If I didn’t know better, I’d swear a whole bunch of General Managers woke up recently and said “Geez. November’s almost here. I need a news director.”
That’s another way of telling you there’s lots of new NDs to tell you about. There are also THREE new openings, in addition to the FIVE new hires.
That leaves, by my count, 36 stations with current ND openings. If you know of either jobs open or filled (see my list at the end of the newsletter) please let me know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also this week…we have a paid ad for a news management opening at a Salt Lake City station, and a clarification on one of last week’s Names in the News.
That and more after this week’s changes:
NEW NEWS DIRECTOR OPENINGS:
KMTV, Omaha, NE…KEN DUDZIK has left this Journal Broadcasting owned CBS affiliate. He’s been the ND here since June, 2001, and previously was an ND in Topeka, KS.
WTHI-TV, Terre Haute, IN…DOUG RUNYON is leaving this LIN TV owned CBS affiliate. He’s been the ND here for just over two years. Doug, whose background is in law enforcement, tells me he’s going to work full time for a business he co-owns in the field of security and investigative consulting.
KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls, SD…JEN WAHLE is taking a job as Communications Director of the Dakotas for the Heart Association. She added ND responsibilities to her anchor duties about a year ago. KDLT is owned by Red River Broadcasting, and is an NBC affiliate. Her replacement will be the seventh ND in just over seven years.
NEW NEWS DIRECTORS NAMED:
WUSA-TV, Washington, DC…as we shared with you in two separate emailed updates earlier this week, LANE MICHAELSEN is the new ND (or, as Gannett calls it, VP of the Information Ceneter) for this CBS affiliate. He’s been a corporate VP/News for Gannett most recently, has served as news director for the company’s Tampa and Little Rock stations. Lane began his career as a photojournalist. At WUSA, he replaces MIKE WARD who left the station after 16 months as ND. Lane’s the fourth ND here in four years.
WTVR-TV, Richmond, VA…BILL ANDERSON is the new ND for this Raycom-owned (for now, at least) CBS affiliate. He is currently the Marketing Manager, but he does have a news background as a photojournalist and producer. Bill has been the interim ND since CHIP MAHANEY left last month to become Director of Digital Content for Scripps. Chip spent just over a year as ND here.
KWCH-TV, Wichita, KS…CHAD CROSS has been promoted to ND for this Sunflower Broadcasting owned CBS affiliate. He’s been the interim ND there since MICHELE GORS left after almost three years as ND.
WIS-TV, Columbia, SC…this Raycom-owned NBC affiliate has promoted BRAD NEUHOFF. He replaces TINA LUQUE BLACKLOCKE who left the station in June after five years as ND. She’s now ND for WTKR-TV in Norfolk, VA.
WKOW-TV, Madison, WI…veteran ND PERRY BOXX returns as the new ND for this Quincy Newspaper owned ABC affiliate. Perry most recently was ND for WCIV-TV in Charleston, SC. He’s also been an ND in Savannah, Oklahoma City, Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Nashville, Corpus Christi, and Las Vegas, and also worked in Little Rock and St. Louis. At WKOW, he replaces AL ZOBEL who left the station earlier this month after almost five years as ND.
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HELP WANTED AD
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR, KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT
KTVX TV, the Newport Television ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, needs an Assistant News Director.
You’ll guide a newsroom based on original reporting and delivering on our brand promise every day, every newscast. Producer or EP background is preferred.
Most importantly, you need a track record of strong people skills that make others want to follow where you lead.
This is a unique opportunity to help build a dynamic new identity for Utah’s first TV station. (And to enjoy some of the world’s best skiing, hiking, and mountain views.)
Send a resume and letter explaining why you are a perfect fit to:
2175 West 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
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OTHER NEWS MANAGEMENT OPENINGS:
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (listed 8/15/08)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 8/8/08)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (relisted 6/6/08)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (relisted this week, see ad above)
KVIA-TV, El Paso, TX (relisted 6/27/08)
KHBS/KHOG, Fort Smith, AR (relisted 8/15/08)
KRCR-TV, Redding, CA (listed 7/10/08)
EXECUTIVE NEWS PRODUCER:
KPHO-TV, Phoenix, AZ (relisted 8/29/08)
KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA (AM EP, relisted this week)
KING-TV, Seattle, WA (Nightside EP, listed 9/14/08)
KIRO-TV, Seattle, WA (relisted 7/25/08)
KDVR-TV, Denver, CO (Weekend EP, relisted 7/3/08)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, PA (AM EP, new listing this week)
KGW-TV, Portland, OR (listed 6/20/08)
WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC (Nightside EP, relisted this week)
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (relisted 8/08/08)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 8/8/08)
WZTV, Nashville, TN (listed 6/20/08)
WHP-TV, Harrisburg, PA (relisted 7/03/08)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Dayside EP, listing revised 7/03/08)
KOLD-TV, Tucson, AZ (AM EP, listed 8/22/08)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (listed 7/03/08)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, SPECIAL PROJECTS:
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 7/25/08)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, INVESTIGATIONS/SPECIAL PROJ.
KSHB-TV, Kansas City, MO (listed 8/8/08)
WBZ-TV, Boston, MA (listed 8/15/08)
KSLA-TV, Shreveport, LA (listed 7/25/08)
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NAMES in the NEWS:
One clarification on an item from last week’s Names in the News. TONY BALLEW is volunteering in the field of drug and alcohol treatment. Tony tells me some health issues are keeping him from working, but he hopes to one day be certified in counseling and intervention.
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Here’s a complete list of all stations that I believe have a current ND opening, as of Friday, September 19, 2008. If you know of any updates, corrections, or additions to this list, please let me know via email at: email@example.com
KTLA-TV 5800 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
CLTV News 2000 York, Suite 114 Oak Brook IL 60523
WSNS-TV 430 W. Grant Place Chicago IL 60614 *
KTVK-TV 5555 N. 7th Avenue Phoenix AZ 85013
WWSB-TV 1477 10th St. Sarasota FL 34236
KMGH-TV 123 Speer Blvd, Denver CO 80203
WOFL-TV 35 Skyline Dr. Lake Mary FL 32746
WRTV 1330 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis IN 46202
KGTV 4600 Air Way San Diego CA 92102
KUTH-TV 525 South 300 West #1 Salt Lake City UT 84101 *
KUTV 299 S. Main St. #150 Salt Lake City UT 84111
KRQE-TV 13 Broadcast Plaza Albuquerque NM 87104
WGRZ-TV 259 Delaware Avenue Buffalo NY 14202
KMPH-TV 5111 E. McKinley Ave. Fresno CA 93727
WTEN-TV 341 Northern Blvd. Albany NY 12204
KMTv 10714 Mockingbird Dr. Omaha NE 68127
WCSH/WLBZ-TV One Congress Square Portland ME 04101
WSTM-TV 1030 James St. Syracuse NY 13203
WAAY-TV 1000 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville AL 35801
WAFF-TV 1414 N. Memorial Pkwy. Huntsville AL 35801
KVEO-TV 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521
WPTZ-TV 5 Television Drive Plattsburgh NY 12901
WHBF-TV 231 18th St. Rock Island IL 61201
WQAD-TV 3003 Park 16th St. Moline IL 61265
KDBC-TV 2201 E. Wyoming Ave. El Paso TX 79903
WCTI-TV 225 Glenburnie Dr. New Bern NC 28561
WTXL-TV 1620 Commerce Blvd. Midway FL 32343
KDLT-TV 3600 S. Westport Ave. Sioux Falls SD 57106
WAGT-TV 905 Broad St. Augusta GA 30901
KBAK/KBFX 1901 Westwind Dr. Bakersfield CA 93301
KBMT-TV 525 Interstate 10 S. Beaumont TX 77701
KMIR-TV 72920 Parkview Dr. Palm Desert CA 92260
KTUU-TV 701 E. Tudor Rd. #220 Anchorage AK 99503
WTHI-Tv 918 Ohio St. Terre Haute IN 47808
KIMT-TV 112 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Mason City IA 50401
KIDK-TV 1255 E.17th St. Idaho Falls ID 83404
* indicates Spanish language station
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