Elder at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in 2013
Laurence Allen Elder
April 27, 1952
|Alma mater||Brown University (A.B.)|
University of Michigan (J.D.)
|Occupation||Radio show host, writer, attorney|
Laurence Allen "Larry" Elder (born April 27, 1952) is an American attorney, author, and radio program host.
Elder was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the city's Pico-Union and South Central areas. Elder attended Washington Preparatory High School and later graduated from Crenshaw High School and earned his B.A. in political science in 1974 from Brown University. He then earned his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1977. After graduation, he worked with a law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, where he practiced litigation. In 1980, he founded Laurence A. Elder and Associates, recruiting attorneys.
While he was a lawyer in Cleveland in the late 1980s, Elder began to host a topic-oriented television show on PBS affiliate WVIZ produced by Dennis Goulden. In the early 1990s, the show's name was retitled The Larry Elder Show and moved to the local Fox Network affiliate WOIO and cable TV. Goulden and Elder won the Ohio Cable Television Association's "Best Program Series Award" in 1992 for their work on the show, which lasted until Elder moved back to Los Angeles in 1994. Between 2000 and 2001, Elder hosted the court series Moral Court, distributed by Warner Brothers Television.
In September 2004, he began the television version of The Larry Elder Show, which was dropped on April 12, 2005, due to low ratings. He was a host of the PBS program National Desk, including the segment "Redefining Racism: Fresh Voices From Black America," for which he won an AEGIS Award of Excellence, a Telly award, and an Emerald City Gold Award of Excellence. Elder also won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award in 2000 for his KCAL-TV News special Making Waves - LAUSD. He has played himself on the sitcoms Spin City and The Hughleys. He is a columnist with Creators Syndicate. Elder's newspaper and online column is carried by Investor's Business Daily, World Net Daily, Townhall.com, Jewish World Review and Front Page Magazine.
From 2002 to 2007, Elder's show was nationally syndicated by ABC Radio Networks and its news-talk network, ABC News & Talk. After Citadel Broadcasting took over most of ABC's radio operations in 2007, syndication of Elder's show was discontinued in favor of Mark Levin, and the show reverted to a local show in August of that year.
December 12, 2008, was his final day on KABC. Elder then began a daily live podcast as well as a webcast starting in December 2009. In late March 2011, Elder started to charge for his podcasts. They were previously available for free on the KABC website. On September 27, 2010, Elder returned to KABC, hosting weekdays from 9 to noon. He was soon back in his regular afternoon slot.
On December 2, 2014, Elder was fired from KABC following his afternoon airshift. On April 27, 2015, Elder was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of the year's 30 honorees, Elder is the only one from the radio industry.
On July 16, 2015, Larry Elder, substituting for Ben Shapiro on the Morning Answer Show, announced on local radio station KRLA (The Answer 870) Glendale, CA that he will be back on the air in August 2015 from 9 PM to 11 PM PST. KRLA is part of the Salem Radio Network (SRN), a division of the Salem Media Group.
Following Elder's re-registering as a Republican, in a 2008 interview with The New Individualist Magazine he said, "A lot of my listeners will often call up and say, 'I preferred you when you were a Libertarian.' I always tell them I never was a 'capital-L Libertarian.' I am still 'small-l.' It's a philosophy to me, not a party." Elder supported presidential candidates Harry Browne in 2000, George W. Bush in 2004, and John McCain in 2008.