Audio, Video Production Entrepreneur Larry Kaltenbach
Credits MCCC for Professional Success


As proprietor of Stone Tower Media, Larry Kaltenbach '85 (A.A.S., Television) of Oakland, N.J. provides a vast array of technical services to clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, delivering sound and public address systems, teleprompting, and audiovisual services. His clients include major news and entertainment networks as well as corporations and business organizations such as Anheuser-Busch, Paramount Pictures, New Jersey Nets and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Kaltenbach's passion for broadcast production began during his childhood. "I was fascinated by the people and places showing up on my parents' living room TV," he said. "When I was six years old, my older brother found a color TV in the trash, fixed it, and my family and I watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on that set. That pretty much iced it for me; this TV thing was just way too cool to ignore."

For the past 20 years, Kaltenbach has worked on projects ranging from network news programs, live talk shows, film-style sitcoms, soap operas, and corporate productions to live arena sound mixing for professional sports teams.

"I enjoy the variety of work situations and locations, and the interaction with people," said Kaltenbach, who has worked freelance in audio and video production since 1987. He established Stone Tower Media in 2001 as a sole proprietorship. "The work is invigorating. It requires staying on top of all advanced technologies."

For Kaltenbach, choosing Mercer was an easy decision. "MCCC offered a truly complete and focused television program with the added benefit of being very close to one of the world's largest television production cities," he said. "The staff and faculty are skilled and knowledgeable professionals. They shared their real-world experience, which gave me an upper hand when I entered this business." Upon graduating Mercer, Kaltenbach transferred to New York University where he earned a bachelor's degree in television and radio.

Kaltenbach learned many tricks of the trade as one of Mercer's interns at Suburban Cablevision in Hamilton, N.J. "While there, I rotated within nearly every production job imaginable," he recalled. "I believe that this Mercer-arranged opportunity to make real mistakes and get past them was a key bridge to launching my current career."

Retired MCCC television professor Ralph Tangey quickly comes to Kaltenbach's mind as a source of inspiration. "He is practically legend in the Northern New Jersey and New York City circles in which I work. Ralph let you know when you screw up. I, along with other students, appreciated his frankness, hilarious as it was."

Kaltenbach is the recipient of a National News Emmy Award for his audio work associated with ABC's Nightline in 1996. The following year, his audio work was nominated for a News Emmy for ABC's The View.

He maintains his career has been an exciting journey. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever interface with some of the faces I saw on screen as a youngster -- people like Muhammad Ali, Howard Cosell, Mary Tyler Moore, Julia Child, Mario Andretti, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood, and others," he said. "I've also had the opportunity to set up television segments at interesting places, such as The White House Oval Office during the time George W. Bush was in office. There's never a dull moment."

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