Larry is our Program and News Director for Radio Hendersonville, Inc. This means he's responsible for the content and quality of programs you hear on WHKP. In addition to doing the daily local news and weather beginning early each morning on "The Good Morning, Morning Hendersonville Show with Chuck Finley, he also reports and directs all the "local" news gathering and reporting, special news coverage, and station editorials.
Keeping our community well informed has been his top priority for most of his adult, working life. Larry first joined WHKP in November, 1963 when, while a sophomore at Hendersonville High School, he was assigned to cover for our radio stations (WHKP-AM and FM) details of and local reaction to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He attended Hendersonville public schools and graduated from Hendersonville High School. He also attended University of North Carolina-Asheville where he studied Liberal Arts and Political Science.
Over the years, Larry has worked at WLOS-TV in Asheville and WSPA-TV in Spartanburg. He has been active in community affairs throughout his career. He has served on the Mayor's Committee on Human Relations, the Courthouse Committee,and the county Planning Board.
In 2009, Larry was elected to the Mills River Town Council. He has served on the board of directors of Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital and the hospital board's Finance Committee.
He and his wife Karen live in the Mills River community. Larry is a 32nd degree mason, a member of the scottish rite, and is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is a member and former deacon of Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church. They have three daughters and one son...two cats and three dogs, Sassie, Chloe and Tate. Larry and WHKP News and Public Affairs have won numerous awards over the years from both Associated Press and United Press International for best radio local news coverage, broadcast editorials, and "feature" news stories in North and South Carolina.
In 2009, Larry was recognized by the Abraham Kuykendall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with their Man Of The Year award for community service.