by clicking here.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Assistant News Director, KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA:

KSLA News 12, a Raycom Media station, is searching for an individual with the skills, desire, and passion to help grow our number one team.

Applicants for our Assistant News Director position should have at least four years of experience developing dynamic and engaging newscasts with a track record of success.

Applicants must be able to manage our team in developing content consistent with our strategy and brand. Superb news judgment, developing distinction, and teambuilding skills are a must.

Applicants with executive producer experience are preferred. Understanding and use of social media in news coverage is essential for our multi-platform strategy.

Apply online by clicking here and include links to your work, resume, and references.

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

Other News Management Openings:


KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 8/23/14)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 9/14/14)
WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN (listed 8/3/14)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (listed 9/29/14, see ad above!)
WCJB-TV, Gainesville, FL (relisted 9/14/14)


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA (lsited 8/31/14)
WWSI-TV, Philadelphia, PA (listed 8/31/14) *
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (AM EP, relisted 8/23/14)
WTVJ-TV, Miami, FL (AM EP, listed 9/21/14)
WFTV, Orlando, FL (PM EP, listed 9/29/14)
KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, listed 8/23/14)
KXTV, Sacramento, CA (PM EP, listed 8/31/14)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (AM EP, relisted 8/31/14)
WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO (PM EP, relisted 8/31/14)
WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI, (AM EP, PM EP & Spec. Projects, post revised 9/14/14)
WGHP-TV, Greensboro/High Point, NC (Dayside EP, relisted 8/23/14)
WJAR-TV, Providence, RI (relisted 8/31/14)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (Nightside EP, relisted 8/3/14)
KOLD-TV, Tucson, AZ (Nightside EP, listed 7/20/14)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (listed 9/7/14)
WCYB-TV, Tri-Cities, TN (listed 7/27/14)
WCTI-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (listed 8/31/14)
KTVA-TV, Anchorage, AK (relisted 7/13/14)


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (listed 8/31/14)
Central Florida News 13, Orlando, FL (listed 9/7/14)


KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 8/3/14)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (relisted 8/17/14)


WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, PA: (listed 8/31/14)

* Spanish language station

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are 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:

Two new news managers at KPRC-TV in Houston.  MIKE FRIEDRICH joins this NBC affiliate as the Assistant ND.  He’s been an EP at WJLA-TV in Washington for the past six years, and has also worked in Baltimore and for CNN.  And STEVE LULGJURAJ has been hired as the 10:00 PM Executive Producer.  He’s been working for more than eleven years at WJBK-TV in Detroit.  Steve’s also worked for another Detroit station and for an all news radio station in The Motor City.

ERIC STECKLING joins WDJT-TV (CBS) in Milwaukee as the PM Executive Producer.  He had been working as a morning producer at WHDH-TV in Boston, and has previously worked in Asheville, NC, and Champaign, IL.

TRAVIS RUIS is the new Assistant ND at KVII-TV in Amarillo, TX.  He previously worked at KVII before taking a job at the FOX affiliate in Colorado Springs.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

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

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Friday, October 3, 2014.

WPIX-TV 220 E. 42nd Street New York NY 10017
KWHY-TV 4975 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles,CA 90019 *
KTVU-TV 2 Jack London Square Oakland CA 94607
WFDC-TV 101 Constitution Ave. NW Washington DC 20001 *
WXIA-TV One Monroe Place Atlanta GA 30324
KCEC-TV 777 Grant St. #110 Denver CO 80203 *
KDVR/KWGN-TV 100 Speer Blvd. 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
WCNC-TV 1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr. Charlotte NC 28217
WJZY/WMYT-TV 3501 Performance Rd. Charlotte NC 28214
KCTV 4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy. Fairway KS 66205
WTLV/WJXX-TV, 1070 E. Adams St. Jacksonville FL 32202
WIVB-TV 2077 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo NY 14207
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
WBTW-TV 101 McDonald Court Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
WMBD/WYZZ-TV 3131 N. University Peoria, IL 61604 (see ad above!)
KLFY-TV 1808 Eraste Landry Rd. Lafayette LA 70506
WLTZ-TV 6140 Buena Vista Rd. Columbus, GA 31907
KTIV-TV 3135 Floyd Blvd. Sioux City IA 51108 (see ad above!)
WICU/WSEE 3514 State St. Erie PA 16508
WXXV-TV PO Box 2500 Gulfport MS 39505
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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