CNN announced its schedule for its delayed Larry King 50th Anniversary week…
Award-winning broadcaster Larry King marks his 50th anniversary in broadcasting with a weeklong celebration on Larry King Live and on CNN across all of its platforms, including on the air, online and on the radio. King kicks off the anniversary week with George Tenet, Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Bill Maher and a two-hour special presentation, CNN Presents: Larry King – 50 Years of Pop Culture.
King’s career began in 1957 when he worked at a small radio station in Miami Beach, Fla., performing odd jobs. When an announcer suddenly quit, he was given his big break and offered a position as a disc jockey. Fifty years and 40,000 interviews later, King altered the face of broadcasting with his everyman touch. He has interviewed everyone from presidents and kings, celebrities and newsmakers and ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. When King made the transition from his successful national radio talk show to cable, he helped pioneer the future of cable news programming and CNN.
As part of the weeklong anniversary celebration, King will host a few of his favorite guests during the week of April 30-May 4 on Larry King Live.
Monday, April 30 – George Tenet, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, sits down with King for a live hour, 9-10p.m. (ET);
Tuesday, May 1 – Oprah Winfrey joins King for an in-depth discussion on longevity in the media and the call to give back, 9-10p.m. (ET);
Wednesday, May 2 – Katie Couric turns the microphone on King and interviews him on his own set, 9-10p.m. (ET);
Thursday, May 3 – CNN Presents will premiere a two-hour special Larry King - 50 Years of Pop Culture. This documentary will focus on the last 50 years of pop culture as seen through King’s bespectacled eyes, including his early days in Miami covering local celebrities and hurricanes to his national radio show that was broadcast from Washington, D.C., to his pioneering cable television move to CNN with a prime-time, worldwide show with audience calls, 9-11p.m. (ET);
Friday, May 4 – Bill Maher and more than 20 surprise all-star guests celebrate King on his set, 9-10p.m (ET);
Saturday, April 21 – CNN Presents: Larry King – 50 Years of Pop Culture, 8-10p.m. (ET);
Sunday, April 22 – CNN Presents: Larry King – 50 Years of Pop Culture, 8-10p.m. (ET).
Photographs and a full transcript of all interviews will be available each night and in advance when possible. All guests are subject to change.
In addition, King will appear on CNN programming and radio throughout the week discussing his career and his greatest interviews.
CNN released Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews, a three-disc DVD collection containing more than nine hours of programming. The collections will feature King’s most compelling interviews with movie and television stars, comedians, talk show hosts, presidents and newsmakers from CNN’s longest-running interview program. The collection went on sale on April 17.
CNN.com launched a Web site that highlights the network’s programming and celebrations for King’s 50th anniversary in broadcasting at www.cnn.com/larryking50.