The man born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on Nov. 19, 1933, started talking on the air on May 1, 1957, and has scarcely stopped since. That first job was at a small Miami Beach radio station, WIOD, where as the story goes, he was given a shot as the morning DJ when another announcer quit. King also did news and sports, earning a reported $55 a week. But then he started interviewing — on a WIOD midmorning show set in a Miami restaurant — and he has never looked back. Now, as he celebrates his 50th anniversary in broadcasting, King is approaching his 50,000th interview (though he isn’t entirely sure when that will happen). Over those decades, he has chatted up every U.S. president since Gerald Ford, as well as Marlon Brando, Johnny Carson, Bette Davis, Jackie Gleason, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, to name just a few. King recently took time out from his current duties on CNN talker “Larry King Live” — which he has hosted since 1985 — and from a busy schedule promoting his 50-year celebration to speak with Ray Richmond… Read full this story
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