On January 30, 1978, Larry King began a nightly midnight-to-dawn
program in 28 cities over the Mutual Broadcasting System. The show
helped launch a remarkable career.
By the 1980s, The Larry King Show was being carried by more
than 250 affiliates, claiming a weekly audience of between 3 and
Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn,
NY, Larry would spend many boyhood hours listening to Walter Winchell,
Bob & Ray, and his hero, Arthur Godfrey.
At age 23, Larry got his first job, sweeping floors at WAHR/Miami.
When one of the stations disc jockeys suddenly quit, Larry
got his big break by replacing him on May 1, 1957, and he changed
his name to King at that time.
In 1958, he joined WKAT/Miami in the morning drive-time slot. Soon
he was hired by Pumperniks Restaurant to host a four-hour
remote broadcast. It was the turning point in his career.
In 1962, King moved to WIOD/Miami, began hosting a local television
program and started writing a regular newspaper column. Personal
setbacks during the mid-70s sent his career downward. But King was
able to survive until 1985, when he joined CNN.
Larry King was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
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