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By Rachel Ganz
Observer Staff Writer 

How Positive Energy and Generosity of Spirit Made Larry the King of the News Broadcasting World

King Taped Over 6,000 episodes of ''The Larry King Show" and conducted more than 60,000 interviews, Before Retiring in 2010

 

February 3, 2021

Larry King with his 7th wife Shawn Southwick King and twins, Chance King and Cannon King.

Tribute to Larry King, Legendary TV and Talk Show Host by Rachel Ganz

Larry King was more than a legendary CNN host and iconic radio interviewer, whose career surpassed 63 years. Larry King died at age 87 on Saturday January 23, 2021 at Cedar- Sinai Medical Center of Covid-19 complications

Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger) was born on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn New York. His parents Jennie (Gitlitz) and father Aaron Zeiger, were Orthodox Jews who immigrated to the United States from Belarus in the 1930's. Larry moved to Miami shortly after graduating high school and got his first job in radio, and quickly began conducting interviews.

Larry King's Miami radio show brought him local popularity and escalated his radio career to television, where he hosted '' Miami Undercover". Starting on January 30, 1978, Larry broadcast nationally.

The Larry King Show was broadcast live Monday through Friday from 12 midnight to 530 AM. For over 25 years Larry would interview a guest for the first hour, with guests asking questions for another two hours. Larry interviewed countless celebrities, athletes, presidential candidates, psychics, Hollywood stars. World leaders and everyday people. Larry retired in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of ''The Larry King Show" and conducted more than 60,000 interviews

For over 20 years until 2001 Larry King wrote a column for USA Today that covered his observations and remarks about pop culture, politics and sports

After retiring from CNN in 2010 Larry founded the Ora Media Company with Carlos Slim (Mexican billionaire) and launched a successful series of web-based interviews shows

Larry King created the 'Larry King Cardiac Foundation" in 1988 after his bypass surgery.

Larry was a large contributor to many charities including; Aid Still Required, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, Autism Movement Therapy, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Friars Foundation, HELP USA, Hillsides, Hollywood Arts Council, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, National Wildlife Federation, Operation Underground Railroad, PATH, Pediatric Epilepsy Project, Red Cross, Robert F Kennedy Memorial, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, UNICEF, Visual Snow Initiative and many other charity foundations.

Larry King was the recipient of many awards including two Peabodys, an Emmy and ten Cable ACE Awards

Larry's positive energy and generosity of spirit attracted the world to him. One of Larry Kings famous quotes was "You make your own luck. Luck is the residue of design"

Larry King and his 7th wife, Shawn King. Larry King was married eight times, to seven different women.

I was fortunate to have been able to meet and chat with Larry King over the past 20 years at some of the various charity fundraisers and celebrity events that I have attended.

The last time was on February 6, 2020 at "The 6th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards" where Larry graciously chatted with the media after giving his speech at his table. Larry loved to amuse everyone with a few of his off color jokes. He proudly introduced everyone to his handsome so, Chance Armstrong King.

Larry King was married 8 times and is survived by three sons, Larry Jr., Chance and Cannon King.

He was a remarkable man and innovator in his history making career in broadcast radio and TV, but Larry should be remembered as an extraordinary humanitarian with an insatiable world curiosity and love for all mankind

 

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