April 30, 2010

LKL 25: People trust Larry like a friend

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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Cajazz76:24:8   April 30th, 2010 7:09 pm ET

There are millions that trust Larry...won't forget to put his suspenders on!

Jason Ross   May 2nd, 2010 4:23 am ET

My favortie Larry king moment is when you intervie snoop dog!

gerald Jolly   May 2nd, 2010 2:15 pm ET

That statement is not true.

Lately, the folks that have been invited on his show are as shallow as he is.

The only people that trust Larry 100% are his jewish group of no talents.

Austin Nnadi   May 2nd, 2010 10:40 pm ET

My favourite time is when larry king interview snoop dog on sexy videos

mary-jane   May 3rd, 2010 3:31 am ET

I have watched Larry King for years. He is a wonderful interviewer always showing respect.

Thank You Larry King

Ani Henry   May 3rd, 2010 11:51 am ET

My favourite episode was an interview with a certain psychic in 2001 or there about. people called in and told them about their loved once that had died.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 4th, 2010 9:47 am ET

@ Larry

Congratulations on this your 25th year! Well done! Bravo! Long may those famous suspenders hold up! 🙂

spiritOPRAH   May 4th, 2010 3:06 pm ET

Father screen every year and you are the best I wish you further success and progress Take a chance and send these words to my mother on the occasion of Mother Day Thank you i love you...

CALL THA HOLY SPIRIT...Mother Angels...
Is a butterfly from another world...
From After Away
I do not know its way
Between the four walls
No place for sun
No one opens the door
Is a butterfly from another world...
Extends the body of
Limits the display ground
Flying over
Does not speak but dance
Remove The darkness of lost hope
Is a butterfly from another world ...
Dances such as the hope in a dream
Strange strange dance date
Always before going to sleep
Before death
Such as medicine
Shut eye I see the message
Is a butterfly from another world ...
I find myself hanging
Like a rose in the desert
Heaven knows no rain
But the rain It tears
Because it is a rose Without Gedor
Is a butterfly from another world ...
I Open an eye on the mother angels
I Throw myself
In that sea
Embrace life
Do you know what the meaning of a child
Without Mother
Do you know what the meaning of Mother
Without children
Is a butterfly from another world ...
I am between her hand
I forget who I am
I know the meaning of the body
Without the spirit of
You my spiritual
God gives me the This Tender
Because I carry a great story
I Written by the pen
Made of pain
Like a candle
Wind tamper flame
But continue to flame
And burning pain For Hope

Is a butterfly from another world ...
Said fatalist

I change the fate of pen
From evil to good
From ignorance to the light
Guide for Stray
And you know the story
Is just a touch
from the hand Mother Angels
Just a touch a touch of Hungary
I do not know from afar
Is a butterfly from another world ...
Asked him about the love
He is not a fatalist your story
You are selected to write the light
In the world inhabited by darkness into light,
Deprivation has given you this pen
Mother Angels
Long live the spirit of the dead, and rise from the tomb
Do you know what the meaning of
That the dead rise from the grave
MOM I do not know you by
Is the just a word
Go around through the ocean to reach you
Does not understand the language experts
Because it is language of the heart
Is the spirit conveyed
God from the heart to heart
Each year, you my mother Mother Angels...
Daughter of Ms.OPRAH WINFREY Mother Angels

Judith   May 11th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Congrats Larry, love your work. My favorite is a lady many years ago who was in prison and said she was prepared to spend 25 years there. She had spirited her daughter away against the court's order so that her husband would not have access to the child whom she claimed he abused. She had refused to say in which country her daughter was relocated. Eventually she won and her daughter was reunited with her.
She looked so miserable and ghostlike at the time that she was in prison her face stayed with me. Both she and her husband were doctors. I would like to know how she is today.

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