Radio and television broadcasting legend Larry King – who has been a talk show host in one form or another for decades – apparently has no desire to quit the business, despite the fact that he is already 82 years old.
King’s current venture, “Larry King Now” has been nominated three times for an Emmy award since launching in 2012 on Ora TV, the streaming service he co-founded with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. The program consists of King conducting interviews of celebrities and newsmakers, similar to his work for 25 years on CNN. It just began its fifth season with such opening-week guests as Lenny Dykstra, Sheila E and Malcolm Gladwell.
Even as he is now one of the pioneers of the streaming television genre, King has had a number of “firsts” in his long career. Reportedly the first person to serve as host of a nationally broadcast radio show (on the Mutual Network), he was also the first to present a cable television show – “Larry King Live” on CNN – that was seen worldwide. If his present path continues, in May of 2017 King will have been on the air for an amazing 60 years.
Speaking with the New York Post, King touched on his seeming inability to retire. “I love broadcasting, I love journalism and I love communicating. That’s all part of me,” the broadcasting legend said. “I still like going into a studio and asking questions and I like diversity. “Larry King Live” was diverse, but this show has gone from Oprah Winfrey to Ashton Kutcher to Bill Maher to Carol Burnett to Harrison Ford.”
King told the Post that the one famous person he still wishes he could interview is former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. “He’s a fascinating man. Forget politics — he led his country for 60 years,” King noted. “I don’t know of anyone who’s led his country for 60 years. I would love to get him.”
King mused about his change of broadcasting venue from regular television – where his show would be presented at only one specific time – to the Internet, where he can be viewed at any time of day or night.
“I’m still doing who, what, where, when and why — only the delivery model has changed significantly,” he elaborated to the Post. “Our streaming audience is a broader demographic, between 25 and 34 [years old]. My kids see me on their phones. CNN was live, so that made a difference … but once that light goes on I don’t treat it any differently.”
King also revealed in his discussion that he is much more humorous than his regular television persona lets on. “Had I not gone into broadcasting, I definitely would’ve been a standup comic,” he claimed. “One my favorite things is to go out on an empty stage and tell funny stories, true stories — some of them embellished — and jokes. I’ve got hours of material … and making people laugh is one of my great joys.”