Newsletter | Rick Gevers & Associates (2024)

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April 14, 2024 Wednesday, April 17, 2024 UPDATE #2: Exclusive! Wednesday, April 17, 2024 UPDATE: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 UPDATE: Newly Named News Directors: New News Director Openings: Paid Help Wanted Ads: News Director, KIFI-TV, Idaho Falls, ID: News Director, KXNews, Bismarck, ND: Other News Management Openings: ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: MANAGING EDITOR: More News Management Openings: Obituaries: Names in the News (and other stuff): General Manager News and Notes: Our List of Open News Director jobs: April 7, 2024 Newly Named News Directors: New News Director Openings: Paid Help Wanted Ads: News Director, KXNews, Bismarck, ND: Senior Director, CNN NewsSource, Sales and Affiliate Relations: Senior Executive Producer, WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL: Other News Management Openings: ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: MANAGING EDITOR: More News Management Openings: Obituary: Names in the News (and other stuff): General Manager News and Notes: Our List of Open News Director jobs: March 31, 2024 Newly Named News Directors: New News Director Openings: Paid Help Wanted Ads: News Director, KXNews, Bismarck, ND: News Director, WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO: News Director, WNYT-TV, Albany, NY: Senior Director, CNN NewsSource, Sales and Affiliate Relations: Assistant News Director, WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA: Station Manager, KXXV/KRHD-TV, Waco/Bryan, TX: Senior Executive Producer, WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL: Other News Management Openings: ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: MANAGING EDITOR: More News Management Openings: Obituary: Names in the News (and other stuff): General Manager News and Notes: Our List of Open News Director jobs: March 24, 2024 Newly Named News Directors: New News Director Openings: Paid Help Wanted Ads: News Director, WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO: News Director, WNYT-TV, Albany, NY: Senior Director, CNN NewsSource, Sales and Affiliate Relations: Assistant News Director, WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA: Station Manager, KXXV/KRHD-TV, Waco/Bryan, TX: Senior Executive Producer, WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL: Other News Management Openings: ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: MANAGING EDITOR: More News Management Openings: SciLine Media Briefing: 2024 solar eclipse: science and story ideas Tuesday, March 26 (3-4 p.m. EDT) – Zoom Obituaries: Names in the News (and other stuff): General Manager News and Notes: Our List of Open News Director jobs:

April 14, 2024

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 UPDATE #2:

Exclusive!

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Sean M.

SEAN McLAUGHLIN has been named Vice President of News for Graham Media.

He’ll start next week and be based in Detroit, where the company owns WDIV-TV (NBC),

As you know, he just finished a ten year run as VP of Local Media for Scripps.

I’m told the news release should be out shortly…and will bring it to you when it is…as long as my return home from NAB doesn’t interfere!

regards,

Rick Gevers

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 UPDATE:

One of the longest tenured careers at a network o-and-o in a large market will end this summer.

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Graves

After 22 years as VP/News for ABC’s WLS-TV in Chicago, JENNIFER GRAVES will retire in late June. We have Jennifer’s note to her staff, General Manager JOHN IDLER‘s email to the station, and the news release posted to the station’s website.

Jennifer first joined WLS as an EP in 1992, moved to Assistant ND in 1998, and to VP/News in 2001. Jennifer also worked in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Columbia, MO.

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Frank W.

And while Jennifer’s 22 years as ND at WLS is remarkable, it falls just short of FRANK WHITTAKER’s 24 years at WMAQ-TV (NBC). a run that ended in late 2022.

For perspective, during that time frame of 22-24 years, Chicago’s other three main news operations have had 2,932 news directors.

Or something like that.

More this weekend.

regards,

Rick Gevers

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 UPDATE:

Greetings:

There’s a news director change in a top ten market to share today.

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Burgess

Staffers at Cox Media’s WFXT-TV (FOX) in Boston were told this morning in a meeting that news director SARAH BURGESS had decided to leave the station. She’s a 19 year veteran of the station and has been the news director since May, 2018. She’d been Managing Editor before her promotion and had earlier worked for another Boston station and in Las Vegas.

More in our full newsletter this weekend.

regards,

Rick Gevers

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Greetings:

Hello from Las Vegas and the NAB and BEA conventions. Hope to see some of you here.

Just ONE new ND in this week’s report, and TWO new openings, both in Idaho. Our list of open ND jobs increases to 36 stations. TWO of those openings are featured in Paid Help Wanted ads.

Sciline has a number of interview opportunities AND is offering a crash course on science essentials for news editors.

No GM changes, but THREE new obituaries and more details about the lives and careers of TWO former NDs whose deaths we first reported last week.

And lots of items in Names in the News:

IRE announces its awards winners.

New owners for longtime industry publication.

A longtime newsman wants your input on a research project about burnout and YOUR job satisfaction.

And a Sacramento newsman returns to his former station as the AND.

Read on!

Newly Named News Directors:

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Atwood

KESQ-TV, Palm Desert, CA…KADE ATWOOD transfers within News Press & Gazette to become the next ND for this ABC affiliate. Kade’s been the ND for NPG’s KIFI-TV (also ABC) in Idaho Falls since last September. He’s a former ND for KMVT-TV in Twin Falls, ID, for 3 1/2 years, before 18 months as the Assistant ND for KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. He’s replacing REBECCA JOHNSON who left in March after 7+ years.

And because we value accuracy in this space, I wanted to correct some minor misstatements in last week’s post about ROD HISSONG’s move to ND at WAND-TV in Decatur, IL. Rod was EP at sister Block station WDRB-TV in Louisville for 2 1/2 of this four years there, and he was the weekend anchor at WANE-TV in Ft. Wayne, not the main anchor as we told you.

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SciLine Crash Course:

Science essentials for news editors

Tuesday, April 23 (2-3 p.m. EDT) – Zoom

SciLine is offering a free, one-hour, Zoom-based science “crash course”—designed specifically for editors. Former longtime Washington Post science reporter Rick Weiss and Ph.D. neuroscientist Dr. Tori Espensen will together lay out key do’s, don’ts, and pitfalls to watch for when editing a news story that includes scientific information or sources with a 15-minute Q&A to follow.

Among the topics to be covered:

  • How even a small dose of science can strengthen almost any story and add to your outlet’s credibility;
  • Different kinds of studies and what each can—and cannot—reveal;
  • Flags to watch for as you assess the accuracy of your reporters’ science-based stories; and
  • Practical tips for identifying credible scientist-sources and guiding reporters to ask the right questions.

REGISTER TODAY

More from SciLine:

Interview an expert (15-minute slots on Zoom):

  • Apr. 29 (1-3 p.m. EDT): PFAS in water supplies (Dr. Jessica Ray, U. of Washington) – Only 1 spot remaining
  • May 15 (1-3 p.m. EDT): Rooftop solar incentives (Dr. Severin Borenstein, UC Berkeley)
  • May 23 (2-4 p.m. EDT): Wild pigs (Dr. John “Jack” Mayer, Savannah River National Laboratory)
  • May 30 (2-4 p.m. EDT): Methane emissions (Dr. Amy Townsend-Small, U. of Cincinnati

Upcoming training:

SciLine, a philanthropically funded, free service for reporters, also runs a free expert matching service that connects reporters rapidly to scientist-sources on deadline.

New News Director Openings:

KIFI-TV, Idaho Falls, ID…as you learned just above, KADE ATWOOD is leaving one NPG station for another. The search is on for his replacement…you can learn more in the Paid Help Wanted ad below.

KMVT-TV, Twin Falls, ID…this Gray TV owned CBS affiliate is looking for a new news director. JOE MARTIN had been both the anchor and ND but has left (or is leaving) the station. More on his background in his station bio.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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News Director, KIFI-TV, Idaho Falls, ID:

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Work for a family-owned company with terrific employee-focused benefits
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NPG of Idaho, including the legacy stations for the Idaho Falls/Pocatello, ID/Jackson, WY DMA and the dominant news leader in Eastern Idaho/Western Wyoming, has an exciting opportunity for someone to lead our news team as News Director. A year-round tourist destination and a quality-of-life few cities can match. We are family owned by News Press & Gazette, a diversified company committed to its people and successful news organizations.

The News Director will oversee and provide strategic direction to the station’s news operation consisting of broadcast and digital platforms. We are looking for a strong newsroom leader who considers recruiting, coaching in a pro-active and productive newsroom a priority.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary coach, and an effective communicator with a passion for the news business, with the ability to maximize resources, develop/manage department budget and make contributions as a member of the stations management team.

We provide a benefit package that includes Health, Dental, Vision, FSA, HSA, Company-paid Life & AD&D. Supplemental Life and Disability insurances are available, 401(k) with employer match, PTO, Employee Assistance Program, and Tuition Reimbursem*nt, and other additional benefits.

Learn more and apply by clicking here!

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News Director, KXNews, Bismarck, ND:

Calling all news managers looking to grow their skillset in a city with plenty of outdoor adventures. Nexstar Media Group, Inc. has a News Director opening at KX News in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Our market covers half the state of North Dakota. KX News has studios in Bismarck and Minot.

The right candidate will be a strong mentor who understands the importance of local enterprise stories. We’re searching for a decisive decision maker with a track record of leading newsroom teams.

Learn more here!

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (listed 4/7/24)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 4/14/24)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (listed 2/25/24)
WDKY-TV, Lexington, KY (listed 4/14/24)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (relisted 3/24/24)
WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY (relished 4/14/24)
KWEX-TV, Midland, TX (listed 4/7/24)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 4/14/24)
WFMZ-TV, Allentown, PA (Philadelphia market, listed 4/7/24)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 3/15/24)
WDCA-TV, Washington, DC (listed 3/15/24)
KAZT-TV, Phoenix, AZ, (2 openings, EP & DIgital EP. listed 4/7/24)
KPNX-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 3/15/24)
WSNN-TV, Sarasota, FL (listed 4/14/24)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 3/3/24)
WTSP-TV, Tampa/St. Petersburg (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/24/24)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 3/15/24)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 4/7/24)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (2 openings, AM and Digital, modified 2/4/24)
WNCN-TV, Raleigh, NC (listed 4/14/24)
WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 2/25/24)
KSWB/KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 3/15/24)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT (relisted 3/15/24)
WTNH-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 3/3/24)
WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 4/7/24)
WSPA/WYCW-TV, Spartanburg, SC (listed 4/14/24)
WGAL-TV, Lancaster, PA (listed 4/7/24)
WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA (listed 2/25/24)
WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM EP, (relisted 3/15/24)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Weekend EP, listing revised 4/7/24)
WLKY-TV, Louisville, KY (PM EP, listed 4/7/24)
WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, NY (listed 3/15/24)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (Senior EP, listed 3/10/24)
WHNT-TV, Huntsville, AL (Digital EP, listed 2/18/24)
KXXV-TV, Waco, TX (listed 2/25/24)
KVEO/KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX (listed 3/3/24)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (Digital EP, listed 2/25/24)
KTSM-TV, El Paso, TX (relisted 4/14/24)
WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA (Digital EP, relisted 2/18/24)
WKBT-TV, LaCrosse/Eau Claire, WI (listed 4/7/24)
KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, TX (listed 2/25/24)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 3/17/24)
WJYZ-TV, Charlotte, NC (listed 3/17/24)

More News Management Openings:

Listed 3/17/24:

WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA (Director of Special Projects)
WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT (Digital Director)

Relisted 3/17/24:

WATN-TV, Memphis, TN (Director of Digital Content)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Director of Digital Content)

Listed 3/10/24:

KXXV/KRHD-TV. Waco/Bryan, TX

Listed 3/3/24:

WJW-TV, Cleveland, OH (News Operations Manager)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (Assignment Desk Manager)

Obituaries:

Too many obituaries this week.

Longtime talent agent RICHARD LEIBNER died Tuesday. He was 85 and succumbed to cancer. This Variety obituary headline says he made news anchors into stars.

CAROL SNUFFER, wife of KFDX-TV (Wichita Falls, TX) news director MIKE SNUFFER, passed away March 31st at the age of 58. She suffered a second stroke in mid-March following one in 2020. Mike kindly sent me this note (including a photo). Our sympathy to Mike and their five children.

And KATHY ATCHISON, mother of one-tine news director turned Gray TV VP of Recruiting JENNIFER DALE died in mid-March after a long illness. She was 72

And we have two items with more details about the passing of two broadcasters whose deaths we reported last week.

DOW SMITH, who taught at Syracuse (and other places) after a long career as an ND and GM, is remembered in this tribute by current Syracuse Dean Mark Lodato.

And we have this full obituary for former Grand Rapids and Columbia, MO, ND DAN SPAULDING who died last Sunday from congestive heart failure. Dan (along with wife TRISHA) also taught at Missouri.

Names in the News (and other stuff):

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) announced its 2024 Award winners this week. Check out the full list of winners with links to some terrific work. Full disclosure: I am on the IRE board of directors.

Two broadcast industry veterans have bought the online newsletter NewsBlues. Former Meredith executives PATRICK McCREERY and GARY BROWN also purchased Talent Dynamics in 2022. Here’s the news release about the purchase, and a note they sent to subscribers which is a good read. I wonder what competing publication they are talking about? (Actually, I don’t wonder.)

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Mahaney

Like the weather, everyone complains about job burnout…but is anyone doing anything about it? Well, someone is trying: that’s longtime journalist CHIP MAHANEY. Chip, who’s now the Emerging Talent Leader for Scripps, is working on a master’s degree at Kent State and is doing a research project on how news directors feel about their own job satisfaction and job security for his thesis. You need to be a current local ND to participate, which you do can by clicking here.

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Adam S.

KOVR/KMAX-TV in Sacramento has filled its open Assistant ND job by hiring ARAM SARKISSIAN. It’s a return to KMAX for Aram who was a producer on the KMAX morning show two decades ago. This staff note by ND PETE SAIERS explains what Aram has been during in the interim.

General Manager News and Notes:

No changes this week to the best of my knowledge. Please let me know if you know of something I’ve missed.

Our List of Open News Director jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, April 14, 2024:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn, 930 Soundview Ave. Bronx, NY 10473
WFLD-TV 205 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601
KXTX-TV 4805 Amon Carter Boulevard, Ft. Worth, TX, 75155 **
WXIA-TV One Monroe Place NE Atlanta, GA 30324
WRC-TV 4001 Nebraska Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016
KTVI/KPLR-TV 2250 Ball Drive St. Louis, MO 63146
WZTV 631 Mainstream Drive Nashville, TN 37228
KUTV 299 South Main Street, #150 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
WDAF-TV 3030 Summit Kansas City, MO 64108
WTIC-TV 285 Broad Street Hartford, CT 06115
WBMA-TV 800 Concourse Pkwy Ste 200. Hoover, AL 35244
WOLF-TV 1181 Highway 315 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 (News Manager)
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville, KY 40202
WNYT-TV 715 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12204
WZDX-TV 1309 N. Memorial Parkway Huntsville, AL 35801
WTOC-TV 1511 Chatham Center Dr. Savannah, GA 31405
KNVO-TV, 801 North Jackson Rd., McAllen TX 78501 **
KFSM-TV 5101 S. 48th St. Springdale, AR 72762
KLEW-TV 2626 17th St, Lewiston, ID 83501
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KNDU/KNDO-TV 216 W. Yakima Ave. Yakima, WA 98902
KHSL-TV 3460 Silverbell Rd. Chico, CA 95973
KDRV-TV 1090 Knutson Ave. Medford, OR 97504A
KXMB-TV 1811 N 15th St. Bismarck, ND 58501 (see ad above!)
KOSA-TV 4101 E. 42nd. Suite J-7. Odessa, TX. 79761
KIFI-TV 1915 N. Yellowstone Hwy. Idaho Falls, ID 83401 (see ad above!)
WTWO-TV 10849 N US Highway 41, Farmersburg, IN 47850
WDTV 5 Television Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330
WTVY-TV 285 North Foster St., Dothan, AL 36303
WGEM-TV 513 Hampshire Quincy, IL 62301
WWNY-TV 120 Arcade St. Watertown, NY 13601
KGNS-TV 120 W. Del Mar Blvd. Laredo TX 78041
KMVT-TV 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd. N. Twin Falls, ID 83301
KGWN-TV, 2923 E. Lincolnway. Cheyenne, WY 82001
KYOU-TV 820 West 2nd Street; Ottumwa, IA 52501
KQTV 4000 Faraon St. Joseph, MO 64506

**: Spanish language station

April 7, 2024

Greetings:

Not a lot of news director changes this week, but read on for other items of note.

Just ONE new ND named, and we’ve added TWO stations to our list of open ND jobs, bringing that list to 35 stations. ONE of those openings is featured in one of our THREE Paid Help Wanted ads.

In a most unusual development, CBS has hired Gray Television’s in house consulting and research group to provide those services to its 14 owned stations. We have more below.

And, sadly for me, we have obituaries for TWO former news directors (among other accomplishments) who were friends of mine, DOW SMITH and DAN SPAULDING.

More on both below.

Newly Named News Directors:

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Hissong

WAND-TV, Decatur, IL…ROD HISSONG joins this Block Communications owned NBC affiliate. He’s been working for sister Block station WDRB-TV (FOX) in Louisville for the last 4+ years, earlier worked as a reporter in Cincinnati, as an anchor in Ft. Wayne, and for News 12 in New York. At WAND, he replaces JACKLYNN SYLVESTER who left earlier this year to become the Assistant ND for Tegna’s WBNS-TV in Columbus.

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SciLine has a wide variety of scientific experts ready to help with your news stories over the next few weeks.

SciLine Briefing:

Climate change and agriculture: air, water, and soil

Tuesday, April 9 (2-3 p.m. EDT) – Zoom

SciLine’s next media briefing will cover the myriad ways agricultural production is—and may soon be affected further—by climate-driven shifts in air quality, including changing carbon dioxide and ozone levels; water quality and quantity; and soil health. Three scientists will make brief presentations and then take questions on the record. SciLine Director Rick Weiss will moderate.

Panelists:

REGISTER NOW

More from SciLine:

Virtual Open House:

Interview an expert (15 minute-slots):

Upcoming training:

SciLine, a philanthropically funded, free service for reporters, also runs a free expert matching service that connects reporters rapidly to scientist-sources on deadline.

New News Director Openings:

WRC-TV, Washington, DC…a modification here…the station has changed the listing here from an Assistant ND role. That’s the title MATT GLASSMAN held before moving to NBC News as VP of Regional Editorial for NBC News. Matt just wrapped up his time at WRC this week: here’s the story from the station’s website.

One other bit of housekeeping. We’ve added KFSM-TV in Ft. Smith-Fayetteville to our list of open stations…we should have done that when MORGAN SCHAAB transferred to sister Tegna station KSDK-TV in St. Louis as Director of Content earlier this year.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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News Director, KXNews, Bismarck, ND:

Calling all news managers looking to grow their skillset in a city with plenty of outdoor adventures. Nexstar Media Group, Inc. has a News Director opening at KX News in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Our market covers half the state of North Dakota. KX News has studios in Bismarck and Minot.

The right candidate will be a strong mentor who understands the importance of local enterprise stories. We’re searching for a decisive decision maker with a track record of leading newsroom teams.

Learn more here!

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Senior Director, CNN NewsSource, Sales and Affiliate Relations:

CNN NEWSOURCE SEEKS A SALES AND AFFILIATE RELATIONS SENIOR DIRECTOR.

Our new team member will focus on helping our local news affiliates tell their stories, leading new business generation and account service. Every great story hW

Check out the details here!

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Senior Executive Producer, WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL:

The WINK Senior Executive Producer will oversee the development and training of producers and Executive Producers at Southwest Florida’s leading news operation.

WINK is looking for a leader capable of teaching and mentoring producers, as well as developing Executive Producers on our dayside team. Passion is important for this role, but more important is a sense of purpose.

The top candidate will be someone who demonstrates the ability to lead and teach. Creativity, strong news judgment, superb writing skills and excellent showcasing and production skills are a must.

The Sr. EP oversees all activities that go into the creation of the on-air product, which includes Executive Producers, Producers and Associate Producers.

Integrating social media into the newscasts is an emerging growth area in which the Sr. EP must embrace and lead by example. The Sr. EP must be able to step in and actually produce a newscast. The Sr. EP is the chief advocate for the practical execution of research strategies designed to meet audience expectations. This senior leadership position will help lead a team of experienced journalists that produce more than 70 hours of local news a week.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Southwest Florida is often praised as being one of the healthiest and happiest places in the world with miles of white-sand beaches and a dynamic community. Broadcast Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are a drug-free and smoke-free environment.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (listed 4/7/24)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/4/24)
KOVR/KMAX-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 2/11/24)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (listed 2/25/24)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (relisted 3/24/24)
WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY (listed 2/11/24)
KWEX-TV, Midland, TX (listed 4/7/24)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 1/7/24)
WFMZ-TV, Allentown, PA (Philadelphia market, listed 4/7/24)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (PM EP, relisted 1/14/24)
The Hill, Washington, DC (Rising Program, listed 1/21/24)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 3/15/24)
WDCA-TV, Washington, DC (listed 3/15/24)
KAZT-TV, Phoenix, AZ, (2 openings, EP & Digital EP. listed 4/7/24)
KPNX-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 3/15/24)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 3/3/24)
WTSP-TV, Tampa/St. Petersburg (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/24/24)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 3/15/24)
KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 4/7/24)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (2 openings, AM and Digital, modified 2/4/24)
WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 2/25/24)
KSWB/KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 3/15/24)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT (relisted 3/15/24)
WTNH-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 3/3/24)
WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, OH (listed 4/7/24)
WGAL-TV, Lancaster, PA (listed 4/7/24)
WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA (listed 2/25/24)
WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM EP, (relisted 3/15/24)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (Weekend EP, listing revised 4/7/24)
WLKY-TV, Louisville, KY (PM EP, listed 4/7/24)
WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, NY (listed 3/15/24)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (Senior EP, listed 3/10/24, see ad above!)
KCCI-TV, Des Moines, IA (relisted 4/7/24)
KETV, Omaha, NE (listed 2/4/24)
WHNT-TV, Huntsville, AL (Digital EP, listed 2/18/24)
KXXV-TV, Waco, TX (listed 2/25/24)
KVEO/KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX (listed 3/3/24)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (Digital EP, listed 2/25/24)
KTSM-TV, El Paso, TX (listed 2/4/24)
WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA (Digital EP, relisted 2/18/24)
WKBT-TV, LaCrosse/Eau Claire, WI (listed 4/7/24)
KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, TX (listed 2/25/24)
WDHN-TV, Dothan, AL (News Manager, listed 4/7/24)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 3/17/24)
WJYZ-TV, Charlotte, NC (listed 3/17/24)

More News Management Openings:

Listed 3/17/24:

WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA (Director of Special Projects)
WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT (Digital Director)

Relisted 3/17/24:

WATN-TV, Memphis, TN (Director of Digital Content)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Director of Digital Content)

Listed 3/10/24:

KXXV/KRHD-TV. Waco/Bryan, TX

Listed 3/3/24:

WJW-TV, Cleveland, OH (News Operations Manager)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (Assignment Desk Manager)

Obituary:

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Smith

News Director turned General Manager turned educator DOW SMITH died Tuesday, April 2nd, after a short battle with ALS. Dow was 83. He was a news director in Miami, Detroit, and Washington, DC, a GM in Albany, NY, and Birmingham, AL, and went on to teach at Syracuse and several other universities. He also worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Columbia, MO, where he received a Masters’ from the University of Missouri.

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Spaulding

Another ND and educator turned PR executive passed away early this morning. DAN SPAULDING was 79 and died of complications from Alzheimer’s. He anchored in several markets, taught at Wisconsin-Green Bay and at Missouri (along with his wife TRISHA) where Dan was ND at KOMU-TV. He later was ND at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI before turning to PR. His bio from the PR firm has more. But Dan may have been proudest of his job as the “Voice” of the Michigan Marching Band. Trisha shared this very poignant note about that, which speaks to the ravages of Alzheimer’s.

We’ll have details on a Celebration of Life when they are finalized.

Names in the News (and other stuff):

In what seems like a first of its kind arrangement, CBS has hired Gray Television’s in house research and consulting staff to provide services to its 14 owned stations. There are no market conflicts. More details here. Not included in the news release are two new hires to that in-house team, including JENELLE SHRINER, a former Gray ND in Lake Charles, Tucson, and Louisville.

General Manager News and Notes:

SHUNECA HARRINGTON returns to Sinclair as GM for WRLH-TV, the company’s FOX affiliate in Richmond, VA. She began her career as an account executive at Sinclair’s WLFL-TV in Raleigh. Most recently, she’s been Director of Sales for WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

Our List of Open News Director jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, April 7, 2024:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn, 930 Soundview Ave. Bronx, NY 10473
WFLD-TV 205 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601
KXTX-TV 4805 Amon Carter Boulevard, Ft. Worth, TX, 75155 **
WXIA-TV One Monroe Place NE Atlanta, GA 30324
WRC-TV 4001 Nebraska Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016
KTVI/KPLR-TV 2250 Ball Drive St. Louis, MO 63146
WZTV 631 Mainstream Drive Nashville, TN 37228
KUTV 299 South Main Street, #150 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
WDAF-TV 3030 Summit Kansas City, MO 64108
WTIC-TV 285 Broad Street Hartford, CT 06115
WBMA-TV 800 Concourse Pkwy Ste 200. Hoover, AL 35244
WOLF-TV 1181 Highway 315 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 (News Manager)
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville, KY 40202
WNYT-TV 715 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12204
WZDX-TV 1309 N. Memorial Parkway Huntsville, AL 35801
WTOC-TV 1511 Chatham Center Dr. Savannah, GA 31405
KNVO-TV, 801 North Jackson Rd., McAllen TX 78501 **
KFSM-TV 5101 S. 48th St. Springdale, AR 72762
KLEW-TV 2626 17th St, Lewiston, ID 83501
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KNDU/KNDO-TV 216 W. Yakima Ave. Yakima, WA 98902
KHSL-TV 3460 Silverbell Rd. Chico, CA 95973
KDRV-TV 1090 Knutson Ave. Medford, OR 97504
KESQ-TV 31276 Dunham Way Thousand Palms, CA 92276
KXMB-TV 1811 N 15th St. Bismarck, ND 58501 (see ad above!)
KOSA-TV 4101 E. 42nd. Suite J-7. Odessa, TX. 79761
WTWO-TV 10849 N US Highway 41, Farmersburg, IN 47850
WDTV 5 Television Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330
WTVY-TV 285 North Foster St., Dothan, AL 36303
WGEM-TV 513 Hampshire Quincy, IL 62301
WWNY-TV 120 Arcade St. Watertown, NY 13601
KGNS-TV 120 W. Del Mar Blvd. Laredo TX 78041
KGWN-TV, 2923 E. Lincolnway. Cheyenne, WY 82001
KYOU-TV 820 West 2nd Street; Ottumwa, IA 52501
KQTV 4000 Faraon St. Joseph, MO 64506

**: Spanish language station

March 31, 2024

Greetings:

Perhaps it’s the holiday, perhaps it’s the NCAA basketball tournament, but the flood of news slowed a little this week.

There are TWO ND openings, ONE created when the incumbent left to become one of the TWO new NDs in this week’s report.

There are still 34 stations on our list of openings, with THREE of those jobs among our SEVEN Paid Help Wanted ads.

A former news director becomes a GM in Atlanta, and replaces a GM who himself had once been a news director.

And we have an obituary for another former Atlanta ND who went on to be a GM in two markets.

There are a few management moves, and a worth your time to read email from a 40 year veteran…and FIVE time ND…who is retiring.

All that and more below.

Newly Named News Directors:

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Gegg

WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, OH…CHRIS GEGG takes his sixth ND job as he moves to this Gray TV owned FOX affiliate. Here’s the note to the staff from WXIX GM JENNIFER RIEFFER. Chris has spent the last 2+ years as ND for WHAS-TV (Tegna/ABC) in Louisville, has held ND jobs in Norfolk, Albany, NY, Milwaukee, and Madison, WI and worked in other cities. He replaces STEVE HYVONNEN who is now Managing Editor for WFTV (ABC) in Orlando.

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Raffaele

WHP-TV, Harrisburg, PA…MICHAEL RAFFAELE will be the next ND for this Sinclair owned CBS affiliate. We told you last week he’d left WNYT-TV in Albany for Harrisburg: I just didn’t know about the job! He’s spent three years there following ND stints in Columbia, SC, and Tupelo and a few other jobs. At WHP, he replaces BRYAN QUEEN who left in January after 7+ years to return to sister Sinclair station WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC.

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SciLine has a wide variety of scientific experts ready to help with your news stories over the next few weeks.

SciLine Briefing:

Climate change and agriculture: air, water, and soil

Tuesday, April 9 (2-3 p.m. EDT) – Zoom

SciLine’s next media briefing will cover the myriad ways agricultural production is—and may soon be affected further—by climate-driven shifts in air quality, including changing carbon dioxide and ozone levels; water quality and quantity; and soil health. Three scientists will make brief presentations and then take questions on the record. SciLine Director Rick Weiss will moderate.

Panelists:

REGISTER NOW

More from SciLine:

Virtual Open House:

Interview an expert (15 minute-slots):

Upcoming training:

SciLine, a philanthropically funded, free service for reporters, also runs a free expert matching service that connects reporters rapidly to scientist-sources on deadline.

New News Director Openings:

WHAS-TV, Louisville, KY…you learned above that CHRIS GEGG is leaving this Tegna owned ABC affiliate to head north on I-71 to Cincinnati, where he’ll be the next ND for Gray’s WXIX-TV (FOX). He was here not quite three years.

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Ehrhart

WGEM-TV, Quincy, IL…JOHN EHRHART will, in his words, turn off the set for the last time on April 12th, ending a long career in our business, much of it spent in the field as a photographer or on the assignment desk, plus a few stints as an ND. Here’s his note to me, and his Linkedin page which details his many stops. John’s been the ND at this Gray owned NBC affiliate for just over a year.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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News Director, KXNews, Bismarck, ND:

Calling all news managers looking to grow their skillset in a city with plenty of outdoor adventures. Nexstar Media Group, Inc. has a News Director opening at KX News in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Our market covers half the state of North Dakota. KX News has studios in Bismarck and Minot.

The right candidate will be a strong mentor who understands the importance of local enterprise stories. We’re searching for a decisive decision maker with a track record of leading newsroom teams.

Learn more here!

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News Director, WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO:

Want to live in a vibrant, growing city that is home to the Super Bowl Champions?

Nexstar Inc. seeks an experienced, driven broadcast professional to serve as News Director for WDAF FOX4.

We are the news leaders in the Kansas City market with more than 70 hours of live news programming each week. You will lead and supervise all aspects of news, weather, and sports on FOX4 and all digital platforms.

We are looking for someone who has passion for the industry, the vision and willingness to innovate the news product, and the mindset to grow collaborative winning teams.

Apply here: Careers (myworkdayjobs.com)

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News Director, WNYT-TV, Albany, NY:

NBC News Channel 13 in Albany, NY is looking for a News Director to help lead our news room operations.

WNYT-TV is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting-a premier family-owned mid-sized media organization.

In this role, you would be in charge of the news broadcasts as well as having a key role in the recruitment and training of news producers and on-air talent.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about objective journalism, believes in treating people with respect and dignity and wants to be an active member of their community. This is a rare opportunity at this 100-Year old legacy organization.

Albany, NY is the bustling capital of the Empire State. The seat of government for the fourth largest state in the country, there is no shortage of news stories-whether government focused, breaking news or investigative focused.

Only 2 hours to New York City or Boston, you are close to all of the amenities of these great cities without the high costs of living there. In Albany, you can be in the heart of the city in a top 60 market one moment and then be in the mountains or near a lake within a few minutes.

Come see why Albany is a great place to live and work!

To apply for this opportunity, please visit our career website: WNYT News Director.

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Senior Director, CNN NewsSource, Sales and Affiliate Relations:

CNN NEWSOURCE SEEKS A SALES AND AFFILIATE RELATIONS SENIOR DIRECTOR.

Our new team member will focus on helping our local news affiliates tell their stories, leading new business generation and account service. Every great story hW

Check out the details here!

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Assistant News Director, WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA:

WBRZ is seeking an innovative, energetic newsroom leader to join the journalism team as Assistant News Director.

This position mentors and coaches young journalists and works closely with MMJs and reporters on daily assignments and investigations. Previous experience as a reporter/MMJ or anchor is helpful.

This is a great opening for a reporter who is looking to move into a newsroom manager role. WBRZ owns investigative journalism and breaking news. This newsroom thrives on urgency.

Catapult your career by joining the WBRZ News management team. WBRZ prides itself on being authentically local and is the area’s only locally owned and operated TV news station. It has been so since signing on in 1955.

Send resume, brief cover letter and an outline of your news philosophy to Letitia Walker, Director of News, via email to lwalker@wbrz.com or mail to WBRZ-TV, P.O. Box 2906, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.

Pre-employment drug screening required. EOE.
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Station Manager, KXXV/KRHD-TV, Waco/Bryan, TX:

KXXV/KRHD, the Scripps ABC stations in Waco, and Bryan, Texas, is searching for a Station Manager to lead local operations.

The Station Manager will report into and collaborate with the Regional VP/GM to oversee local market operations and execute local media strategic initiatives in an assigned station. Oversee department head leaders and manage day-to-day operations of the station while serving as a functional leader in own area of expertise.

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Lead and implement the local media strategic plan, including the content & brand strategy, for assigned station.

Act as co-leader in generating ratings and revenue, including developing strategic plans and operational plans for the station’s growth in multi-platform content delivery and revenue generation.

In partnership with the Regional VP/GM, support development of and ensure responsible financial stewardship to the station operating and capital expense budgets.

Continue to serve as the leader and subject matter expert for one of the station’s functional areas, while overseeing a team of department head leaders of other functional areas.

Lead a culture consistent with Scripps values, with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and developing employees at all levels.

Responsible for all aspects of financial statements and ensuring station compliance with Scripps policies.

Enforcing all FCC, EEO, SOX and other appropriate rules and regulations.

Other duties as may be assigned.

Apply Here:

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Senior Executive Producer, WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL:

The WINK Senior Executive Producer will oversee the development and training of producers and Executive Producers at Southwest Florida’s leading news operation.

WINK is looking for a leader capable of teaching and mentoring producers, as well as developing Executive Producers on our dayside team. Passion is important for this role, but more important is a sense of purpose.

The top candidate will be someone who demonstrates the ability to lead and teach. Creativity, strong news judgment, superb writing skills and excellent showcasing and production skills are a must.

The Sr. EP oversees all activities that go into the creation of the on-air product, which includes Executive Producers, Producers and Associate Producers.

Integrating social media into the newscasts is an emerging growth area in which the Sr. EP must embrace and lead by example. The Sr. EP must be able to step in and actually produce a newscast. The Sr. EP is the chief advocate for the practical execution of research strategies designed to meet audience expectations. This senior leadership position will help lead a team of experienced journalists that produce more than 70 hours of local news a week.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Southwest Florida is often praised as being one of the healthiest and happiest places in the world with miles of white-sand beaches and a dynamic community. Broadcast Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are a drug-free and smoke-free environment.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WRC-TV, Washington, DC (listed 3/10/24)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/4/24)
KOVR/KMAX-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 2/11/24)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (listed 2/25/24)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (relisted 3/24/24)
WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY (listed 2/11/24)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 1/7/24)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (PM EP, relisted 1/14/24)
The Hill, Washington, DC (Rising Program, listed 1/21/24)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 3/15/24)
WDCA-TV, Washington, DC (listed 3/15/24)
KPNX-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 3/15/24)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 3/3/24)
WTSP-TV, Tampa/St. Petersburg (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/24/24)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 3/15/24)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (2 openings, AM and Digital, modified 2/4/24)
WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 2/25/24)
KFMB-TV, San Diego, CA (Supervising Producer, listed 2/4/24)
KSWB/KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 3/15/24)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT (relisted 3/15/24)
WTNH-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 3/3/24)
WISN-TV, Milwaukee, WI (listed 2/4/24)
WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA (listed 2/25/24)
WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM EP, (relisted 3/15/24)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (listed 2/4/24)
WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, NY (listed 3/15/24)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (Senior EP, listed 3/10/24, see ad above!)
KCCI-TV, Des Moines, IA (listed 2/4/24)
KETV, Omaha, NE (listed 2/4/24)
WHNT-TV, Huntsville, AL (Digital EP, listed 2/18/24)
KXXV-TV, Waco, TX (listed 2/25/24)
KVEO/KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX (listed 3/3/24)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (Digital EP, listed 2/25/24)
KTSM-TV, El Paso, TX (listed 2/4/24)
WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA (Digital EP, relisted 2/18/24)
KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, TX (listed 2/25/24)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 3/17/24)
WJYZ-TV, Charlotte, NC (listed 3/17/24)

More News Management Openings:

Listed 3/17/24:

WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA (Director of Special Projects)
WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT (Digital Director)

Relisted 3/17/24:

WATN-TV, Memphis, TN (Director of Digital Content)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Director of Digital Content)

Listed 3/10/24:

KXXV/KRHD-TV. Waco/Bryan, TX (Station Manager, see ad above!)

Listed 3/3/24:

WJW-TV, Cleveland, OH (News Operations Manager)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (Assignment Desk Manager)

Obituary:

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Woodin

JOHN WOODIN died this week. He’s a former news director in Atlanta, Providence and Huntsville, and a general manager in Seattle and Dayton. He had been in poor health recently and had undergone a liver transplant 13 years ago this month. I’ve reached out to a number of his former colleagues and friends and hope to have more details next week.

Names in the News (and other stuff):

ESTEPHANY HARO has been named Assistant ND at KSTS-TV (Telemundo) in San Jose.

DANIEL SANCHEZ returns to Scripps’ KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs as the Assistant ND. He left KOAA to be an EP at another Scripps’ station, KGTV in San Diego.

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Phillip

PEGGY PHILLIP has retired after a long and varied career in our business. She’s been a photographer, reporter, executive producer, Special Projects Producer, a news director in FIVE markets, and finished on the assignment desk at Hearst’s WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, a move driven by her desire to be closer to family. Her farewell note to the staff at WYFF is worth your time.

General Manager News and Notes:

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Carter

RAY CARTER’s last day as GM of Cox Media Group’d WSB-TV in Atlanta was Thursday. We told you in January that Ray was leaving TV to lead the California Modesto Mission within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. WSB marked his departure with this story. He’s a former ND at WSB, as well as at several other stations, had been a Regional VP for Cox and spent 15 years as GM for Cox’s WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. His career is detailed here.

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Pittman

He’ll be replaced as GM for WSB-TV by another longtime Cox employee, MARIAN PITTMAN. She’ll add that job to her other responsibilities as head of Cox Media Group’s Content, Product, Innovation and Research teams. Much more on Marian’s new job…and her previous ones…in this news release.

Our List of Open News Director jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, March 31, 2024:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn, 930 Soundview Ave. Bronx, NY 10473
WFLD-TV 205 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601
KXTX-TV 4805 Amon Carter Boulevard, Ft. Worth, TX, 75155 **
WXIA-TV One Monroe Place NE Atlanta, GA 30324
KTVI/KPLR-TV 2250 Ball Drive St. Louis, MO 63146
WZTV 631 Mainstream Drive Nashville, TN 37228
KUTV 299 South Main Street, #150 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
WDAF-TV 3030 Summit Kansas City, MO 64108 (see ad above!)
WTIC-TV 285 Broad Street Hartford, CT 06115
WBMA-TV 800 Concourse Pkwy Ste 200. Hoover, AL 35244
WOLF-TV 1181 Highway 315 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 (News Manager)
WHAS-TV 520 W. Chestnut St. Louisville, KY 40202
WNYT-TV 715 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12204 (see ad above!)
WZDX-TV 1309 N. Memorial Parkway Huntsville, AL 35801
WTOC-TV 1511 Chatham Center Dr. Savannah, GA 31405
KNVO-TV, 801 North Jackson Rd., McAllen TX 78501 **
WAND-TV 904 W. South Side Drive. Decatur, IL 62526
KLEW-TV 2626 17th St, Lewiston, ID 83501
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KNDU/KNDO-TV 216 W. Yakima Ave. Yakima, WA 98902
KHSL-TV 3460 Silverbell Rd. Chico, CA 95973
KDRV-TV 1090 Knutson Ave. Medford, OR 97504
KESQ-TV 31276 Dunham Way Thousand Palms, CA 92276
KXMB-TV 1811 N 15th St. Bismarck, ND 58501 (see ad above!)
KOSA-TV 4101 E. 42nd. Suite J-7. Odessa, TX. 79761
WTWO-TV 10849 N US Highway 41, Farmersburg, IN 47850
WDTV 5 Television Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330
WTVY-TV 285 North Foster St., Dothan, AL 36303
WGEM-TV 513 Hampshire Quincy, IL 62301
WWNY-TV 120 Arcade St. Watertown, NY 13601
KGNS-TV 120 W. Del Mar Blvd. Laredo TX 78041
KGWN-TV, 2923 E. Lincolnway. Cheyenne, WY 82001
KYOU-TV 820 West 2nd Street; Ottumwa, IA 52501
KQTV 4000 Faraon St. Joseph, MO 64506

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March 24, 2024

Greetings:

Yet another busy week with lots of news.

There are TWO ND openings.

And there are FOUR new NDs to tell you about.

34 stations remain on our list of openings, with TWO of those openings among our SIX Paid Help Wanted ads. We have new ads this week for ND jobs in Kansas City and Albany, NY. And Sciline is offering a chance to learn more about the eclipse which is coming soon.

We have details on the passing of longtime ABC TV executive DON DUNPHY: we told you last week he had died but had few details. And we have obits for a groundbreaking female NBC news executive and the sudden passing this week of a Louisiana operations manager.

There are TWO GM moves listed below.

Also below, the FCC wants a New York city station to get a new owner, a former Utah VP News takes a new job, AP and two newspaper chains may be headed for a split, and a Louisville station says it’s going to quit sending out alerts via text.

As to basketball…I can proudly report that I have not made ANY incorrect picks in a tournament bracket.

Easy to say when you don’t fill one out.

Newly Named News Directors:

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Duran

KCSO/KSNO-TV, Sacramento/Fresno, CA…CANDY DURAN will oversee both these Telemundo newsrooms. She’s currently an EP for the Univision station in Fresno, KFTV, a job she’s held since last October. More details in this story from Media Moves. Candy’s also worked in San Francisco and Midland, TX. She replaces ALDOLFO SEGURA who transferred to KUAN-TV in San Diego as VP/News last August.

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Sutton

WVTM-TV, Birmingham, AL…KERRI SUTTON is joining this Hearst/NBC affiliate as its next news director. Kerri (then KERRI CAVANAUGH) most recently was ND for WFOR-TV (CBS owned) in Miami, leaving in August after a long personal leave. She’s also been an ND in Indianapolis, Ft. Lauderdale, and Grand Rapids and also worked for Magid. She replaces BAYLOR LONG who returned to Hearst’s Pittsburgh station, WTAE-TV after 2 1/2 years here.

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Payne

WFXG-TV, Augusta, GA…CHRISTOPHER PAYNE will be the next news director for this Lockwood Broadcast Group FOX affiliate. This news release from the station has more, including the cities in which Chris has worked, but no details about his most recent position. He replaces MARK ROSEN who was ND here for three years…and has also been an ND at TWO other Augusta stations.

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Corder

KPLC-TV, Lake Charles, LA…assistant news director JILLIAN CORDER is being promoted to news director for this Gray TV owned NBC station. She’a also been anchoring the 6:00 news. She first joined KPLC in 2015, coming from KNOE-TV in Monroe, LA. Jillian replaces LETITIA WALKER who left earlier this month to become ND for WBRZ-TV (ABC) in Baton Rouge, LA.

New News Director Openings:

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Prywitch

KTVI/KPLR-TV, St. Louis, MO…our Monday UPDATE brought you news that AUDREY PRYWITCH will retire at the end of May, bringing to an end a 23 year career here, the last 16 as ND. GM KURT KRUEGER’s note to the staff provides lots of background. She joined KTVI in 2001 as Assistant News Director, having earlier worked for another St. Louis station, as well as in San Diego, Miami, Cincinnati and West Palm Beach.

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Raffaele

WNYT-TV, Albany, NY…MICHAEL RAFFAELE is leaving this Hubbard Broadcasting owned NBC affiliate to return to Harrisburg, PA. Michael and his wife used to live there. Michael was at WNYT for three years. He’s been an ND in several other places, and began his career in newspapers. You can get all those details on his Linkedin page. And you can learn more about this opportunity by checking out the Paid Help Wanted AD just below.

Paid Help Wanted Ads:

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News Director, WDAF-TV, Kansas City, MO:

Want to live in a vibrant, growing city that is home to the Super Bowl Champions?

Nexstar Inc. seeks an experienced, driven broadcast professional to serve as News Director for WDAF FOX4.

We are the news leaders in the Kansas City market with more than 70 hours of live news programming each week. You will lead and supervise all aspects of news, weather, and sports on FOX4 and all digital platforms.

We are looking for someone who has passion for the industry, the vision and willingness to innovate the news product, and the mindset to grow collaborative winning teams.

Apply here: Careers (myworkdayjobs.com)

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News Director, WNYT-TV, Albany, NY:

NBC News Channel 13 in Albany, NY is looking for a News Director to help lead our news room operations.

WNYT-TV is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting-a premier family-owned mid-sized media organization.

In this role, you would be in charge of the news broadcasts as well as having a key role in the recruitment and training of news producers and on-air talent.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about objective journalism, believes in treating people with respect and dignity and wants to be an active member of their community. This is a rare opportunity at this 100-Year old legacy organization.

Albany, NY is the bustling capital of the Empire State. The seat of government for the fourth largest state in the country, there is no shortage of news stories-whether government focused, breaking news or investigative focused.

Only 2 hours to New York City or Boston, you are close to all of the amenities of these great cities without the high costs of living there. In Albany, you can be in the heart of the city in a top 60 market one moment and then be in the mountains or near a lake within a few minutes.

Come see why Albany is a great place to live and work!

To apply for this opportunity, please visit our career website: WNYT News Director.

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Senior Director, CNN NewsSource, Sales and Affiliate Relations:

CNN NEWSOURCE SEEKS A SALES AND AFFILIATE RELATIONS SENIOR DIRECTOR.

Our new team member will focus on helping our local news affiliates tell their stories, leading new business generation and account service. Every great story hW

Check out the details here!

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Assistant News Director, WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, LA:

WBRZ is seeking an innovative, energetic newsroom leader to join the journalism team as Assistant News Director.

This position mentors and coaches young journalists and works closely with MMJs and reporters on daily assignments and investigations. Previous experience as a reporter/MMJ or anchor is helpful.

This is a great opening for a reporter who is looking to move into a newsroom manager role. WBRZ owns investigative journalism and breaking news. This newsroom thrives on urgency.

Catapult your career by joining the WBRZ News management team. WBRZ prides itself on being authentically local and is the area’s only locally owned and operated TV news station. It has been so since signing on in 1955.

Send resume, brief cover letter and an outline of your news philosophy to Letitia Walker, Director of News, via email to lwalker@wbrz.com or mail to WBRZ-TV, P.O. Box 2906, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.

Pre-employment drug screening required. EOE.
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Station Manager, KXXV/KRHD-TV, Waco/Bryan, TX:

KXXV/KRHD, the Scripps ABC stations in Waco, and Bryan, Texas, is searching for a Station Manager to lead local operations.

The Station Manager will report into and collaborate with the Regional VP/GM to oversee local market operations and execute local media strategic initiatives in an assigned station. Oversee department head leaders and manage day-to-day operations of the station while serving as a functional leader in own area of expertise.

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Lead and implement the local media strategic plan, including the content & brand strategy, for assigned station.

Act as co-leader in generating ratings and revenue, including developing strategic plans and operational plans for the station’s growth in multi-platform content delivery and revenue generation.

In partnership with the Regional VP/GM, support development of and ensure responsible financial stewardship to the station operating and capital expense budgets.

Continue to serve as the leader and subject matter expert for one of the station’s functional areas, while overseeing a team of department head leaders of other functional areas.

Lead a culture consistent with Scripps values, with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and developing employees at all levels.

Responsible for all aspects of financial statements and ensuring station compliance with Scripps policies.

Enforcing all FCC, EEO, SOX and other appropriate rules and regulations.

Other duties as may be assigned.

Apply Here:

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Senior Executive Producer, WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL:

The WINK Senior Executive Producer will oversee the development and training of producers and Executive Producers at Southwest Florida’s leading news operation.

WINK is looking for a leader capable of teaching and mentoring producers, as well as developing Executive Producers on our dayside team. Passion is important for this role, but more important is a sense of purpose.

The top candidate will be someone who demonstrates the ability to lead and teach. Creativity, strong news judgment, superb writing skills and excellent showcasing and production skills are a must.

The Sr. EP oversees all activities that go into the creation of the on-air product, which includes Executive Producers, Producers and Associate Producers.

Integrating social media into the newscasts is an emerging growth area in which the Sr. EP must embrace and lead by example. The Sr. EP must be able to step in and actually produce a newscast. The Sr. EP is the chief advocate for the practical execution of research strategies designed to meet audience expectations. This senior leadership position will help lead a team of experienced journalists that produce more than 70 hours of local news a week.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Southwest Florida is often praised as being one of the healthiest and happiest places in the world with miles of white-sand beaches and a dynamic community. Broadcast Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we are a drug-free and smoke-free environment.

Other News Management Openings:

ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:

WRC-TV, Washington, DC (listed 3/10/24)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/4/24)
KOVR/KMAX-TV, Sacramento, CA (listed 2/11/24)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (listed 2/25/24)
WLTX-TV, Columbia, SC (relisted 3/24/24)
WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY (listed 2/11/24)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (listed 2/25/24)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA (relisted 1/7/24)
WJLA-TV, Washington, DC (PM EP, relisted 1/14/24)
The Hill, Washington, DC (Rising Program, listed 1/21/24)
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 3/15/24)
WDCA-TV, Washington, DC (listed 3/15/24)
KPNX-TV, Phoenix, AZ (listed 3/15/24)
WFTS-TV, Tampa, FL (listed 3/3/24)
WTSP-TV, Tampa/St. Petersburg (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
KMGH-TV, Denver, CO (listed 2/24/24)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (relisted 3/15/24)
KATU-TV, Portland, OR (2 openings, AM and Digital, modified 2/4/24)
WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
WXIN/WTTV, Indianapolis, IN (relisted 2/25/24)
WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN (listed 2/5/24)
KFMB-TV, San Diego, CA (Supervising Producer, listed 2/4/24)
KSWB/KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (listed 3/15/24)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (AM EP, relisted 3/15/24)
WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT (relisted 3/15/24)
WTNH-TV, Hartford, CT (listed 3/3/24)
WISN-TV, Milwaukee, WI (listed 2/4/24)
WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA (listed 2/25/24)
WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM EP, (relisted 3/15/24)
WXII-TV, Winston-Salem, NC (listed 2/4/24)
WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, NY (listed 3/15/24)
WINK-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (Senior EP, listed 3/10/24, see ad above!)
KCCI-TV, Des Moines, IA (listed 2/4/24)
KETV, Omaha, NE (listed 2/4/24)
WHNT-TV, Huntsville, AL (Digital EP, listed 2/18/24)
KXXV-TV, Waco, TX (listed 2/25/24)
KVEO/KGBT-TV, Harlingen, TX (listed 3/3/24)
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO (Digital EP, listed 2/25/24)
KTSM-TV, El Paso, TX (listed 2/4/24)
WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA (Digital EP, relisted 2/18/24)
KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, TX (listed 2/25/24)
WMBB-TV, Panama City, FL (Digital EP, listed 1/21/24)

MANAGING EDITOR:

WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA (listed 3/17/24)
WJYZ-TV, Charlotte, NC (listed 3/17/24)

More News Management Openings:

Listed 3/17/24:

WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA (Director of Special Projects)
WTIC-TV, Hartford, CT (Digital Director)

Relisted 3/15/24:

WATN-TV, Memphis, TN (Director of Digital Content)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Director of Digital Content)

Listed 3/10/24:

KXXV/KRHD-TV. Waco/Bryan, TX (Station Manager, see ad above!)

Listed 3/3/24:

WJW-TV, Cleveland, OH (News Operations Manager)
KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, UT (Assignment Desk Manager)
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SciLine has an exciting media briefing, and several 1-on-1, Zoom interview opportunities with scientific experts over the next few weeks. Be sure to sign up and tell your colleagues on these beats.

SciLine Media Briefing:

2024 solar eclipse: science and story ideas

Tuesday, March 26 (3-4 p.m. EDT) – Zoom

On April 8, thirteen U.S. states will experience atotal solar eclipse—a chance to observe the moon passing in front of the sun, blocking its face from view. SciLine’s next media briefing will cover need-to-know essentials for reporters preparing their eclipse coverage, including what scientists can learn from eclipses, how people can view them safely, effects for birds and other animals, and the social science behind why these types of celestial events are so awe-inducing. Three scientists will make brief presentations and then take reporter questions on the record.SciLine DirectorRick Weisswill moderate the briefing.

REGISTER NOW

More from SciLine:

Interview an expert (15 minute-slots):

  • Mar. 25 (1-3 p.m. ET): Childcare costs (Dr. Taryn Morrissey, American U.) – Only 1 slot left!
  • Apr. 1 (11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET): Pollinator gardens (Dr. Rachel Mallinger, U. of Florida)
  • Apr. 4 (3-5 p.m. ET): Cicadas (Dr. Chris Simon, UConn)
  • Apr. 10 (1-3 p.m. ET): Lead pipes (Dr. Mary Jean Brown, Harvard) – Only 2 slots left!
  • Apr. 16 (3-5 p.m. ET): Wildlife crossings (Dr. Nicki Frey, Southern Utah U.)
  • Apr. 17 (1-3 p.m. ET): Syphilis on the rise (Dr. Ina Park, UCSF)

Recent video (free for download and use in your stories):

SciLine, a philanthropically funded, free service for reporters, arranges 1-on-1, broadcast-quality interview opportunities with articulate scientists. Reporters can book 15 mins with them via Zoom or request a SciLine interview clip for your use. SciLine also runs a free expert matching servicethat connects reporters rapidly to scientist-sources on deadline.

Obituaries:

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Dunphy

We have an obituary for DON DUNPHY, JR. whose passing we shared last week, albeit with few details. Don, who spent more than 40 years at ABC, may be best known to this audience as the head of affiliate news service ABC NewsOne. Don was also the son of legendary boxing announcer DON DUNPHY. More details on his life and career in this obituary.

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Dukert

BETTY COLE DUKERT, who rose from a secretarial job to EP of NBC’s Meet the Press, died March 16th of complications from Alzheimer’s. She was 96. Despite her journalism degree from Missouri, she had to start as a secretary before moving to an associate producer position. This Washington Post obituary is worth your time, as is this appreciation of her written by another former MtP EP, BETSY FISCHER MARTIN.

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Meche

Sad news from Lake Charles, LA, where longtime KPLC-TV (Gray/NBC) Operations Manager JULIE MECHE died suddenly this week at the age of 58. Julie worked earlier this week with no signs of illness. She began at the station as a camera operator and worked her way up to director and later operations manager. The station reported on her passing on air and on its website.

Names in the News (and other stuff):

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Bodley

Longtime Salt Lake City broadcaster RENAI BODLEY is stepping down as President of KPCW-FM, to return to her home town of Roanoke, VA. She’ll be the chief advancement officer of WVTF-FM. Renai spent seven years as President and GM of KPCW. She started there as a reporter after a 16 year career as VP/News for KSTU-TV (FOX). She’s also worked in Richmond, VA, Washington, and Miami.

The FCC has ordered Mission Broadcasting to sell WPIX-TV in New York and fined it (and Nexstar, which operates WPIX). It’s complicated, of course, but here is a story from Broadcasting and Cable AND Nexstar’s response. If Nexstar were to buy WPIX, it would have to divest other stations to stay under the ownership cap.

Of note: Two major newspaper chains, Gannett and McClatchy, plan to dramatically cut back their relationships with the Associated Press. AP says the moves will not have a material impact. More from the NY Times.

Also interesting, Block Communications owned WDRB-TV (FOX) in Louisville says it will stop sending news alerts via text, blaming increased charges from phone companies. More here.

General Manager News and Notes:

JAMIE RICKS has been been promoted to General Manager of Fort Myers Broadcasting Company in (where else?) Ft. Myers, FL, which owns CBS affiliate WINK-TV along with radio stations and a magazine. He’s been the sales manager there. The man he’s replacing, JOE SCHWARTZEL, told the staff about the change in this email.

RAUL RODRIGUEZ returns to TV as Senior VP of the Entravision stations in Reno, NV.

Our List of Open News Director jobs:

Here’s our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, March 24, 2024:

It’s unofficial, there may be others that are open, and some of these may have been filled. If you know of any in either category, please let me know: rick@rickgevers.com

News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn, 930 Soundview Ave. Bronx, NY 10473
WFLD-TV 205 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601
KXTX-TV 4805 Amon Carter Boulevard, Ft. Worth, TX, 75155 **
WXIA-TV One Monroe Place NE Atlanta, GA 30324
KTVI/KPLR-TV 2250 Ball Drive St. Louis, MO 63146
WZTV 631 Mainstream Drive Nashville, TN 37228
KUTV 299 South Main Street, #150 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
WDAF-TV 3030 Summit Kansas City, MO 64108 (see ad above!)
WTIC-TV 285 Broad Street Hartford, CT 06115
WXIX-TV 635 W 7th. Cincinnati, OH 45944
WHP-TV, 2300 N Cameron St Harrisburg PA 17110
WBMA-TV 800 Concourse Pkwy Ste 200. Hoover, AL 35244
WOLF-TV 1181 Highway 315 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 (News Manager)
WNYT-TV 715 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12204 (see ad above!)
WZDX-TV 1309 N. Memorial Parkway Huntsville, AL 35801
WTOC-TV 1511 Chatham Center Dr. Savannah, GA 31405
KNVO-TV, 801 North Jackson Rd., McAllen TX 78501 **
WAND-TV 904 W. South Side Drive. Decatur, IL 62526
KLEW-TV 2626 17th St, Lewiston, ID 83501
KYTX-TV 2211 ESE Loop 323. Tyler, TX 75701
KNDU/KNDO-TV 216 W. Yakima Ave. Yakima, WA 98902
KHSL-TV 3460 Silverbell Rd. Chico, CA 95973
KDRV-TV 1090 Knutson Ave. Medford, OR 97504
KESQ-TV 31276 Dunham Way Thousand Palms, CA 92276
KXMB-TV 1811 N 15th St. Bismarck, ND 58501
KOSA-TV 4101 E. 42nd. Suite J-7. Odessa, TX. 79761
WTWO-TV 10849 N US Highway 41, Farmersburg, IN 47850
WDTV 5 Television Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330
WTVY-TV 285 North Foster St., Dothan, AL 36303
WWNY-TV 120 Arcade St. Watertown, NY 13601
KGNS-TV 120 W. Del Mar Blvd. Laredo TX 78041
KGWN-TV, 2923 E. Lincolnway. Cheyenne, WY 82001
KYOU-TV 820 West 2nd Street; Ottumwa, IA 52501
KQTV 4000 Faraon St. Joseph, MO 64506

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