Now a word on King. Not MLK but Larry King. He died, since also having COVID, at 87. What a shame and what a career in talk and TV. Radio in the 50s and 1960’s. No, not that I should have anything to say about Larry King.
Personally, I was not a big Larry King fan. I never really cared for him as a host. That’s a whole other matter. But he had you or everyone because he got those big interviews. So anyone making news or on big events of the day, Larry had the players on. They needed him and vice versa. More like you just could not avoid the guy.
In that way, he influenced the conversation but also facilitated it. The good, the bad, the ugly, the pomp and ill advised. He got them all. The one rule was anyone in the news went to Larry King, usually first. And his interviews were worth watching. At least he asked the questions people wanted to know. He was a standard.
I don’t know how one gets to the point where the minute someone popped up as important or influential that they had to do Larry King as a consequence? Maybe I don’t quite understand it. But he had the draw. So if you were interested in anything, you had to watch (tolerate) the Larry King archive of interviews.
I don’t know of any other person with that kind of draw and influence in and on the news. And I cannot see it replicated anytime soon. He seemed like the Johnny Carson of the news. He was a first stop in anyone riding the circuit.
That said, like him or not, he was a media player. Anyway that is a little ode to Larry King. The unavoidable. RIP.
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