A major figure in the recording industry for many years visited E-Media/CCM on October 4 and 5, 2012. The special guest was Larry Hamby, a 1973 graduate of the E-Media (formerly broadcasting) program.
The list of artists Hamby has worked with reads like a “Who’s Who” of recording greats. These include John Denver, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, the Carpenters, Moody Blues, Michael Jackson, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Willie Nelson, George Winston, Etta James, Yo Yo Ma, and Joshua Bell. He has also signed many artists, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Imogen Heap, and Sharon Isbin.
Hamby was the recording project supervisor for Michael Jackson’s album, Thriller, the largest selling album of all time.
Hamby began his career working with Jerry Weintraub/Management III in Los Angeles. Since then, he has worked in various capacities with major companies such as CBS, Sony Music, BMG Music Entertainment, RCA Victor, and Warner Brothers Music in Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York.
Hamby toured the E-Media facilities and met with the Advanced Music Production class in 2012. He also attended an E-Media Alumni event during his visit. This was the first time Hamby had been back at UC since he graduated in 1973. "I have always enjoyed the chance to speak to students about the music industry. Most of the time I learn at least as much from them as they do from me. ” Hamby said. “Having the opportunity to finally visit my very own alma mater and join in some classes feels not only right, but exciting. It was a fun couple of days,” he added.
This was a fantastic opportunity for Electronic Media students interested in audio recording and the music business.