About LAB

Founded in 1947, the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters is the only statewide organization dedicated, solely, to promoting and protecting the interests of Louisiana's Broadcast Industry. Our goal is to provide a stable governmental and community environment in which Louisiana Radio and Television Stations may continue to fulfill the needs and desires of their listening and viewing audiences. Membership is open to Radio and Television stations licensed to and/or doing business in Louisiana. Business and Organizations with an interest in the broadcast industry are eligible for associate membership.

Our Mission

The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters promotes the success and prosperity of Louisiana’s Broadcasters and advancement of the broadcasting industry by:

  • Representing our members’ position in the legislative and regulatory process in pertinent branches of State and Federal government;
  • Serving as a resource for training, revenue expansion, cost containment and information on evolving governmental policies;
  • Encouraging the highest standards in broadcasting by recognizing and sharing examples of excellence and achievement.

The LAB strives to achieve our mission through the combined support, input and leadership of our broadcaster members.

 

2017-18 Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN

Andrew D. Shenkan
KATC Communications, Inc.
1103 Eraste Landry Road
Lafayette, LA 70506
337.236.6350/ 337.236.6369 fax
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Andrew joined KATC Communications in January of 2006 as President & General Manager. KATC is located in Lafayette, Louisiana, and broadcasts as an ABC television affiliate as well as a CW affiliate on its multicast DT2 channel. KATC was selected as the Louisiana Television Station of the Year (small market) by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters in 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2009. The LAB at their annual Prestige Awards also recognized Andrew as the Broadcaster of the Year in 2014.

Prior to joining KATC, Andrew worked as the Director of Sales and Marketing from 2002-2005 for WLEX 18 the company’s NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Shenkan has had an extensive broadcast sales career throughout his tenure holding sales management positions with WBRZ, Baton Rouge, LA 1994-2002, WCJB-TV, Gainesville, FL 1993-94, and WCTI-TV, New Bern, NC 1989-1993. He has worked as an Account Executive for Blair Television in both their New York and Chicago offices.

Andrew currently serves on the Regional Health System Board of Trustees in Lafayette. He is an active member of The Rotary Club of Lafayette where he served as Club President in 2012-13 and was presented with the Vocational Excellence Award in 2013 and Rotarian of the Year in 2010.

Andrew lives in Lafayette and has a daughter Kathryn who attends the University of Mississippi and a son Drew who attends the Episcopal School of Acadiana.

 

CHAIRMAN ELECT

Charlie Soprano
Cenla Broadcasting
1115 Texas Ave.
Alexandria, LA 71301
318.443.2543/318.445.7231
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Charlie is the founder and co-owner of Cenla Broadcasting since 1975.  Charlie entered the business with KQID and KSYL.  

In 2006, Cenla Broadcasting completed the acquisition of Clear Channel's Central Louisiana market to a now combined portfolio of six radio stations, three of which, have 100,000 watt capability. 

Charlie currently sits on the Louisiana State Board of Commerce and Industry, and is also the Vice President of the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. 

Over his career, he has given his time to a multitude of boards, locally and abroad including: The Manna House, The City of Alexandria Board of Adjustment and Appeals,  Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee, Historic Preservation District Commission, St. Francis Cabrini Hospital, and others.

Charlie is a lifelong resident of Alexandria, Louisiana, and has been married to Mildred Soprano for 43 years, and the proud father of four children, and grandfather to seven grandchildren. 

Charlie has been a leading local entrepreneur since the 1960's, and is also founder and co-owner, of Real Vision Software, a global imaging software company based in Alexandria. 

 
 

TELEVISION VICE CHAIRMAN

Joel Vilmenay
WDSU-TV
846 Howard Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70113
504-679-0631 /
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Joel was named President & General Manager of WDSU-TV, the Hearst Television Inc NBC Affiliate in New Orleans, LA, in February of 2007. In this capacity Vilmenay provides strategic leadership for WDSU-TV, MeTV New Orleans and a suite of web and mobile applications. Prior to the appointment, Vilmenay served as President & General Manager of KETV-TV, the Hearst Television Inc ABC Affiliate in Omaha, NE. He joined KETV from Gannett-owned, WZZM-TV where he led all national and local sales efforts on behalf of the Grand Rapids, MI ABC affiliate. Vilmenay began his career in Washington, DC where he held numerous sales and management positions for the Gannett Company.   He was also recruited and work for Blair Television / New York, where he negotiated on behalf of nine network television affiliates across the country.

Joel is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, where he received a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film. He also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. In 2001, he was named one of four National Association of Broadcasters’ Education Foundation Fellows. He also serves as a director on the boards of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute, Kingsley House, Second Harvest and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

Joel resides in New Orleans with his wife, daughter and son.

RADIO VICE CHAIRMAN

Gary McKenney
Red Peach Radio
P.O. Box 430
Ruston, LA 71273
318-255-5000 /
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Armed with a handy BS in Biology from Arkansas Tech University in 1974, Gary decided to make a career out of radio, after working his way through college as a disc jockey. His father also worked at the same station, (KXRJ Russellville, Arkansas) as an announcer and Chief Engineer. Gary McKenney has over 40 years experience in radio in both Arkansas and Louisiana.

Gary began his career in positions that included announcer, copywriter, Operations Manager, and account representative. He has been General Manager of Red Peach, LLC (KXKZ,KNBB,KPCH,KRUS) in Ruston, Louisiana for the past 12 years. One of his stations, KXKZ, has won the Louisiana Association of Broadcaster's award for "Radio Station of the Year- Medium Market" over 20 times. KXKZ has also raised over $1 million in donations for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

He has worked on Habitat for Humanity homes and served on the Board of Directors of Ruston Dixie Baseball. He has served on Board of Directors Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and as past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Ruston -Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Currently he serves on the Board of Directors, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. He has also been chosen to serve on the Curriculum Advisory Committee, Mass Communications, Grambling State University.

SECRETARY/TREASURE

Michele Godard
KALB TV
605 Washington Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
318-445-2456 /
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Michele was named Vice-President & General Manager of KALB-TV, THE Gray Television Inc NBC and CBS Affiliate in Alexandria, LA, in September of 2009. She has worked at KALB-TV since 1993 beginning her career there as the weather anchor for News Channel 5's morning show "Jambalaya".

Her experience in the news department includes time spent in the position of General Assignments Reporter, Education Reporter, Evening News Anchor, and Executive Producer. From 2002 until 2009, Michele was the News Director. Under her leadership, the KALB-TV News Channel 5 newsroom won first place honors in numerous state awards, including Associated Press recognition of the station's coverage of major disasters like Hurricane's Katrina, Rita and Gustav.

In the sales department, Michele spent two years as an Account Executive giving her the experience of both news and sales and being named Salesperson of the Year.

Michele lives in Alexandria with her husband and three children. Born in San Francisco, she spent much of her early years growing up in Los Angeles, California and attended college in Boston, Massachusetts at Emerson College.

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN

Flynn Foster
Guaranty Broadcasting
929 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225.383.0355 / 225.343.0047
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Flynn joined Guaranty in 2010. He is also Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company. Mr. Foster is member of the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Guaranty Corporation and Guaranty Income Life. Having previously worked in the mortgage lending and construction industries, he has 20 years of experience in the financial services business. Mr. Foster is a graduate of Louisiana State University. 

Flynn is also involved in the following community leadership activities: Board Chair, Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center, Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), BRAC’s Small Business Council Chair, Louisiana Insurers’ Conference, Whitney Bank Baton Rouge Market Advisory Board,Former Board Member, St. Luke’s Episcopal Day School, Major Donor Co-Chair, St. Luke’s Episcopal Day School Member of the Board of Directors and Louisiana Arts and Science Museum.

He and his wife Dana have two sons, Landon and Luke.


DIRECTOR

Mike Grimsley
Townsquare Media-Lafayette
1749 Bertrand Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
337.233.6000 / 337-349-1091 cell
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Mike is a native of Tallahassee, Florida moved to Lafayette in 1988 to become the Vice President & General Manager of Lamar Advertising of Lafayette. Mike worked with Lamar until 1994 when he became the VP/GM of Schilling Media Radio Stations KMDL & KFTE; those two stations have now grown into seven. Grimsley’s leadership has been the thread of consistency for more than 20 years through 3 previous corporate owners and now is the Regional Vice President and General Manager for Townsquare Media, the third largest owner of radio stations in the United States. Townsquare Media Lafayette properties include, KMDL 97.3 The Dawg, KFTE Planet Radio 105.1, 99.9 KTDY, KHXT Hot 107.9, KPEL News Radio 96.5 FM, KPEL AM ESPN 1420 and KROF 960 AM The Gator.

Mike has served as a board member and committee member of several organizations including the National Association of Broadcasters, Louisiana Honor Air, Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, Lafayette Education Foundation, Lafayette Science Museum, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Acadiana. Grimsley’s also the past Chairman of The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters and The Louisiana Open.

Mike and Townsquare Media Lafayette are active media sponsors for a multitude of non profit organizations and events throughout Acadiana.

KMDL 97.3 the Dawg has been the Flagship station for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for almost 20 years. Townsquare Media Lafayette also sponsors Miles Perret Cancer Services, Acadiana Outreach, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, The Boy Scouts of America, Acadiana Youth, Festival International de Louisiane, Festivals Acadiens et Creole, The Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, The Lafayette Science Museum, The Louisiana Honor Air Project, The Corporate Challenge, The March of Dimes, UL Lafayette and United Way of Acadiana, just to name a few.

Mike won the Louisiana Association of Broadcaster’s 2009 Broadcaster of the Year Award. Under Mike leadership, the Townsquare Media Lafayette stations have won dozens of local, state and National Broadcast Awards.

Mike currently resides in Carencro with his wife Gwen and two children Kimberly and Matt.    


DIRECTOR

Lisa Janes
Townsquare Media-Shreveport
6341 W. Port Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71129
318-688-1130 / 318-470-9686 cell
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Lisa Janes, hometown Shreveport-Bossier City girl, began her career in the radio field in 1993 after four years as a classroom teacher in Bossier Parish. She began her media career as an outside seller for stand-alone KRMD AM/FM. Since then has worn many hats from: General Sales Manager to the Director of Sales while working in the AM/FM and Capstar/Gulfstar ownership period.   1999 brought Clear Channel ownership, followed by GAP Broadcasting ownership and then an exciting 2 year stint as the GAP Central National Sales Manager. 2010 brought about the most challenging opportunity in Lisa’s career, General Manager for Townsquare Media: 6-station cluster in the Shreveport/Bossier City market, including 6 online radio sites and 6 highly engaged station websites.   The stations are: Kiss Country 93.7 FM, K 94.5 FM, 96.5 KVKI FM, 99X The Rock Station, News Radio 710 KEEL AM and AM 1130 The Tiger.

Lisa is one of the most active and involved in the Ark-La-Tex community and has served on the following boards and committees: Zeta Tau Alpha—Alumnea Officer, State Recommendations Chair and Key Woman, Shreveport-Bossier City Panhellenic, Bossier Chamber of Commerce Special Events Chair and Board Member, Downtown Shreveport Unlimited Vice President and President , March of Dimes, and has a little fun in the Mighty Krewe of Centaur. She has also earned the designations of Certified Radio Marketing Master, Certified Radio Marketing Consultant, Master of Radio Marketing and Certified Digital Marketing Consultant.

Lisa Janes and the Townsquare Media Shreveport/Bossier City crew are involved in multiple facets in the marketplace including: Mudbug Madness, The Robinson Film Center, Philadelphia Center, American Cancer Society, Louisiana Blood Bank, Give for Good, Susan Komen Friday in Pink, Bossier Sheriff’s In God We Trust Campaign, Hunters for the Hungry, Battle on the Border, Sleep Out 4 Independence and many, many more. Kiss Country is the proud recipient of 2014’s Large Market Station of the Year Prestige Award and 96.5 KVKI FM is also honored with the Best Website Prestige Award for 2014.

An LSU graduate, Lisa Janes is an avid college sports fan and cheers the Tigers on year-round.

 

DIRECTOR

Brian Shirey
Northshore Broadcasting
200 E. Thomas St.
Hammond, LA 70401
5985-974-8486
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Brian Shirey is the General Manager for Northshore Broadcasting where he manages the operation and sales team of 12 radio stations in Louisiana and Mississippi.

A graduate of  Southeastern Louisiana University, he spent 22 years in the beer industry prior to 2012. He is immediate past chairman of the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce; serves on board of directors for The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, Hammond BBQ Inc (Hammond’s annual BBQ competition), Holy Ghost Catholic School, the Tangipahoa Sewer District and is a member of City Club of Hammond.

Brian is married to Toni Brown Shirey and they have 2 children.

DIRECTOR

Randy Stone
KARD-TV/KTVE-TV
200 Pavillion Road
West Monroe, LA 71292
318-323-1972 ext 104
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Randy is a native of Northern Alabama, working at local radio stations through High School.

He received his B.A. and M.A from The University of Alabama while serving as President of

Alpha Epsilon Rho Honorary. After graduation, Randy worked in Radio Station sales and then

Sales Management positions in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. He has worked in Television Sales

Management in Huntsville and Mobile Alabama, Quad Cities and Springfield/Champaign, Illinois, and then as General Manager in Colorado and Louisiana.

Randy currently serves on the boards of the Monroe Chamber, United Way of North Louisiana, and the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.


DIRECTOR

George Sirven
KTBS-TV/KPXJ-TV
Post Office Box 44227
Shreveport, LA 71134
318.861.5800 / 318.862.9430 fax
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DIRECTOR

John Ware
KPLC-TV
320 Division Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-437-7507
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DIRECTOR

Jake Manship
WBRZ-TV
1650 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
225-937-8102
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DIRECTOR

 
Malcolm Robinson
WBRH-FM/KBRH-AM
2825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225-343-7530
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DIRECTOR

Sherri Holladay
Holladay Broadcasting
1109 Hudson Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
239-340-3558 cell
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DIRECTOR

Tim Ingram
WVUE-TV
1025 S. Jefferson David Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-483-1100
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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR 

Andrea Miller, Ph.D.
LSU/Manship School of Mass Com
211 Journalism Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225-578-3146 /
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Andrea Miller came to the Manship School in 2003 and is now an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration.  She teaches courses in crisis communication, broadcast and multi-media journalism.  

Prior to receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism in 2003, Miller was an award-winning television news producer for a decade at numerous stations in Texas.  While serving a station in Dallas, Miller developed an interest in breaking news and crisis coverage that has now translated into an academic research stream. Besides numerous articles, Miller is the co-author/editor of two books.  Oil & Water (2014) addresses all aspects of the media experiences of the dual disasters to hit the Gulf Coast - Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Disaster, and News Evolution or Revolution? (2014) explores the future of the newspaper industry using the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a microcosm of the industry.

Andrea and her husband Doug have twins, Zachary and Gracie.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Bo Hoover
Technical Services Group
12015 Cloverland Court
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225.751.9800 / 225.753.1726 fax
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LEGAL COUNSEL
Charles Spencer 
Hebert, Spencer, Cusimano & Fry
701 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
225.344.2601 / 225.387.1714 fax
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 PRESIDENT/CEO
Polly Prince Johnson
Louisiana Assn. of Broadcasters
660 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA  70801
225.267.4522/ 504-491-4814 cell
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Louisiana Association of Broadcasters

660 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801 USA
Phone: +(225) 267-4522
Fax: +(225) 267-4329
Email: lab@broadcasters.org