April 30, 2010
Posted: 05:30 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 Sr. Producer Andrea Beaumont
I am the newbie here at Larry King. I live in Colorado and one of the first weeks on the job was the craziest.
Midday, I started to get emails about a boy trapped in a balloon. I turned on the TV and there was the balloon live on the local news, headed towards Denver. We quickly learned the family lived nearby in Ft. Collins so I hopped in my car and headed that way. Swarms of media had gathered outside of the house. I started talking to worried friends and neighbors. Police announced that the balloon landed but there was no child inside.
Hours later the police made a big announcement. Falcon Heene had been found alive – in the attic of his house.
Shortly thereafter the family came out with Falcon in their arms to announce that everything was ok. That night the whole family joined us live on the show. Falcon told the world that the family “did it for the show” and even more craziness ensued. Richard Heene ended up serving jail time for the stunt.
The week before he went to jail, Richard loaded his family in their minivan with a replica of the balloon strapped to the roof. They drove out to Los Angeles so that Larry could see it. They unloaded it on the Larry King set and it filled the entire room. Larry interviewed Richard about the now infamous “balloon boy” incident.
The thing that I love about Larry King Live is that the show really provides people with information when they need it most. During Haiti we did a live show every night. We told great stories of survival and good will. We told tragic stories of heartbreak and disease. We even raised $10 million for the people of Haiti.
When news came of an explosion at a mine in West Virginia, we followed all the latest developments until 1am. The next morning I was on a plane to Charleston, West Virginia. Every person I met in West Virginia thanked me for our live coverage. They all clung to their TV’s that night to find out if their loved ones were alive. And Larry was like a friend filling them in on the latest. They trusted him.
I have found that in every story I have worked on. People trust Larry like a best friend and they depend on him to bring them the day’s biggest stories in a way they can easily understand.
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