Category: From Rick Gevers

NEWS DIRECTOR MOVES

Here’s the latest from Rick Gevers… WBFF-TV, Baltimore, MD…DAVID JOHNS stays at Sinclair as he becomes news director for this FOX affiliate. Here’s the note the company’s SCOTT LIVINGSTON sent to the other NDs. ...

BACK IN HARNESS

FROM RICK GEVERS… WNEM-TV, Flint/Saginaw, MI… JAYNE HODAK returns to TV at this Meredith (but being sold to Gray) owned CBS affiliate. More in this note from GM KEN FRIERSON. Jayne spent 16 years ...

“PEACHY” KEEN

At WGCL-TV in Atlanta, the station has hired Brian Kanziger as its next Assistant News Director. He joins this Meredith owned CBS affiliate from Seattle, where he was an executive producer for Cox Media ...

TOP OF THE ROCK

At WTVO/WQRF-TV in Rockford, IL, Matt McConico is the new ND for this ABC/FOX duopoly. He most recently spent four years as the ND for WPMT-TV in Harrisburg. Matt’s a former ND in Reno, ...

FROM GM TO MAYOR

News from Hawaii – where former general manager Rick Blangiardi was elected Mayor of Honolulu. He most recently was GM for Gray’s duopoly there, KGMB/KHNL-TV. He’s also been a GM  in San Francisco and ...

FROM ND TO MAYOR

Andrea Azzo joins WLUK-TV (Fox/Sinclair) in Green Bay, WI, as an executive producer. She’s been working as a producer for WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, and has also worked in Austin, Rockford, IL, and for another ...

JUST FOR SPEIGHT

At Spectrum News Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, Kerwin Speight is the new Managing Director for this 24 hour cable news operation. It’s a return to North Carolina for Kerwin, who worked at WRAL-TV earlier in ...

STAYING IN SEATTLE

Another Seattle station, another executive producer hire. KCPQ-TV (FOX) has hired Jessamyn McIntyre as an EP. McIntyre’s been working as an on-air personality and producer for the 710 ESPN radio station in Seattle. She ...

PROMOTIONS G’LORE

In Lansing, Michigan at WSYM-TV, Jessie Williams will be the ND hired to oversee the buildup of a news department at this Scripps owned FOX affiliate. She’s currently an EP for Scripps’ WTMJ-TV (NBC) ...

CALLING IT A CAREER

Randal Stanley will retire at the end of the year. He’s been VP Operations for Altice’s News 12 Networks (serving the NY area) for the past two years, and earlier spent 12 years as VP/News ...

A REUNION IN CHARLOTTE

They’re putting the band back together in Charlotte, where Claire Otto joins WJYZ-TV (Nexstar/FOX) as the Assistant News Director. The move reunites her with ND Casey Clark. They held the same jobs at KCTV in Kansas City. Claire’s also worked ...

OUT THE DOOR

At KMID-TV in Midland, TX…veteran Texas news director David Lowell has exited the Nexstar owned ABC affiliate after three years as ND. He earlier spent 28 years as an ND in Beaumont. David’s also ...

RESURFACING…

At WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Indiana Lon Lucas has been named news director for the Allen Media owned CBS station. Details in this news release. Lon’s been the ND for WEEK-TV in Peoria for the ...

SEE YA IN TULSA

A reunion in Tulsa re-connects KOKI-TV News Director Frank Volpicella and Rudy Murrieta. They worked together at WGCL-TV in Atlanta when Frank was the ND there and Rudy was the Assistant ND. Now, Rudy ...

GOODBYE COLUMBUS

At WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida, Sabrina Fuller moves within Gray as she heads to Florida’s capital city to be the next ND for this CBS affiliate. Sabrina is currently the executive producer for Gray’s ...

WATTUP EUGENE

At KVAL-TV in Eugene, OR, the Sinclair/CBS affiliate has tabbed veteran news director Lawton Dodd as its next news director. Lawton spent 22 years as ND for KSBW-TV in Salinas-Monterey before leaving the job ...

BIG O to BIG O

Big O Stephen Ostrosky is headed to the Big O to become managing editor for Hearst’s WESH-TV (NBC) in Orlando. He’s been the Assistant ND for WHAS-TV, Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Louisville for the ...

FOLLOWING UP

Updating an item from last week, regarding the ND opening at WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois, Lon Lucas is staying on as ND for a while but will eventually leave, as he wants to be closer ...

GOODBYE WACO

At KXXV-TV in Waco, Texas, Josh (tag) Eure (it) has left this Scripps owned station after one year as news director. He’s had a number of jobs at both local stations and networks during ...

MOVING UP IN ALBANY

In Albany, at WRGB-TV, Perna Roberson is moving to the ND job at this Sinclair Broadcasting owned CBS affiliate.  Perna’s been the Assistant ND for the past two years, and has also worked in Birmingham, Atlanta, ...

MOVING UP IN MOBILE

At Mobile, Alabama’s WALA-TV, 29 year veteran Randy Merrow has been promoted to news director.  Randy’s been the Assistant ND more than 20 years. He started at the station as a senior producer. He ...

MYSTERY ND IN MS

In Greenville, Mississippi’s WABG, WXVT, WNBD and WABG this Cala Broadcasting owned operation (which operates affiliates of all FOUR major networks) has filled its news director opening, and yet, it has not yet been ...

KING HAS AN EP

Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Seattle is building up with another key brick in the wall.  KING-TV, has filled its vacant executive producer position by hiring Mason Waldvogel from KTUL-TV in Tulsa. He’s been the Assistant ND ...

VENEGAS FLOORS IT OUT OF EL PASO

At El Paso, Texas’ KTSM-TV, it’s vamos Victor Venegas.  He’s has left this Nexstar owned NBC affiliate. He’d been the news director there since December, 2018, when he was promoted from Nightside Executive Producer. He’d earlier ...

PACK YOUR BAGS

At Lake Charles, Louisiana’s KPLC-TV, the new ND for the Gray Television owned NBC affiliate is Greg DeBrosse. Greg has been the Assistant News Director for Cox Media Group’s KOKI-TV in Tulsa for the last seven ...

MOVERS & SHAKERS

It looks like David Jones is the next ND at WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. Jones comes from WNYT-TV, Hubbard’s NBC affiliate in Albany, NY. He’ll replace Kelly Johnson. Standard Media has also named Jennifer Hardy ND ...

O.T.M.

At Providence, Rhode Island’s WLNE-TV, the Standard Media owned ABC affiliate is looking for a new news director. Kelly Johnston had been the ND for the last four years in her second tour of duty ...

O.T.M.

At Ft. Wayne, Indiana’s WANE-TV, Jenna Huff is moving north (and closer to her native Michigan) as she’s been named ND for this Nexstar owned CBS affiliate. . For the last nine years, Jenna has ...

O.T.M.

At Sarasota’s WWSB-TV (part of the Tampa marke), Jeff Schlesser moves within Gray to become ND for this ABC affiliate. It’s a return to Tampa for Schlesser, who spent eight years at WTVT-TV. He’s ...

THE LONE STONE STATE

At Dallas/Ft. Worth’s KXTX-TV, John Stone, who is the VP/News for sister NBC owned KXAS-TV, is assuming the ND role for this Telemundo affiliate. John has been the ND at KXAS since November, 2018, ...

O.T.M.

At Corpus Christi’s KRIS-TV Mark Silberstein is filling the long vacant opening at the Scripps owned NBC affiliate. His title will be Senior Director of Content (think news director but with a longer title.) ...

O.T.M

She’s got her work cut out for her. Noelle Kachinsky is leaving her job as the executive producer for Spectrum News in Charlotte to be a Media Specialist working closely with the Center for ...

BADGER RETIRES

Mike Rindo worked as a news director in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, MI, Rochester, NY, and Eau Claire, WI, is now retiring after almost 20 years in his second career. He’s been the assistant chancellor for ...

RESURFACING IN CHARLOTTE

Casey Clark, has been named news director for Nexstar’s WJYZ/WMYT-TV in Charlotte, NC. (Nexstar acquired the station from FOX earlier this year.) Casey most recently was ND for Meredith’s KCTV (CBS) in Kansas City, ...

MOTOR CITY HERE I COME

Kennan Oliphant is on the move within Scripps. He’s the new Assistant News Director for WXYZ-TV (ABC) in Detroit. It’s a return to the Motor City for Kennan, who earlier in his career worked ...