Larry King: The King of Talk Show and Master of Re-Invention writes Rethabile Mohlala

Larry King was on the finest broadcasters of the 20th and 21st century whoever took the microphone and broadcast journalism. The BK, Brooklyn, New York native dominated radio and television for six decades. He was broadcaster’s broadcaster and he was loved and celebrated across the world.

He was unique and loved his craft, even when he conducts his interviews he has never shown a sign of hidden agenda towards his guests. Combative interviews were not Larry’s style. On his radar was about let’s get to know each other and have a good time with question and answer (Q+A).

I don’t know much about his early career days in radio while living in Miami, Florida however according to his peers and former colleagues on the docu-series I saw… Larry started as a late nite radio show host then later his show was syndicated nationally across major markets in the states. I’m told, he was good on the radio as they described him, he was one of the best talk radio hosts and he was well respected by his peers in radio and show business.

Larry and OWN

Following Larry’s radio stardom and making his name in Florida, in 1984 Ted Turner, Founder and CEO of CNN then came knocking and looking for King to join his new start-up television channel and anchor the prime time slot. That was the start of the Larry King LIVE on CNN broadcasting on cable across the US and internationally, ultimately King becomes the face of CNN with his easy-going personality and style of interviews.

[Interesting Insights about Larry King] “Over a nearly 60-year career that spanned radio, cable television, the internet and streaming, the Brooklyn native estimated that he conducted more than 50,000 interviews — not one of which he prepared for in advance.” #RIPLarryKing#KingOfTalk#Inspiration

After hosting the Larry King LIVE for 25 years on CNN, in 2010 King decided to part way with the network channel for something fresh and new. After 2 years of sabbatical, in 2012 Larry made a comeback in media. He partnered with Mexican businessman to launch Ora.TV, a digital and on-demand streaming service.

Ora.TV becomes a new home of his shows, Larry King NOW and Politicking. Both his shows serve a different purpose, one was more about talking to media personalities and celebrities in Hollywood and show business and while the other was more about talking to politicians and policymakers. Both his shows were syndicated on Hulu, US streaming service and RT (Russian Television).

With the passing of Larry King, I’m interested to see what’s going to happen to Ora.TV, the streaming service he co-founded. In one of his interviews, Larry said he will never retire from broadcasting, you retire to what? He asked. He said I will keep doing what I do until my table fall off and my microphone will hit him and bring me back to LIFE. It’s fair to say, Larry is a soldier who died with his boots on.

Damn, what a life, King had a good run at 87.

By Rethabile Mohlala

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