After a chance meeting with a CBS staff announcer, King took the older man's advice and caught a bus for Florida, where a rapidly growing media market was creating an opening for less experienced radio personalities. After initial setbacks, King got his first break as a disc jockey on a Miami station and soon became a popular fixture of the South Florida radio scene. In 1960, he debuted with his first program on Miami television. Throughout the '60s and early '70s he built up his local following, adding a newspaper column to his radio and television chores.
In 1978, The Larry King Show went national, the first nationwide call-in show. In 1985, the fledgling Cable News Network put Larry King Live on television, the first international live phone-in television program. King interviewed athletes, actors, writers, politicians and foreign dignitaries. The breadth of his influence was demonstrated conclusively when billionaire Ross Perot chose to announce his presidential candidacy live on the air on King's show.
Larry King lives in Beverly Hills, California, with his wife, Shawn Southwick King. It is his seventh marriage. Living in Southern California, he has enjoyed almost instantaneous access to the leading figures in mass media and the entertainment industry who have appeared on his program. In 2007, he celebrated his 50th year in broadcasting. He has conducted more than 30,000 interviews, his weekly column in USA Today is read all over the United States, and his daily radio and television shows have been seen and heard by millions around the world. His 25-year run as host of Larry King Live has been the longest tenure of any broadcaster as host of the same program in the same time slot. In 2010 Larry King announced that he would retire from the program shortly after his 25th anniversary broadcast.