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PLAY Larry McCormick, KFWB Los Angeles, March 13 1965 (18:42)

Larry McCormick, 1965
Larry McCormick
KFWB, 1965
. . . You goof up like that again, and I'm gonna push the down button on your elevator shoes . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky. Contributed by Don Kent]

Larry McCormick (d. 8-27-2004) grew up in Kansas City, played semi-pro baseball and loved tennis, but he made his mark in Los Angeles, first on R&B KGFJ and in 1964, as the first African-American host on KFWB. McCormick joined KTLA-TV in 1971, and over 30+ years as a television journalist, he organized or emceed more than 2,100 programs to benefit the community. He won numerous awards for his professional and community work, including the "Governor's Award", the highest annual honor presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and appeared as a TV Newscaster in more than 80 theatrical and TV movies. He was 71 when he passed as a result of cancer-related illness.

Contributor Don Kent wrote about this aircheck:

"This Larry McCormick KFWB aircheck came from early in his radio career there. It's the overnight show, which is where he started. He was only in his very early thirties then. His on-air sound got much more polished in later years. He moved to various timeslots around the day at KFWB and was quite acceptable at all. I worked with Larry for almost a quarter-century. He was always professional and polished. He once told a bunch of us KTLA Techs, on the set one night, that if you're going to be in mass media you should speak clearly and with no discernable dialect. All things to all people, you know? Old School. He'll be missed!"
Reb Foster is closing his show at the beginning of this exhibit. KHJ was yet to debut "Boss Radio" when this aircheck was recorded.


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