Sarkes Tarzian bought that station in 1982 and Lawson's worked for the company ever since.
"It's great to be able to work by strong people, smart people and people who really love what they do."
In 1991, Lawson - promoted again - accepted a general manager position at sister station, KTVN.
So, he packed up -- with the love of his life, Betsy - who he met in high school. "She's been great for me; great for my life."
And proven to be one who sticks with a good thing - he brought out his 1964 MGB too. "Betsy and I dated in that car in high school and college... and so, yeah, I've still got it."
Twenty-three years later Lawson continues to navigate the ever-changing industry of broadcast news.
"Our capabilities are greater than ever. The digital age, the ability to go anywhere and be live and turn things around quickly."
Which proved crucial during the New Year's flood of '97.
"You couldn't drive here. You couldn't leave town. Every freeway was blocked. So we had to get a helicopter to bring in stuff to keep us all going and bring in toothbrushes and things like that. But we delivered."
And Lawson continues to do so when he lobbies lawmakers in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Nevada Broadcasters Association to ensure Nevada's broadcast industry has a voice - in this heavily regulated industry.
His work behind the scenes allows us to share the daily stories of our community and provide coverage our viewers can count on.
"To see our station - and broadcasting in general - respond to that and keep people safe and give people the information they need - is the most satisfying thing to me."
And Lawson, on behalf of all of us at Channel 2 - congratulations.