Larry Clamage, a highly acclaimed professional broadcaster, will be the speaker at the Friday, November 9, 2012 luncheon meeting of the Broadcasters Club of Florida at the SaraBay Golf Club in Sarasota.
Clamage, a resident of Sarasota with more than fifty years experience in television station and group management, will discuss the state of the broadcasting industry in today’s fast moving technological world.
He is best known in the Suncoast area when he was the President and General Manager of WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg, starting in 1978, where he was able to raise the station from it’s position as the #4 station (behind the UHF independent), to market front-runner. It was during this same period that he spearheaded the development of the Florida News Network, the nation’s first satellite newsgathering station cooperative, which later served as the model for statewide news networks all over the country.
Most recently, he was President of LMC Media Consultants, Inc., a company specializing in station turnarounds, strategic planning and acquisitions. Prior to the consulting business, he was Senior Vice President of AnchorMedia. Beginning in 1988, Clamage was responsible for the operation of the AnchorMedia TV station group, located in Asheville-Greenville, Columbus and Sacramento.
Prior to joining WTSP-TV, Clamage held program and operations positions at WWJ-TV (now WDIV), and WKBD-TV in Detroit, Michigan and in Duluth, Minnesota where he was instrumental in building a new ABC affiliate, WDIO-TV.
Larry Clamage’s broadcasting career began in Detroit while he was working on his BA at Wayne State University and was appointed as the first student manager of the University’s 50,000-watt FM station in 1951. Following his graduation in 1954, he earned a Master’s degree in Speech: Radio-Television from the University of Michigan.
You do not need to be a member of the Florida Broadcaster’s Club to attend the luncheon. Reservations can be made by calling 941-350-1530 or emailing Bob du Treil at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20 per person. The luncheon program runs between noon and approximately 2 p.m.
For more information visit the club’s website at www.broadcastersclub.com.
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