Larry McCarren to leave television post

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Surprises occur every day. In our personal lives, our friends and neighbors do funny and strange things; in our worldly interests of politics, entertainment and sports, there are many things that allow us to cock our heads, raise an eyebrow and say, “Wow.”

That occurred this morning when I read the headline that Larry McCarren, the well-known, respected and well-liked former Packer-turned-journalist, announced he would be leaving WFRV, Channel 5, out of Green Bay.

He’s been with the station for 24 years and is the sports director. His final newscast is tomorrow, Friday, March 30. With his departure, officials at the television station said that the status of his “Larry McCarren’s Locker Room” program is unknown.

Station management earlier this month said the future of the show, which would be entering its 25th season, was under discussion.

McCarren, the former Packers lineman, has also been the color commentator on Packers Radio Network for the past 18 years, working his first couple of years with the late Jim Irwin and Max McGee and with Wayne Larrivee for more than a decade.

McCarren said he would continue in that capacity.

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