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      KMPH Newscast Director Larry Howland Passes Away

      Larry Howland, a member of the KMPH-TV family since 1976, passed away over the weekend after a short illness. {}Mr. Howland started his career at KMPH in the station's production department, and in 1983 became a director for the station's newscasts.{}

      He currently served primarily on the KMPH Ten o'clock News. {}He also was one of two primary directors for the station's syndicated program "California Vote 2010", which aired on numerous stations around California, and for the station's nationally-syndicated "Vote America 2012", which was seen nightly last year in many of the country's biggest markets. {}

      Mr. Howland was respected and admired by his peers.{} He was nearly unflappable in the face of the unexpected events and stress that accompany live TV newscasts, and his co-workers and teammates in his KMPH News family loved him for his kind and generous heart which he regularly and openly shared with everyone around him. {}

      Jack Peck, President and General Manager of KMPH-TV, said "Larry was the consummate professional. He performed his craft with the utmost professionalism and skill. He will be sorely missed."{}

      Mr. Howland is survived by his wife and daughter.{} The family plans a memorial service in his honor which will be held on a date to be announced. {}