April 27, 2010
Posted: 02:56 PM ET
It’s Larry King Live’s 25th anniversary and we want to share with you some of our LKL memories, what it’s like to work on the program and our favorite moments of the past 25 years of history-making television. During the next few weeks, we’ll be posting blogs from Larry’s staffers as we count down to the program’s 25th anniversary week, beginning May 31st.
Let us know what you think and don’t forget to rate YOUR favorite moments and enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to meet Larry in person!
By LKL Senior Producer Eleanor McManus
When people ask me what it's like to work for Larry King, I tell them it's like being on a roller-coaster ride every single day. Some days may be slower than others, but the days there is breaking news are like no other!
No day is ever the same, and when you least expect it, when you're inching up that roller-coaster hill very slowly, all of a sudden you fly down with no chance of stopping.
It is an honor and privilege to work for Larry King. I started out answering phones for the show about 10 years ago at the ripe young age of 23. I loved the energy, the excitement, the wide range of topics and intriguing guests. I was working for a true journalistic icon.
Everyone has a "First time I met Larry" story, but I can't seem to recall my first time. Perhaps because every time I see him, Larry King is the exact same person he was when I began work for him 10 years ago. He talks to everyone from an A-list celebrity to a receptionist the same way – a rare trait in TV. He doesn't consider himself a talk show icon, instead, he considers himself the guy next door who happens to have a TV show. He really is a salt-of-the-earth guy, which is so refreshing especially in the television business.
The difference between now and then? He finally knows my name! I no longer have to say "It's Eleanor from your office in DC." Now he knows it’s me calling to talk about a possible interview or the next big "get."
Looking back, it's hard to believe I've spent 1/3 of my life working for "Larry King Live." While working for Larry, I was able to obtain my Masters in Journalism, meet my husband at CNN, and give birth to a baby boy (which Larry kindly mentioned on that night's show), and now have another one on the way!
Professionally I was given the opportunity to go out on several historic, interesting, and amazing stories, as well as travel all around the world. I've been lucky to meet some wonderful people who have touched my heart. I've also met some incredible (and some forgettable) politicians and celebrities. But, that said, there are a few people you meet who you truly feel have had an impact on you, who are genuinely good people, who truly care what you have to say, and you truly care what they have to say. I'm lucky enough to have Larry King be one of those individuals. How many people can say that about their boss?
I can honestly say I'm fortunate to have had the experiences I've had, and to work for someone like Larry King. I'm grateful to Larry for an amazing ride that's continued to be fun, challenging and exciting 10 years later.
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