September 21, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 UPDATE:


The Detroit market, which hadn’t had an ND opening in more than three years, now has TWO with today’s resignation of TIM DYE as ND for Scripps’ WXYZ-TV.

He’s returning to Grand Rapids as Vice President of TruscottRossman, a major Michigan strategic communications firm. Tim’s family has remained in Grand Rapids (where he spent 12 years as ND for WXMI-TV, the FOX affiliate there) for the 3 1/2 years he’s been ND at WXYZ.

Tim also worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, where (full disclosure) I hired him as EP when I was the news director there. He’s also worked in Saginaw.

His departure follows last week’s promotion of WJBK-TV News Director DANA HAHN to be ND of sister FOX o-and-o WTTG-TV in Washington.

We’ll have more on all the latest changes in our full newsletter later this week.

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THREE new ND openings in this week’s report, ONE newly named ND, and lots of news about general managers.

Those changes leave our list of open ND jobs at 26.

We have a paid ad for ONE of those open ND jobs, along with THREE ads for Assistant ND openings, and ONE ad for an EP opening.

In addition to a number of GM items, our Names in the News segment features a number of news managers on the move.

That’s all below:

New News Director Openings:

WJBK-TV, Detroit, MI…we told you earlier this week that DANA HAHN is leaving this FOX o-and-o after 12 years as ND to head to Washington as ND for FOX’s WTTG-TV. More below.

KDEN-TV, Denver, CO…this NBC/Telemundo station has a posting for a new ND on its website.

KBTX-TV, Bryan, TX…this Gray TV owned CBS affiliate is looking for a new ND. MIKE GEORGE has been the ND there since 2008.

Newly Named News Director:


WTTG-TV, Washington, DC…as mentioned above, longtime WJBK-TV (Detroit) News Director DANA HAHN is joining this FOX o-and-o as news director. Dana spent 17 years at WJBK, the last 12 as news director. She’s also worked in Chicago and South Bend. At WTTG, she replaces PHIL METLIN who announced his retirement last month and left the station the same day.


Paid Help Wanted Ads:

Assistant News Director, WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL:

WFLA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tampa, FL, is seeking an Assistant News Director to manage day-to-day news coverage. We want someone who places a high value on original reporting and investigative journalism. We want someone who knows how to motivate. We want someone who pays attention to detail and is willing to hold our journalists to high standards.

The Assistant News Director must possess high ethical standards and strong news judgment. This is not a job for someone reluctant to be in charge.,

Please complete the online application at by clicking here and upload your resume and cover letter.

Tech Skills: ENPS, Vertigo, Grass Valley/Edius editing.

Job Skills: This position requires someone with superior news judgment, strong organizational skills, and the ability to effectively supervise staff on a daily basis, with the end-product being content that clearly and effectively illustrates and “lives” our brand.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Level Degree – Journalism Preferred

Minimum Experience: This person must be an experienced news manager of at least 8 years. The superior candidate will have news director experience, possibly in a smaller market than Tampa. If not, this candidate will have had at least Executive Producer or Assistant News Director experience in another market.

How To Apply: Background check and drug screen required.

Qualified applicants can apply online at or send their resume to:

Attn: Human Resources
200 S. Parker Street
Tampa FL 33606

Morning Executive Producer, WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL:

WFLA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tampa, is seeking an experienced Executive Producer for its morning newscast. The Executive Producer is responsible for managing the content and presentation of the morning newscast and Today Show news cut-ins.

Requirements: Must have a strong journalistic sense, knowledge of what makes news and what interests people. Must have the ability to meet deadlines and work with a wide range of personalities. Must be a strong communicator.

Please complete the online application by clicking here and upload your resume and cover letter.

Tech Skills: Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint
Job Skills: Executive Producers are not only responsible for the overall “look” of newscasts assigned to them, they are responsible for evaluating each individual item in all newscasts, including story selection, story content, and story presentation.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Level Degree – Journalism preferred.

Minimum Experience: 5 years of experience required. EP’s should have 3 to 5 years of news department management experience, preferably as a producer, or as an EP in a smaller television market.

How To Apply: Background check and drug screen required.

Qualified applicants can apply online at or send their resume to

Attn: Human Resources
200 S. Parker Street
Tampa, FL 33606

Assistant News Director, WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY:

Lin Media’s WIVB/WNLO-TV in Buffalo, is looking for Assistant News Director, who will partner with the News Director to lead one of the strongest groups of journalists in the business. The News 4 Team knows the importance of investigative and enterprise journalism and understands bringing value to the viewer.

The Assistant News Director will manage all the day to day operations of the newsroom. The role includes explaining and sustaining the News Director’s vision, as well as maintaining a strong positive newsroom culture. Additionally, this individual will oversee the training of both producers and reporters, helping to create a system of critiques and feedback.

Qualified candidates will have exceptional writing skills, great visual skills along with extensive knowledge of digital content. A producing/reporting background as well as the desire to make each newscast powerful and unique is essential to success in this position.

WIVB/WNLO is a LIN Media station. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and offer competitive salaries and wages, and a standard benefit package that includes a 401K plan and medical and dental plans.

Please e-mail your resume to

News Director, KSNW-TV, Wichita, KS:

Okay, you are on Rick Gevers’ site already… so you are either A) Really into News Director gossip or B) You are looking for your next great opportunity.

If it’s B, then this one is worth looking into.

KSNW in Wichita, Kansas, is looking for its next News Director. This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill opening, gang. With KSN fresh to the LIN family, you’ll be coming in at a time where you can be a key decision-maker in what is going to be a huge growth period for the station – and this is a station that is already well-positioned in newscast viewership throughout the day.

Want to be part of LIN (click here to see what we’re all about), a growing and forward-thinking company that will give you the resources you need to do news the way you want?

Want to live in an area with great property values and great people? The city and the station are great places to spend your days. Ready to read more about the chance to take the helm? Feel the overwhelming urge to click on a link?

Click here to read all the details (and to find out how to apply) and get a feel for what we’re looking for. Someone is going to get a great opportunity.

If you are just here for the gossip, we now return you to Rick’s writings…

Assistant News Director, KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO/Paducah, KY:

Are you ready to co-pilot the strongest station in DMA 81?

We’re looking for our next Assistant News Director to be an experienced, dynamic newsroom leader who loves this business.

We’ve got the talent, tools and the team to put you on the journey to accomplish great things. If you’re a manager who is digitally driven and a brand champion, then we want to talk with you.

You’ll be a recruiter, handle day to day operations and supervise all of our major news coverage. This is your chance to have some fun and help people grow as journalists. Previous news management experience is required.

Cape is tucked just south of St. Louis and home to great golf courses, gaming, wineries and more outdoor activities than you count.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Mark Little
News/Content Director
KFVS – TV/ Heartland News
310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau MO 63701


Other News Management Openings:


WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (listed 8/16/13)
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 9/1/13)
WPBF-TV, W. Palm Beach, FL (listed 8/2/13)
WBMA-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 9/1/13)
WIVB-TV, Buffalo, NY (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WDTN-TV, Dayton, OH (listed 9/6/13)
KMTV, Omaha, NE (relisted 9/1/13)
KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, MO (listed 8/11/13, see ad above!)
WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach, SC (News Content Mgr., revised 8/11/13)
WFXG-TV, Augusta, GA (listed 9/1/13)


KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, CA (EP of Sports, listed 8/11/13)
KRON-TV, San Francisco, CA (2 openings, AM & Dayside, listing revised 9/1/13)
KTVU-TV, Oakland/San Francisco, CA (Special Projects EP, listed 8/11/13)
KRIV-TV, Houston, TX (AM & PM openings, relisted 9/1/13)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 7/20/13)
WFLA-TV, Tampa. FL (new listing this week, see ad above!)
WFTV, Orlando, FL (AM EP, listed 8/2/13)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 9/1/13)
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 8/11/13)
WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, WI (PM EP, listed modified this week)
WAVE-TV, Louisville, KY (PM EP, listed 9/1/13)
WLNE-TV, Providence, RI (listed 8//16/13)
KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, IA (listed 9/1/13)


KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, CA (listed 8/11/13)


WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 9/1/13)

Situations Wanted:

We offer a free situations wanted ad to news managers who are out of work and 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 stuff:

ERIN BARRON has been promoted to Executive Producer at KDFW-TV in Dallas. She’s been the 9:00 producer for this Fox o-and-o, where she started as an associate producer. Erin’s also worked in Lubbock.

ALEXIS MARSHALL leaves WIVB-TV in Buffalo (before winter), where she was an EP, to head to WFTS-TV in Tampa (where the winter will be nicer), also as an EP. She’s worked as a producer in Boston and Knoxville.


WALIYA LARI moves to North Carolina as the new Executive Producer for WRAL-TV in Raleigh. She’s been working as the 10:00 producer for KTRK-TV in Houston. Waliya has also worked in Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Harlingen, TX.

JULIE ROY joins WTNH-TV in Hartford/New Haven as Managing Editor. She’s previously worked at WEWS-TV in Cleveland, WTOL-TV in Toledo, and WBTW-TV in Myrtle Beach.

MIRACLE KING returns to Wisconsin as the Morning EP for WDJT-TV in Milwaukee. She’s been working in North Carolina but earlier in her career was a producer in Green Bay.

JENNY KUGLIN has joined SocialNewsDesk as Director of Customer Relationships. She’s a former ND in Eugene, OR, and Missoula, MT, and had been the General Manager, Content and Social Media for Fisher Interactive. She left that job after Sinclair bought Fisher.


KATV in Little Rock has dedicated its news studio in honor the late DALE NICHOLSON, who was GM there for more than 30 years.

Longtime KCCI-TV (Des Moines, IA) General Manager PAUL FREDERICKSEN is retiring after more than 27 years as GM, and 40 years at the station. Here’s the station’s report on his retirement.

DEAN LITTLETON moves across Knoxville to be the GM for WATE-TV, the Young Broadcasting owned ABC station. He’s been the General Sales Manager for WVLT-TV, the CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television.

SCOTT McBRIDE is the new GM for Sinclair’s WICD/WCCU-TV in Champaign, IL. He had been the GM of LIN’s WJCL-WTGS-TV in Savannah, GA. He’s a former GM in Columbia, SC, as well.

Nexstar has named WILLIAM SALLY Senior VP and regional manager of its East Region. He most recently has been GM of WXXA-TV in Albany, NY, and is a former GM of WFFF-WVNY-TV in Burlington, VT, and KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, CA.

Our Full List of ND Openings:

Here is my list of stations with open ND jobs, as of Saturday, September 21, 2013.

If you know of any additions/deletions/updates, please email me at:

KWHY-TV 1201 West 5th St., # T-900 Los Angeles CA 90017 *
WJBK-TV 16550 W. 9 Mile Road Southfield MI 48075
KPHO-TV 4016 N. Black Canyon Hwy. Phoenix AZ 85017
KDEN-TV 2851 S. Parker Rd. #1130 Denver CO 80014
KCTV 4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy. Fairway, KS 66205
KVDA-TV 6234 San Pedro San Antonio TX 78216
WHP-TV 3300 North 6th Street Harrisburg PA 17110
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville KY 40203
KSNW-TV 833 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203 (see ad above!)
WEYI-TV 2225 W. Willard Road Clio MI 48420
WSET-TV 2320 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg VA 24501
WHEC-TV 191 East Ave. Rochester NY 14604
WROC-TV 201 Humboldt Street Rochester NY 14610
WAAY-TV 1000 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville AL 35801
KBTX-TV 141 E. 29th Street Bryan TX 77802
KOAA-TV 530 Communications Circle Colorado Springs CO 80905
WTXL-TV 1620 Commerce Blvd Midway FL 32343
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323 Tyler TX 75701
WEEK/WHOI-TV 2907 Springfield Rd. Peoria IL 61611
KMID-TV 3200 LaForce Blvd. Midland TX 79711
WTWO-TV PO Box 9268 Terre Haute IN 47808
WTOV-TV 9 Red Donley Plaza Steubenville OH 43952
WUTR/WFXV/WPNY 5956 Smith Hill Rd. Utica NY 13502
WETM-TV 101 E. Water St. Elmira NY 14901
WLIO-TV 1424 Rice Ave. Lima OH 45805
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521

* Spanish language station

* Spanish language station

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