Larry Elder

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Larry Elder
Larry Elder at Camp Pendleton in 2013.jpg
Laurence Allen Elder

(1952-04-27) April 27, 1952 (age 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materBrown University (A.B.)
University of Michigan (J.D.)
OccupationRadio show host, writer, attorney
Political partyRepublican

Laurence Allen Elder (born April 27, 1952) is an American conservative talk radio host, author, attorney, and documentary filmmaker who hosts The Larry Elder Show. The show began as a local program on Los Angeles radio station KABC in 1993 and ran until 2008, followed by a second run on KABC from 2010 to 2014. The show is nationally syndicated, first through ABC Radio Networks from 2002 to 2007 and Salem Media Group since 2015. Elder has also written nonfiction books and a nationally syndicated column through Creators Syndicate.

Early life and education[edit]

Elder was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the city's Pico-Union and South Central areas. His father Randolph (1915–2011), who was born in Athens, Georgia, was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and moved to California from Georgia after the war during the Second Great Migration.[1] After working as a janitor at Nabisco, Randolph opened a cafe in Pico-Union around 1962.[1] Following his father's passing in 2011, Larry Elder recalled: "Gruff and blunt, my dad often intimidated my two brothers and me. But we never doubted his love or his commitment to his family."[1] In 2013, Elder and his brother Kirk accepted a Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher on their father's behalf.[2] Larry Elder's mother Viola (née Conley, 1924–2006) was originally from Toney, Alabama, and she was a clerical worker for the United States Department of War during World War II.[3]

An honors student who also took advanced courses at Fairfax High School, Elder graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1970 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.[4]

Legal career[edit]

After graduation, Elder joined the Cleveland law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. In 1980, he founded Laurence A. Elder and Associates, a legal executive search firm.[4] Elder stepped down from operating Elder and Associates around 1987 but continued to own the firm until 1995.[4] Around the time he ceded day-to-day operations of his former search firm, Elder spent more time reading and writing.[4] Among the books he read were The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.[4]

Media career[edit]

Elder in the 2000s

Television, film, and video[edit]

After a successful audition, Elder began co-hosting Fabric, a topic-oriented television show on PBS affiliate WVIZ produced by Dennis Goulden, in 1988.[5][4][6]

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,[7] which lasted until Elder in 1994 moved back to Los Angeles.

In 1997, Elder hosted 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.[citation needed]

Between 2000 and 2001, Elder hosted the court series Moral Court, distributed by Warner Brothers Television.[8]

In September 2004, he began hosting a daytime TV talk show The Larry Elder Show, which was dropped on April 12, 2005, due to low ratings. Elder also won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award in 2000 for his KCAL-TV News special Making Waves – LAUSD. He made cameos on 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,, Jewish World Review and Front Page Magazine.[citation needed]

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 documentary Bowling for Columbine.[9]

Elder was one of the rotating talk hosts auditioning for the slot vacated by the now-canceled Imus in the Morning on MSNBC.[10] However, the job went to Joe Scarborough instead.

On July 5, 2008, the pilot Showdown with Larry Elder aired on Fox News Channel. The show was not picked up.[citation needed]

As of 2020, Larry Elder currently makes videos on his YouTube channel for The Epoch Times and as of May 24, 2020, the channel has over 200,000 subscribers and 12.6 million views.[11][12]


In 1993, Elder began hosting a weekday evening talk show on Los Angeles talk radio station KABC.[13][14]

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.[citation needed]

December 12, 2008, was his final day on KABC.[14] Elder then began a daily live podcast as well as a webcast starting in December 2009.[15] On September 27, 2010, Elder returned to KABC.[16][17]

On December 2, 2014, Elder was fired from KABC following his afternoon airshift.[18] 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.[19]

On June 1, 2015, Elder joined the lineup of CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks. His program is heard from noon to 3 PM on CRN Channel 1 and is replayed from 3 to 6 PM on CRN Channel 5.[19]

In August 2015, The Larry Elder Show began national syndication through the Salem Radio Network, including Los Angeles station KRLA.[20]


In the late 1980s, Elder wrote op-eds for local newspapers in Cleveland.[4] In 1998, Elder began writing a nationally syndicated column through Creators Syndicate.[21] Elder wrote a weekly column for the Los Angeles Daily News until April 2012.[22]

Political views[edit]

Elder's political views are philosophically libertarian and have also been described as conservative, [23] and he is a registered Republican.[24] 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."[25] Elder supported presidential candidates Harry Browne[25] in 2000, George W. Bush[26] in 2004, and John McCain[27] in 2008.

Roll Call reported that Elder contemplated a possible run for the United States Senate against California Senator Barbara Boxer in 2010.[28]


  • Elder, Larry (2001). The Ten Things You Can't Say in America. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-28465-9. OCLC 47859180 – via Google Books.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Elder, Larry (2003). Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests that Divide America. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-32017-5. OCLC 53143426.
  • Elder, Larry (2009). What's Race Got to Do with It?: Why It's Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America (Revised ed.). New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-54147-7. OCLC 243544859.
  • Elder, Larry (2017). Double Standards: The Selective Outrage of the Left. Hermosa Beach, California: Creators Publishing. ISBN 9-781945-630651. OCLC 1038079231.
  • Elder, Larry (2018). A Lot Like Me: A Father and Son's Journey to Reconciliation: A Memoir. Washington: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 9781621577973. OCLC 1019746878.


  • 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.[29]
  • Michael & Me (2005)
  • Uncle Tom (2020)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Elder, Larry (April 5, 2011). "My father passed away late last week. He was my hero". Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  2. ^ Harrer, Jacob (August 19, 2013). "Montford Point Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal posthumously". 1st Marine Division (United States). Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Viola Elder". Los Angeles Daily News. June 16, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g French, Ellen Dennis (2000). "Larry Elder 1952-". Contemporary Black Biography. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Gillespie, Nick; Kurtz, Steve (April 1996). "Elder Statesman". Reason. Archived from the original on January 28, 1998. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Elder 2000, p. 111
  7. ^ The Plain Dealer, April 3, 1992
  8. ^ "Elder to Make the Judgments on 'Moral Court'". September 29, 2000.
  9. ^ "Michael & Me". The New York Times. March 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Lycan, Gary (May 13, 2007). "Radio: Elder calls MSNBC stint a 'blast' – Entertainment –". Archived from the original on December 25, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  11. ^ "Larry Elder". YouTube. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  12. ^ "Search Results for Larry Elder on the Epoch Times website listed in order to today's date when you click the link". The Epoch Times. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Borge, Jason (July 1995), "Local Hosts Resist Radical Right's Aerial Assault" (PDF), Los Angeles Radio Guide, 1 (8), pp. 19–23, retrieved May 28, 2020 – via
  14. ^ a b "Larry Elder Departs From 790 KABC". Talk Radio 790 KABC. December 11, 2008. Archived from the original on December 17, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  15. ^ "Larry Elder Returning With Daily Podcast in December". November 12, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
  16. ^ "Larry Elder returning to KABC". Orange County Register. September 22, 2010. Archived from the original on September 25, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  17. ^ ""The Sage of South Central" Returns Home". Talk Radio 790 KABC. September 22, 2010. Archived from the original on March 21, 2011.
  18. ^ Radio, Southern California Public (December 3, 2014). "Conservative talk show host Larry Elder fired by KABC". Southern California Public Radio.
  19. ^ a b "". Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  20. ^ Elder, Larry. "KRLA/Los Angeles Adds CRN Digital Talk Radio's Larry Elder For Nights". Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Columnists". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2020.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)As of that date, Elder's most recent and final Daily News column was "" from April 19, 2012.
  23. ^ Braxton, Greg (September 27, 2010). "Larry Elder returns to airwaves on KABC-AM". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  24. ^ Jones, Robert L. "Interview with Larry Elder". The Atlas Society. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  25. ^ a b "TNI's Interview with Larry Elder, by Robert L. Jones". Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  26. ^ "Column – Larry Elder – Historians Write Off Bush's Presidency". The Cagle Post. Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  27. ^ Elder, Larry. "Larry Elder : Obama vs. McCain – A Clear Choice –". Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  28. ^ "California: Ex-Talk-Show Host Eyes Boxer Challenge". April 21, 2009. Archived from the original on July 18, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
  29. ^ For goodness sake II. May 19, 1996. OCLC 370275688.

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