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Kenny Lawrence Named GM of KLFY

klfy_304Kenny Lawrence has been named general manager of KLFY, Young Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate in Lafayette, La.

Since 2008, Lawrence has held several executive-level television roles in Atlanta, including as director of programming and creative services for CBS affiliate WGCL. He was previously the director of marketing and creative services for the CBS Television Stations in Boston.

“Kenny brings to Lafayette his broad knowledge of broadcasting, digital, sales, news, creative and marketing,” Young Broadcasting CEO Deborah McDermott said in a statement. “His track record of developing successful projects, building relationships in local markets and demonstrating a strong understanding of and dedication to the business will prove to be invaluable assets. I am delighted to have him as a part of our team.”

Lawrence replaces Mike Barras, who is retiring at the end of this year after more than 50 years at KLFY. Read the release after the jump. Read more

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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]