Larry King coming to Peoria

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Larry King, the Emmy Award-winning host of CNN's Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in TV talk show, will give the mid-year commencement address at Bradley University on Dec. 19 at the Peoria Civic Center.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Exhibit Halls B and C.

"It's wonderful that Larry King has agreed to speak to our graduates and their family and friends in December," President Joanne Glasser said. "Mr. King is one of the nation's pre-eminent television talk show hosts, a skilled interviewer and an incisive journalist. He has been a key observer of history for a half-century, and I expect his unique insights will be of great value to our commencement audience.

"Bringing Larry King to Bradley follows our tradition of bringing influential, interesting and nationally recognized figures to our commencement ceremonies.  Mr. King is a particularly appropriate fit this year because early in his career he worked as a sports commentator and this is the inaugural year of our sports communications program."

King has been dubbed "the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever" by TV Guide and "master of the mike" by TIME magazine.