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*the average pay raise for TV news people last year was 2%.
*the average salary increase for those we placed in new jobs was 51%.
DCA TALENT IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS:
ANCHORS, REPORTERS, SPORTS TALENT AND METEOROLOGISTS
WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN PHYSICIANS, ATTORNEYS, OR OTHER SPECIALISTS!
We are TV news agents and talent placement experts. We get better jobs for TV reporters, anchors, meteorologists, sports types and others in TV.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER WORKED IN A TV NEWSROOM, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THIS FORM. WE ARE NOT RIGHT FOR YOU. LOOK ELSEWHERE. THANKS.
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MOST RECENT CLIENT NEWS & KUDOS!
(NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CLIENT LIST. IT'S SIMPLY RECENT NEWS REGARDING SOME OF OUR CLIENTS.)
Meteorologist NEVILLE MILLER moves to weekdays at KMBC-TV in Kansas City.
MATT JONES joins KSLA-TV in Shreveport as Morning Meteorologist.
SCOTT CARPENTER joins central Iowa’s most-watched morning news team as an additional anchor on KCCI-TV covering news and traffic.
Meteorologist NICK MARUSIAK moves to mornings at WKEF-TV in Dayton (from WPTA-TV, Fort Wayne).
GREG POLLAK joins Spectrum News in Albany as Staff Meteorologist.
Kudos to Meteorologist SAMARA COKINOS, weekends, WKMG-TV, Orlando.
Kudos to JUSTIN STAPLETON, Weekend Meteorologist, KPRC-TV, Houston.
TAMARA SACHARCZYK moves to Early Evening Anchor and Investigative Reporter at WJAR-TV, Providence.
ARTHUR MONDALE joins WHNS-TV in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market as Senior Reporter (from WPTV-TV, West Palm Beach).
Reporter/Anchor SETH KOVAR joins KHWB/KIAH-TV in Houston (from KRIS/KZTV-TV in Corpus Christi).
Kudos to JORY RAND, Weekend Anchor, KABC-TV, Los Angeles.
ROBERT GRANT moves to Weekend Morning Anchor at WFOX/WJAX-TV in Jacksonville.
Reporter/MMJ BRIDGET CHAVEZ moves to KIRO-TV in Seattle (from KPTV-TV, Portland).
DARREN BOTELHO moves to Boston and the NBC / Universal O&O WBTS-TV as Weekend Anchor and Reporter (from WLNE-TV, Providence). Darren was hired by new GM Kirtsen Wolff. Kirsten and Steve Swienckowski were co-workers at KCRA-TV in Sacramento more than thirty years ago.
MARC THOMAS takes his first Main Anchor gig at KMTV-TV, Omaha (from KMID-TV, Midland-Odessa).
JANE MONREAL moves to WCNC-TV in Charlotte as Weekend Anchor (from WFTX-TV, Fort Myers).
KATY SOLT gets her first Main Anchor gig at WCIV-TV in Charleston, SC.
DEVON LUCIE joins WDSU-TV in New Orleans as Afternoon Meteorologist.
AMY HOCKERT moves to Evening Anchor at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Kudos to CHRIS HARRIS, Weekday Sports, WSMV, Nashville.
Kudos to JEFF KOLB, Sports, KDFW, Dallas.
BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER,
THE GRASS AIN’T ALWAYS GREENER
When we call someone to discuss a job opening, usually one of the first questions they will ask us is, "What size market is that?" I hate that question.
When you think about packing up and moving to a new job, you should be thinking of three things: the salary, the city, and the job and company. Market size should NOT be a major factor.
Now, I understand that some clients seek a job in a larger urban environment (for various reasons). In that case, yes--- market size goes hand-in-hand with the obvious benefits of living in a more vibrant urban setting and all that entails.
But, salaries are determined by a number of factors, market size being just one of them. Another of those factors is salaries across the street. Most stations in any given city pay the same salary ranges. For example, if a station pays $40k for general assignment reporters, you can expect it's competitors to pay about the same.
Of course, the economics of an area play an important role in what stations will pay. If the cost of living is low, the salaries will be low compared to a city where the cost of living is high.
We had a client making more than $100,000 a year plus the use of a Mercedes as a company car, cellular phone, golf membership at an exclusive country club and a hefty clothing allowance. The city where he worked wasn't even in the Top 100 by population.
Another example: A Top 20 market that was formerly paying $60,000 to $75,000 for a front line anchor until... Station "A" in the market hired anchor "X" away from competitor "B" and paid anchor "X" $200,000. Station "B" hired a new anchor "Y" and wound up paying him $150,000.
Or, take the story of an anchor working at an independent in a top thirty market. He left a weekend job in a top five market, and people thought he was nuts. What they didn’t know was that weekend gig was strictly a free-lance position (as many are in larger markets), and now he is salaried at $77,000/year (plus all the benefits) and works just four hours a day.
One more example: Chief Meteorologist in market #129? Makes $125k per year--- living on the beach!
Every market and every station is unique unto itself. Our advice is that you forget market size and concentrate on being better at what you do.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to drop down a few markets for a new job. We recently landed a job for a client that paid $40,000/year more than he already made in a state in which he had family and in a job that was a perfect match. His first question was, “What market size is that?” I winced. Mind you, he had already read this same document you’re eyeballing now, but---obviously----he retained little of it. Next question was, “Won’t that look bad on my résumé? What will people think to see me drop from market fifty to market seventy?” Wince some more, grit my teeth.
No, it does not look “bad” on a résumé. Any manager who knows anything about the business is already past the fallacy of placing too much importance on market sizes. Young, inexperienced, ego-driven persons who want all their young, inexperienced, ego-driven college buddies to think they’ve hit the big time are the only ones who care about market size.
AND, If you’re going to worry more about what other people think of your printed résumé (instead of your videos), then you’re in the wrong business.
So, ask yourself— what’s more important: