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Legendary Broadcaster 84-Year -Old Larry King Garners 7th Emmy Nomination for DaytimeTalk Show

Marion Charatan

Posted on April 22, 2018 14:17

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You know him from CNN's Longest Running Talk Show 'The Larry King Show' and now Hulu's 'Larry King Now' -- Larry King is Still Being Nominated for Awards After More Than 60 Years on the Air

He’s an amazing man with an amazing career that’s still going strong: the legendary Larry King just received his seventh daytime nomination for ‘Larry King Now;’ airing on Hulu.

The 84-year-old radio and TV host shows no signs of slowing down. Born Larry Harvey Zeiger on Nov. 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to Orthodox Jewish parents, he had a burning desire to pursue radio early on. The rest, as they say, is history.

King met a CBS Radio staff announcer by happenstance who suggested he move to Florida where there were more opportunities for inexperienced announcers. The aspiring broadcaster ended up getting hired by a small station, WAHR (now WMBM) in Miami Beach, where he did everything from paperwork to cleaning the bathroom.

King’s big break came when an announcer quit and he was put on the air. That first broadcast was on May 1, 1957. He was a DJ  from 9AM to noon and also did two afternoon newscasts and a sportscast. King's salary was $55 a week, hard to wrap your head around when the newsman has a reported net worth of $150 million. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/larry-king-his-seventh-daytime-emmy-nomination-whats-next-meet-your-nominee-1103780?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thr%2Ftelevision+%28The+Hollywood+Reporter+-+Television%29L

Larry Zeiger became ‘Larry King’ legally after his General Manager Marshall Simmonds said ‘Zeiger’ sounded too ethnic and hard to remember. The surname King came from an ad in the Miami Herald for King's Wholesale Liquor.

King was host of the long-running ‘Larry King Live' Show on CNN stepping down after a tenure of 25 years; from 1985-2010. I was a big fan of the show and watched it regularly. I recall watching King interview Dolly Parton back in 2003.

He asked Dolly why another 9 to 5 movie had not been made at that time. Her response, in typically Dolly fashion, “I've kind of always had a philosophy that I don't chew my tobacco but once.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. King at a National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Manhattan when I was a youngish reporter for WRCN/WRHD (back then, ‘Long Island’s Quality Rock'). He came right up to me as I was walking down the stairs to get to a seat closer to the stage. King was wearing his traditional red suspenders and looked just like his pictures. That was late 1989.

King was so down to earth; gracious and truly unaffected by his celebrity. I remember saying, “Mr. King, it’s such a pleasure to meet you.” He was very warm and smiled, shaking my hand, “No, it’s a pleasure to meet YOU."

It struck me how genuine he was and he went on, “Now, what do YOU do?” I told him my story and he listened patiently; treating me just as if I were one of the dignitaries or celebrities he customarily talked to.

Congratulations to the great Larry King once again, for his nomination and his prior wins for 2 Peabodys and 10 Cable ACE Awards – so deserving and truly a national treasure!

 

Marion Charatan

Posted on April 22, 2018 14:17

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