I met Larry King ten years ago in the elevator of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (ironically the same hospital where he died on January 23). He was down-to-earth and accepted my spontaneous invitation to appear on my radio show (then called Lunchtime With Ira). He had an upcoming performance at The Mirage in Las Vegas, part of a tour across America as part of his post-CNN career.
In this episode, King was charming, curious, complimentary and direct (asking me if I was coming to see the show, which I did).The broadcasting icon talks about his new act; his unprecedented 25- year CNN career; the classic story about getting Frank Sinatra to appear on his show for the first time; the importance of luck; his unique interviewing style; his curiosity as a “why” guy; his 16th book (“Truth Be Told”), which he called his “goodbye book”; his fight with prostate cancer and his decision to get radiation treatment (and his occasional second thoughts about it); and the most significant people he interviewed, including the one he thought the most significant (it may surprise you).
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