Legendary broadcaster Larry King died on January 23, 2021, leaving behind an enviable legacy in the media space.
King has interviewed nearly every politician, Hollywood star and major author on all sorts of topics and issues. His remarkable career inspired a lot of journalists all over the world
Here’s a timeline of Larry King’s career and life, as indicated by CNN:
1957 – After changing his last name from Zeiger to King, he started a radio career as a disc jockey at WAHR-AM in Miami.
1958-1961 – He hosted a live audience interview show at Pumpernik’s Restaurant in Miami.
1965 – He was hired as a columnist for the Miami Herald to replace Walter Winchell.
December 1971- He was arrested in Miami on charges of grand larceny.
1972-1975 – He left Florida and became a freelance writer and broadcaster in Louisiana. He also did public relations work for a racetrack.
1978 – King returned to Miami and to WIOD radio. He joined the Miami News as a columnist and returned to TV as an interviewer.
January 30, 1978 – His TV programme, “The Larry King Show,” a nationally syndicated late-night radio talk show, debuted in 28 cities. In five years, it was in 118 cities.
1982 – King’s first column appeared in USA Today and “The Larry King Show” won a Peabody Award.
April 1982 – He won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writer for “The Best Little Statehouse in Texas.”
June 3, 1985 – His show “Larry King Live” premiered on CNN.
1988 – He established the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those in need afford treatment.
1989 – King was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
1992 – He was inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
February 20, 1992 – Ross Perot announces his bid for in the 1992 presidential election on “Larry King Live”.
1992 – “Larry King Live” Election Coverage 1992 won a Peabody Award.
November 9, 1993 – Vice President Al Gore and Perot appeared on “Larry King Live” to discuss North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
January 14, 1998 – He interviewed death row inmate Karla Faye Tucker at the Mountain View Unit, Texas Department of Corrections.
September 1999 – King won a News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Interview/Interviewer for the show with Tucker.
September 24, 2001 – His last column appeared in USA Today.
April 2003 – His novel, “Moon Over Manhattan: Mystery & Mayhem,” was published.
2007 – Celebrated his 50th year in broadcasting.
July 11, 2008 – The intersection of Sunset and Cahuenga Boulevards is renamed Larry King Square, where the CNN Los Angeles bureau is located.
May 2009 – His autobiography, “My Remarkable Journey,” was published.
June 29, 2010 – King announced his decision to retire from “Larry King Live” after 25 years.
December 16, 2010 – The final show of “Larry King Live” aired.
April 14, 2011 – “Larry King: Stand Up,” the first in a series of one-man comedy shows, opened in Torrington, Connecticut.
September 26, 2011 – King received a lifetime achievement award at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York.
July 16, 2012 – His online series “Larry King Now” debuted on Ora TV.
October 23, 2012 – He moderated the third-party presidential debate in Chicago.
May 29, 2013 – A Russian-owned news channel, RT, announced King will host “Larry King Now” on their network RT America beginning in June. It streamed online at hulu.com, ora.tv. and rt.com.
September 8, 2016 – King conducted an interview with Donald Trump that was distributed to RT. The segment stirred controversy because of his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia and ends in silence when Trump is asked about his feelings on Mexican immigrants. “I don’t know what happened there, we did not lose the connection, so something happened,” King says on the show. The next day, King told Erin Burnett that Trump’s team apologized to producers after ending the interview.
September 13, 2017 – King announced that he was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer in July 2017 and that he underwent surgery the same month to remove the malignant tissue.
April 29, 2019 – In a statement, Ora TV said that King was recovering in a hospital after undergoing a procedure to address chest pain, known medically as angina. According to the statement, King’s doctor “successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987.”
May 22, 2020 – King announced he is launching a celebrity interview podcast called “The Millionth Question” with his son, Chance, and producer Jeff Beacher.
July 28, 2020 – King’s son, Andy, died.
August 20, 2020 – King’s daughter, Chaia, died after battling lung cancer.
January 2, 2021 – Larry King is hospitalized with COVID-19, at the at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
January 23, 2021 – Larry King died at age 87, at the at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. His death was announced by his company Ora Media, via his official Twitter account.
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