- This page is for Larry King, the radio and TV personality. For the wax figure, see Wax Larry King.
Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger) is an American radio and TV personality. He guest starred in the Gravity Falls episode "Headhunters," voicing a wax figure of himself. He also appears in "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls," voicing the severed head of the wax figure which appeared in the aforementioned episode.
King's father died of a heart attack at the age of forty six, leaving behind a wife and two children. After his father's death, King lost interest in school, and after graduating from Lafayette High School, instead of attending college, he got a job to help support his mother, hoping to one day get a job in radio.
By chance, King met a CBS staff member, who suggested he go to Florida, which was a growing media market with openings for inexperienced broadcasters. King went to Miami, and after initial setbacks, he got a job with WAHR (now WMBM), cleaning and doing various other trivial tasks he was assigned. When one of their announcers quit, they put King on the air. His first broadcast was on May 1, 1957, when he worked as the disc jockey from 9 a.m. to noon. He also did two afternoon newscasts and a sportscast. He was paid $55 a week.
He acquired the name Larry King when the general manager Marshall Simmonds said that Zeiger was too ethnic and difficult to remember, so Larry chose the surname King, which he got from an advertisement in The Miami Herald for King's Wholesale Liquor, minutes before air. Within two years, he legally changed his name.
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