|Larry King appeared in the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters."|
Monday, January 20, 2014
Former TV host Larry King, who became famous as a nationally-syndicated radio host before launching the TV show, “Larry King Live” that changed the face of cable television news and turned him into a television icon and pop culture phenomenon, hosted his eponymous TV show on CNN for a quarter century before ending the program in 2010. King cut his broadcasting teeth in radio and gained an enthusiastic radio following before transitioning to TV. King’s success in broadcasting helped him land roles in multiple movies and walk-on appearances in a number of TV shows. He now hosts an educational TV program called the In View Series hosted by Larry King.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
|Larry King, host of the In View series, interviews U.S. President Barack Obama.|
Larry King’s Impact on Television
One of the longest-running television shows in modern memory is Larry King Live, an interview series hosted by King himself. For 25 years, it was a staple on the cable network, CNN, and it boasted millions of annual viewers. While King, who now hosts the In View series, a cable TV program distributed across America, himself is not a perfect individual, he certainly perfected his interviewing style. His easy-going and joking nature made his guests feel comfortable to speak their mind, which sometimes created a little bit of extra entertainment for his viewers.
Interviewing Anyone and Everyone
In the beginning, when King first started his career in show business with a Miami radio station, he was reported to have interviewed anyone who walked into his recording studio. It did not matter how humble or exalted a person was, King made it clear he wanted to know what they had to say. This method of showing genuine interest was most likely one of the reasons CNN offered him his own interviewing show in 1985.
Well Known and Controversial Guests
During his more than 25 years behind the interview desk, King talked with dignitaries, popular icons, rock stars, religious leaders, and movie stars. President Barack Obama has even been interviewed by the TV legend. The show became a popular way to address hot button topics and issues in a fairly non-partisan setting, with King himself asking open ended questions, rather than leading questions. Although King has retired from his show, his influence remains in TV.