A broadcasting titan has left us today. Larry King, prolific interviewer and broadcaster with a career spanning 63 years, passed away on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, NPR reports. King had been hospitalized with COVID-19 since late December.
King’s official Twitter account made the announcement. Here’s a brief snippet from said announcement:
For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and the audience. … He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief.
Lawrence Harvey Zeiger was born on November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. From an early age, King longed to work in broadcasting. After high school, he met a CBS staff announcer who suggested he migrate to Florida. Back then, the state had a burgeoning media market. King snagged a radio job in Miami. His first broadcast was May 1, 1957, from 9 am to 12 pm as a disc jockey. By 1959, he legally changed his surname to King. He apparently got the idea from an ad in the Miami Herald for King’s Wholesale Liquor.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, King became a staple of Miami radio. In 1978, King scored The Larry King Show, which broadcasted nationally. King interviewed a wide array of famous guests. But when Larry King Live debuted on CNN in 1985, King’s star shot to the stratosphere.
One of King’s most notable interviewees was the legendary Marlon Brando in 1994. Brando seldom agreed to do interviews throughout his career. On December 16, 2010, King did his last show of Larry King Live after 25 years. King co-founded Ora TV in March of 2012. Larry King Now launched on July 17, 2012, and ended in February of 2020. Politicking with Larry King, the media giant’s weekly political talk show, aired from 2013 till his death.
There will never be another broadcaster as legendary as Larry King. He’s been in our homes for over half a century, interviewing popular figures in entertainment, media, politics and beyond. King has left an indelible mark and shoes that are entirely too big to fill.
Here at Geek Girl Authority, our hearts go out to Larry’s family, friends and fans during this devastating time.
Rest in peace, Larry King.
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