Larry King Comes to Keith Albee Stage March 1

by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series

HUNTINGTON — Described as the "Mohammed Ali of the broadcast interview," Larry King has recorded some 50,000 interviews throughout his half century in broadcasting, including exclusive sit-downs with every U.S. president since Gerald Ford.  Although the CNN anchor hung up his nightly suspenders in December 2010 —  ending “Larry King Live,” after 25 years —  that journalistic fire has not died out.

The Emmy-Award winning journalist, who has been inducted into five of the nation's leading broadcasting halls of fame, is bringing that multi-million dollar mouth and mind to West Virginia on a rare visit.

The legendary journalist and talk show host will be live in Huntington as the Marshall Artists Series continues its 75th anniversary season with a truly unique performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, 925 4th Ave., Huntington.

Spiced with comedy and clips from his triumphant 25-year-run on CNN, "Larry King: Standing Up" tour will be his first stage performances since completing  “Larry King Live.”  The Huntington date is one of only 12 dates in the U.S. and Canada hitting such large cities as Baltimore, Tucson and Vancouver, B.C.

At the end of the night, audience members get the rare opportunity to turn the tables and have their very own Q&A session with King, who has been dubbed "the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever" by TV Guide.

Tickets are: $57.50 and $35 and are on sale now.

  The Marshall Artists Series accepts all major credit cards. For tickets call the Marshall Artists Series box office at 304-696-6656. Order tickets online at Ticketmaster.com.  You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards performing Arts Center on the campus of Marshall University.  Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Still hosting specials for CNN, King debuted on CNN in June 1985, featuring the show’s now-famous mix of celebrity interviews, political debates and topical discussions.

In June 1994, he created the first daily radio/TV talk show by simulcasting CNN's Larry King Live on Mutual/Westwood One radio stations nationwide.

King’s stamina for pursuing all angles of every major story of our time is unequaled.

 In 2000, King’s 37 consecutive days of political coverage during the election recount in Florida featured 348 guests, including George W. and Laura Bush and Al and Tipper Gore.  His pre-election coverage for 2000 included the first interviews with each party's newly-selected vice presidential candidates.

King has also used his celebrity status and pulpit as one of the nation’s top interviewers to help those in need.

After Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, Larry King Live broadcast for 20 consecutive nights. His post-disaster programming included interviews with more than 250 guests and a live, three-hour network special "How You Can Help." During the 2003 Iraq invasion, King hosted live shows for 29 consecutive nights. A very small sampling of the people he interviewed during that historic period includes Gens. Richard Myers and Hugh Shelton, Queen Noor of Jordan and ambassadors from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey. After the Sept. 11 attacks, King interviewed more than 700 guests, including more than 35 world leaders and dignitaries.

In 2010, King pulled together a celebrity telethon just days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, showing viewers around the world how they could contribute time, resources and money. The two-hour international broadcast, “Haiti: How You Can Help,” brought in close to $10 million over the course of its airings and used social media in a unique way to bring viewers, celebrities, reporters and quake victims together during the program. During the summer of 2010, King helped bring attention and relief to the victims of the Gulf Coast oil spill with another two-hour “How You Can Help” program, which raised millions of dollars for various charities.

In addition to his journalistic pursuits in his “day job,” King has also made cameo appearances in more than 20 movies, including “Ghostbusters,” “Primary Colors,” “America's Sweethearts” “Shrek 2” and the 2004 remake of “The Stepford Wives.” King has appeared in television series such as “Law and Order,” “Boston Legal,” “The Practice,” “Murphy Brown” and “Frasier.”

In celebration of his 40th anniversary in the broadcasting industry, Hollywood honored King in 1997 with a star on the Walk of Fame for his life’s work. In 2006, Promax/BDA awarded Larry with their Television Century Award and the Los Angeles Press Club honored him with its President's Award. In 1996, the American Academy of Achievement honored him with the Golden Plate Award for his life's work in the broadcasting industry.

In addition to his broadcast credits, King founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 1988, which has raised over $15 million and provided life-saving cardiac procedures for more than 1500 people and provided 100,000 heart screenings for needy children and adults. King also established a $1 million journalism scholarship at George Washington University’s School of Media and Affairs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more info on the Artists Series, go online at www.marshallartistsseries.org or check out the Artists Series Facebook page.

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