A: So whatís your angle?
Q: My angle? Well, Iím a 35-year-old guy, and youíre . . .
A: . . . an old guy. . .
Q:. . . and we are sitting here having breakfast in the same place you always go. Thatís the angle. For example, I might ask you what you wish you had done when you were 35.
A: I would have sent out more tapes, gone national sooner. I had gotten too comfortable. I was a big deal in Miami. I had radio; I had television; I had a newspaper column. I did a lot of emceeing, opening theaters. I broadcast Dolphins football. I was Mr. Miami. But in retrospect, when I started the national radio show in 1978, I was 44 years old, and I had been just as good when I was 25. I had an instinct for broadcasting, and I should have tried to go out sooner. Since I was 5 years old, Iíve never wanted to do anything else but broadcasting. I used to go to games at Ebbets Field and go to the last row of the bleachers and broadcast the game to myself.
Q: You call yourself a broadcaster. Those are the guys who call baseball games. You interview presidents. Doesnít that make you a journalist?
A: Iím a broadcaster, but really, itís a hairline difference. When I interview Bush, youíre right, Iím a journalist. But when I do pictures of Tom Cruiseís baby, Iím infotainment.
Q: When your producer hands you a call sheet that says Paris Hilton is there to talk about her new CD, do you die a little inside? Do you get ulcers?
A: No ulcers. Itís a job. Do I like it? No. I donít dislike her. Iím not blaming Paris Hilton. She is what she is. But I would much rather do a warónot that I think that there should be a war. That is the nature of the beast today.
Q: I hope these questions are softball enough for you. Anyone who writes about you says that those are the only ones you like.
A: I never understood that. I hear about it, but I never hear an example. I try to ask the best questions I can. I donít have an agenda, and maybe thatís what they donít like. In todayís world, people want to embarrass someone. I want to learn the most I can, and hopefully it will go through me and get to the audience.
Q: Other people in your field consider making people cry to be a pelt on the wall. And yes, I am talking about Barbara Walters.
A: Iím telling you, I have never had an agenda. Making people cry, that would be an agenda.
Q: Was there a guest over the last half-decade who genuinely scared you?
A: Milosevic. You could tell he was a bad guy. Some bad dudes are very charming. Who we have now, we would have had in the thirties: My guest tonight on Larry King Live is Adolf Hitler. Mr. Chancellor: Poland? Why did you go into Poland? Well, I tell you, Larry, the people of Poland were oppressed. He actually sounded a little like George W. Bush. Poland needed help. Iraq needed help.