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Louisiana GM Who Started as Cameraman in 1961 Retiring

KLFY_vertical_colorMike Barras, vice president and general manager of KLFY in Lafayette, LA, has announced his retirement at the end of the year.

Barras started working at the CBS affiliate in 1961 as a cameraman. He joined the sales team after moving up through the production department. When Young Broadcasting bought KLFY in 1998, Barras was named general sales manager. Three years later, he was named GM of the station.

“In his more than half a century at KLFY, Mike Barras has become a legendary figure not just at Lafayette’s CBS station and within the community, but throughout the industry,” Young Broadcasting president and CEO Deb McDermott said in a statement. “I want to thank Mike for his many decades of service and for his steady hand during an historic era for television.”

The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters named KLFY “Television Station of the Year” for six of the last seven years under Barras’ leadership.

[TVNewsCheck]

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Dean Littleton Named VP-GM at WATE

Dean Littleton is joining WATE, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Knoxville, as vice president and general manager.

Littleton comes from rival WVLT, the CBS and MyNetwork TV affiliate in Knoxville, where he was the vice president and general sales manager. Before joining WVLT, he worked at KUSA in Denver and WBIR in Knoxville.

“I am thrilled to have Dean lead WATE and become a part of the Young family,” Young Broadcasting president and CEO Deb McDermott said in a statement. “He is a well-respected and proven leader whose extraordinary sales and journalism skill set, broad managerial experience and extensive knowledge of the market mesh perfectly with our strategic goals.”

Littleton replaces Stan Knott, who has been serving as interim general manager of the station in addition to his role as VP-GM at WKRN, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Nashville.

The official announcement is after the jump. Read more