Well-Known Hosts Help Shows Succeed
Larry King hosts the In View series, an educational and informative cable TV program.
When starting a TV program from scratch, TV producers will often look to find a figurehead-host of notable stature in the industry. The producers of the award-winning In View series followed this time-tested strategy. The In View Series producer unit nabbed one of the medium’s most widely-recognized figures in Larry King, a Hall of Fame broadcaster.
King One of the Best-Known Hosts Ever
Larry King is one of the most well-known television news personalities of all-time. The In View Larry King producer team knew that King would help the upstart show get off the ground. King, born Lawrence Leibel Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933, began his career on a Florida radio station in the 1950s. The general manager of the station told him he needed to change his last name because Zeiger sounded too ethnic, and he changed it on the spot minutes before going on the air.
King got a job at Mutual Broadcasting System in 1978 which was a national nightly radio show that aired Monday through Friday from midnight to 5:30 AM EST. The format allowed King, who now hosts In View hosted by Larry King, to interview a guest for ninety minutes and then callers could dial in with questions until the end of the show.
In 1985, King began hosting Larry King Live on CNN. Over the course of his career on CNN, he interviewed virtually every famous (and infamous) person of the time including, presidents, prime ministers, kings, artists, and scoundrels. He was known for his frank, but non-confrontational, interview style which consisted largely of open-ended questions. Due to his interview approach, some guests who may ordinary have not been willing to go on-air, would agree to do his show. King retired from CNN in 2010 after 25 years on the air.
King is still actively involved in many news ventures. He has also appeared in several TV shows and movies.