May 13, 2009
Posted: 03:33 PM ET
Below is an excerpt from Larry King's new autobiography "My Remarkable Journey" published by Weinstein books.
Larry Zeiger left Brooklyn, New York, for Miami Beach, Florida, at the age of 23 to try to find a job in radio. This is how he got his new name:
I went to stay with my Uncle Jack in Miami Beach.
I was so excited that I started knocking on doors the next day.
I stopped at a small station on First Street, WAHR. The guy in charge liked my voice. "We get a lot of people coming and going," he told me. "If you hang around, you'll get the first opening."
I sat and watched in fascination for a few weeks. It was a tiny operation, but the sight of the UPI and AP machines furiously clicking out news made me feel like I was on the brink of something big. Miami Beach was like a dream. The palm trees. The ocean. I remember walking past Joe's Stone Crab. Joe's is more than a restaurant, it's a landmark.
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