Remembering TV & Radio Host Larry King

Award-winning TV and radio host Larry King died Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the age of 87.

King was known for hosting the longest-running CNN show, “Larry King Live”.

Announced on his Twitter (@kingthings) early January 23 via his streaming company Ora TV. “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.”

The statement continued, “For 63 years, and across the platforms of radio, television, and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his program, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.”

Over his broadcasting years for both CNN and Ora TV; guests on his show included current or former U.S. presidents, foreign leaders, celebrities, and everyday people. One thing that remained consistent throughout Larry’s interviews is his short and direct questions, as they provided the best answers, and he was right.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Prince and Larry King from CNN

Larry King was born in Brooklyn in 1933. He started his career in 1957 as a radio station manager for WAHR in Miami Beach; In addition to being a station manager, he worked as a Disc Jockey; hosting a show from 9 am-noon and then afternoon newscasts and sportscast. King continued to expand his career and launched the “Larry King Show,” which ran from 1978 to 1994. Larry continued to excel in his career by launching his hit TV show “Larry King Live”; which began airing on CNN in 1985 while simultaneously hosting the Larry King Show. 

The Associated Press estimates that King conducted over 50,000 interviews over his career.

King won two Peabody Awards for his work and inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Broadcasters Hall of Game. Besides hosting his own programs and conducting interviews, he made guest appearances on several TV shows and movies by playing himself. Guest appearances included: 30 Rock, American Crime Story, Bee Movie, Fraiser, Ghostbusters, Law and Order, Primary Colors, and The Closer, to name a few

Celebrities like Ryan Seacrest mourned the loss of the legendary TV and Radio host. Taking to Twitter sharing a photo of King with the caption “I lost a dear friend and mentor. Truly an American treasure. Rest in peace, Larry King.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from @RyanSeacrest paying tribute to Larry King

And rapper 50 cent shared a photo of him and the late Radio and TV host on Twitter with the tweet “R.i.P To the legend Larry king God bless him.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of tweet from @50cent on Twitter paying tribute to Larry King

Larry King had a history of health issues beginning with his first heart attack in 1987. Larry married eight times, with his most recent marriage ending in 2019 from Shawn King. He is survived by his five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Some of my favorite interviews from Larry King include Prince and Lady GaGa What are your favorites? Let me know by sharing them with me on socials @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

10 Fun Activities To-Do Over Winter Break

We did it, we made it through our first full virtual semester, and I am sure you are happy to be done. No more waking up early, studying in between classes, all-nighters, and the best part no more Zoom lectures (at least for a while) and silence that GroupMe app.

Indoor businesses may be closed and gatherings discouraged, so what is there to do now? Here are 10 fun activities to-do over winter break that abide by COVID-19 rules and maintain physical distance.

  1. Host a Virtual Happy Hour with Family & Friends

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Ok, I am sure you are over Zoom calls, especially because you have been on them all semester long and some have been on zoom calls all day from when they wake up to when they go to sleep, but since social gatherings are highly discouraged due to the pandemic it is important for us to still have contact with our social circles. Make the zoom calls fun but sharing the latest life updates, how your semester went, what you hope to change next semester, etc. You can even play games virtually over zoom like among us and chat about in-person to find the imposter.

2. Christmas Light Viewings


Photo Credit: Screenshot from San Diego Family Magazine

San Diego has some of the best houses that have excellent decorations for Christmas lights. Drive around your local neighborhood and see some of the excellent lights that your neighbors put in the effort to decorate year after year. You can also visit other neighborhoods by driving by to see how others decorate their houses. Remember to keep that social distancing by remaining in your car. For a complete list of neighborhoods with Christmas lights go here.

3. Self-host a Movie Marathon



Photo Credit: Screenshot of dining hall from Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Warner Bros Pictures

Die Hard, Elf, and The Polar Express, or a regular movie marathon of some of your favorite movies. Why not? You have the time since you do not have a paper to write or test to study for, enjoy it. Unwinding with your favorite movie is the perfect form of self-care.

4. Complete A Tasty Video



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We’ve all wasted point at one time in our college career by watching those addicting Tasty Videos on YouTube or Instagram so why not put that time waster to good use? Go outside your comfort zone and create something new and not to worry you will not be alone, you will have the video right there in your kitchen with you and who knows, you may like what you whipped up and can make it your own for your family once gatherings are allowed again.

5. Decorate your Room/Home


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Whether you celebrate the holidays or not this is the perfect time to make some changes around your room/home. It is the end of the year, so why not start the new year with a few changes, sure 2020 was full of changes but that does not mean all change is bad. Some suggestions for decorating: Purchase a new piece of artwork from Etsy or e-bay (support small businesses). Change around your Work from Home or virtual school desk set-up. These small changes can be meaningful in your life and affect your mood in a positive way.

6. Catch up on your favorite shows


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Now more than ever is the perfect time to binge-watch your favorite show or start a new show guilt-free since you’ve been busy in school. You may get the message “Are you still watching?” and now you can press yes without any remorse. If you are in need of some new shows to watch visit one of my recent posts where I shared “Quarantine TV Picks” and includes current shows along with throwbacks on multiple streaming services.

7. Make a Gingerbread House


Photo Credit: Gingerbread House from Wilton.com

Every year during Winter Break I take the time to create a gingerbread house. There is something that is therapeutic about creating a gingerbread house. You can purchase a premade gingerbread house where all you have to do is decorate it or purchase one where you have to make it from scratch. How creative are you feeling? The brand I use year after year is Wilton as they make it so easy to build. You can purchase one of these from party city here (subject to availability).

8. Do a TikTok Dance


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If you’re obsessed with TikTok like me or haven’t even used the app before this will be a fun activity. There are many dances out there to chose from on TikTok like “What You Know Bout Love” by Pop Smoke, “Savage Love” by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo, or “Tap In” by Saweetie to name a few. It is a great form of exercise practicing these dances, learning something new, and getting out of your comfort zone. The best part, you have the time to perfect while on break. Download the app and start searching TikTok dances.

9. Start Journaling


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Journaling is an excellent activity for self-care that you can do for fun when you’re upset about something, or when you’re just bored around the house. You make journaling work for you. It can be paragraphs of thoughts, a mixture of paragraphs and photos to describe how you’re feeling, rearranging song lyrics, or making a list of things you want to do after quarantine. This is your creative space. You do not need to have a fancy journal for this activity. Pen and paper around the house will do just fine or the notes app on your phone, but if you are feeling fancy. I recommend the Day One app. Available both on Andriod and iPhone. I use it and it’s awesome. You can incorporate photos, videos, and text all in on entry. I love it because it’s simple to use, secure, and private. Information regarding pricing for Day One is here and you can download the app from the App and Google Play store.

10. Try a New Fitness Class


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Chris Hemsworth in Gym from The Associated Press

All indoor fitness centers are closed, however, there are many that have moved operations outdoors. Try something new over the break like a fitness class. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people while socially distancing and getting in a good workout at the same time. Don’t feel like leaving the house just yet? That’s ok too. There are endless amounts of at-home workouts available on YouTube like Orangetheory Fitness at Home. You can complete this workout with everyday items around your house already and no sign-up is required and they’re free.

Now that have you some ideas for your winter break what do you plan on doing? Hit me up on socials and let me know. @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram. I will definitely be creating a gingerbread house and then eating the creation and watching classic tv shows on the couch with some hot cocoa, an SDSU hoodie, holiday socks, and my favorite blanket. 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

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Mike’s Quarantine Top 10: TV Picks

From nostalgic family-friendly programming to competition shows and documentaries. Here’s what I’ve been watching during the quarantine.

Like everyone else, the KCR Staff has been self-quarantining, hunkered down in our respective living spaces, carefully planning grocery store trips, and six feet physical distancing self workouts in our neighborhood. And like everyone else, I’ve been watching a lot of shows during my downtime to distract, pass the time, or simply unwind. Now that the fall semester has wrapped now’s the perfect time for some new shows. Think of this as your guide to your next binge-watching session.

Jack Ryan [Action] (Amazon Prime)


Screenshot of Jack Ryan Cover Photo from Jack Ryan Facebook Page

In this Action Spy Thriller, Jack Ryan (played by John Krasinki), based on the character of Tom Clancy, follows a C.I.A. analyst. In the first season, we are introduced to Jack Ryan as he is moved from his desk job to fieldwork after uncovering suspicious bank transfers. The bank transfers turn out to be carried by Islamic extremists. The second season takes a different turn and sees Jack in Venezuela’s corrupt political war, which involves nuclear weapons. This show is action-packed and guaranteed to have you hooked. Jack Ryan takes you to various countries around the world without leaving the comfort of your home. Both seasons are currently on Amazon Prime for streaming. Amazon announced in April 2019; the show renewal for season 3, which is on the way.

Perry Mason [Mystery] (HBO)


Screenshot of Perry Mason Cover Photo from HBO Max show site.

This series closes in on the story of defense lawyer Perry Mason, which is based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels. Mr. Mason is not your typical lawyer making hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Mason lives paycheck to paycheck as a low priced private investigator. He is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from time served in the war and troubled marriage. Set in 1932, Los Angeles is booming, but the rest of the United States is still recovering from the Great Depression. A kidnapping gone wrong has Mason searching and exposing a damaged city while uncovering the truth of a horrific crime. Matthew Rhys plays Perry Mason and features fellow cast members Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, and Juliet Rylance. The first episode of the first season is available for free on HBO Max along with all of season 1. (HBO subscription required). Before the season 1 finale, HBO renewed Perry Mason for a second season, coming in 2021.

The Challenge: Total Madness [Competition] (MTV)


Screenshot of The Challenge Total Madness Title Card from MTV Show Site

The Challenge is one show that keeps on going and let me tell you; there is no stopping this show any time soon. In its thirty-fifth season of the MTV reality competition series. The Challenge: Total Madness brings alum from The Real World, Are You the One?, Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother UK, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Georgie Shore, Ex on the Beach (U.S. & U.K. version), Shipwrecked, and Survival of the Fittest to compete for their chance at $1 million. Locked inside a bunker, each week, contestants compete in groups or individually to avoid elimination. Challenges this season included dropping an explosion of items, drifting in cars to knock down as many things as possible, extreme swimming challenges, and endurance competitions. The Challenge will have you shouting at your T.V., cheering your favorite players each episode. You can stream the entire season of The Challenge: Total Madness at MTV.com or the MTV App from the App Store or Google Play Store (Cable login required for streaming).

Down to Earth with Zac Efron [Documentary] (Netflix)

In this eight-episode web-based documentary, viewers are taken around the world with heartthrob Zac Efron. Efron and Darin Olien, who is also Executive Producer of the series, travel to various countries such as France, Puerto Rico, London, Iceland, Costa Rica, Pery, and Sardina. During each episode, they focus on the theme of travel, life experiences, green energy, nature, and sustainable living practices. You can watch all eight episodes of this informative documentary on Netflix now (Subscription Required). You can also visit the official Down to Earth with Zac Efron website for more resources and information from the first season.

White Collar [Drama] (Hulu)


Photo Credit: Screenshot of White Collar Cast from White Collar Facebook Page

In this riveting procedural drama, forger, thief, and con artist Neal Caffery (Matt Bomer) is captured during a three year game of capture the criminal with F.B.I. Special Agent Peter Burke (Tim Dekay). Caffery has three months left of a four-year sentence decides to break out of prison to pursue his girlfriend, Kate Monroe. Special agent Burke captures Caffery again and puts him back in jail. Only this time around, Caffery strikes a deal to assist agent Burke in the apprehension of other White Collar criminals sought by the F.B.I. as a part of a new work-release program. White Collar is the perfect show to unplug to after a long day, while it is an F.B.I. show that is more on the lighter side. White Collar originally ran from 2009 – 2014 for a total of 6 seasons (81 episodes). You can watch the entire series of White Collar on Hulu* at the Hulu website or download the Hulu app for iPhone or Android. *Hulu subscription required for viewing.

Chrisley Knows Best [Reality] (USA Network/Peacock)


Photo Credit: Chrisley Knows Best Season 8 Cast Photo from show official website

This hilarious reality show follows the life of southern Multimillionaire real estate mogul and entrepreneur Todd Chrisley and his family living an over-the-top lifestyle. Still, like any other family, there are problems and, of course, drama. Todd treats life like he does business with no B.S. and doesn’t care who he gets upset with. Todd is known for micromanaging his family and the money they spend; nothing is out of order in the Chrisley household, at least to Todd’s belief. Unlike other reality shows, this one feels more organic as you see everything the family is going through; Simultaneously, it is a lot more positive., there is always enough drama to leave you satisfied because what is reality T.V. without the drama? You can stream all previous episodes of Christley Knows Best on the N.B.C. Universal streaming service Peacock and catch new episodes on U.S.A. Network.

Defending Jacob [Psychological Thriller] (Apple TV+)


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Defending Jacob Main Cast Barber Family from Apple TV+ Show Site

Apple TV+ launched a year ago, and I was skeptical because I thought to myself, what could Apple bring to the entertainment industry? They are known for electronics, after all. Well, they delivered and brought some solid entertainment. Defending Jacob is one of those shows that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This miniseries is about the barber family, whose lives are interrupted when their son is accused of murdering a classmate. The miniseries stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, and Jaeden Martell. Based on the book from William Landay’s novel “Defending Jacob.” You can stream* the entire miniseries on AppleTV+ on your all apple products and on the Apple TV+ app through select smart T.V.s. Free trial new subscribers available. *Subscription to Apple TV+ Required

MTV Unplugged (Music/Special) [MTV]


Photo Credit: Screenshot of MTV Unplugged Title Card from MTV Unplugged YouTube Page

While I have listed some great T.V. shows to check out and still have a few more to tell you, I wanted to mention MTV Unplugged. While this is more of a music special that does not have a set number of episodes released every week throughout the year, this is one of those shows that comes out as artists decide to open up to their fans. One thing that has helped me personally through quarantine is music. We cannot attend concerts in persona and probably won’t be able to for the next little while, but thankful for the recorded shows and Instagram lives that some artists are hosting, but most of all, I am grateful for MTV Unplugged. For those who don’t know, MTV Unplugged is a music series that showcases artists and artists on the rise in the music industry performing acoustic versions of their songs. Some of my favorite episodes include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Shawn Mendes, Alicia Keys, and Rod Stewart. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, MTV organized an MTV Unplugged at Home special consisting of 15 episodes. You can watch these episodes on the MTV app for iPhone and Android and MTV.com.

One Tree Hill (Drama) [Hulu]


Photo Credit: Original One Tree Hill Cast Photo from One Tree Hill Facebook Page

This scripted drama follows the lives of young adults work, going to school, and starting their own lives in the fictional town of Tree Hill, North Carolina. The most important thing in town is the Basketball Team, where we are introduced to half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott. They start as rivals but eventually repair the wedge their biological father, Dan Scott, has placed between them. Along with improving their relationship, brothers are trying to balance their work and social life. One Tree Hill originally ran from 2003 – 2012 for 187 episodes, which ran over 9 seasons. You can watch the entire series of One Tree Hill on Hulu* at the Hulu website or download the Hulu app for iPhone or Android. *Hulu subscription required for viewing. *Hulu subscription required for viewing.

Siesta Key (Docu-Soap) [MTV & CBS All Access]


Photo Credit: Current Siesta Key Cast Photo from Siesta Key Facebook Pag

From the producers of the 2004 hit Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County Siesta Key follows a group of young adults addressing problems of betrayal, love, friendship, family, and adulthood as they spend their summer in their home town of Siesta Key, Florida. MTV cameras get full access to this group as they figure where they want to go in life and, more importantly, who they are. This show will keep your eyes glued to your screens as there is no shortage of drama. You can binge all seasons of Siesta Key on MTV.com. CBS. All access, or on the MTV app for iPhone and Android

Let me know on socials which shows you check out and end up binging by hitting me up on Twitter or Instagram @MikeStarkCA

Written By: Mike Stark



Feeling Stuck? 5 Ways to get Yourself Up Again

2020 has been insane. Between coronavirus, quarantine, the election, virtual school, and the regular everyday stressors, we may get stuck. It’s ok, though; we’re in the middle of a pandemic. The important thing is getting yourself back up when you’re feeling stuck. Here are 5 activities to lift your spirits

1.  Journaling: I know what you’re thinking; what’s the point? In the abbreviated words of my rocker listening/motorcycling therapist, journaling is a mindfulness activity that is good for you. It gets everything out of your head and on paper, causing your mind to slow down, something that happens when you are anxious or stressed. You do not need a fancy journal or an expensive app to do this activity. You can use the notes app on your phone and then lock the note or go old school with some pen and paper around the house and then shred or keep your entry in a binder.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Individual journaling from NAMI.

2. Sweat-It-Out: I cannot describe how good I feel after taking an outdoor Orange Theory Class. When you are stressed out, the last thing you want to do is go for a run or take an at-home fitness class but trust me when I say afterward; you will feel much better you did because those endorphins will lift your spirits.

3. Blast your Favorite Playlist: Create a playlist of your favorite songs, and when you are feeling down, blast that playlist in your house and feel free to dance around shaking off those blues.

4. Socialize: Socialize, but not on social media. Connect with a friend or family member via facetime or zoom. By nature, we are social creatures, so when we connect with people, we love this improves our mood. Even if you are struggling, reach out to a friend and let them know what’s up but don’t overwhelm them. Let them know why you are struggling and see if talking it out helps. If not, you can always seek help from a campus therapist (619-594-5220) who can guide you in the right direction of getting you the help you need.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Zoom Meeting from Zoom.Us Blog

5. Get your dose of Vitamin D: Getting out to get some Vitamin D has proved to improve mood, be sure to keep your physical distance and wear a mask, but head to the beach, bay, or your favorite park and lay down soaking up the sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

What tips will you be trying, or songs have you added to your self-care playlist? Let me know by hitting me up on socials @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram.

Written By: Mike Stark