April 27, 1952 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University
University of Michigan Law School
|Occupation||Radio talk show host|
Viola Conley (1925–2006)
Laurence Allen "Larry" Elder (born April 27, 1952) is an American radio and television personality who calls himself the "Sage of South Central" and the "Prince of Pico Yoon" (short for "Pico-Union"), both districts of Los Angeles, California. His radio program The Larry Elder Show airs weekdays 3 pm on talk radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles. His show began September 27, 2010; it was previously heard on the same station weekdays from 3 to 7 pm from 1994 to 2008 and was syndicated on ABC Radio Networks from 2002 to 2007 and since 2009.
Larry 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. "I auditioned for and got a television show on PBS, which I hosted for six years. I can't say I had a plan. I literally picked up the phone and talked my way into getting this audition on PBS and they hired me. They just happened to be looking for a cohost." In the early 1990s, the show's name was retitled to 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. Elder was profiled by 60 Minutes and 20/20 and served as replacement for Geraldo Rivera on CNBC’s Rivera Live while Rivera was on vacation. 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 David Horowitz's Front Page Magazine and The Atlasphere.
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.
Elder was one of the rotating talk hosts auditioning for the slot vacated by the now-canceled Imus in the Morning on MSNBC. His audition was on May 7 and 8, and Elder was said to be openly pursuing the permanent position. However, the job went to Joe Scarborough instead.
On December 11, 2008, Elder announced that the following day, December 12, would be his final day on KABC. Elder then began a daily live podcast as well as a webcast starting in December 2009. In late March or early April 2011 Larry started to charge for his podcast (they were available previously for free on the website KABC).
Elder's political views are philosophically libertarian, and have also been described as conservative. He supports free trade, school choice, same-sex marriage, and abortion rights. He opposes the income tax and supports replacing it with the FairTax, a national retail sales tax. He is also a firm opponent of the war on drugs and has been quoted as saying "Philosophically, I think that if somebody wants to sit around and get stoned that's up to him or her. And if that ruins your life, so be it.... So I am for drug legalization." Although he is not an Objectivist, he says that Atlas Shrugged, written by novelist Ayn Rand, is one of his favorite books.
He has called himself a "libertarian with a small 'l'" to distance himself from the national Libertarian Party concerning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Elder was registered as Decline to State, but became a Republican in May 2003 in support of the War on Terror, to be more influential within the Republican Party and to open up the possibility of running for office. In his May 13, 2003 column for Jewish World Review, Elder explained reregistering as a Republican by quoting Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman, who said, "I am a Republican with a capital 'R,' and a libertarian with a small 'l.' I have a party membership as a Republican, not because they have any principles. But because that's the way I am the most useful and have the most influence. My philosophy is clearly libertarian." Elder ended his column by saying, "Make no mistake: My libertarian principles remain unchanged. But as writer Midge Decter once said, 'There comes a time to join the side you're on.'" Elder has said that the Libertarian Party differs in ways from the libertarian philosophy, which has roots in the Whig and Republican parties. Melding the two parties, he sometimes refers to himself as a "Republitarian," which he defines as a Republican Party member who holds libertarian political ideals.
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.
Elder was born in 1952, the second of Randolph and Viola Conley Elder's three sons. At the time, the family lived in the largely Latino Pico-Union district of Los Angeles. Elder's father, Randolph, was on his own from the age of 13, and worked a variety of jobs. He enlisted in the military and served as a cook in the Philippines during World War II. Following the end of the war, he was refused employment as a short-order cook many times because he had no references. Elder's father moved to California, and worked several jobs at once to support his family. He also attended night school to earn his GED. By his early forties he had saved enough to open his own café, which he successfully owned and operated near downtown Los Angeles for 30 years. On his radio show, Elder said about his father: "A tougher life I have rarely come across. Yet he never hated, he was never bitter, he never condemned his circumstances, and he always said there are very few problems that cannot be solved through hard work." Elder told a Reason interviewer in 1996 that his father was his role model, "He was the hardest working man I've ever known... He had a work ethic that was beyond belief."
- Stupid Black Men: How To Play The Race Card-And Lose ISBN 0-312-36733-3
- The Ten Things You Can't Say in America ISBN 0-312-28465-9
- Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests that Divide America ISBN 0-312-32017-5
- What's Race Got to Do with It? : Why It's Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America (2009), ISBN 0-312-54147-3 originally titled Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card—and Lose, ISBN 0-312-36733-3.
- Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives...Eight Hours (2012), ISBN 1-936-48845-0
In 2005 Elder created a self-financed DVD called Michael & Me, in which he attempts to repudiate filmmaker Michael Moore's anti-gun politics and his assertions in Moore's controversial documentary, Bowling for Columbine.
- Redefining Racism: Fresh Voices from Black America – "Probes the deep chasm between black and white Americans and the increasing hostility towards whites felt by a vast number of African-Americans"
- Title IX And Women In Sports: What's Wrong With This Picture? Whidbey Island Films
- Michael & Me (2005)
- "The Official Website Of Larry Elder". Larryelder.com. 2002-08-12. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- "Larry Elder returning to KABC". Orange County Register. 2010-09-22.
- ""The Sage of South Central" Returns Home". KABC. 2010-09-22.
- Shuster, Fred (1998-02-10). "Elder's Radio Show Back to 4 Hours Long". Los Angeles Daily News.
- "Larry Elder.com". Larry Elder.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28.[dead link]
- "Elder Statesman: He was a promising young lawyer when he quit to stat a business. It thrived. So he sold it, moved across the country, and became Los Angeles's most controvers...". Reason.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- The Plain Dealer, April 3, 1992
- Lycan, Gary (2007-05-13). "Radio: Elder calls MSNBC stint a 'blast' - Entertainment - OCRegister.com". OCRegister.com<!. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- "Larry Elder Departs From 790 KABC", "KABC-AM", December 11, 2008
- "Larry Elder Returning With Daily Podcast in December". OCRegister.com. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- "Larry Elder Announcement". Larryelder.com. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- Braxton, Greg (2010-09-27). "Larry Elder returns to airwaves on KABC-AM". Los Angeles Times.
- "Larry Elder – Libertarian". Advocates for Self-Government. Archived from the original on 2009-04-28.
- "TNI's Interview with Larry Elder, by Robert L. Jones". Objectivistcenter.org. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- "Larry Elder". Jewishworldreview.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- "Larry's Bio". Larry Elder.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- "Nicole Kidman and 84 Others Stand United Against Terrorism" Hollywood Grind. 18 August 2006.
- "Column – Larry Elder – Historians Write Off Bush's Presidency". The Cagle Post. Retrieved 2009-04-28.[dead link]
- Elder, Larry. "Larry Elder : Obama vs. McCain - A Clear Choice - Townhall.com". Townhall.com<!. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- "California: Ex-Talk-Show Host Eyes Boxer Challenge". rollcall.com. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-06-12.[dead link]
- Elder, Larry (January 1, 2000). "Tribute to My Father". FrontPage Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "What's Race Got to Do with It?: Why It's Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America: Larry Elder: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
- "Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card—and Lose: Larry Elder: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
- "Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives...Eight Hours Larry Elder: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
- "The Larry Elder Show". September 17, 2007. KABC 790am.
- Larry Elder's Official Website
- Larry Elder at Townhall.com
- Larry Elder at Jewish World Review
- Larry Elder at WorldNetDaily
- Larry Elder Features at Creators Syndicate
- Larry Elder at FrontPageMag.com
- Podcasts of Elder's recent articles
- "Elder Statesman", interview in Reason with Nick Gillespie and Steve Kurtz
- Larry Elder at the Internet Movie Database