Larry Lemmons has been in the broadcasting industry off and on nearly 40 years.
He received an Associate Degree at Amarillo College in radio and television production, working there with film and projectors by the way. He was one of the first disc jockeys on FM 90. He subsequently got a job at KAMR-TV as an announcer and audio operator. A lot of that work was done live. That's when the station was up on Polk Street.
In the Air Force he went to the Defense Information School and worked as a disc jockey for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in the Philippines, did a little rip and read and interviews (think "Good Morning Vietnam" in peacetime), and was then stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, producing training videos.
Leaving the military he got a job at KGMC-TV in OKC producing commercials. His boss had actually been at Amarillo College two years ahead of him.
Following that he attended the University of Texas at Austin and worked at KVUE-TV in Austin on the production side. He says those years were one big party.
After graduation he moved to England and brewed beer at the Cirencester Brewing Company in the heart of the Cotswolds. Wouldn't you?
He attended Graduate School at the University of Washington in Seattle a few years later. He says it rained a lot. No, really, a lot.
He returned to Amarillo and went looking for work. It must be said he applied for a job at KVII-TV but they would have nothing to do with him back then. He was hired immediately by KFDA-TV as a Master Control Operator. While there he crossed over to news as a Producer. He credits Kari King and Walt Howard with teaching him the fundamentals of local news. He worked his way up to Weekend Anchor and Reporter, and finally 5 pm Anchor. Highlights from those days include covering the Oprah Winfrey lawsuit and Rick Husband's first Shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral.
He jumped to PBS, returning to Amarillo College after a few years, producing and hosting a public affairs program, "Perspective", and producing documentaries. He also taught Communication classes.
From there he moved to the PBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona, KAET-TV, at that time located on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. He helped produce a public affairs program, primarily covering the State Legislature, "Horizon", and produced documentaries. He says it was hot there. No, really, really hot.
In 2009 he returned to Amarillo and became the Executive Producer and Co-Anchor of "The Early Show" on KFDA-TV, and began teaching at West Texas A and M University.
Now, of course, he's the Evening Anchor at ABC 7 News with W.T. Hall of Famer, Lisa Schmidt and produces the Panhandle Spirit stories. He works with many other refugees from the station up north.
He says, "This is truly a great place to work, and exciting as we're going through a major upgrade courtesy of new owners, Sinclair Broadcasting. It's amazing over the years working with folks in Amarillo and then working with them in different capacities as they all move to other positions. I love the Panhandle and the sensibilities folks bring to their lives. I actually have a lot of family here. You can see by this biography, this area has given me a lot."