1. Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, November 19, 1933) is an American television and radio host, actor, voice actor and comedian whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and 10 Cable ACE Awards.
2. He began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and became prominent as an all-night national radio broadcaster starting in 1978. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN.
3. He currently hosts Larry King Now on Hulu and RT America during the week, and on Thursdays he hosts Politicking with Larry King, a weekly political talk show which airs in the evening on the same two channels.
4. King was educated at Lafayette High School, a public high school in the Brooklyn area of New York City. and his mother had to go on welfare to support her two sons.
5. King was greatly affected by his father’s death, and he lost interest in school.
6. After graduating from high school, he worked to help support his mother and did not go to college or university.
7. A CBS staff announcer, whom King met by chance, suggested he go to Florida which was a growing media market with openings for inexperienced broadcasters.
8. King went to Miami, and after initial setbacks, he got his first job in radio.
9. The manager of a small station, WAHR When one of their announcers quit, they put King on the air.
10. His first broadcast was on May 1, 1957, when he worked as the disc jockey from 9a.m. to noon. He also did two afternoon newscasts and a sportscast.
11. He acquired the name Larry King when the general manager Marshall Simmonds said that Zeiger was too ethnic and difficult to remember, so Larry chose the surname King, which he got from an ad in The Miami Herald for King’s Wholesale Liquor, minutes before air.
12. He started doing interviews on a mid-morning show for WIOD, at Pumpernik’s Restaurant in Miami Beach. He would interview anyone who walked in.
13. A few years later, in May 1960, he hosted Miami Undercover, airing Sunday nights at 11:30p.m. on WPST-TV Channel 10 (now WPLG). On the show, he moderated debates on important issues of the time.