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 radio show host, writer and attorney.
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. 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.
Elder's political views are philosophically libertarian and have also been described as conservative. He supports free trade, school choice, and same-sex marriage. Elder opposes racial and gender preferences in employment and higher education; the income tax and supports replacing it with the FairTax, a national retail sales tax; and 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.
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 US Marines and served as a cook in the Philippines during World War II. Following 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 film called Michael & Me, in which he refutes 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
- Title IX And Women In Sports: What's Wrong With This Picture? Whidbey Island Films
- For Goodness Sake II (1996). – Elder hosts the "Diversity Through Character" segment.
- Michael & Me (2005)
- Black conservatism in the United States
- History of African Americans in Los Angeles
- Libertarian conservatism
- Libertarianism in the United States
- Libertarian Republican
- List of African-American Republicans
- "Larry Elder.com". Larry Elder.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- "Elder Statesman: He was a promising young lawyer when he quit to start a business. It thrived. So he sold it, moved across the country, and became Los Angeles's most controvers..." Reason.com. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- The Plain Dealer, April 3, 1992
- "Trump vs. Waters -- Who Should Be Impeached?, by Larry Elder". May 18, 2017.
- Lycan, Gary (May 13, 2007). "Radio: Elder calls MSNBC stint a 'blast' – Entertainment – OCRegister.com". OCRegister.com. Archived from the original on December 25, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- "Larry Elder Departs From 790 KABC" Archived December 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, "KABC-AM", December 11, 2008
- "Larry Elder Returning With Daily Podcast in December". OCRegister.com. November 12, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
- "Larry Elder Announcement". Larryelder.com. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
- "Larry Elder returning to KABC". Orange County Register. September 22, 2010.
- ""The Sage of South Central" Returns Home". KABC. September 22, 2010. Archived from the original on March 21, 2011.
- Don Barrett (December 3, 2014). "Larry Elder Fired from KABC". L.A. Radio People.
- "Laradio.com". Retrieved June 1, 2015.
- Shapiro, Ben. "Am870theanswer.com". am870themorninganswer.com. Salem Communications. Retrieved July 16, 2015.[permanent dead link]
- Elder, Larry. "KRLA/Los Angeles Adds CRN Digital Talk Radio's Larry Elder For Nights". allaccess.com. allaccess.com. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- Larry Elder [@larryelder] (February 24, 2016). "On April 4, The Larry Elder Show--GOES EVERYWHERE! "We've got a country to save." PLEASE RETWEET..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Braxton, Greg (September 27, 2010). "Larry Elder returns to airwaves on KABC-AM". Los Angeles Times.
- "TNI's Interview with Larry Elder, by Robert L. Jones". Objectivistcenter.org. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- "Nicole Kidman and 84 Others Stand United Against Terrorism Archived 2013-02-28 at the Wayback Machine" Hollywood Grind. August 18, 2006.
- "Column – Larry Elder – Historians Write Off Bush's Presidency". The Cagle Post. Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- Elder, Larry. "Larry Elder : Obama vs. McCain – A Clear Choice – Townhall.com". Townhall.com. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- "California: Ex-Talk-Show Host Eyes Boxer Challenge". rollcall.com. April 21, 2009. Archived from the original on July 18, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
- Elder, Larry (January 1, 2000). "Tribute to My Father". FrontPage Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- Harrer, Jacob (August 19, 2013). "Montford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal posthumously". 1st Marine Division (United States). Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- What's Race Got to Do with It?: Why It's Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America. ISBN 0312541473.
- Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card—and Lose. ISBN 0312367333.
- Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives...Eight Hours. ISBN 1936488450.
- "Michael & Me". The New York Times.
- "For Goodness Sake II". January 1, 2000 – via IMDb.
- "For goodness sake II". May 19, 1996 – via Open WorldCat.