Larry Mantle

Host, AirTalk

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Larry Mantle has been the host of AirTalk on KPCC since April 1st, 1985. It is now the longest continuously running daily talk program in the Los Angeles radio market. Mantle also hosts the movie review and interview program FilmWeek on AirTalk, heard every Friday at 11 a.m. on KPCC and Saturday at noon.

A fourth-generation Angeleno, Larry has interviewed thousands of prominent guests on an extraordinary array of topics, and received many journalistic awards in the process. Larry grew up in southwest Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Hollywood. He's a graduate of Hollywood High School and Vanguard University of Southern California. Larry and his wife Kristen are the parents of Desmond.

Stories by Larry Mantle

Discord on the Coliseum commission can be heard loud and clear on "AirTalk"

Two members of the commission, Councilman Bernard Parks and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, got into a heated argument on this morning’s program. There were several points of disagreement, including whether Parks owes the commission $40,000 for a Coliseum fireworks show.

A wild morning at KPCC

I got the first word of a problem from “AirTalk” senior producer Linda Othenin-Girard shortly after 7 this morning. Her text message alerted me to the likelihood that we wouldn’t be able to do a live show today.

Film Week on AirTalk sells-out the Egyptian Theater

Friday morning on “AirTalk,” we’ll broadcast our 10th annual “Film Week on AirTalk Academy Awards Preview.” All eight of our critics were in fine form, alternately bashing and championing nominees in the major categories.

US Supreme Court takes on college affirmative action

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a white student’s challenge to affirmative action at the University of Texas. California state schools already prohibit considering race.

Martin Scorsese sounds like a kid

That’s what I discovered when interviewing him for an “AirTalk” segment that airs Wednesday morning in our first hour. It was infectious to hear his excitement about movies and what he’s continuing to learn about the art form.

Former L. A. Times Editor Russ Stanton is SCPR's new VP of Content

For once I guessed right! I was getting ready for work this morning telling my wife, Kristen, about our afternoon staff meeting to announce who would be taking this important editorial leadership position for KPCC.

AirTalk's higher education summit

Wednesday evening, we brought together the Presidents of USC and Pitzer College, along with the Chancellors of UCLA and the state Community College system. It was a great chance to put these four leaders in a room together to talk about the biggest challenges facing their institutions.

Bob O'Rourke (1939-2011)

I lost a good friend yesterday – a man I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for 25 years—longtime VP of Public Relations for Caltech, Bob O’Rourke. Bob was not only a dedicated booster of Caltech; he was always working to connect people he knew when their interests intersected.

When best laid plans go potluck

Tuesday morning on “AirTalk,” one of our planned segments completely fell apart just a few minutes before airtime. Though that’s not unheard of, fortunately, it’s fairly rare.

A music lover's dream

That’s what I experienced last week at the historic recording stage at Sony Pictures in Culver City. The stage was where musical soundtracks for numerous classic MGM films were recorded, including “The Wizard of Oz.

A powerless couple of days

Two of our four “AirTalk” producers, and our technical director, were still without power in their homes Friday morning, after Wednesday night’s historically high winds hit parts of the Southland.

Believing the unbelievable

Tuesday morning on “AirTalk,” we reported on GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain’s conference call with aides in which he seemed to pave the way toward dropping out of the race.

It's especially important to give thanks in difficult times

This Thanksgiving season couldn’t come at a better time, as our government drives us to fury and our economy drives us to…well, name your coping mechanism. This is the most negativity I’ve sensed from the American public in my adult lifetime.

Where does Occupy go from here?

At least for now, there won’t be any tents at the park where Occupy Wall Street has been protesting for two months. Other sites are being considered, but it’s not clear what form the protests will now take.

The power of mental images

Monday morning on “AirTalk,” we opened with the non-detailed allegations by three unidentified women that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain had sexually harassed them during the time he headed the National Restaurant Association trade and lobbying group.