The 23rd 2021. His cause of death has not yet been determined. However, larry has been battling, covid 19 coronavirus since early january and uh it’s, probably it’s believed that it may be a result of covet 19. larry king who was born lawrence harvey zeiger was born november 19 1933. American television host radio host and paid spokesman, whose work has been recognized with awards, including two peabodies, an emmy award and ten cable ace awards. King began as a local florida, journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 60s and gained prominence beginning in 1978. As host of the larry king show, when all night nationwide call in radio program heard on the mutual broadcasting system from 1985 to 2010., i mean that that span itself is absolutely incredible. The longevity of larry king from 1985 to 12 2010. He hosted a nightly interview. Television program larry king, live on cnn and from 2012 until 2020 he hosted larry king now on hulu i mean this man was a legend and longevity and legend go together. Uh he hosted that on youtube on hulu and rt america. He continued uh to host politicking with larry king a weekly political talk show, which is aired weekly on the same two channels from 2013 until his death he was born in brooklyn new york. He was a proud, proud, new yorker and he was born on november 19. 1933, he was one of two children of jenny, uh and jenny, gillitz gitlitz, a garment worker who was born in lithuania and aaron zeiger, a restaurant owner and defense plant worker who was born in austria, hungary, his parents were orthodox jews.
He attended lafayette high school public high school in brooklyn king’s father died at 44 years old of a heart attack which resulted in his mother brother and himself being supported by welfare. King was greatly affected by his father’s death and lost interest in school for a while. Then he briefly attended a course in shipping management at the new york city college of technology, but dropped out after a year upon graduating high school. He worked to help support his mother and from an early age he desired to work in broadcasting. A cbs staff announcer who king just met by chance, suggested to go to florida, which was a growing media market with openings for inexperienced broadcasters and king, went to miami and after initial setbacks, he gained his first job in radio, the manager of a small station. W a h, r, now wmbm in miami beach hired him to clean up and perform miscellaneous tasks when one of the station’s owners abruptly quit king was put on the air. His first broadcast was on may 1st 1957 working as a disc jockey from 9 00 a.m. To noon, and he also did two afternoon newscasts and a sports cast and that time he was paid only fifty dollars a week, probably a lot of money. For that time he acquired his name larry king, when the general manager marshall simmons, claimed that zeiger was too ethnic and difficult to remember so minutes before air time. Listen to this minutes before airtime larry chose the surname king and i think that surname fit him well.
During his lifetime larry king legend, he got it from an advertisement in the miami herald for king’s wholesale liquor. Within two years. He legally changed his name to larry king and he began to conduct interviews on a mid morning. A show for w. I o d at pumpernicks restaurant in miami beach. He would interview whoever walked in his first interview was with a waiter at the restaurant two days later, singer bobby darin in miami for a concert that evening walked into pumpernicks. Having heard king’s radio show darren became king’s. First, celebrity guest that radio show king’s miami radio show brought him local attention and a few years later in miami excuse me in may 1960 he hosted miami undercover airing sunday nights at 11, 30 p.m. On wpst tv channel 10. on the show he moderated debates on important local issues of the day and king credits, his success on local television to the assistance of comedian, jackie gleason, whose national television variety show was being taped in miami beach in 1964 quote. He says that show really took off because gleason came to miami king said in 1996 interview that he gave after being inducted into the broadcasters hall of fame. He did that show and stayed all night with me. We stayed till five in the morning. He didn’t like the set, so we broke into the general manager’s office and changed the set. Gleason changed the set, he changed the lighting and he became a mentor of mine during that period.
Wiod gave king further exposure as a color commentator for the miami dolphins of the nfl during their 1970 season and most of the 1971 season. He was doing that broadcasting or color commentating. However, he was dismissed by both wiod and television station wtvj as a late night. Radio host in sports commentary as december as of december 20th 1971 when he was arrested and being accused of gland grand larceny by a former business partner. Other staffers covered the dolphins games in their 2423 loss to dallas in super bowl. Six and king also lost his weekly column at the miami beach sun newspaper. The charges were eventually dropped and eventually king was rehired by wiod and for several years during the 70s he hosted a sports talk, call sports, a la king, uh sports ala, king, that featured guests and callers. How remarkable isn’t that i think uh his life is worthy of a good movie. I would definitely watch it i’m, actually uh, enjoying uh telling and reading uh about him right now and just to wrap it up a little bit. On january 30, 1978 king went national on a nightly mutual broadcasting system coast to coast broadcast. Inheriting the talk show slot that had begun with her jepco in 1975, then followed by long john neville in 1977, until his illness and death the following year, king’s mutual show rapidly developed a devoted audience. The program was broadcast live monday through friday from midnight to 5 30 a.
m. Eastern time, king would interview a guest for the first 90 minutes and then callers would call in asking questions that continued the interview for another 90 minutes and at 3 a.m. The open phone america segment began where he allowed callers to discuss any topic. They pleased with him until the end of the program when he expressed his own political opinions during those calls many stations in the western time zones carried the open phone america portion of the show live, followed by the guest interview on tape, delay some of king’s regular Callers use pseudonyms or were given nicknames by king, such as the numbers guy, the chair, the portland laugher, the miami derelict and the scandal scooper. The show was successful, starting with relatively few affiliates and eventually growing, to become more than 500. king hosted the show until stepping down in 1994 and can occasionally entertain the audience by telling amusing stories from his youth or early broadcasting career for his final year. The show moved to the afternoon after king stepped down mutual gave the attention slot to david brenner and mutual’s affiliates were given the option of carrying the audio of king’s new cnn evening television program after westwood. One dissolved mutual in 1999. The radial simulcast of the cnn show continued until december 31st, 2009. um i’m, going to put the link below to the article there’s a lot lot more on there, but uh, probably the biggest thing that that we’re thinking about today uh is his illness and his death.
He has been revealed that king had been hospitalized uh in l.a on january, the second it was told, but it was actually days earlier that it was heard that he was tested positive for covet 19.. He died january 23, 2021 at the age of 87 years old. He’S got so many accolades to his name, has done and accomplished so much and there’s so much more. I could read about him, but today we just we just salute larry king uh.