Larry King is an immensely famous figure in America and all around the world. He is a very successful television and radio host and has fronted many shows and his work has been recognized with various awards. Currently, he works on and hosts Larry King Now, a talk show web series where he continues to interview prominent celebrities. This is the first project headed by his own venture, Ora TV.
Larry King was born in Brooklyn in 1933 to a restaurant owner/defense plant worker and a garment worker. His ambition from an early age was to work in radio and he managed to land his first job in this area at the WAHR station in Miami Beach where he cleaned and performed the odd task. His first broadcast was on May 1, 1957 at the same station. It was during this period that he opted to adopt the surname King in place of Zeiger as he was told he needed something that would be easier for listeners to remember. He went on to be a radio host and perform small segments on other small stations before turning to national radio in 1978. He had a slot from midnight to 5:30am on the Mutual Broadcasting System. This was his most successful work before earning his slot on CNN.
Larry King has also had a very interesting personal life. He has been married eight times and is currently married to recording artist Shawn Southwick, although they have filed for divorce. Their relationship lasted the longest out of all of the King’s marriages and they have two children together.
As well as a slightly rocky love life, King has had some health issues. In 1987 he had a heart attack and underwent bypass surgery. He also had surgery in early 2010 to remove plaque from his heart. It has been reported that he was a very heavy smoker for much of his life but he claims to be in good health and feeling great at the moment.
From 1985 to 2010, King hosted the nightly interview program Larry King Live. It was CNN’s longest running show and had large viewing numbers and a dedicated fan base. The show consisted mainly of interviews, generally broadcast from CNN’s studious in Los Angeles or New York, but sometimes held on location when interviewees could not reach the studio. Although some argued that King favored a very easy going interview style and avoided asking difficult questions, the show attracted many high profile guests that others are unable to book and he himself claims asks questions he find interesting and does not purposely steer clear of uncomfortable subjects. As well as interviews, the show also featured other pieces such as discussions on politics around election time and discussions relating to the existence of paranormal and conflicts between different religious beliefs. The show always respectfully handled sensitive issues such as these and took care to allow everyone’s views to be heard.
King has decided to share his success and use his earnings to help improve other’s lives by making donations to the Fisher House foundation. More can be found about his work with the charity on the following website: http://www.looktothestars.org/charity/fisher-house-foundation.
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