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KLFY GM Mike Barras Retiring After 52 Years

Barras, who started working at the station in 1961 as a cameraman, has served as GM of the CBS affiliate since 2001. He plans to serve as a senior advisor to KLFY through June 2014.

After more than 50 years in the business, broadcast veteran executive and KLFY Lafayette, La., VP and GM Mike Barras plans to retire at year’s end.

Young Broadcasting President and CEO Deb McDermott called Barras a legendary figure in the broadcasting industry.

“His distinguished tenure is marked by dedication and commitment to the highest standards of broadcast journalism and management,” 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.”

Barras, who started working at the station in 1961 as a cameraman, has served as GM of the CBS affiliate since 2001. He plans to serve as a senior advisor to KLFY through June 2014.

He moved through the production ranks until joining the local sales staff and then was promoted to local sales manager. In 1998, when Young Broadcasting purchased KLFY, Barras was named general sales manager and later elevated to head the station. Under Barras’ leadership, KLFY was named “Television Station of the Year” for six of the past seven years by the Louisiana Association Broadcasters.

Additionally, he was a two-time winner of the LAB’s “Broadcaster of The Year” award; inductee into the Louisiana Hall of Fame; and has served on several boards, including the LAB, Regional Medical Group, Lafayette Crime Stoppers, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the United Way and The LAB’s Amber Alert committee.

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