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Southern California, now and then: Celebrating 30 years of a region




The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
Supporters look on as California Governor Gray Davis (C) concedes the recall election to challenger Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on October 7, 2003 .
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrates his victory over Democrat Treasurer Phil Angelides on Election Night in Los Angeles, California on November 7, 2006. .
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
US Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole delivers a speech on Hollywood's movie making values on a sound stage at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles on July 30, 1996. .
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
Then US president Ronald Reagan protecting himself from chilling winds at Los Angeles International Airport on December 29, 1987 as he boards Air Force One for a flight to Palm Springs, CA, where the first family spent New Year's Eve.
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
Defendant O.J. Simpson (C) cheers while standing with his attorneys F. Lee Bailey (L) and Johnnie Cochan Jr (R), after hearing the not guilty verdict in his criminal murder trial, Los Angeles, California on October 3, 1995.
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
People and their belongings line a sidewalk across from a burned out apartment in Los Angeles. The apartment was attached to a row of stores that were burned and looted, 30 April 1992. 
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign at Rosewood Elementary School in Westwood on Feb. 11, 1987.
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
3rd Street looking east toward Flower Street and the 3rd Street Tunnel. Office towers are seen on Bunker Hill in 1995.
Los Angeles Public Library
The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
Five-term LA Mayor Tom Bradley speaks at AIDS Walk LA 1988.
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The 10th annual Brentwood Parade started after the 5K and 10K morning runs. The parade which ran down San Vicente Boulevard, featured rare animals and rare entertainers all in a row on May 24, 1985.
Cars lie smashed by the collapsed Interstate 5 connector few hours after Northridge earthquake in Sylmar, California.
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The year was 1985. On April 1, at Pasadena City College, a young broadcaster by the name of Larry Mantle sat behind a KPCC microphone and hosted a show called "AirTalk." 

At the time, a gallon of gas cost about $1.10 and a postage stamp cost 22 cents. The compact disc, the Super Mario Brothers and New Coke were introduced to America. Microsoft released the first version of Windows and the first .com domain name was registered. All while Ronald Reagan served as President of the United States. 

30 years later, that same broadcaster still sits behind a KPCC microphone and continues to bring his loyal listeners the latest in news, entertainment, and culture from Southern California.

Join us as Larry Mantle celebrate 30 years to the day of hosting the region’s longest continuously-running daily talk radio program (no April Fooling) with a special 2-hour live broadcast from our Crawford Family Forum. True to form, Larry and special guests will address the issues of the day as well as take a look at Southern California then and now with a conversation on what’s to come. There may even be a few surprises!

Scroll down for awesome content from today's celebration and from Larry's career.

Here are some notable interviews from yesteryear, including a Q&A on Scientology from 1988, which Larry says was one of the toughest he's done in 30 years: 

Oh, and then there's the overwhelming amount of wonderful Twitter love we got from listeners, fans, show guests, KPCC colleagues, and even a couple of elected officials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sincerest thanks to everyone who was a part of making today special for Larry and to everyone who has helped over the years! The show wouldn't be at 30 without you!

With #KPCClove,

The AirTalk Team

 



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