J. Lawrence “Larry” Pozzi, 76, of Oakland, passed away April 6. The son of James and Crystal Pozzi, Larry attended Lincoln and Redwood Elementary schools, graduating from Del Norte High School in 1954.
He had a lifetime career in television, where he was recognized for his technical expertise and innovations. His career spanned black and white TV to high-definition TV. Starting in Stockton at KOVR 13, he was involved with the station’s conversion of black and white TV to color.
In the Bay Area, as the Engineering Manager for KBHK 44 and Chief Engineer/Director of Engineering for KRON 4, he was responsible for all phases of station engineering and technical management. He led and designed station automation systems, control room facilities, electronic newsgathering, digital video systems, satellite communications, microwave services, and was a leader in the design and installation of the KBHK 44 transmitter at Sutro Tower.
In 1979, while with KRON 4, he was awarded an EMMY for “Outstanding Technical Achievement” for developing the satellite transmission used in the “In Celebration of Tutankhamun” program, produced by KRON 4, which was shown nationwide. With KMGH 7 and KCNC 4 in Colorado and in Ohio with WCMH 4 and WCPO 9 as News/Director of Operations his technical efforts were concentrated on teleconferencing, state-of-the-art microcomputer software systems, and the further development of electronic and mobile satellite newsgathering.
He was working with high-definition TV when he retired in 2002. Larry helped turn television into what it is today and inspired many along the way.
His wife, Mary Pozzi, a sister, and his extended family survive him.