I'll be on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday at 11 a.m. talking about Larry King with host Howard Kurtz and guests Tammy Haddad and Lisa Bloom. Haddad was King's first executive producer, and I was more than happy to listen more and talk less to hear what she had to say about the legendary interviewer who announced his retirement after 25 years in prime time on CNN.
King was one of the pioneering figures in cable TV, who will certainly be remembered for helping CNN come to stand for cable news, talk and analysis. His roots were in the three-dot columns of print reporters like Walter Winchell who moved into radio. King also spanned the media migration from radio to TV, and TV to cable TV -- an impressive run.
He did not fare so well in the passage from cable TV to the Internet (old to new media), but, as we discuss, the ratings dive his show took recently is also the fault of the producers who seemed to stop booking with any urgency in recent years.
Kurtz draws all of that and more out of his guests Sunday (we taped on Friday because of the holiday). So tune in, for the best, last word on the week's media news.
And make sure you hang around for Bloom's assessment near the end of the segment of CNN's hiring of Eliot Spitzer to co-host a new prime-time show starting in the fall.