NEWS

September 1, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 UPDATE:

There’s a new news director in a top 20 market to tell you about.

Congratulations to longtime WABC-TV (New York, of course) Assistant News Director BILL McFARLAND who’s heading south to be the next news director for WFTS-TV, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Tampa.

In addition to New York, Bill’s worked in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Hartford.

At WFTS, he replaces DOUG CULVER who left the station in June to become ND for WJLA-TV in Washington.

More details in our next full report later this week.

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Greetings:

I hope your Labor Day is safe and dry.

We have lots of news in this week’s newsletter but not much of it involves news director changes. There is just ONE listing in our New News Director Opening section, and I should have included that last week.

That means our count of open ND jobs stands at 31.

We have FIVE help wanted ads this week, THREE new ones, TWO for EP jobs and one for a producer opening. And we are repeating TWO ads for news director jobs.

As I mentioned, lots of news this week and our Names in the News section is full of items involving former news directors who are taking new jobs.

We have two obituaries, one of a former South Dakota news man and one of a former RTNDA staffer who also worked for SPJ and Magid.

And we’ll introduce you to someone looking for a job in our free Situations Wanted segment.

And as we get closer to this year’s RTDNA conference, some of our advertisers are promoting their exhibits. Be sure to check out those ads below.

A Kinda New News Director Opening:

WJHL-TV, Johnson City, TN…we told you last week that JOHN SOARES was leaving this Media General owned station to become ND for KWCH-TV in Wichita, but we failed to list the opening. Now, we have!

Newly Named News Directors:

None that I know of. If you know something I don’t, please email me at rick@rickgevers.com

Help Wanted Ads: 

Executive Producer, WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL:

WKMG in Orlando is searching for its next great leader! We are currently seeking an innovative Executive Producer to oversee the planning and execution of Local 6 Newscasts.

Applicants must be able to drive content on television, on the web, and on social media outlets. 6 Years of news producing experience is required. Prior management experience is preferable.

Please send resumes to News Director Steve Hyvonen at shyvonen@wkmg.com

Morning Executive Producer, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC:

Do you have what it takes to succeed at a #1 news operation with a strong commitment to morning news? WRAL, the dominant television station in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville market, is seeking a talented Morning News Executive Producer to oversee 4.5 hours of content.

We are looking for a leader who will guide the morning producers, anchors, reporters, photographers, assignment desk, and production crew to produce fresh, compelling and creative newscasts. This person will supervise the writing and showcasing of all morning content including weather and traffic. We are looking for a star with outstanding communication skills and superb news judgment who has a proven track record with breaking news. If you have a passion for morning news, an eye for detail, and the ability to achieve big-picture goals, this is the job for you.

WRAL is locally owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, a community-oriented company that offers some of the best benefits in the business. Requirements include five years of experience in producing newscasts and/or previous news management experience, a four-year college degree and a pre-employment drug screening. All candidates must apply online at www.cbc-raleigh.com.

EOE M/F. All Capitol Broadcasting Company properties are tobacco free.

CLOSING: September 10, 2012

It is the policy of the company to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment. No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, age, sex, military status, national origin, physical/mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law.

Newscast Producer, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC:

Would you like to work for a news operation with a commitment to excellence and the resources you need to succeed? WRAL, the dominant television station in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville market, is seeking a strong news producer to oversee fast-paced newscasts.

The Producer will review all the news stories for grammar, accuracy, and fairness. During the newscast, this person is responsible for timing stories, weather, and sports to ensure the newscast ends on time; coordinates breaking news stories; and leads the production crew in the control room to make sure the newscast is executed cleanly on the air. We’re looking for a person with outstanding leadership and communication skills, proven writing ability, a vision for graphics, and a passion for memorable, creative newscasts. If you are a strong decision-maker capable of managing multiple live shots, writing compelling copy and producing top-notch newscasts, this is the job for you.

WRAL is locally owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, a stable, community-oriented company that offers some of the best benefits in the business. Two years of television news producing experience, a four-year college degree, and a pre-employment drug screening are required. All candidates must apply online at www.cbc-raleigh.com.

EOE M/F. All Capitol Broadcasting Company properties are tobacco free.

It is the policy of the company to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment. No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, age, sex, military status, national origin, physical/mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law.

News Director, WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, SC:

WSPA-TV, Media General’s CBS station in Spartanburg/Greenville, SC is accepting applications for a News Director who is a team builder and a hands-on leader who possesses solid journalistic judgment and strong people skills.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, tactical and strategic management of the News operations; hiring, training and development of news staff; setting and maintaining ethical standards; developing and executing a strategic plan that will improve the stations competitive position in the market. Must develop and market our brand through smart and aggressive acquisition, delivery, and presentation of content across all platforms. Experience and clear understanding of web content and search engine optimization is required.

This position requires a broadcast journalism degree and a minimum of five years senior news management experience. Apply online @ www.mediageneral.com. Please include resume, cover letter and (4) references. EOE M/F/D/V Drug and Background screen required.

News Director, KOLR/KOZL-TV, Springfield, MO:

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Manages all aspects of the News Department (other than Production.)
  2. Plans and manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department.
  3. Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees.
  4. Develops news coverage strategy for the station and its website.
  5. Critiques newscasts on a daily basis to correct errors, improve coverage and provide mentoring feedback to news staff.
  6. Assigns projects to staff and verifies that deadlines are being met.
  7. Ensures achievement of viewer rating goals.
  8. Determines programming and evaluation of equipment needs to produce quality programming.
  9. Responds to coverage questions.
  10. Works with other senior station leaders to establish and reach station goals.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements & Skills:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work related experience.
  2. Minimum five years’ experience in news programming production, with at least two years’ experience in a leadership role. (More or less depending on market size.

Email resume to: nbingaman@ozarkslocal.tv

or mail to:

Nancy Bingaman
Administrative Assistant
KOZL-KOLR
2650 E. Division
Springfield, MO 65803

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KING-TV, Seattle, WA (listed 7/13/12)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (listed 8/5/12)
KENS-TV, San Antonio, TX (listed 7/13/12)
KVUE-TV, Austin, TX (new listing this week)
WKOW-TV, Madison, WI (listed 8/12/12)
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA (listed 7/13/12)
WCTI-TV, Greenville/New Bern, NC (relisted 6/1/12)
KVLY/KXJB-TV, Fargo, ND (relisted 7/7/12)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (listed 8/5/12)

EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:

KDFW-TV, Dallas, TX (Morning EP, relisted 7/7/12)
KMSP-TV, Minneapolis/St. Paul. MN (AM EP, listed 7/28/12)
WKMG-TV, Orlando, FL (relisted this week, see ad above!)
KPTV/KPDX-TV, Portland, OR (Nightside EP, listed 7/28/12)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (Dayside EP, relisted 6/29/12)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (AM EP, new listing this week, see ad above!)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Morning EP, relisted 8/12/12)
KGTV, San Diego, CA (Special Projects EP, relisted 8/12/12)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 7/7/12)
KENS-TV, San Antonio, TX (listed 7/13/12)
WPTV, W. Palm Beach, FL (Nightside EP, listed 8/18/12)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM & PM EPs, listed 8/12/12)
KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, NM (listed 7/20/12)
WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, FL (Evening EP, relisted 8/24/12)
KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA (relisted 8/24/12)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (relisted 7/7/12)
WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH (listed 7/13/12)
WHAM-TV, Rochester, NY (Dayside EP, relisted 8/18/12)
WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY (new listing this week)
KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO (listed 6/29/12)
WCYB-TV, Bristol, TN (relisted 6/24/12)
KOLO-TV, Reno, NV (Morning EP, listed 8/18/12)

MANAGING EDITOR:

KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (new listing this week)

Obituaries:

Keegan

TERRY KEEGAN, a longtime South Dakota newsman who also worked in Los Angeles, died August 27th. He was 69. During his career Terry was news director for KSFY-TV and KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls, SD, and KNBN-TV in Rapid City. He also worked for KABC-TV during the 80’s. He retired in 2004 and is survived by his wife, a daughter, and two sons.

Rulon

JANE RULON died August 22nd at the age of 59 of ovarian cancer. She worked for RTNDA for more than eight years, and served as Director of Membership while I was on the board. She also worked for SPJ and the Magid consulting firm. More recently, she was head of the Indiana Film Commission and very active in the Indianapolis arts scene. Burial was private, but the family will hold a reception later this month at the Jazz Kitchen, an Indianapolis restaurant that Jane liked.

Situations Wanted:

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.

Meet Mark Petrovich:

Seasoned, experienced news and sports producer with 20m plus years of major market experience looking to take the next big step.

Looking for Executive Producer or Assistant News Director position.

I have over 25 years of experience. I am currently working for NASA in Media Relations but want to get back into news or sports.

Contact Mark Petrovich at mpetro16@aol.com or call me at 818-395-1666 if you are looking for someone like me.

Names in the News:

Reingold

DICK REINGOLD will be the next GM for Bonten Media’s cluster of NBC affiliates in Montana. He’ll be based in Missoula. He has quite a background in our business. Dick’s a former ND in Chicago (WMAQ-TV), Washington (WRC-TV), Cleveland (WKYC-TV), and Baltimore (WJZ-TV). He was also President and GM for WUSA-TV in Washington and VP/Station Manager for NBC Asia. He’s also worked as a consultant.

Minium

Another former news director has joined the Broadcast Image Group as Director, Special Projects and Recruitment. STEVE MINIUM most recently was Executive Director of News, New Media, and Band for KPSP-TV in Palm Springs, CA. He’s a former corporate news executive for Clear Channel TV, and has been an ND in Cincinnati (WKRC-TV), Birmingham (WBRC-TV), and Las Vegas (KTNV-TV). He’s also worked in Los Angeles and Phoenix.

JOE BARNES, who’s been an ND in Seattle and Los Angeles, has been named Senior VP and consultant for the Money Channel Worldwide.

One time Providence news director (and anchor) DAVE LAYMAN has been named director of communications and media strategies for BRENDAN DOHERTY who’s running for Congress in Rhode Island.

Our Full List of News Director Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, September 1, 2012.

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

KVEA-TV          3000 W. Alameda Ave. Burbank CA 91523
WTXF-TV         330 Market St. Philadelphia PA 19106
WRC-TV           4001 Nebraska Ave. NW Washington DC 20016
WFTS-TV         4045 N. Himes Ave. Tampa FL 33607
KNXV-TV         515 N. 44th St. Phoenix AZ 85008
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
WISN-TV         759 N. 19th St. Milwaukee WI 53233
WSPA-TV      250 International Drive Spartansburg SC 29303 (see ad above!)
WPBF-TV         3970 RCA Blvd., #7007 Palm Beach Gardens FL 33410
KSNV-TV          1500 Foremaster Lane Las Vegas NV 89101
WPMT-TV         2005 S. Queen Street York PA 17403
WTLV/WJXX   1070 E. Adams St. Jacksonville FL 32202
KOTV                  302 S. Frankfort St. Tulsa OK 74120
KSNW-TV          833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203
WFRV-TV          1181 E. Mason St. Green Bay WI 54301
KOLR/KOZL   2650 E. Division Springfield MO 65803 (see ad above!)
KRBK-TV (apply to corporate) Springfield, MO
WJHL-TV         338 E. Main St. Johnson City TN 37601
WNCT-TV           3221 S. Evans St. Greenville NC 27834
KHGI-TV            13 S. Highway 44 Kearney NE 66848
KBOI-TV             140 N. 16th St. Boise ID 83702
KNOE-TV           1400 Oliver Rd. Monroe, LA 71211
KQDS-TV           2001 London Rd. Duluth MN 55812
WICU/WSEE    3514 State St. Erie PA 16508
WVNS-TV         141 Old Cline Rd. Ghent WV 25843
WETM-TV        101 E. Water St. Elmira NY 14901
KKCO-TV         2325 Interstate Ave. Grand Junction CO 81505
KGNS-TV         120 W. Delmar Blvd. Laredo TX 78045
KGWN-TV       2923 E. Lincolnway Cheyenne WY 82001