Fans of Larry B. Nelson
Remembering the KOMO Breakfast Table
Anyone who ever enjoyed the old KOMO Husky tailgate shows will appreciate this special audio tribute to Lar produced by Tim Hunter, Eric McKaig and a cast of thousands. Well, really just a few old friends. But they meant well.
One of Larry's favorite Christmas traditions was playing "Stop the Cavalry." Did you know how that tradition came to be? KOMO News Director Brian Calvert tells the story. Thanks to Tim Hunter for sending this in.
Here's an aircheck of some of Larry's work, put together by Tim Hunter.
Larry, the diplomat. In 1986 the KOMO Morning Show went to Geneva for the peace talks between Reagan and Gorbachev. Here is part of an awards submission produced by Eric McKaig. Thanks to Charlie Harger at KOMO for passing this along.
Thanks to former KOMO newsie, Roger B. Nelson, here are some Larry Nelson secrets that can finally be revealed.
Some of the best moments at the old KOMO Breakfast came when Larry's first producer was brought in. Things were never the same once Tim Hunter came aboard.
Another of Larry's producers remembers the early hours, the long days, and the many lessons learned. Here's Heidi's story of how one guy could always be optimistic at 4 a.m.
Here's a classic Larry story sent in by Joe Coburn.
Larry the Matchmaker! Here's another great Larry story from Tom McCarthy.
Those who toiled in radio in the wee hours of the morning had certain rituals to get them through each day. Larry had many, but so did those who helped set the KOMO Breakfast Table. Turns out Jaynie Dillon still practices her radio rituals.
Few people have more Seattle radio stories to tell than the legendary Dick Curtis. Here's his favorite Larry tale.
The sound Larry created over the years was something very special. One former co-worker spread the word far and wide after leaving 4th and Denny. Here's Ken Kohl's story.
Expect the unexpected. That was all part of Larry's KOMO Breakfast Table magic. Here's a story from Jennifer Beschel Austin that illustrates how it was the same for co-workers as it was for listeners.
Larry mentored and helped many up and coming broadcasters over the years. Always willing to share his knowledge. Here's a great story from one grateful Klem Daniels.
Who knew? Turns out Larry Nelson used to work in Georgia. Here's the story.
When it comes to radio in the Pacific Northwest, no voice was more familiar or friendlier than Larry Nelson's. On Nov. 29, 2007 that lovable voice was silenced. In the three weeks before he left us we had the chance to let him know just how much he meant to all of us. Through an avalanche of email and two heart-wrenching memorial services, hundreds of us told stories, remembered how he touched our lives in some way, thanked him, and generally tried to give back some of the love and happiness he gave to so many for so long. He and his wife, Gina were able to read and reply to many. He was overwhelmed and deeply touched by it all.
Those who knew him know Larry loved his family, friends, telling stories on the radio, helping people, and sharing a good joke. He also loved his home to be tidy, his belongings in order - symmetry. I think the last few weeks were quite apropos. Some of what he gave so freely came back around. A fitting end to a life well lived. He would have liked that.
To everyone who wrote and stopped by, know that it meant a lot to all of us. Thanks VERY much for taking the time...and for listening. - Stan Orchard
KOMO Radio aired a tribute to Larry. It contains highlights of his career, comments from old friends and colleagues, and captures some of the history that Larry laid out on the Breakfast Table for so many years. A remarkable story. Listen to it here.
Fans, former co-workers, and old friends sent in hundreds of messages thanking Larry for all the memories. Here are just some of the many we've received. If you have something you'd like to share, drop us a line.
My goal was always to make Larry laugh! In the process of broadcasting Snow Reports with Larry for 17 years, I had to really be on my toes as I called Larry at 6:48 every morning in the Winter to broadcast the daily Snow Report. Thankfully, I started my 65 Radio Station broadcasting process at 5:22 AM and by the time the call to Larry was made, I was really warmed up. One Martin Luther King Holiday, I made the call to Larry and he asked what the Snow Conditions were like for the day - and for some reason, I just enthusiastically said "I've BEEN to the Mountain Top - and here are the Conditions!!!" ...and, he cracked up so much that later that day, a great friend a Advertising Executive in Seattle told me that he had to pull off I-5 and stop the car because he was laughing so hard. It was an honor, a pleasure, a delight - and, a whole lot of fun making that call to Larry every morning a giving my report - and, I don't even think he skied, but he pretended to be engaged and interested every single time. My best wishes to the family and as a community of literally millions and millions of people over the course of 30 years, we were all lucky to have participated in his the life that he shared with us all. -- Jake Moe
I was 18 and Larry was 21. We had a singing group called "The Shades." I was the "girl singer" with the group. This was long before Larry became an "icon" in Seattle radio. We married and had a beautiful son named Jeff. Larry deserved his "icon" status. He worked very hard to get there. He was funny, talented and extremely hard working. Our son has accepted the mantel and is doing a superb job on the radio in Bend, Oregon. Larry taught him well...by example. Jeff has the number one morning show. Larry was very proud of his "number one son." My thoughts and prayers go out to Larry's widow, Gina. I am so thankful my Jeff is there to help her get through this trying time. Godspeed Lar. You were a wonderful father. - Diane
I met Larry in 1972. I was 6 years old and he was the most likable guy I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I will go to my grave remembering his smile and voice. I remember getting a joke book as a second grader when he was over for dinner one night not long after I'd met him. I memorized some wildly inappropriate jokes (for a six year-old anyway) and he re-told them on the air the next day. The only punch-line I can remember now is "titmouse". I was so proud to hear my name, age, and jokes on the radio. Little did I know that thousands of people were probably falling off of their chairs laughing. Larry wasn't getting to the punch-lines without cracking up himself. I drifted away after high-school, but there will always be a spot in my heart for Larry and his family. My deepest sympathies to Gina, Jeff, Bill, Vince, Paul, and John. The glowing memories of Larry that I've read here are spot on. He was a special guy. - Jerry
I've been reading all of Larry's messages, feeling sad...but feeling so blessed to have known him. Everything everyone has said is so true. His wit, his kindness, his good heart. These are such cherished memories. I've never enjoyed radio as much as I did when Larry was on the air...with his great team. I started as a listener and was inspired to seek radio as a career. Larry was one of my teachers at Ron Bailie's. Fortunately for me, I ended up at KOMO working with Larry as part of the radio sales team for almost 10 years. I learned so much from him. How often he made me and my clients laugh. Everyone wanted Larry...and it's no wonder. He was the best. Even though he's no longer with us physically, I'll still hear his voice and see his smile. Thanks for those wonderful memories, Larry. To Gina and his sons, our thoughts and prayers are with you, especially this holiday season. - Rio Rita and Barry
Hello, I was driving home from an appointment when I first heard your tribute to Larry Nelson. I just want you to know how much it touched my heart. My mother, who is 94 and now has Alzheimer's, had a sewing room when I was a kid. She spent many hours there, with Larry always on the radio nearby. Your show was so awesome, I could actually see and feel the entire experience of those broadcasts so vividly with my dear mother sitting at her sewing machine. When I got to the restaurant to meet my son for dinner, I sat down and promptly burst into tears. My son is a gentle soul, much like Larry I thought. And, he wouldn't mind his mother's tears about the loss of someone who had such a huge impact on so many of us regular listeners. He made us "ordinary people" always feel a connection. Thanks to KOMO and all the voices in that tribute that I remember so well. Thanks again. - Nancy Lotto
I worked with Larry Nelson in the 1970's and 1980's at KOMO. He hired me as afternoon drive DJ, and it was a pleasure to work with Larry all those years. He always had a smile on his face and a good word for everyone. I saw Larry a few weeks ago because he surprised me by coming into Starbucks, where I frequently have coffee. We had a great chat. What was so great about Larry is that he never forgot his friends--and he was always kind. My best to all of Larry's family. - Dick Cross
I was a big fan of KOMO 1000 back in the early 1990's cause I was a big fan of two shows that were on there, Tom Snyder (which KOMO aired in the evenings) and of course Larry Nelson! I remember in February 25, 1992 calling Larry on his show because the evening before I was on "The Tom Snyder Show" and told him my experience what was it like to go on his show and chatting with his guest Deidre Hall of "Days of Our Lives" fame. Larry was thrilled that I made it on Tom's show and congratulated me for going on the air because not too many people from Seattle call his show and I was one of those lucky guys who got a chance to talk to a well known TV celebrity in Deidre Hall! Larry was a great guy and he will be missed! - Patrick Hirang
I listened to Larry for 30 years. He was a part of our family. He was the reason we listened to KOMO. I just listened to the tribute on KOMO's web site. I feel a great emptiness since hearing of his passing. It was soooo nice to hear his voice on some of his past broadcasts. I really enjoyed the "Cup of Christmas Tea." There will never be another Larry, or maybe there will be. Jeff! All my best to his Friends and Family. - John Ebner
My two sisters and I grew up in the 80's and THE ONLY radio station we ever listened to at home and in the car was KOMO. I will always remember Larry Nelson and especially his Rich's Woodstoves & Spas Etc. commercialsJ. He had the nicest smoothest voice to listen to, now that I am in my 30's I still have not forgotten him. My entire family has been touched by his loss and our hearts go out to the family. - Michelle Davis
My favorite memory of Larry, other than his deep, resonate voice, engaging personality and quick wit, was his soulful rendition of "A Cup of Christmas Tea." I will never forget the first time I heard him recite it on air. My wife and I were lying in bed listening to Larry's show. When he started, we were immediately drawn into an intimate word picture and by the end we had tears in our eyes. Over the years, we traded many Swedish-Norwegian barbs, as well as entertained Husky sponsors. He was the consummate teacher and professional. It was an honor to know and work with him. - Bill Krippaehne
When I was just out of the service in 1991 my daughter and I landed in Marysville. I discovered Larry Nelson on KOMO and fell in love with the Breakfast table. Every weekday morning I would listen to Larry as I drove to school. Larry was part of my morning ritual as I drove to the espresso stand for my daily double tall, skinny mocha. When I got to school, I often wouldn't want to get out of the car as Larry always had something funny, wise or inspirational to say. I'm happy to say I got to meet Larry. One weekend in the San Juans I was walking the marina boardwalk at Roche Harbor. I had never seen a picture of Larry but I heard this voice, and immediately, I recognized it. I had to ask, "are you Larry Nelson from KOMO radio?" He smiled and said, "yes." I told him how much I love his morning show. He was very gracious and said thank you. I felt like I had met a movie star as I know so many people loved Larry. You could tell by the phone calls that Larry would take on the air. I miss that morning show- still it is my favorite! - Lisa Johnston
Larry was an icon. While I only met him once he and Hardwicke were Seattle radio. They owned the market. I was in competition with Larry at KIRO Radio. It took us taking the Sonics away from KOMO that put us #1. We could not beat Lar! There is no question that Larry touched the hearts of radio listeners. Just look at the response and media coverage. God broke the mold when he made Larry. There will never be another like him. - Bill Wippel
I was about 5 years old when I first started listening to Larry when my mom would be up making our school lunches in the early 1970's. I can remember listening to all the cool songs and music he dug up from who knows where. I loved the songs. He was the one who got my mom and me interested in listening to The Beatles and Paul McCartney. I can remember when he played Mull of Kintyre for the first time and how cool it sounded. I also loved to hear Scotch On The Rocks, which no one ever plays anymore. Larry had a wonderful voice and it was a joy and pleasure to listen to him. Thanks for sharing a wonderful talent. - Lori Haun
I just dug out my recorded collection of the special KOMO tunes Larry used to play. I have finished hearing Six White Boomers, and Christmas in the Trenches. Stop the Cavalry is playing now. The next one will bring me to tears. It his recording of A Cup of Christmas Tea. His wonderful voice and beautiful narration makes the poem so special. I recorded this collection many years ago. I will really treasure it now. I listened to him for many years and saw him twice when he did on the road broadcasts. Even this past year when I would hear one of his commercials on the radio, I instantly knew it was him. He brightened many lives. - Linda Jensen
Like everyone else, I too listened to Larry over the years, growing up at home and then latter on my own. It's funny how you can seem to think of a person as a friend, that you never really met. I spoke with him one time off the air with some question for "Lar's Lookers" and was struck that he actually answered the phone and that he took the time to just chat with me. I was choked up when I listened to his final broadcast on KOMO and I'm choked up now. God Bless. - John Winden
I knew him not through the radio, but through his son, Paul. Paul and I went to school together and were dates at our Freshman Homecoming (Fall 1994). Larry helped Paul ask me to Homecoming at his Lake Sammamish condo (he was our waiter - he even draped a napkin over his arm as he served us). Then for the dance he was one of the parent drivers - even playing Nine Inch Nails quite loudly on his car stereo as we drove from dinner to the dance - a band I'm sure he'd never really heard of. He talked about the dance on the radio the next morning so I was told by my parents (I didn't get up that early back then). I saw him a few times through the rest of our high school years but lost touch with Paul after graduation. Larry - you are certainly never to be forgotten. Lots of love to his entire family - Alicia (Jorg) Moneyhun
For a guy who wears sweaters, you sure have had long coat tails. StanO's news department featured the best years of storytelling in Seattle radio, and all of us are proud of the work we did. But we all know that you made it possible, because you built the station, bringing in the audience every day, and showing us how to connect. People would always ask, "what's Larry REALLY like?" And what a pleasure to answer that you really are the guy they heard on the radio: smart and funny, both earnest and wise-cracking, warm and grounded and incredibly generous. Thank you for all you've done to help me grow professionally and, especially, personally. Love and hugs - Gina Tuttle (the Other Gina!)
There were so many, many favorite stories from our 15 or so years together it's difficult to pare them down and fit on this webpage. I would have to say our tailgate party in England was one of the best. We made great morning radio happen at 4 in the afternoon from a Wimbledon pub and the Harrad's department store. You liked Wimbledon tennis so much, you decided to stay instead of taking the tube back into London ! When we took the breakfast table out to Puget Sound restaurants, listeners showed how much they adored you by turning out ....just because. They had to match the face and the warm, gentle voice that nudged them out of bed. Entire vans of seniors came out to see LAR... a very large group at the McDonald's in Bremerton. The Husky Tailgate Party was and is the best live radio Seattle will ever have. You were the master of a 3-ringed radio circus. Spontaneous , unrehearsed magic! How you pulled off some of those shows I'll never know. Best of the best.........the Rose Bowl tailgates from the golf course, and the big Dawgfather New Year's Eve birthday party in the Anaheim convention center. Larry, the best advice you gave me .... be yourself , and if you make a mistake... so what? It's radio. Thanks for the professional guidance, and your friendship ...you're the best, Captain. - Swartzy
I recall Larry's professional manner but this especially: People always told me to put a smile in my voice as I broadcast but I never could. Larry had that thing. A smile in his voice. Thank you Larry, for the smiles. - Connie McDougall
Larry, you set the bar so high and your personality shined so brightly for so many decades. All of us owe you and huge "THANK YOU," for shaping so many careers. God Bless. - Gary Crow
My mother and I and my young daughter listened every morning while getting ready for work and school. I was able to listen in the car on my way across the Evergreen Point bridge. It really helped to pass the time in that bridge backup on my way to Northwest Hospital. My assistant Marlene T. and your former neighbor, knew how much I loved your program. One year she managed to have you sign a birthday card for me. Now, I'm the grandmother and as I drive through Hobart to visit my daughter in Ravensdale I always think about you and Stan and the teasing that went on about downtown Hobart with its one store. That store is still there and the big tree across the street will have its lights on soon. Those days gave me good memories so thanks to both of you. And I still have that birthday card because it is priceless. My thoughts and prayers are with you Larry. Thanks - Kay Shirley
Although we were never close friends, I can still list you in the 'true legends of Seattle radio' that I had the pleasure of working with ... the many hours I spent listening to you and learning from your work will be with me for my lifetime. During my days in the record business I found a person who was willing to listen, willing to take the risk and willing to take me up on a few 'dates' with artists that many thought would never make it.......Charlie Rich comes to mind. I have photos of you and Charlie at a Lake Union restaurant. As I recall, you loved the man's music and that appreciation drove me to promote and work with Charlie for many years to come. You may recall that the record you really believed would be a hit....turned out to be a big hit. "Behind Closed Doors". But then.....you knew he was a true artist far before that visit to Seattle. You have a 'gift' of vocal expression that few are ever given. You have used that gift as well as anyone I can think of.... Who can ever forget the "Chuck Olsen Chevrolet" commercials?? He owes you big time! The 'smile' in your voice, the sincerity of your delivery. Truly the best I've ever heard. You are truly a legend of Seattle radio. My best to you and your family. - Dan Walker
You've always been a class act. All my best wishes. - Darsie Bard
I think of you with love and great fondness each day. While I have permitted things and others to control too much of my life, you are and always will be one I admire for exhibiting the courage to be different and to walk your own path. You have made a difference in the lives of many while maintaining a truly humble nature. Warmest Regards. - Monty D. Grau
Just another old workmate in your corner!!! Believe it or not, you've always been a great friend, teacher and a very positive person in my life. All those unforgettable years at KOMO....Wimbledon, etc...can never be forgotten. Thinking about you a lot and praying for you. Love Ya Man. - Dean Smokoff
I listened to your program everyday for many years, and I enjoyed your beautiful voice very much. I miss you now that your not on the radio, but I do recognize your voice on advertisements sometimes. I'm sorry about your illness. I enjoyed your story about the Christmas Tea read on the radio monday morning. May God bless you and your family as they go through these trying times. Your faithful listener. - Jean Graham
As a former KOMO COUNTRY fan, living on the Interbay side of Queen Anne Hill, our family could relate to your Ballard lore and Scandinavian humor, as in those days we considered Ballard a Sister City across the Canal. :-) Later, my work took me to other Washington Towns and Cities, but always, KOMO was the station of choice. I was never a "morning person" but you helped me "rise and shine" and motivated me to get out there and make something good of the day! In the 70's and 80's, my widowed Mother always had KOMO in the foreground or background of her day as well and during our daily phone chats, we would often commissurate about some wisdom or other that you had imparted. You really were the "Friend of the Family" with your easy going, compassionate, warm and likeable radio persona. I can remember your loving mention of your own family and the unabashed pride you showed in them. I was touched by your soft-talk to your new little baby son, just knowing that he was understanding every word - for future reference! You truly made it an intergenerational Family Show. On one occasion in the early 80's. while living in Olympia, I came to Seattle to bring my Mother back with me for a few days. As we proceeded to my car, she commented that "Larry was off sick today". Of course, my brain went into instant rewind to retrieve the identity of the person to whom her statement referred. But I was at a loss to recall a neighbor, relative, or personal associate by that name who would have brought such concern and disappointment to her day. I finally had to ask her to be more specific - upon which she rather impatiently advised that it was "Larry on the Radio" of course! Of Course!! And - to echo others, your genuine believability really did authenticate the products you advertised - whether it was a Chevrolet, Dux Bed, or Home Appliance! That personal touch really validated the "whatever" as a "must have"! "Oh the Comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person....." Larry -- Thank You for all your "breath(s) of kindness" during your public career! What a Guy!! Prayerfully. - Mary Ellen (Switter) Estes
Had dinner the other evening with a mutual friend and much of our conversation evolved around how much we truly enjoyed listening to Larry and the "MorningShow". In my case radio 1000 was my alarm clock at that ungodly hour of the morning. Actually you made those morning get-ups enjoyable. Kept me and many of your listeners on our toes for those subtle untruths. Maybe fibs would be a better choice of words. I concluded it was really just a test of your audience to see if anyone was listening. Even Mr. Seabloom would give you A+ for your effort. Could go on & on with the many memories of the past but would be repeating many your friends have already posted. Just want say in closing that its been a real privilege to be a classmate and friend. God Bless. - Ralph Holm
This is T.J. Garlatz, son of Ted Garlatz Jr. I just wanted to wish you the best, and thank you for all of your love and support to my father and grandfather over the years. I know that you were a very important part of my grandfather's life, and I often listen to the tape of your KOMO tribute to him after he passed away. I especially liked how you emphasized how my grandfather was who he was because he cared about people. After talking with my dad over the past few weeks, it is apparent how much you still mean to him. He has told me many great stories that involve you over the years, including how you gave radio announcements on the air as my mom was in the hospital giving birth to me. Not many kids come into the world with the city of Seattle knowing the details. I still get a big kick out of the prank that you played on the other radio stations with my grandfather about the oil spill on the bridge. I personally remember meeting up with you and the KOMO tailgate crew before Husky games when I was young. Good luck to you both, and I'm hoping for the best. - T.J. Garlatz
You were my morning routine getting ready for work for at least 20-25 years. I want you to know how much I appreciated and came to love you over those years. Two things particularly stand out: !) When you somehow were able to bring the Stop the Cavalry recording at Christmastime (when no one else had it). Second, and most meaningful to me, was your reading of A Cup of Christmas Tea. I bought a whole set of dishes based on your reading of it. I recorded it off the radio one year when you read it but unfortunately it is on an 8-track cassette that is unusable any more. I always waited for you to record it professionally so listeners could buy the C.D. or whatever but I never found it. Thanks for always being "up" and cheerful even on our many rainy days. I hope your illness is short-lived and you will be back to your jolly self as soon as possible. Thanks for enriching my life. Fondly. - Erlene Little
Nancy and I drove from Anacortes to Everett for the 6 years between 1992 and 1998. Each morning we tuned to KOMO and awaited the news and music and those entertaining messages for which you were the master. We are saddened to hear of your turn of health and send you our prayers and warm wishes for comfort and family love. Most recently we have again been aware of your radio work when I heard your voice on KOMO. I immediately remarked to my wife, "Hey, that's Larry Nelson, I had no idea he was still on the air"! We were happy to hear your voice again, but this message is to tell you that you are not forgotten and we wish you all the care and love you deserve. - Chuck and Nancy Lang
My thoughts now are about how in the relatively few years together, you always made me laugh and smile. I somehow remembered that you wrote something funny in our 1954 yearbook. I found it! On the tennis page, you drew four stars around your picture and wrote "This boy just has it!" On my pictue you gave me one star and wrote "Ha!' You were a much better tennis player than I was but it wouldn't have been any fun to have admitted it then. Your ties to old Redmond I know are important to you. So are mine. My family appreciated that you were at Carlson-Johnson funerals. A small town with lots of Scandinavian families brought people together. You often reminded me of that many mornings on my way to work. We never missed one of your tailgate parties on our way to the games. I think that they were the funniest and most creative thing ever on Seattle radio. There must be thousands of people thinking about you today, pulling for a recovery, and hoping that your time will come way on down the road. Whenever it comes, my God has a special place for the guy who spent a lifetime making people smile. - Howard Carlson
I've been a KOMO listener since the fall of 1943. I was about ten and my father had just started working there. I was a KOMO Morning Show listener from the early 60's until I retired in 2001. I met Larry on one or two occasions when he ventured away from the studio, but my best memory happened in 1991. It was during the Husky football season, Larry (and KOMO) were giving away Rose Bowl packages (round trip flight, hotel room and game tickets for two). Each week when people called in he would take caller number __. That person needed to know the "secret word" for the week. I was one of those winners. I was so excited Larry thought I would hyperventilate. (I didn't.) The Huskies won the game and became co-national champions. I'll never forget it. - Hal Armstrong
Hey Larry - Hope this catches you doing OK. I heard about what you're going through and wanted you to know that I'll throw a couple of prayers upstairs for you. Now, you're probably thinking, "What, Ken Schram knows prayers?" I do. And contrary to popular belief I use them with some degree of frequency. Take care. - Schrambo
I Just heard about your lung problem, and am truly very sorry about that. Lar, we had some great times together, and I often think fondly of you. I'll pray for you. I do quite a lot of that these days. People still comment to me on how much they enjoyed the 'on the air chats' you and I had. It amazes me, that they still remember. May God Bless you and Keep you. I still think of you as my friend. See ya - Keith Patrick
As a youngster, I remember my Dad listening to you on the radio. You always had that kind, friendly, caring voice as if you were our good friend spending time with us in our living room. Little did I know that eventually you and I would work together at Fisher in the mid 90's. In real life, you were the same kind, friendly, caring person my family and I had gotten to know on the radio. I learned you are that same wonderful person both on and off the air. Now as music director at KPLZ, to this day, I get requests from listeners every Christmas. They say "Can you please play "Stop The Cavalry," you know, the one Larry Nelson used to play". You've touched so many lives. I wish you all the best Larry. Thinking of you continues to brighten even our cloudiest gray Seattle day. - Alisa Hashimoto
Larry Nelson provided me with many years of interesting talk, humor and music; he had a charismatic way with words and people. He always sounded so genuine and caring, and he was willing to share his personal life with his listeners. What I most remember was Larry's recitation of "A Cup of Christmas Tea" to the tune of "I'll Be Home For Christmas". It was so moving. It has been on my mind for years but hearing about Larry's health prompted me to write. I do wish him and his family well. - Anne Harradin
I just wanted to add my voice to the many others who always appreciated the assistance you gave us in getting our day underway. From the moment you moved from KFKF to KOMO, my parents radio dial was welded to AM 1000. You were the start of good days and bad, holidays and special occasions, even the mundane days... you were always there. You were the soundtrack of the morning... with added sound effects of dishware being moved from table to sink... the last minute homework of school, or catch up on the day's plans... you were the consistent friend. We never directly thanked you. Later on, as I chased after a career in radio, you were the measure to which my parents held me too. I recall how they finally realized I might have a chance when I got a stringer phone-in report on KOMO... That was the first time my father acknowledged it might be a real job someday. I never sent a thank you. You were always the standard. You remain so today. Thank you for all the morning help. Thank you for setting a standard we all could aspire to. And thank you for being there through all of life's turns. Our thoughts are with you as you face your challenges. - Greg Coe
Hey Captain Radio, I never got a chance to thank you for playing one of my dedications for my then soon-to-be-bride. I guess I have you to blame, I mean thank for us being married. Man did she love to hear Lou Rawls singing "Lady Love." And oh yeah, that Quincy Jones Homecoming interview wasn't bad either. - Jimm Brown
Larry, it was an honor to work with you for a short time in the mid-1990s! I'll never forget you taking me under your wing to teach me not just about the art of radio, but life. Your humbleness, appreciation of the listeners, how you weaved stories into the bustle of a morning show was pure magic. You're the guy who said radio was a tapestry and it was our job to put colors on the palette. I'll never forget that. I was able to work at some great stations with great people in Seattle. But my time with you and Gina (the other Gina) was the best! We were a great team and great family--smiling, arguing, laughing, sharing. I knew that when I left KOMO in 1996, no radio job would ever top what I experienced with the Good Morning Show. Get well my friend. There is a tapestry out there that needs color, and you're the only artist who can paint it. - David Leong
For many years while I was living in Seattle, listening to you helped me to get up and get to school each day. I now live in Fresno, CA and I just wanted you to know what a great difference you made in my life! You didn't know it, but you had a very close friend in "me" ...listening in your audience. I wish you the very best for the future! - James Mounsey
Larry, I don't know if you can sing as well as you speak, but with your God-given pipes, you'd think there'd be an opening for you in the bass section of The Heavenly Choir right in between Thurl Ravenscroft (Tony the Tiger) and Larry Hooper (singing Lawrence Welk's bottom line). Lar, your over-the-back-fence pitchmanship created a waiting list of advertisers and program directors who wanted to wrestle you away from Fisher's flour-powerhouse. As a former radio AE who sold against you and a former PD who wanted to steal you, I often fired blanks. But you were true blue to KOMO, and they rode your star all the way to the Ratings and Revenue Bank for years. As you weather this storm, may you welcome each precious morning with the peace and soothing assurance that only our great God can give. Your legions of friends and fans are pullin' and prayin' for you, Lar. Hugs - George Toles
Larry, I think of you often. I learned a lot working for you - about radio and other worldly things. I still chuckle when I tell how I'd label your board mics ME, HIM, HER; THEM. How I'd stay up all night in clubs (Sober) then drive off and do the morning show setup. It was simpler than waking up in the middle of the night. Which leads me to your sleeping issues - not sleeping that is. I often thought you were night owl caught in a morning job. I tell my kids about the morning show. All the places we broadcast from like Breakfast at Grand Coulee Dam, where we ate pounds of perfectly crisp bacon with the morning crew. The kitchen kept bringing platters. Also, when I was looking for an apartment on Eastlake I failed the credit check - but - because I was your engineer - the lady gave me the apartment. She said, "If I was good enough for Larry, then I must be reliable." Most of all I'd like to say - I have a great respect for you and your work...Thank you - Sony Felberg
We faithfully listened to you for many years and particularly enjoyed your style of broadcasting. We felt as if you were talking directly to us. Some days you dropped some nugget of wisdom and humor that carried us through our days. We continued listening to your morning show because we enjoyed your perspective on life. In this time of difficulty we wish you well and hope you realize how fondly we remember your show. - Frank and Sharon Schmid
I'm one of the unlucky ones who never got the chance to work with Larry. To make matters worse, I had to work against him at several stations. Talk about a worthy competitor! How do you bad-mouth a guy that everyone loves? The only real contact I've had with Larry in recent years was when he'd come in to KIRO to produce commercials. Just seeing the look in people eyes as they spotted him says it all: this is a guy who is universally loved. There can be no higher complement in this business. I wish you peace of mind, Larry. - Gregg Hersholt
Our family is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. You are an inspiration to all of us who aspire to be creative radio storytellers. Thanks for the experience of getting to work in your world if even for only a few short years. The lessons learned there have been shared with many others. As a kid growing up in Bellevue in the 60s, I still remember your days on KFKF and in later years grew up on tales shared around the KOMO Breakfast Table as a dweller in KOMO Country. Your stamp on Northwest radio is indelible and still ever present in the many who still populate the radio waves here in Seattle and count you as a major influence on their careers. God Bless. - Dennis, Mary, Sean and Connor Kelly
I met Larry in 1967, while on a Scout tour of KFKF, Bellevue. I thought he was the coolest dude, with the best job in the world, playing music and working amidst all kinds of electronic gear. Little did I know that 30 years later I would have the pleasure of working with this awesomely talented man. I was programming KOMO during the mandated transition to news-talk. It was awkward directing this transition at the expense of one of my radio heroes. But through it all, Larry was, and remains, most graceful. Larry taught me a lot, not just about radio, but being a class human being. He’s one cool dude. - Rick VanCise
Best of everything, Larry. I'll never forget your Tulip Festival coverage every year - especially those breathless traffic reports of the meager morning rush in the metropolis of Mount Vernon. You were talking before talking was cool. Godspeed. - Michael Hood
Our little office was filled with Larry and the whole KOMO family every day. Toby and I relied on your fun, energetic talk and music. I hope all the wishes of everyone who writes in and sends cards makes you feel better. We Swedes need you around. To bra snart! Get well soon. - Melin Ford
Since you're the one that got me (and many others) into the broadcast business, I figured it was way past time for a "thanks". Your lessons back in 1968 on saying "for" not "fir", "news" not "nooz" and "get" not "git" are still in my brain. I actually think many on-air folks today could use a Larry Nelson speech coach. It was through your determination to make us the best, that allowed me to enjoy many years on-air, management and ownership in the business and I do truly thank you for that. All the best to you Larry. - Bob Wikstrom
I'm one of countless tens-of-thousands who have felt they have known you over the decades in Seattle. For years, I woke up to your voice, your wit and humor. My morning drives in the ever-worsening Puget Sound commute were made much more bearable listening to you. Occasionally, I actually found myself wishing that traffic jams would not break; you were the enjoyable-yet-unseen companion in my car. Stories of Ballard and Scandinavian jest always brought a smile to this mixed breed (Swedish and Norwegian). Listening to you call home to talk with your son or banter with who-knows-who was always a pleasure and a window into your heart and family. God bless you, Lar! I have counted you as my passenger in the car in all respects except for the car pool lane! Thanks for all you've done for me and countless others. - Dale Amundsen
I always enjoyed your kindness, your gentle way, and of course all you have done for our community. I particularly liked the morning show, the tailgate parties and my favorite song of all time is "Stop the Cavalry" by the Cory Band. For years, I traveled from Edmonds to work in downtown Seattle, I couldn't have done it without your morning show. WOW - talk about relieving stress. Thank you for being YOU and for all you have done for me and others. - Julie Morris Reymore
The memory of Larry Nelson's "Breakfast Show" is still warm in my mind. If I need to remember something warm and fuzzy when times are rough, Larry's shows are a warm and fuzzy memory. It's like eating one of my Mom's chocolate-covered graham crackers or showing my parents an award or a winning report card in school. They will always be there! - Mary Videen
OK, there we were in a whiteout in Geneva and you with no coat. Ken Kohl kept offering to "hug" you, but luckily we found a topcoat at the hotel. Always wondered who that belonged to. Well my friend, we sure talked about a lot of "life" in between newscasts. Lots of great memories and way too many early mornings. If making a difference in the lives of others is the measurement of our time along this journey, then you broke the mold. You'll always be in my thoughts. God speed and good hunting. - Mike Hamilton
I just wanted to wish you the absolute best, and want you to know how well respected you are within our small family of broadcasters. You have so many friends and fans who are sending you positive thoughts and prayers, you wouldn't believe it. People ask all the time..."what's Larry doing now?" I know many of our current listeners would like to send you a note and maybe a nice memory from your great career. All the best. - Bill Yeend
I've only met you a few times, but I did have the opportunity to tell you that I found your style and personality inspiring. There are radio hosts who come and go, and those who make a lasting impression on the community. You'll be in my thoughts as I continue trying to leave my mark in this crazy business (getting crazier by the day I might add). - Bob Rivers
I just wanted you to know how much that I enjoyed working with you on my commercials. People still tell me about the chuckle they got out of listening to a different kind of auto ad. I always considered you the main reason why our ad-lib spots were so successful. I am very sorry to learn of your sickness and will be praying for you. - Chuck Olson
I think of Larry fairly often. Never because of his commercials. Just think of him, something he said, the way he handled something. And of course, the phrase "Sneuss Junction." What you remember is always the aggregate. The gentleness of the man, his politeness, and his shrewd appeal to the core of his generation. That, and of course he "discovered" "Stop The Cavalry" by The Cory Band. So sad to hear this. - Dave (McKay) Friedman
While spending 33 years in broadcasting, I must say that the six years between 1985 and 1991 where the best because of you, Larry. While working the all night shift on the weekends and filling in for those years I got to work closely with you while you did those amazing shows from all over the world. I especially enjoyed you referring to me as "The Dunker," a nickname I had always despised until you came along. The few times you couldn't make it in to do the morning show and I found my self filling in and I remember my blood pressure rising and the sweat beginning to flow. Wow! It wasn't easy filling those big shoes of yours. I'll always be thankful that you and the crew brought me a piece of the Berlin Wall when you were there to experience the fall. You have always been the consummate professional and a joy to be around. All the best. - Lee Duncan
I am just in the process of putting some of my pictures together from our trips to Alaska with you Ted and Bill. Many good memories from days gone by. I look at the pictures and remember many episodes and funny incidents along the way. Good times with good friends. I have been thinking of you of the fun times we had with Stan, you and I during Christmas and was very fortunate to be your good friend and I as well considering you as one my very best friends. Pat and I are thinking of you and we send our love to you and Gina. - Leif
Larry Nelson was my favorite radio co-pilot every morning driving to work from Covington to Everett (50 plus miles one way) for more than 20 years. He helped make a tough commute enjoyable and tolerable. The humor the laughter, Norwegian jokes and stories. The radio of today is just a lot of talk and the same old thing everyday. Larry brought a personal approach, a friend entertaining you with news and fun. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend even though we have never met. - Larry Olson
Larry we have never met but I was a long time listener to your morning show. I am a few years older than you so I could always relate when you talked about old time Redmond and the Avondale Road. Although I lived in Kirkland on Rosehill, my Dad started working in 1932, for Mr. Lambert (sp?) at his meat packing/slaughterhouse plant in downtown Redmond. So in the late 30's and early 40's I used to go down there with my Dad. The place burned down during WWII but the big red barn that my Dad built sat there into the 60's I think. Most people that live in Redmond today can't believe it, when I mention the onetime existence of that plant. We especially miss your Christmastime shows and your reading of A Christmas Cup of Tea! I hope that there is still a recording of it in existence that KOMO could play someday. Although we still listen to KOMO we sure miss you and the music. It was much better in the old days! We hope your treatments are successful and look forward to hearing your voice on the airways again! - Gary Shirley
There was a time when we listened to Larry Nelson regularly. One on-air moment has stayed with us. He abruptly interrupted playing "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas about three stanzas into the song, and segued to another song with the comment that he wasn't about to play or listen to a song that says we're nothing but dust in the wind. Larry, God bless you. You've had such a positive influence on many people, you have made a difference, and you were right, we aren't dust in the wind. - Keith and Margie Baldwin, Bellevue
I am a local guy growing up in Seattle, first listening to Pat O'Day on KJR as a teenager, then to Hardvick and Morton and then to Larry Nelson on KOMO in the morning and my schoolmate Norm Gregery (Roosevelt HS) in the afternoon. Being a lifetime Husky fan I really enjoyed your Husky tailgate broadcasts. It has never been the same since you went off the air. During this time of the year I always think of the song, Stop the Cavalry you played for us. I hope the Cavalry comes to your resue to make you all better. As Bob Hope used to say, Thanks for the Memories, Larry Nelson. - Dave Normile
I often think of you and your morning show that I enjoyed so much. I always had KOMO on during the morning hours when I was getting my daughter ready for school. We even made a point of stopping by to visit you when the show was at Webster's Restaurant in West Seattle and another time we drove up to see the tulips and visit with you at one of the farms in La Conner. I remember how disappointed I was when you left KOMO. I wish you all the best for your health and hope you have a special Holiday season! God Bless. - Debbie Little
So, I've been hearing you on the Continental Furniture spots. Then I get this email from Stan Orchard saying you are in ill health. What's with this??? I hope this is something that can be turned around. Miss hearing you more on the radio. Listen to Tom McCarthy on WARM almost everyday. Get well soon. George just had heart surgery. He is home recuperating and is doing well. The miracles of medicine today is incredible. I hope you bounce back and keep voicing those spots with that recognizable voice of yours. Hope Gina is also doing well. Take care and the both of you are in our prayers. - Wanda Hutton
For so many years we had our radio alarm set to KOMO and awoke to the soothing down home sound of Larry Nelson and his Breakfast Table. We never missed! He was sincere, he was funny, he was a local boy, and he had the perfect radio voice. Even now, occasionally we have heard his voice in a commercial and recognized it right away. We go way back to the "Teds" that used to do his traffic reports, as well as remembering when Gina Tuttle joined him, adding her unique voice to the mix. We get nostalgic just thinking about those days. There is not a replacement for Larry on any of the local stations. We will pray for Larry and look forward to hearing good results. - LeRoy and Marilyn Johnson
I hope all the well deserved adoration can bring to you a teeny tiny bit of peace and healing energy, you have brought to all of us. Our office and our home has had such a void without the Larry Nelson Show. Your mellow honey voice is always such a comfort. Even after all these years of no Larry Nelson Show..I hear "the voice" and I smile. We are praying for your wellness, peace and comfort. Thanks so much for all you have done for us. - Norma Toby Wilcox
For most of my time in the Pacific NW, listening to morning radio meant it was a tie between Larry and "Other", (even if I did work for a station in Olympia!) Most of the time, I did listen to KOMO. I may have been a small timer in radio, but I learned much at the "speaker" of Larry Nelson. ( Being a board op allowed me that). I wish Larry the best, and for his family, prayers for their strength and their joy in being with such a treasure. - Pat Alder, New Paltz, NY
I grew up listening to you on KOMO with my father here in Seattle. You made everyday very special and if "Lar" talked about it - so did we! Thank you for all the great conversations and giving my father and I special moments together (and some debates!). You inspired me to work in radio and TV. Now, to come home after many years living in the East, I know I am home when we still speak about you. Be well and know you are in our thoughts! - Gina M. Cone
We moved here in 1967 and one of the best things we found in Seattle was listening to your broadcasts on KOMO. You brought us much pleasure in the following years and we have missed you. We understand that you are ill and send you our strengths and hopes along with our thanks. - Don and Leigh Kent of Kenmore
I'm glad to have this chance to write to you so I can say that you have been my #1 Favorite Radio Personality. I love your voice and equate it with comforting radio. I am sure you have thousands of fans in the Pacific Northwest. Take care, Larry! - Kjersten
I am sorry to hear that you are under the weather and am thinking good thoughts for your recovery. I remember years ago when I got to town a friend of mine in San Francisco said to me that you were the guy to beat in Seattle. If you could take a little of what Nelson was doing, a little of what Cody was doing and add it to the New York thing you might have something. Hang in there Larry. All the best. - Vinnie Richichi (N.Y. Vinnie)
I grew up listening to you in my parent's car as it was always tuned to KOMO 1000. Your voice woke me up when it was time to go to school. You played Stop the Cavalry every Christmas. I now work for Fisher Radio as the Director of Business Development and think of you often. You are still a fixture in my family when we talk about Seattle radio. Cheers to you! - Brent J. Ruth
Although we met briefly only once when I came to KOMO to visit Keith Jonnassen I want you to know what an impact you made on me and my radio career. I'm not a Radio PD or air talent as I've retired from it. I'm Broadcast Service Director for a NW ad agency and still do voice work and creative for radio and TV. I still think about you and what I learned about ONE ON ONE COMMUNICATION from you. Whenever I'd talk about you I always described you as a "neighbor talking to you across the fence." I remember once asking Roger Nelson when we were on a bike ride what he thought made you so good on the air. His thoughts were the same as mine. A true "friend" on the radio. I wish you and Gina and family the best during this trying time, Larry. God bless you. - Randy Roadz
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