Oral Histories

Interview of Larry McCormick

Television and music news reporter, news anchor, and actor. Anchor for Los Angeles local news station, KTLA.
African Americans in Motion Pictures and Television: Larry McCormick
African Americans in Entertainment and Media
African American History
Film and Television
Biographical Note:
Television and music news reporter, news anchor, and actor. Anchor for Los Angeles local news station, KTLA.
White, Theresa Renee
McCormick, Larry
Persons Present:
McCormick and White.
Place Conducted:
McCormick's home in Los Angeles, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Theresa Renee White; B.A., Journalism/Communication, University of Southern California; M.A., African American Studies/Critical Studies in Film and Television, UCLA; doctoral candidate, Education/Cultural Studies, UCLA.In preparation for the interview, White consulted materials made available to her from McCormick's personal archives, which included biographical material, clippings, scrapbooks, newsletters, appointment books, and photographs. In addition, she also reviewed numerous publications pertaining to African Americans and the media.
Processing of Interview:
Victoria Simmons, editorial assistant, edited the interview. She checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed.McCormick reviewed the transcript. He verified proper names and made minor corrections and additions.Alex Cline, editor, prepared the table of contents. Simmons and Cline assembled the biographical summary and interview history. Gail Ostergren, editorial assistant, compiled the index.
21 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
The interviews in the series African Americans in Entertainment and Media are designed to document African Americans in television, radio, theater and film and aims to better understand how they overcame bias and discrimination and were trailblazers who opened doors for other African Americans in the industry. Also documented is how inextricably linked each interviewee was to the history and struggles of the larger African American community in Los Angeles.
TAPE NUMBER: XII, Side Two (February 5, 1999)More on McCormick's decision to reduce his organizational involvement--Commitments he has maintained--Learns to fly a singleengine airplane--The expense of flying--McCormick's first solo flight--Difference between flying light aircraft and flying jetliners--McCormick's first solo cross-country flight--Reasons he never obtained a pilot's license--Instrument flight rule training--Dangers of flying.