I Remind Myself Every Morning

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“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” – Larry King

One of the most recognized broadcasters in America, Larry King (1933 – present) was awarded with two Peabody Awards for Excellence in broadcasting and two CableACE Award for Best Interviewer and for Best Talk Show Series. He has had a long and successful broadcasting career from 1985 to 2010, and even became the first person to host sit-downs with most U.S. Presidents.

Yet before hosting CNN’s Larry King Live, King was a highschool graduate who lost interest in school when his father died. To help support his mother and fulfil his dream of becoming a broadcaster, he went to Miami after a CBS staff announcer informed him of the growing media market in Florida. Invariably, he experienced initial setbacks but was later hired by a radio station in Miami to clean up and perform miscellaneous talks. Determined to catch a break, he persevered until one of their announcers quit and the manager decided to put him on air on May 1, 1957.

Years before interviewing world leaders and discussing political issues, King interviewed ordinary people on a midmorning show for WIOD. His first interview was with a waiter at Pumpernik’s Restaurant in Miami Beach. The radio show eventually launched him to local stardom and opened more opportunities and a wider audience.

He’s known and loved for his non-confrontational and open-ended questions; but most of all, his almost rare ability to listen. In his words: “You cannot talk to people successfully if they think you are not interested in what they say or you have no respect for them.”

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