Lars got his start in radio at age 16 spinning records (remember 45s?) and reading news, sports and weather (twice an hour) on KTIL (The Mighty 1590) from a little cinderblock building on the edge of a cow pasture in Tillamook, Oregon (75 miles West of Portland, Oregon).
36 years later, he’s only moved 75 miles east to Portland and light years to “the Right”. Emmy and Peabody award winner Lars Larson brings nearly four decades of experience as a radio and television journalist to the microphone for six hours of the best talk radio in America. Six hours of daily prep keep The Lars Larson Show on top of the news and top-of-mind for listeners across the country.
Along the way, Lars has worked for more than a dozen radio stations and five television stations. Today, Lars holds down the fort from 12pm – 4pm on Radio Northwest flagship FM NEWS 101 KXL. His local talk show airs on seventeen stations in the Pacific Northwest (and earns him the biggest local talk radio audience in the region).
You've no doubt heard the news about the manhunt in California for Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer suspected of going on a murderous rampage involving members of and related to the LAPD. His motive apparently stems from his anger at the LAPD, and the way he was dismissed from the department.
Dorner claims to have multiple weapons at his disposal, including a .50 BMG which can inflict severe damage on someone.
50 Cal BMG Rifle. Photo Courtesy of BigCommerce.com
Dorner says that he on a mission to clear his name, and that these murders are a necessary evil to accomplish that goal. Dorner posted a 14-page manifesto on his facebook page and says that "The violence of action will be high...I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warefare to those in LAPD uniform whether on duty or off."
The manhunt continues as I write this post.
Lt. Justin Gombos served with Dorner in the Navy, called into my show today, and said that hearing the news regarding Dorner made his sick to his stomach. Lt. Gombos also recounted experiences that he had with Dorner.
If police need an eye in the sky, I don’t care what they use to get that perspective. I can understand why someone growing pot in their backyard might not want a police drone flying over their house. Unfortunately the ability to continue committing crime is not a valid argument for privacy. What I’m talking about is catching the criminal.
Some of you called the show today and tried to paint the picture of stealth government drones lurking outside our bedroom windows, watching every move we make. If you catch a glimpse of anything like that, snap a picture and send it my way. Until then, I’m finding myself leaning towards allowing police to use these tools to catch the bad guys. We’ll have a different conversation once the purpose of the drones moves past stopping crime.
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