King attending a ceremony for Bill Maher to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 14, 2010
|Born||Lawrence Harvey Zeiger
November 19, 1933
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Beverly Hills, California, U.S.|
|Education||Lafayette High School|
|Occupation||Radio and television host/personality|
I did everything when I started. In Miami I did news, I did weather, I did sports, I did disk-jockeying. And I did a sports talk show every week – every Saturday night.
I have lifelong friends. My oldest friend, Herbie, has been a friend since I was 9. I've had bonds for over 50 years with people.
I'm sort of the comic relief after a hard day at work. My message is that it's OK to relax.
With 500 channels and the Internet available, you'd think a candidate could get the word out.
I'm having as much fun today as I did when I made $55 a week, because it is as much fun.
You gotta ask 'why' questions. 'Why did you do this?' A 'why' question you can't answer with one word.
The names are bigger, the show is worldwide, but I get a royal pass into life in the broadcasting business.
Good writers are in the business of leaving signposts saying, Tour my world, see and feel it through my eyes; I am your guide.
Communications is the number one major in America today. CNN had 25,000 applicants for five intern jobs this summer.
I never think of access or good will. I just want a good interview. I want guests to be informative and entertaining. I've never been concerned about someone's liking me tomorrow.
Sandy Koufax went to the same school as me. I graduated two years ahead of Sandy.
If they asked me, I did two shifts. I did sports, I did news, because I loved it.
I've taken my boys to the house I grew up in. Taken them to the site of Ebbets Field, where the Dodgers used to play. They go to all the Dodger games, and they play Little League ball. I have infused them with New York spirit.
An NBA game in L.A., the Lakers – I'm a Clipper fan – it's to be seen as much as seeing the game.
I'm 80 years old, and I don't know what I'm going to be when I grow up.
When I was 5 years old I would lie in bed, look at the radio, and I wanted to be on the radio. I don't know why.
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.
Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves.
Gleason became like a mentor of mine. I had Gleason helping me on television, Godfrey on radio.
I've got a nice car. I love my job. I've got a bagel store, and I have breakfast every morning with friends I grew up with. I've been in movies, I've written books – I don't know how that all happened.
It's joyful to give. But for people who want to take advantage of you, you're kind of an easy mark.
Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization some how releases or frees you to operate more effectively.
I never use the word 'I' when I interview someone. I think it's irrelevant.
I worked on the United Parcel Service truck, I sold home delivery of milk. But always, in the back of my mind, I wanted to get into radio.
My father died when I was nine and a half. We were on relief for two years. They call it welfare now, but it was relief then… I never forgot the generosity of New York.
I've made a lot of mistakes. I've bonded with some people who use you, and some people that take advantage of you.
I was always telling everyone, I want to be a broadcaster. They'd say, What, are you crazy? What, you're going to be Arthur Godfrey?
If I do something caring for a friend, I have no doubt in my mind they would do it for me.
I'm from Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, if you say, 'I'm dangerous', you'd better be dangerous.
I had no trouble going from radio to TV – I just thought of TV as radio with pictures.
When I broke in, in 1957, it was wide open. Now you're up against strong competition.