Garrenton Promoted at Lin

Lin TV has promoted Les Garrenton to director of engineering/broadcast systems, the company announced.

Garrenton will be responsible for evaluating new broadcast technologies and applications for Lin TV’s 29 television stations, overseeing broadcast studio systems integration and implementation, researching technology that will improve Lin TV stations’ efficiency and productivity. He will share in the oversight of day-to-day engineering operations and will report directly to John Viall, vice president of television engineering and operations.

Garrenton, with Lin since 1980, previously held the position of director of engineering for WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV in Norfolk, Va., where he oversaw the operational budgets for the duopoly stations. In addition, he designed and implemented several capital improvements in preparation for high-definition conversion and optimized the stations’ news and master control rooms for peak efficiency with server based systems, the company said.

He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

“Les brings nearly 30 years of valuable experience and dedication to this position,” said Viall. “The engineering projects he managed at WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV have significantly contributed to the operating strength and efficiency of the stations, and our Company as a whole.”

Garrenton will be continue to be based at WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV in Norfolk.