I Used To Be In Radio
a journey through a career in broadcast news
Here's a video segment. In it, I'm talking with Karen Allyn on her television program.
I discuss one aspect of The Case
interviewed by Karen Allyn
comments about the book:
"I Used To be In Radio will take you on a journey like no other. You will meet unusual radio people and discover the inner workings of stations that will have you laughing out loud. It will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes, but in the end you will have traveled a route that very few people could have handled. But somehow, someway, Larry did, for which I truly admire him.
Picture yourself, an award winning journalist, sentenced to 18 months at a federal prison camp, a comfortable life suddenly uprooted. It makes you wonder; if it happened to Larry, could it happen to me?
I Used To be In Radio...a must read"
Voice of the Maryland Terrapins
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Radio Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame
"Few journalists will ever experience the heights or depths of Larry Matthews’ career in radio. He covered some of the greatest stories of his generation, but never got to tell his side of the ugly story that sent him to a federal prison. It’s a story every citizen should read and heed."
Former News Director WMAL Radio and Television
Recipient of Distinguished Service Award/Society of Professional Journalists
Board of Governors/ Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
"Larry Matthews’ book is an insightful look at the early days of news radio in an environment (Washington, D.C.) that monitored every twist and turn of politics and war. He started in radio as so many of us did -- kids wet behind the ears, but with a passion to be part of a great, evolving story. For a young man, it was an incredible high to be told that the President of the United States had a button under his desk where he could listen to you on the radio in the nation’s capitol! Ultimately, that passion put Larry deeper into the story than he imagined or was prepared for as he investigated a taboo subject. It landed him in a Federal penitentiary for 16 months. But even his prison experience added to the many rich stories that make up his life, a learning experience that continues even now. For Larry, there is life after radio."
Former Executive Producer/All Things Considered
Public Radio Consultant
"Read this book, and then do something remarkable. Larry tried to make a difference. Maybe you can make a difference too."
David H. Lawrence, XVII
Actor (NBC's Heroes)
Syndicated radio talk show host
"A compelling story. Larry Matthews is one of the genuinely great journalists of our time."
Host of The Jim Bohannon Show
Copyright 2009. Lawrence Charles Matthews,Jr. All rights reserved.