American television and radio legend Larry King — former host of CNN’s Larry King Live — visited Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus on Thursday, Mar. 28, as the keynote speaker of the Student Government Association’s (SGA) 2013 lecture series.
The event provided students, faculty, staff, community and the media with a discussion with King as he went over his career and provided insight into the media industry followed by a question and answer session.
King discussed the course of his 50- year broadcast career, from making the big move from New York to Miami, the meaning of perseverance, his “special” interview with Frank Sinatra, and who he would most want to interview — Fidel Castro.
“He fascinates me,” King said. “Forget politics. He led a country for 50 years. He was a revolutionary and, whether we agree with his politics or not, we were a country that was born in revolution.”
Over the course of his career, King has interviewed over 60,000 guests such as Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt. He hosted Larry King Live, CNN’s highest-rated program, for 18 years.
SGA’s lecture series events are held once every month during both academic semesters to inform students of FIU and community about different topics such as literature, politics, and journalism. Some of the lecture series guest speakers have included Chaz Bono, Common, Russell Simmons, Adrian Grenier, Carl Hiaasen and Brian Stelter.