Ken Lass - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Ken Lass

After spending the first 27 years of his life shoveling snow and working in radio in his native state of Wisconsin, Ken moved south to discover sweet tea and banana pudding.  The journey began in Tallahassee, Florida where he shaved off his 1970's Fu Manchu moustache, disposed of his leisure suit, and took his first TV job as a sports anchor.  His first taste of Birmingham came in 1978 but it was brief.  One year later he had the opportunity to return to Green Bay, Wisconsin as a sports anchor  and to cover his beloved Green Bay Packers.  Ken even did play-by-play for the team's preseason telecasts.

But he never forgot the charm and the friendliness of the people of Birmingham.  He also had to feed his addiction to grits and grew tired of the look on the faces of the waiters when he would order them up north.  So in 1983 Ken returned to Birmingham and began a 23 year love affair with Alabama's 13 and the people of Central Alabama.  The first 17 came as Sports Director/Anchor, the last six as Morning and Midday news anchor.  That's where he first teamed up with Wendy Garner and the two developed an instant chemistry.   Along the way came many local and regional awards for Best Sports Anchor, Best Sports Story,  Best Newscast, and others.

In 2006, following the advice of the many who told him he had a good face for radio, Ken left Alabama's 13 to join Wendy as the co-hosts of the morning drive radio show on WDJC-FM.   In 2008 the corporate world came calling, and Ken became Director of Public Relations for a national railroad service company.

But TV remained in his blood, and the lease on his suit had not yet expired, so Ken returned to anchor the weekday evening news in the Birmingham market in 2009.  In the summer of 2013, he came "back home" to Alabama's 13 to rejoin Wendy as the hosts of Daytime Alabama, where they are currently having too much fun to be trusted.

Ken has covered Super Bowls, college football championship games, the World Series, the Summer Olympics, presidential elections, life-changing weather events, and so much more.  He has done play-by-play for UAB, Samford, the Birmingham Barons, the Birmingham Barracudas (Canadian Football League), and the state high school football and basketball events.  He has served on many civic committees including Bread and Roses, the UAB Curriculum Committee,  and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame selection board.   He and his wife Sharon have two grown children, Brett and Brittany.  His hobbies are running, biking, crossword puzzles, and listening to music way too loud in the car.      


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