KTLA’s new incoming general manager was announced Thursday, and outgoing longtime station leader Don Corsini passed the symbolic “baton” to her.
The Los Angeles station’s parent company, Nexstar Media Group, announced that Janene Drafs will be KTLA’s new vice president and general manager, and she appeared before staff shortly before noon.
Soon after Drafs was introduced, she joined Corsini in a surprise appearance on KTLA’s online-only show 5 Live. A can of hair-styling product stood in as the symbolic baton that Corsini handed to Drafs.
“Your baton is the hairspray. It’s the most TV thing of all,” 5 Live host Andy Riesmeyer commented.
Drafs comes to Los Angeles from Seattle’s KOMO, where she started as an entry-level account executive in 1992 and steadily rose through the ranks. In 2012, she was named GM of the ABC-affiliated station, which is part of a Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned duopoly with Univision affiliate KUNS.
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