25 May 2020
You might be wondering when Zeiger became King? After filling the announcer’s position in May of ’57, his manager said “Zeiger” sounded too ethnic and was hard to remember. Minutes before going on, Larry eyed an advertisement for King’s Wholesale Liquor. On the fly, he chose the last name King.
Before long Larry King was the rave throughout the South Florida radio scene. In 1960 he premiered his very first television program on Miami TV. He gained favor locally, building a strong follower base. He started a newspaper column found in the Miami Herald and Miami News in the entertainment sections.
1960 marked a cornerstone achievement in Larry’s career. He became one of the fasted growing and known television legends. He was compared to the legendary Jackie Gleason. At the time Gleason was the producer behind a national television variety show filmed in Miami Beach. Larry openly credited Gleason with teaching him the ins and outs of television production. He went so far as to call Gleason his mentor.
King’s career was not void of setbacks. In 1971 he was charged by a former business partner with grand larceny. These charges were acquitted in ‘72, but not before damage had been done. Larry found himself drowning in debt. However, the public disgrace was perhaps far more painful. It took several years of hard work to rebuild his career piece by piece. He did not give up, even though the mountain ahead of him must have appeared dangerously insurmountable.
In 1978 King was hired for a nightly national talk show by WIOD. This was the famous show, The Larry King Show! Although the show had humble beginnings, its popularity exploded as Larry conducted guest interviews, asking the hard hitting and often controversial questions that his audience wanted answer to! He even took call-ins from his listening audience. The show grew to over 500 affiliates, and it caught the attention of Ted Turner, who asked King to come host his own show on CNN in 1985.
During the next 25 years his career flourished. He interviewed royalty, presidents, and stars from all walks of life. Some of his most well-known guests include: George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, John F. Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was described as the “Muhammad Ali of the broadcast interview.”
It was the night of December 17, 2010 that Larry bid farewell to his dedicated audience and CNN. At the golden age of 77, King’s closing how was so prefigured that Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Governor, proclaimed Thursday, “Larry King Day.” Two remarkable American figures, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, stepped forward to pay tribute to King’s show and career.
Larry King has inspired countless hopefuls endeavoring to step into the radio and television industry. A little known fact is that famous author, reporter, journalist, talk show host, and interviewer, Barbara Walters, was inspired by the direct approach Larry King is so well-known for.
As crooner Tony Bennet, age 84, sang The Best Is Yet to Come, Larry was joined by three guests who probably meant the most: his family. After having been married six confirmed times throughout his career, he closed out his show with wife Shawn Southwick and their two sons (Chance and Larry Jr.). He married Shawn in 1997. Prior to marring Shawn, he was married to Alene Akins, Frada Miller, Julia Alexander, Mickey Sutphin, Sharon Lepore, and Annette Kaye.
29 Mar 2020
Larry King is a legend. He spent 25 years broadcasting at CNN, delivering interviews where he proved perfectly happy with asking the uncomfortable. He was born November 18, 1933 as Lawrence Harvey Zeiger and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His parents were Jewish immigrants. His father died at the age of 44 when Larry was 9, forcing his mother to turn to welfare to support her two boys (Larry and Marty, his younger brother).
After his father’s death, Larry’s attention in school dropped dramatically. He barely graduated high school. He stepped straight into the work force to help support his family. His dream was to achieve a radio career, specifically a career in the New York radio studios. His dream did not become reality fresh out of high school, though. He spent time during his 20s working as a package deliveryman.
By chance he met a CBS staff announcer. After receiving some heartfelt advice, King decided to hop a bus bound for Florida, and sped into a fast growing media market. It was the Miami Beach based radio station WAHR (today known as WMBM) who gave Larry his first break.
Larry started as a humble employee of WAHR, tasked with cleaning up the broadcast stations and performing various odd jobs. One fateful date in May of 1957 an announcer unexpectedly quit on the spot! Larry was put on as the replacement. Talent took over, and management was so impressed that they immediately gave him the 9:00 AM to noon broadcasting shift! Two afternoon newscasts and working a sportscast came hot on the heels of his morning shift. With a $55 per week salary, a very young Larry King was high on life fulfilling his long-time dream.
11 Feb 2020
Lisa Ling, actress/writer/producer, is woman on a mission to do one main thing: accomplish. She was born in Sacramento, California on August 30, 1973. Her middle name is the Chinese word meaning wisdom, which seem to transcend from a simple middle name to a strong cornerstone of her character. A personal quote by Lisa published in Psychology Today Magazine says, “Our time on Earth is so random. Try to accomplish things you have always dreamt of while you can. I know it sounds cliché, but the biggest lesson I have learned is that life is precious; enjoy it while it lasts.”
Ling’s motivating career began at the ripe young age of 16 in television, and mirrors her statement about life. She has not wasted a second chasing her dreams. She was chosen as a host (one of four) for a nationally syndicated teen newsmagazine program called Scratch. Two short years later, she became one of the youngest reporters for Channel One News, watched by some 8.5 million students across 12,000 high schools in the nation!
Lisa’s career next sprang into global news, which sent her reporting to as many as two dozen different countries. She trekked through Iran, Iraq, Cambodia, Russia, Algeria, China, Vietnam, Japan, Albania, and India. She covered historic events such as the Kosovo refugee crisis and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Lisa boasted the title of Channel One’s Senior War Correspondent before turning 25 years of age.
While working at Channel One, Lisa attended school at the University of Southern California, demonstrating that hard working individuals can balance their career schedule with education. In 1996, Ling joined a joint investigation with Time magazine. The investigation centered on a Russian company charged by international agencies with the smuggling of nuclear weapons.
Throughout her career, Ling has produced eight PBS documentaries, all of which aired on KCET-TV, a Los Angeles public television station. The topics of these documentaries were diverse, ranging from drug trafficking to Ling’s 13-year-old cousin’s battle against liver cancer. Her career has not been without danger. The documentary on drug trafficking brought her deep into the Colombian jungle to discover cocaine processing laboratories.
Ling also worked freelance for ABC News’ weekend edition as a correspondent. In 1999 she was picked from three finalists after several on-air tryouts to succeed Debbie Matenopoulos as a host of Barabara Walters’ daily morning talk show, The View. Ling gladly took this post, becoming one of five distinct women who represent a diverse group of backgrounds, ethnicities, and generations (Barbara Walters, Star Jones, Lisa Ling, Joy Behar, and Meredith Vieira). These five extraordinary women offer a unique melting pot of perspectives on topics that range from celebrity interviews to serious political and legal issues. Ling, as well as her cohosts, have earned several Emmy nominations in the categories of Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Today Lisa hosts National Geographic Explorer and moonlights as a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is married. Her husband, Paul Song, is a radiation oncologist at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She has an older sister, Laura Ling.
You can best keep up with Lisa by checking in at her website, where you will also find her Twitter information should you follow people at EscortFox.