Broadcasting legend Larry King has worked in the media for more than 50 years. Although he “retired” from television in 2010, King continues to work on TV, now hosting the cable TV program In View hosted by Larry King. The In View series (561-279-3550) reviews various subjects, stories and trends across American culture.
King launched his lengthy career in the 1950s, working on radio in Miami. He conducted his first celebrity interviews early on his career. Singer Bobby Darin came by to speak with King during a tour stop in Miami after hearing King on the radio. King also interviewed comedian and actor Jackie Gleason early in his career, and Gleason became a mentor for King, helping to further his burgeoning career. Gleason helped King established himself on both local radio and local television.
After a short hiatus in the early 1970s, during which King worked in Louisiana, King returned to Miami, hosting a sports radio show, which featured guests and callers. This sports talk-show, called “Sports-a-la-King,” ran for several years during the 1970s.
In 1978, King went national on radio, taking over as host of a nationally-carried radio broadcast. King’s show followed the format of “Sports-a-la-King,” featuring interviews with guests and a call-in period during which listeners could call-in and ask questions. King hosted this nationally carried radio show from 1978 to 1994.
King would gain an even greater audience in 1985, when he started hosting “Larry King Live” on CNN. King interviewed many of the biggest newsmakers, celebrities, political figures, and other guests. King also featured specials on a variety of topics, including fringe topics like UFOs. King hosted the show until 2010.
Larry King has received many honors and awards during his lengthy broadcasting career. He has membership in two the Halls of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. King has won numerous Peabody Awards, as well as CableACE awards.