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June 10, 2019

 

We're early this week because it's a big day for your editor.  A native St. Louisian, and life long St. Louis Blues fan, I'm lucky enough to be able to go to tonight's game six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, which could end tonight with a Blues win.


As sports fans know, the Blues have never won the Stanley Cup in the team's 51 seasons.  So it's a big night in STL.

On to our normal business...we have THREE new news directors to tell you about this week, and they are all new...none have been an ND before.  And there are TWO new openings.  Our count of open ND jobs stands at 31.

TWO of those openings are featured among our THREE Paid Help Wanted ads.
TWO items in our Names in the News section, including an interim gig for a former New York news director, and a new job for a longtime AccuWeather executive who's a former ND.
And a 36 year career at a small market (#201) GM is coming to an end.  
 
All that and more below.

 

 

Newly Named News Directors:

Washington
KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA...we told you of RENEE WASHINGTON's promotion to news director for this NBC o-and-o in an UPDATE last Thursday.  Here's the memo from GM STEVE CARLSTON  to the staff.  Renee's been the Assistant ND here since last fall when she moved from KABC-TV.  She's worked for two other ABC owned station in New York and Philadelphia, as well as in Cleveland, Tampa, and Indianapolis. Renee succeeds TODD MOHKTARI who was promoted to GM of NBC's San Diego station, KNSD-TV after seven years as ND at KNBC.

Retsinas
KGW-TV, Portland, OR...Thursday's update also brought news of GREG RETSINAS's promotion to ND for this Tegna owned NBC station.  Greg's worked there for  five years in digital roles. His non-traditional background is detailed on his Linkedin page. Greg replaces RICK JACOBS who stepped down in April after eight years as ND and 20 at the station. Rick and his wife are building a new home and hope to do some traveling.

Wencl
KAGS-TV,  Laredo, TX...ERIN WENCL  will be the next news director for this Tegna owned station.  Erin has been an EP at KCEN-TV in Temple, TX, and previous worked as an Assistant ND in Fargo, ND. She replaces MOLLY GARRITY who left the station in March after almost three years as ND.  Molly is now working at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

 

 

New News Director Openings:

Knopps
WTOL-TV, Toledo, OH...ANTHONY KNOPPS has left this Tegna owned CBS affiliate after not quite four years as ND.  He spent the previous 12 years as the Assistant ND at cross-town ABC affiliate WTVG-TV.  Anthony's also worked in  Kansas City, Albuquerque, and Cape Girardeau.  His replacement will be the fifth ND in 15 years there, following a 21 year run of just two news directors, me (1983-1993) and C.J. BEUTEIN (1993-2004).
Scarborough
KRCR-TV, Chico/Redding, CA...JENNIFER SCARBOROUGH will end a 20+ year career with this Sinclair Broadcasting owned ABC affiliate at the end of the month.  She's leaving to spend more time with her aging parents in New Mexico.  Jennifer's been ND and anchor here since 2005, and first joined the station in 1995.  More in her station bio 

There's also an ad below for the ND opening at WFAA-TV in Dallas.

 

 

News Management Openings:
ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR:
KHOU-TV, Houston, TX (listed 5/5/19)
KUSI-TV, San Diego, CA (relisted 5/12/19)
WTLV-TV, Jacksonville, FL (listed 5/5/19)
WIAT-TV, Birmingham, AL (listed 4/21/19)
KREM-TV, Spokane, WA (listed 5/5/19)
WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY (listed 4/21/19)
WBND-TV, South Bend, IN (relisted 5/19/19)
WJAC-TV, Johnstown, PA (relisted 5/12/19)
KRNV-TV, Reno, TX (new listing this week)
KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, TX (listed 5/5/19)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:
Nexstar Washington Bureau, Washington, DC (relisted 5/5/19)
KDVR/KWGN-TV, Denver, CO (AM EP, listed 5/27/19)
KUSA-TV, Denver, CO (2 openings, listed 5/5/19)
WSMV-TV, Nashville, TN (PM EP, relisted 4/21/19)
WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH (Senior EP, relisted 5/12/19)
WISN-TV, Milwaukee, WI (AM EP, listed 5/19/19)
KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV (Digital EP, relisted 5/5/19)
WJAX/WFOX-TV, Jacksonville, FL (relisted 5/5/19)
WVTM-TV, Birmingham, AL (relisted this week)
WHP-TV Harrisburg, PA (listed 6/2/19)
WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA (AM EP, listed 5/5/19)
WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC (AM EP, listed 5/5/19)
WWL-TV, New Orleans, LA (AM EP, 5/5/19)
WBRE-TV, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA (listed 5/12/19)
KGUN-TV, Tucson, AZ (listed 5/27/19)
KREM-TV, Spokane, WA (Dayside EP, listed 5/5/19)
WROC-TV, Rochester, NY (relisted 6/2/19)
WLNS-TV, Lansing MI (listed 6/2/19)
WCTV, Tallahassee, FL (Digital EP, listing modified 5/5/19)
KERO-TV, Bakersfield, CA (PM EP, listed 6/2/19)
KEYT-KCOY-KKFX-TV, Santa Barbara, CA (listed 3/31/19)
 
MANAGING EDITOR:
KXAS-TV, Dallas/Ft. Worth (relisted 3/31/19)

Other News Management Openings:
Listed 5/27/19:
WTTG-TV, Washington, DC (Planning Editor)
WTNH-TV, Hartford/New Haven, CT (Digital Content Manager, relisted this week)
Listing 5/19/19:
WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC (Enterprise Executive Producer)
WKRN-TV, Nashville TN (Digital Content Manager)
WFTX-TV, Ft. Myers, FL (PM Content Manager)
WROC-TV, Rochester, NY (Digital Executive Producer)
Listed 4/21/19: 
WTAJ-TV, Altoona, PA (Digital Executive Producer)
Listed 3/31/19:
WFXR-TV, Roanoke, VA (Digital Content Executive Producer)
KFDX-TV, Wichita Falls, TX (Digital Content Manager)

 

 

Names in the News (and other stuff):

 

Waldman
AMY WALDMANmost recently ND for New York's WPIX-TV, is serving as the interim director for the New York chapter of NATAS.  Amy left 'PIX 11 in March.  She became ND there in 2015 after a one year stint as Senior Executive Producer. She's also worked at Court TV, CNBC, and Fox News Channel, as well as in Buffalo and Erie, PA. 
Loebig
TOM LOEBIG has a new job as the Chief Content Officer of the American Philatelic Society.  Tom's been with AccuWeather since 2005 and served as VP for Digital Media since 2012.  He's a former news director in Asheville, NC, Greensboro/High Point and Altoona, PA, and has also worked in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

 

 

General Manager News and Notes:
HEATHER SHEARIN is retiring after 20 years as GM of KQTV in St. Joseph, MO.  She's worked for this ABC affiliate, now owned by Heartland Media, for 36 years.
Our List of Open News Director Jobs:
Here's our list of open ND jobs as of Sunday, June 9, 2019: 
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
Verizon Fios 1 News 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573
WFAA-TV 606 Young St, Dallas, TX 75202
WUVG-TV 3350 Peachtree Road #1250, Atlanta, GA 30326 **
KING-TV 1501 1st Ave. South, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98134
KUSA-TV 500 E Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80203
KUVS-TV 1710 Arden Way, Sacramento CA 95815 **
KXTV 400 Broadway Sacramento, CA 95818
KSDK-TV 1000 Market St. St. Louis MO 63101
KFMB-TV 7677 Engineer Road San Diego, CA 92111
KULX-TV 314 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84104 **
KSHB-TV 4720 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64112
WBNS-TV 770 Twin Rivers Dr, Columbus, OH 43215
WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
WITI-TV 9001 N Green Bay Rd, Brown Deer, WI 53209
WPEC-TV 1100 Fairfield Dr. West Palm Beach, FL 33407
WAVE-TV 725 S Floyd St. Louisville, KY 40203 
WBRE/WYOU-TV 62 S. Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
WLEX-TV P.O. Box 1457 Lexington, KY 40588-1457
WTOL-TV 730 N. Summit St. Toledo OH 43604
WROC-TV 201 Humboldt St. Rochester, NY 14610
KRDO-TV 399 S. 8th Street Colorado Springs, CO 80905
WCBD-TV 210 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
WTXL-TV 1620 Commerce Blvd Midway, FL 32343
KERO-TV 321 21st Street Bakersfield, CA 93301
WLTZ-TV 6140 Buena Vista Rd. Columbus, GA 31907
KVII-TV 1 Broadcast Center, Amarillo, TX 79101
KRCR-TV 755 Auditorium Dr.  Redding, CA 96001
KTTC-TV 6301 Bandel Rd. NW Rochester, MN 55901
WGFL-TV 1703 NW 80th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606
WOAY-TV P.O. BOX 3001 Oak Hill, WV 25901
KPAX-TV 2204 Regent St, Missoula, MT 59801
**: Spanish language station

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