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Remembering the KOMO Breakfast Table  

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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. 

Stories 

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.

Tribute To A Seattle Radio Legend

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

Thanks For The Memories, Lar

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

When I was in the 5th grade, I mustered up the courage to call Larry Nelson at KOMO Radio.  We were given an assignment that required us to interview someone whose job was of great interest as a possible career.  His people arranged for me to call him at the end of his shift one day and I called him from the school office.  He was very generous with his time and patience.  I knew that media was in my future after that. That must have been 1978.  I am now working for KOMO TV and to think it all began back then.  Thanks Larry. - Mitch R. Cook 

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 always listened to Larry Nelson's morning show for years while getting ready for work. The Larry Nelson, Stan Orchard, Ted Potter, And Gina Tuttle team were fantastic together.They all worked beautifully together. Larry's dialogs were the best and his voice had such great soul. I would rate Larry's morning show as one of the all time greats because of its heart and soul of American Radio. He will be missed, but we'll meet again on Golden shores. - Donna Williams

When I arrived in Seattle over 25 yrs ago, Larry Nelson was the friendly voice greeting me on my clock radio alarm each morning at a new job. Even though I knew few people besides  my fellow employees, I began to feel that Larry was including me in his circle of family and friends with his humorous anecdotes. His laugh was deep and distinct and I continued to recognize his voice on various commericals when he retired from his radio program. So farewell to a classic and historical voice for KOMO radio. - Mary Kay Sieverson

I think Larry would have been tickled with all the kind words from so many people. Larry exemplified what radio was and could still be.(entertaining, informative and not some cookie cutter format!)  He made getting up each day a wonderful experience. I didn't know Larry as well as those of you on the breakfast crew. But I know he made a lot of people laugh! My tenure with KOMO was short, But I will always be grateful for a classy group of people, Larry, Stan, Gina, Billy, Joe C and Lar. Those memories will never fade away. - Dennis Shannon

Larry was an invited guest into our home every morning, and how we enjoyed the programming, discussions, humor, along with Gina and Stan.   We would continue listening throughout our breakfast and drive to work.  He helped keep us on time.  We were fortunate to meet Larry at the Space Needle where he accompanied winners of a KOMO contest to dinner, and then a great concert by the young Whitney Houston.  We'll never forget Larry's kindness, his relaxed manner and how joyful he was to share the evening with us.  Thanks for some wonderful memories, and old fashioned radio programming. - Julie & John Muirhead

I remember traveling some years back early in the am overlooking death valley...sun coming up for another glorious day.. and as we watched this great phenomenom. What comes over our radio but the warm,cheerful voice of larry........ reminding us that we still were in touch with "home." His wit, humor,laughter kind thoughts and love of life..kept us all on track with reality and human nature. Larrry was one of a kind and has been sorely missed. - N. Miller

A few days ago as I unpacked my Christmas decorations I came across my copy of "A Cup of Christmas Tea" and immediately could hear Larry reading it as I was getting ready for work several years back.  I always made sure I did not miss it; delivered only as Larry could with his wonderful voice.  He made my mornings brighter as I rushed off to work those many years.  Thank you, Larry. - Shirley Gilbert

I just received the sad news that my all time favorite morning man had gone on to that great radio station in the sky.  To have known Larry Nelson and to have worked with him at KOMO was a real blessing.  He was the consumate communicator, sharing his wit and wisdom and adventures from 4th & Denny, Husky Stadium and around the globe with his legion of listeners. To Larry, the wonderful human being who I have long respected and loved, here is your final GOLD STAR.  So long, Old Pal. - Rich Robertson

I grew up with Larry Nelson's second son Bill. It seemed like I was always over at his house or he was at mine. I remember Larry as a tall, friendly guy who always seemed to have a smile on his face. He also had quite a sense of humor. One time on his son's birthday, a few of us kids were spending the night. Kind of a birthday slumber party. Well, his son Bill gathered us up and whispered to us that one of his dad's tricks was to hide a recorder somewhere in the room to record our conversations. So, we spent the next 40 minutes or so searching for this tape recorder. We didn't find one so we thought we were safe and of course as young teens, our conversation turned to girls. We all sat around bragging about our conquests with the gentler sex, all of which were tall tales because at that point none of us had conquered anything. About an hour later Larry walks into the room with this devilish grin on his face, reaches behind a desk and pulls out a tape recorder, gives us that devious, playful grin of his, saluted us and walked out! Our jaws dropped and our eyes bugged out! Well, we spent the next half hour searching for that recorder. Of course, Larry hid it somewhere that he knew we would find it as he had no interest in actually listening to the tape. He was just messing with us the whole time for fun. Well it was fun after we retrieved the tape but it sure sent us into a panic at the time. That mischievous sense of humor of his endeared us all to him. He was my best friends "cool Dad" and we will all miss him. - Steven

My story is probably no different than countless other fans. I grew up listening to KOMO and Larry Nelson. I remember getting ready for school; sitting across from my brother at the kitchen table, eating breakfast and listening to Larry's warm and friendly voice over the airwaves. I still smile when I think about him telling listeners it was "time to march around the breakfast table." I know once or twice I did just that with my mom (my older brother could not be convinced), and we ended up in hysterics. I also remember Larry's holiday broadcasts. Back in the 70's we didn't have VCRs or DVD players, so kids waited with anticipation for the once- a-year opportunity to watch our favorite Christmas specials on TV...I eagerly waited with that same anticipation for Larry's annual playing of "Stop the Cavalry." To this day, hearing that song takes me back to the warmth of our kitchen, the jovial and reassuring tones of Larry Nelson's voice, and sharing the everyday little moments of joy with my wonderful mother who, two years ago, also at the age of 70, died of cancer.  Larry Nelson's unforgettable voice is forever woven into the tapestry of memories of my happy childhood. There has never been another radio personality like him and there never will be. He was truly special. Thank you Larry, and God bless you. - Wendy Casper

My memories of Larry came after his long KOMO career.  He was as gracious - and incredibly funny - a customer I've had in 21 years as a salesman at Magnolia HIFI.  EVERY time he came in he was smiling and lifted everyone UP.  I'm not overstating this.  Even though Larry was very loyal, all of my co-workers knew him and enjoyed his presence.  But to me, Larry was much more.  He was a warm and truly interested friend always taking time to ask me about my own life.  We both found it easy to talk "beneath the surface".  We were friends and that meant a ton to me!  The best word I can come up with is 'genuine'.  Larry, I'm missing you already. - Doug Rice

I remember always listening to Larry, we all loved him so. I remember one time we were up in Jasper Canada, and one morning we were driving around and I turned on the radio and was trying to find something decent to  listen too and lo and behold there was Larry Nelson, I said to my husband "Can you believe we are actually listening to Larry way up here in Canada?" It was the nicest thing. I have heard his distinctive voice on commercials over the years and it always brought back so many good things. We will miss him. As I sit here crying I say, God Bless Larry. A Faithful Listener - Diane Cashen

I feel like I've lost an old friend.  Since moving to Seattle in 1992, I awoke to Larry and Gina every morning and continued listening to them, and Ted, and Swartz, every morning until he retired. Larry always sounded like he was smiling when he was talking.  I loved the small-talk he'd make with Ted and Swartzy and the rest. I liken Larry to Garrison Keillor - a voice legend: warm, friendly, humorous, with great gags and guffaws. A legend. When I get to heaven someday I'll tune into AM1000 to hear Larry's next free time check. - Peter Gregory

I listened to Larry for all of those 30 years.  Christmas was my favorite time of year. He and Stan Boreson put on quite a show. Stop the Cavalry was my favorite and Larry provided a way for me to record it and I still play it every year. I have been away for a few years, but I have the tape to play each year.  God Bless you Larry Nelson and your family. - Gary French

Tossing and turning last night, I was still awake after 3:00 am. Maybe the fates wanted me to mark the passing of my high school classmate, Larry Nelson (Lake Washington H.S., class of 1955). We didn't know each other then and he had no reason to notice me after, but his golden voice on KOMO will remain in my memory. The legacy of his gentle wit will be part of Pacific Northwest lore long after the rest of us who became teachers, welders and housewives are forgotten. - Donna Downing

Gonna miss that guy!  Guess he's gone Home for Christmas at the time of year he had so much fun with! Remember all the visits from Stan Boreson........Six White Boomers....Stop the Cavalry........Christmas in the Trenches and all of the other favorites he pulled out each year. Larry,Ted & Gina were a staple in our home each morning----part of the family. Thanks for being there! - Hedy Howe

You were a great inspiration for me.  I was a young kid who so wanted to be on the radio just like you.  You were essence of class on the air.  We met a few times and you were always kind and helpful.  I try to live up to your standards every time I open the mic.  Thank you for all you did for me and the folks of the Northwest.  May God Bless and keep you. - Rusty Humphries

Working with Larry was inspiring.  Not only in his radio talents but also in his caring attitude towards others and his sincere ability to make people feel good. From some of the earlier days at KOMO to seeing Larry pop in the studio here at Sandusky Broadcasting to record a radio ad, I've never once seen him in a bad mood, always cheerful, always positive, always kind, and always reminiscent of fun days of radio past.  Abe Lincoln once said "in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." Larry's life touched so many people and made radio fun on the air and behind the scenes. Larry you're a natural...I will miss you. - Steve Mills

Nothing fancy, just a note of appreciation from a Canadian fan of Larry's.  You get a mind's eye vision of somebody on the radio, and I see from the tributes flowing in that he was every bit the great guy and consummate pro that he projected on the air.  He was truly one of the good ones. - Ken Hardie

I just listened, with tears, to the wonderful tribute to Larry Nelson of KOMO Radio fame.  I was one of his behind-the-scenes colleagues for 14 years, his Admin, shared with the station manager.  Larry always said Jay had 90% of me and he made do with the remaining 10%.  So many stories and everyday happenings have bubbled up in my memory since recently learning of Larry's illness, but the best memory is the genuine, kind, warm friend he was to all of us. - Diane (Sisson) Kheriaty

How do you say "good-bye" to both a friend and an era? Northwest television and radio used to not to take itself so seriously and, honestly, KOMO was the leader. From Larry Nelson and Ted "Garflaps" to the studio guys tying Ray Ramsey's shoelaces together during the weather segment, to Ray's referring to Bill Brubaker as "J. Benjamin Butterbums", the daze (intentional) of politically incorrect, i.e. enjoyable, radio pass away. Good-bye, Larry, and thanks! - Bob Shupe

When I moved to Seattle in 1983 to do mornings for Pat O'Day at KYYX, I naturally scoped out ALL of my competition on the airwaves. When I discovered Larry Nelson, I sat transfixed. Everything was so effortless, localized and focused. I almost got back and my car and left town. Larry, you will be missed. - Mike Bell

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 remember waking up to Larry Nelson each weekday morning at 5:35 am.  His voice was the first voice I heard each morning.  Larry and the "breakfast table" got me going each morning as I got ready to go to work.  It was an absolute joy to "wake up" to his voice each morning.  Even though I knew him for many years as a voice on the radio, I feel like I knew him personally, like a dear friend.  He was truly loved and will be sorely missed.  Thanks for the memories, Larry. - Mary Dowd

The mornings going to work listening to Larry were a mainstay for many years. He was the best Seattle radio had to offer. You shared his family, you shared his humor, you shared his joy. Larry made Husky tailgating fun.  Actually, Larry was Husky Tailgating.  I listened to every game because of him and his show.  We even were on the show once when we were at the Rose Bowl during one UCLA pre-game show. The Northwest has lost a legend.  Thank you to his friends and family for sharing this web site with those of us who enjoyed the man, the legend Captain Radio. - Jack Martin

Larry and my late husband, Burt Bogren did commercials together for Burt's company, Gas Appliance Service in the late 80's and early 90's. What a team they were. Burt, a complete novice, would write the commercial, go to KOMO, and he and Larry would record the commercial -- usually in one take!! They had such great chemistry -- Burt always laughed and talked about the fun they had -- and Larry's genius was making Burt's script come to life in the most clever and engaging way. There were probably a handful of radio people in the world who could do what Larry did -- just genius!! Larry's talent made Burt seem like an old pro! Larry's listeners became our customers. We all mourn the passing of a wonderful, gifted, unique man whose talents made commuting a pleasurable experience -- not to mention how much fun he made for Husky fans. I am so sorry to hear of his passing -- he is missed. - Janice Bogren

Every year my dad would call Larry on my birthday and dedicate a song to me.  I would wake up and listen to my dad talk with Larry about some embarrassing story and then he would play the song.  The excitement would rival waking up on Christmas.  He made me feel like I was the most important person in Seattle. Each year Larry would play "The flight of the bumble bee".  The last year I remember however, after my dad requested that song Larry said "you know doc, every year you request that song and every year I play it for you.  And every year the drivers of Seattle listen to that song and start driving around like a swarm of bees.  This year to calm the drivers down I am going to play "Sailing" by Christopher Cross and we won't have to listen to Ted as much".  To this day, every time I hear that song I remember that day and how he made feel. - Chris Peterson

We moved to the Puyallup area from Pennsylvania in December 1979.  The first thing I remember is listening to Larry every day.  I truly enjoyed the program with a mix of new, weather, music, sports and anything else that Larry thought we might  find interesting.  I looked forward every Christmas season to hearing "The Cavalry" song.  I consider him a friend although I met him only once. - Chris McCafferty

I felt I knew Larry well even though I met him just a few times.  I was the school nurse at Odle Jr High when his oldest son, Jeff,  was a student there.  Larry would come and pick him up when he  was sick and needed to go home. I always enjoyed starting the day with Larry. His homespun stories of growing up in Redmond and telling of his friends and his antics as a teenager was very humerous.  His mom was very special to him and he loved to talk about her and how much she meant to him. At Christmas he read the "Cup of Christmas Tea" in such a way that it brought tears to my eyes. I have since bought that book and given many to my friends. It is a tradition to read it each year during the season. Yes, Larry was an important part of my life and I will remember him. - Ann Nelson

Gosh I'm so sorry about your loss. My heart goes out to his family and friends. We're sure going to miss him! I remember Larry from years of the Husky Football Tailgate shows. The very best around I might add and WAY better than what they're doing now. You guys had comedy with the dawgtalker and that gal who would call in. I really miss all of that! Dawgman used to call in and talk to Rondeau. He was great because he sounded just like Wolfman Jack. I also noticed the direction Husky Football went and cooincidently it was right after you guys lost the contract!? Makes one wonder? God Bless you Larry! We loved you! - Scott and Stephanie Searing

Larry and I played tennis thru junior high and high school, with dreams of becoming world champions.  After high school the plans changed, as I went off to engineering school, and Larry's career took off in another direction.   Larry's childlike enthusiasm for life has not changed from the early 50's until today.  At a recent funeral reception for a friend, even though Larry obviously was very sick and hurting and, he gave a very inspiring, funny talk about his friend.  My prayers go out to his family for this great loss. - Jim Spray

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

For many years Larry was the voice on my radio that got my day started whether I was headed for school or work. I miss and will miss that voice and the dry sense of humor I remember over the many years I listened to his program. I wish peace for his family and that they may know that all the years they shared Larry with the rest of us were greatly appreciated. He was loved and will be missed. - Laura Moore

I never had the privilege of meeting Larry Nelson, but I did feel as though I knew him through  his morning show on KOMO, as I am sure thousands of people did.  I would listen to him on the way to work and sometimes I would just sit in the car  until he finished  his story or  joke.  I especially remember one year at Christmas time, he played "Stop The Cavalry."  He was trying to figure out the origin/details of the song and then invited listeners to call in with any help.   They certainly did.  It was great!  I remember too, when he would play Stan Borenson's "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer".  Oh my, I can still hear his laughter.  I missed him when he retired and radio was never quite the same.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. - Debi Brookey

When we were first married (1974), we had a clock radio to wake us--set to KOMO and Larry Nelson, of course!  We always enjoyed his sense of humor.  He especially seemed to enjoy teasing KOMO's home economist, Kathryn Wise, who had a "recipe of the day" every weekday.  At this time, she would just announce what the recipe was, tell a little about it, and give a phone number to call if you wanted to listen to the recipe and write it down, but in earlier years she would read the whole recipe over the radio. One morning, as we were just waking up, we heard Kathryn Wise announce that the recipe for the day was "Cornish pasties", pronouncing "pasties" with a long "a", like "hasty".  I grew up in pasty country (upper Michigan) and know very well that pasty is pronounced to rhyme with "nasty", with a short "a"!  Ron and I looked at each other and said, "Let's call Larry!"  I was surprised to be put right through to him after telling the lady who answered what this was about. I explained to Larry what a Cornish pasty really was (round steak, potatoes, and seasonings folded into a pie crust and then baked), and how it was pronounced--and added that a "pasty" with a long "a" was quite a different thing from a "pasty" (short "a")!  He thanked me for calling.  Pretty soon we heard we heard his voice saying, "Kathryn, my dear, you are looking especially lovely this morning.  What do you call that outfit you're wearing?" and Kathryn's voice saying, "Cornish pasties" (long "a", remember).  We just ROARED! After another song and some ads, Larry's voice came on again:  "Kathryn, darlin', folks are calling in, they just can't believe their ears!  Tell us again, dear, what that outfit is called" and again Kathryn's voice, "Cornish pasties" (long "a"). We have enjoyed retelling this little story over the years--usually over a nice pasty dinner!  My father particularly enjoyed it. Thanks for the memories, Larry!  Our deepest sympathy to your family. - Charlotte and Ron Trayer

I was so sad when I read about Larry Nelson's illness in the Seattle Times, but I was at SeaTac flying out for the holidays and figured I could write to him through his Web site this week. What a hard lesson I have learned as now it is too late. Hopefully I can still send my message to you. I was a faithful Breakfast Table listener in the 80's and 90's. Being a Seattle native, I went from listening to Pat O'Day on KJR to Larry Nelson on KOMO. I especially enjoyed his commercials and how he related them to his family. His audience truly believed that his son liked playing with Legos or that we should all eat at the Italian restaurant he advertised. It was fun to hear his memorable voice again last year as he told KOMO listeners how "on a sunny afternoon, he was filled with the anticipation of getting his OWN HAIR"! What a salesman and what a voice! I also loved the Christmas shows with Stan Boreson; two legends together. My fondest "Larry memory" though, was when he m.c.'d our 75th anniversary celebration at Redmond Elementary. When Bill Yeend announced this morning that Larry had died, I felt I'd lost a friend. My prayers are with his family. - Alice Fleck

At some point after I graduated from Seattle University in 1966 and began teaching in Bellevue, Larry Nelson became a part of my life.  I am not certain when he started at KOMO in the morning, but he seemed to always be there.  I so enjoyed his morning program as did many others.  I was sorry when he retired.  My favorite memory of course was his playing "Stop the Cavalry."  I never met the man but I so enjoyed listening until the day he retired.  No other radio or TV personality holds as many memories as do "my mornings" with Larry Nelson.  It was a rare day that I actually got to listen to his whole program but I so enjoyed the partial programs I was able to hear before heading off to school.  To all his friends and family my condolences.  Thanks for the memories and thanks for sharing. - Marianne Roulet

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

This just breaks my heart. I started listening to Larry and his morning show the day he started on KOMO. I had this little transistor radio that sat in the window and listen as I made kids' oatmeal for breakfast and make lunches. Larry was always a breath of freshness and always brought a laugh to a mundane day.  It was the highlight of my day. I continued to listen until the day he retired. I remember the day my husband turned 50 and I called in and Larry announced it on the air, it sure made his day and mine. Whenever I have heard Larry's voice on a commercial I always knew he was somewhere and maybe he would be back. I feel like I have lost part of my heart. - Lynda Spindor

I knew Larry through his son, Jeff. I was fortunate to be at the same duty station as Jeff near Yokohama, Japan in the mid-80s. Jeff would share air checks and always talked highly of his father. The genius of Larry was in Jeff as he was a U.S. Navy broadcast specialist. When my trips across the Pacific included a stop at Seattle, I made it a point to ear-check Larry. Great pipes. Thanks -- and best wishes. - Chris Carmichael

Jim and I are so sad to hear about Larry's  passing....we have such fond memories of him and his family...Larry was the MC of Jims' 50th birthday party January 15, 1982 at the Red Lion in Bellevue.  We had just opened the Hotel a few days earlier and when Larry came in to set up for the evening's festivities in one of our banquet rooms..he found that the wires were still hanging from the ceiling and he said "no way was this room going to be ready that night"  Well, it was and he was outstanding as our MC....everyone always enjoyed his stories and jokes!! What a wonderful person he is and was. We will always have fond memories of our times with Larry and family!  He will be missed immensely. - Jim and Sharon Gallagher

I came to Seattle in 1983, straight from college.   I was young, naive and didn't know too many people outside of my work place.  Somehow I stumbled upon KOMO one morning and I listened for the next ten plus years.  I remember all the holiday songs, Sousa marches, etc. he played.  As a 20 something, trying to find myself, Larry, et. al. were a good way to start my day and keep me grounded in the midst of my struggle to become an adult.  I can't hear the song "In My Room" without thinking of Larry playing it and talking about his teenage son.  I used to smile when Larry would bring his son, Paulie to the radio station and get him to talk a little on air.  It was fun to be a part of Paulie's growing up via Larry's stories. I never met Larry but I did see him a few times in grocery stores on the eastside back in the 80's.  I was always pleased that he smiled in person just as I perceived him to always be smiling on the radio. To you and his other friends and family, I send my prayers.  When my father passed a few years ago a friend told me, "Your parents are the guard rail.  You can still drive without it but you miss the extra security."  I am thankful that Larry was a guardrail for a young girl from the Midwest when she came to the big city in 1983. - Priscilla Abbott

The passing of The Captain has left me numb and speechless. This is a tragic loss, so sudden and so unexpected. Lar and I shared many wonderful personal times together, some joyous, some rather difficult and painful. He was always there for me and our family and he will be dearly missed. Of course, I listened to him every morning for many years and the thing I remember most are his Morning Shows when they went on the road to places like Geneva for the peace talks, the Soviet Union, Iceland and the several Olympic Games. What powerful and wonderful memories. We came to know each other following Larry's automobile accident on an icy I-5 near Sea Tac when he broke his neck back in the 1980s. He did his radio show from home for many months and it so touched me that one day I simply picked up the phone, called, introduced myself and we became instant friends. Captain, Oh My Captain. You will be remembered  forever and your gracious spirit will live on with the Seattle and Pacific Northwest community. Thank you for making our world a better place; there was never a more generous and loving Father and husband. Rest in Peace my dear friend. - Greg and Mary Rockwell, Mark, Ryan and Jamie

It was very sad news to learn of Larry's passing this morning. He was indeed a very talented man. I used to listen to him as I got up for work and that is where I first heard "Stop The Cavalry" by The Cory Band going all the way back to (probably) 1981. I loved the recording and was disappointed it was literally impossible to buy. I tried for years to locate a copy. Going so far as talking to people in chat rooms in England in the mid 90's. Eventually, in 1997, I was able to contact the owners of the copyright to the recording and was able to license it. I was thrilled. Two days later I got  a call from them saying the tapes no longer existed. I would have to find a vinyl copy to work with. They didn't even have a copy! I called a very small oldies record shop, Platters, on Lake City Way. I knew the owner might have an idea of where a copy may exist. He did! He took my name and number and said he would contact them. I heard from a friend of those people. He contacted them and they were gracious enough to loan me the disc so that I could transfer it to DAT. It needed some restoration work and in 1997 the sophistication of restoring vinyl was nowhere near what it is now. About four years ago I was able to find two copies of "Cavalry" on ebay and bought them. They were in mint condition and vinyl restoration had dramatically improved, so I had the material remastered. All this story is because Larry played the song. He was the inspiration for me eventually making this wonderful recording available to what I am sure were many of Larry's listeners. May God be with his family and may Larry Rest In Peace. - Duane Smart

THE WORLD LOST A WONDERFUL MAN AND ONE WHO MADE CHRISTMAS SO FILLED WITH LOVE. I WILL MISS HIS READING OF, A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA..HE MADE YOU FEEL YOU WERE IN THE ROOM WITH HIM.   HIS HUMOR AND THAT GRAND VOICE!!   MAY HIS FAMILY FEEL THE LOVE OF ALL OF US. - MARGIE

My first sales job was at KOMO radio, I started years after Larry was off the air. Larry was around the office often voicing spots and of course making his rounds.  He was such a gentleman and always had a such a warm smile. I didn't know him very well, but he always made sure to say hello. I ran into him last year while out to lunch, (this being 6 years since KOMO) - he still remembered me and took time from his lunch to say hello. His voice and warm personality is one of kind - he will be missed. - Heidi Lowe (Carroll)

Larry was one of my father's best friends. They had lunch together, sometimes twice a week. There were sometimes anywhere from just a few of them at lunch to a large group.  Most of their meals were in Seattle, other times the group was in the desert together. They laughed at their imperfections, made fun of themselves, bragged about the golf scores (or not), took care of each other and loved each other like brothers. I was fortunate enough to have lunch more than a couple of times with this wonderful group of men. After I left lunch, my face usually hurt from smiling.  Their afternoons together were something out of a Seinfeld episode. Larry's seat at lunch will be vacant, but his warm and genuine soul will always be with the boys. Rest in peace Larry. Thank you for being my father's dear friend. - Pam Schwartz

Although I never met Larry Nelson when I heard the news this morning it felt like I'd lost a friend. He was always a part of my morning commute, always positive, always upbeat and fun to listen to. I even enjoyed the commercials he did. I will miss him. - Terry Shaw

It's  a  long  drive  between Puyallup  and  Bremerton  and  I  made  that  trip  nearly  everyday. Larry's  morning  show  was  great  and  made  that  trip  seem  shorter . Once  when  I  had  broken  down  out  on HWY  16 I  was  under  the  van  listening  while  I  struggled  with  a  u-joint. That  show  helped  take  away  the agony. Until  then  I  have never  heard  John Phillip Sousa  on  the  radio, any radio  but  that's  what separated  his  show  from  the  ordinary.  Ted Potter  and  Gina  Tuttle   and  the  rest. Y'know,  it  actually  seemed  like  you  were  at  a   real "breakfast  table." He  will  be  missed. - Tim Noles

I was a long time listener of Larry's. I enjoyed listening to stories about his boys. He made you feel like part of his family. I would always listen to him while working. I remember when he had that awful car accident and praying for him. How excited I was when he was able to be back on the air.  I sent him a get well note and felt very honored that he read it over the air one morning. The Husky tailgate shows. What fun they were.  What a great inspiration he was to ALL his family, fellow radio companions and a great multitude of listeners. I will be praying for his family and friends at the loss of such a great guy. Thanks Larry for all the good memories. - Nancy Holt

It seems fitting that Larry should grab a hold of the red sleigh for his journey as he is the source of so many wonderful Christmas memories with his wonderful holiday music and poems. Best to his family. - Robb Preston

I was sorry to hear that Larry had passed away.  I am one of those people who grew up listening to him, not really by my choice in the early years but as I grew up I came to appreciate him.  My Thoughts and Prayers go out to his Family and many close friends.  He was a person who has made a positive impact on this world. - Lee Urton

Larry was my mentor and good friend.  He called me Coop and I loved the way he imitated me. It was because of Larry I am the successful radio salesperson I am today - still at KOMO 21 years later. He taught me how to sell radio but more importantly how to take care of my customers and always put them first.  He was KOMO. Clients would tell me customers would say "Lars sent me into their store." He had more class in his little finger than most people have period.  I love you Lars and keep on listening. - Ena Cooper

I listened to Larry for many years on the radio while commuting. When I hear music now that he played then, I always say "that's a Larry Nelson song!" Enjoyed his commercials after he retired, too. Sure will miss him. - Carol Benner

I never met Larry and while he was a few years older, I rarely missed a morning without listening to good ol' Lar.  Even though I grew up in the sticks in Bothell and lived most of my adult life in Seattle, Mercer Island and Redmond, the one constant factor in enjoying Seattle radio was always Larry Nelson.  To this day, my wife and I tell everyone that we live on the 'cul-de-sac that time forgot' and always credit Larry with that description.  I have always been a morning person and the best part of each week day morning was listening to KOMO radio and hearing Lar's friendly voice, his constant banter and comments.  I still have a tape of the 'Walla Walla hernia' number he played.  What a sense of humor, what listening pleasure he brought his listeners and a sense of 'neighborhood' and community he brought to all of us he honored and entertained. - Bob LaBouy

I have been listening to Larry Nelson's voice for as long as I can remember.  Even after he retired from radio, it was great hearing him on various commercials. I actually spoke to Larry one morning, after listening to his radio show, while driving  to work.  He was describing  the evening his son, Paul-E-Wog, and a friend, a girl, had dinner on the deck of his condo a few nights before.  Larry was sharing with his audience that he had pretended he was a restaurant waiter, while serving the meal to them. I knew it was my daughter he was describing, which made the story even more entertaining.  (To this day I can remember laughing hysterically while driving westbound on the I-90 bridge deck.)   After arriving at work, I decided to called him at the radio station, to tell him how much I enjoyed listening to him.  Expecting to leave a message, to my surprise, he actually answered my call, and spent a few minutes talking to me. He even explained that as a parent, he had learned many years before not to mention names on the radio. Larry Nelson had the gift of making his listeners believe that he was talking to them on a one to one basis.  He spoke to us as if we were really there at the radio station with him.  His style was not only unique but rare.  He will be missed. - Cathy Raven Jorg

Larry - you were my bright and shining light in the mornings of despair I suffered at the hands of an abusive relationship.  You gave me hope and always looked on the bright side of life.  I went through your children being born with you, your neck injury and your ups and downs, also.  You will be missed.  You are loved.  You are a star in the shining heavens above.  Your Cup of Christmas Tea was so inspirational and I'll never forget it - or You. - Barbara Poole

I was very saddened to hear about Larry's passing this morning. Every memory I have of him is of him smiling, tan and laughing. Right out of college, I was hired as the promotion coordinator for KOMO Radio.  Larry and Gina were on the morning show along with Bill Swartz.  We had the best fun broadcasting around town and at Husky games.  I will never forget being there for Larry's last broadcast at the 13 Coins.  Even as green as I was, I knew I was privileged to have worked, even for a short while, with a legend and a true gentleman.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Larry's friends and family and I know, without a doubt, he's up there showing heaven how to put on a REAL radio broadcast. - Alyson Soma

As with so many others, I grew up listening to Larry and Ted "Garflaps" while getting ready for school in the morning. I remember laughing at his "Scandahoovian" jokes, his stories, and especially the Christmas songs - "Stop the Cavalry" was greatly anticipated every year. (and yes, the "Christmas Tea") A funny story for you: My youngest sister was born on Halloween, 1979. As the three older sisters were all born two weeks late, Mom expected Liz to arrive in mid-November. Surprise! Off they rushed to Northwest hospital where Lizzie was born. She was in such a hurry to arrive that nobody thought to turn off the radio or change the stations. My mom told me that the first thing she heard after delivering Liz was Larry, and Ted doing the traffic report. Every time I heard Larry's voice on a commercial, I'd think to myself, "I wish he was still on the radio." He was, and will be, greatly missed. - Jenifer Aydelotte

I am so sad to hear of the passing of Larry Nelson.  I grew up listening to him.  We always had the radio on as I was getting ready for school and anytime we were in the car in the mornings it was always Larry on the radio.  His voice was so comforting, like an old friend.  One time my dad saw him at one of his on the road broadcasts, and Larry had him tell a joke.  When he was done, Larry told him he was very funny, from that point on whenever I told my dad he was so funny, even when he wasn't so funny, his response was "That's what Larry Nelson told me, too."  Even after Larry was not on the radio regularly anymore, I could always tell his voice when he did commercials or was on the radio for anything.  It was nice to know he was still around.  I send my deepest condolences to Larry's family; they are in my thoughts and prayers. - Allison Reiter

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 religiously got up in the middle of the night to get the airplane out and go flying, looking for fun and talking with you and Gina, Stan, Bill and a cast of thousands.  Mornings started early in our lives but it was fun and part of the best of my life.  You helped make it that way.  Thank you.  Do you remember the April 1 we reported Vashon Is. moving, and all the trouble that started?  The lunches at Vito’s, the Eiffel Tower, the Tacoma Smelter Stack Tower, the boats.  The memories are long and wonderful.  And we are not done yet so buck up my friend, and fight on. Last week at Disney World in Orlando, Fl. a couple asked my wife if I was in fact the Ted Potter of Larry Nelsons’, Morning Show fame.  You see my friend, you are so well thought of…BJ, Tom, TJ and all your friends along with that cast of thousands are still with you. Love - Ted Potter

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

I've been honored to meet you on several occasions and every single time you were enormously gracious and ever encouraging. A true story: I used to get my haircut from a female stylist (very cute, mid-twenties) in Redmond. My very first appointment with her---I had barely gotten into the chair---and she started regaling me with jokes she had heard you tell on KOMO that morning. She was an avid listener; you were locked and loaded onto every radio in her house, car AND in the salon. At any rate, that particular morning---while in the midst of re-telling a joke she had heard from you earlier, she started giggling, snorting and choking so violently, she cut the lobe of my left ear. Not a lot, but enough. It left a very small scar. Unfairly, for years, I've been blaming you for it. Please know that I am thinking of you during your illness---and in the pantheon of my heroes, you're not only among them as a broadcaster...but as a very fine human. Warmest Wishes - Pat Cashman

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

Oh how we loved the KOMO morning show with all the gang!  You, Larry Nelson, were part of our lives for many-a-year.  We will always remember that resonant voice talking about the "cul-de-sac that time forgot", or introducing "Stop the Cavalry" while serving up "A Cup of Christmas Tea"!  (My husband was lucky to find the Cory Band CD at a garage sale years later and gave it to me for Christmas!)  Do you remember getting your listeners all set up to record "A Cup of Christmas Tea"?  We recorded it and play it every year. You provided such a service to the community when you aired "Lar's Lookers".  Many of us found long sought items with the help of your listeners. My favorite bit that you did was when you encouraged people to send Valentines to their loved ones over the air.....the reason?  My husband who had had open heart surgery in August of 1985 sent a Valentine through you to me and I can still hear you saying...."to my wife Carole who kept my heart beating during those dark days of August....I love you!"  On that Valentine's Day 22 years ago I sat alone in my kitchen to recieve that wonderful love note!  I turned beet red, put my head down on the counter and cried.  When I gained control, I called him at work and he just chuckled at my response....I asked him later why he would take the chance that I might not have heard it, and he replied, "I knew you would hear it.  You wouldn't miss Larry Nelson's Valentines!"  When I arrived at school that morning, two of my fellow teachers came running up to me to say they had heard it, too!  Later that summer a relative asked me if I was the Carole that Larry Nelson talked about on Valentine's Day! No one on the air today comes close to accomplishing what you did to entertain, amuse and teach.  We missed you when you went away and we gave up on KOMO as a result.  You touched our lives and hearts, Larry Nelson, and we thank you for that! We were saddened to hear of your health problems, but will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you fight this battle. Fondly - Carole and Larry Cook

Lar. What a pleasure just to hear the abbreviated name that to so many has come to represent compassion, empathy, caring and humor. How a mortal man could have the fun you've had, inspired the people you have and supported your friends and family the way you do is testimony to a greater power than we sometimes understand. But then, I've always had the feeling that you "get" that. Larry, since the first time we met at Vito's so many years ago, I've been grateful for the life lessons that pour out form your life's endless stories. To listen to you, Doc Pete, BJ, Tom, LLoyd and the rest was to be inspired by some true originals! Like countless others, I listened to your for years prior to our meeting(another great thing Doc Pete did for me), and felt like I knew you already. As time went on, through countless weather checks from Seeley Lake, and all corners of the world, to your generous on air announcements of our children's births and your being the voice of OES commercials, I have been grateful for our friendship. Even with your voice, there are no words that could possibly do justice to how moved we are to hear of your struggle. I will take the liberty to speak for many when I say we Love you, we are praying for you to have the courage to face this Journey and the peace and contentment that a lifetime of caring for others deserves. God Bless - Jeff and Dani D'Amelio

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

As Michael Betelli said....the best years in radio... at 4th and Denny with Larry Nelson and his Golden Voice driving the ship!  That was a ship I will forever be proud to say I sailed on. You made many clients (like Moe at Alpine Carpet and Drapery Cleaner) and sales people (Ena owes you BIG TIME) very happy and a lot of money I might add. You will forever be cherished!  Larry and Gina, my hopes and prayers are with you! Much Love and God Bless. - Juliana Van Buskirk

Radio hasn't been the same since you retired too early. I wish you a speedy recovery. - Gorden Ekuan

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

Larry - you may or may not remember a morning show you and Gina Tuttle did on one lovely Friday in early August of 1996. You, Swartzy and Gina were talking about some matchmaking event when Gina said "we just need to find Mrs. Right for both you and Bill." Well, my ears perked up like nobody's business and I immediately called my KPLZ rep with whom I had just played golf for a KOMO/Fisher client golf tournament out at Echo Falls. I also happened to have been lucky enough to be in the foursome behind one Bill Swartz, whom at the time I thought was married. Lucky for me, he wasn't! Two weeks later, we had our first date, 1 1/2 years later he proposed on a Husky ladies basketball trip in Tucson and May 1, 2008, we'll celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! I had listened to KOMO for years and years prior, because you, Gina,  Bill and the cast of thousands, made it so much fun.  Being a Husky alumn and all of the tailgating parties will never be forgotten and as "Swartzy" said in his message to you - the best live radio Seattle has ever had and will ever have!! Getting to meet you in person at the 13 Coins for your last morning show, shortly after Bill and I met, is still a vivid memory!  Thanks Lar, for all of the memories and my husband! The best to you on your latest journey - and Gina - hugs and many best wishes for the most positive outcome. Love - Connie Hill-SWARTZ

I will never forget the call I got from you one Saturday morning in 1972. The day before, I had been unceremoniously dumped from my dream job at KVI. Now, suddenly, I was nothing. My self image was, as they say, in the toilet; maybe lower. Then, barely 24 hours later, I got a call from Larry Nelson, program director at KOMO, asking if I would like to come to work for you. It may have taken me five seconds to say yes, but only because I was so stunned that it took that long to catch my breath. The next three years were wonderful, Larry, due in no small part to you and your skillful leadership of the on-air team. KOMO dominated the Seattle radio market at that time and you drove the sound that made it happen. Thanks for pulling my spirits out of the dumpster that day 35 years ago, and for your leadership and encouragement in the years that followed. You touched many lives in a positive way. Mine was one of them. - Jim Blossey

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

I'm not one with words BUT I miss Larry and all his fine work on KOMO. I liked your manner, telling of Scandinavian jokes (having been married to a Swede), UW tailgate parties, etc etc etc. Just get well. - Sherrill B Clark

I think of you often and remember it being a privilege and honor when you allowed me to be on the air with you when you were doing your weekend show on KOMO.  I could not understand why you would want a greenhorn doing a boating show on KVI being on the air with you.  Still don't.  But a highlite of my life.  Without people seeing you they could "see" the sparkle in your eyes and that mischievous grin when you talked.  I hope even a small bit rubbed of on me. You are one of a kind, and I hope that we all get the chance to "see" you again. - Bob McLaughlin

I am one of those fans you woke up every morning for all thirty years. We are almost the same age and your first two boys and our two kids were pretty close. You kept having more kids, but we stopped! Your kid stories were so funny and soooo close to home. And truly glad you FINALLY found the right gal in your lovely wife, Gina. Larry, you were like family to me during those years. What a delightful way to wake up every morning. I have never been able to replace you and I still miss you. I was always hoping you would continue the morning show on another station. Thanks for the memories, Larry. You have truly been a blessing to our family.  - Pat Egaas

Before I went into the Army in the early 1960's, the morning go-to guy on the radio was Al Cummings.  When I got out of the army, it was Larry Nelson.  Over the years our family and my parents came to depend upon you Larry to be there in the morning; to get us up and off to school or work.  With your wit and humor, we truly enjoyed listening to you.  Now, during the holiday season, we especially remember you being the first to play Stop the Cavalry or read "A cup of Christmas Tea." We always remember you saying "If I'm lying, I'm dying."  Larry, your the best in the business; and there's no lying about it. - Bill & Carol Collins

Moving from the northeast corner of North Dakota to begin a new life at Silver Lake; I happened to clear the crest of the Cascades on a rainy May morning in 1990.   I was driving an awful Chevy Citation with a broken radio...the tuner was stuck on the middle preset button CJOB (Winnipeg)...1000AM.  Darned if the first voice I heard that welcomed me into my new life chapter was yours!   I immediately felt a little less lonely as your great voice filled that little car with the kind of folksy, small upper Midwest feel I was missing at the moment.  Then, when you made a wisecrack about Norwegians, I felt like I was listening to the old Boone and Erickson show on WCCO-Minneapolis or another favorite at KFGO-Fargo.  And, I also knew I wouldn't bother fixing the broken tuner on that car.  KOMO was all I needed for the next six years that piece of junk stayed on the roads. Stan Boreson, contests, tailgates, folk wisdom, local history...you name it...you delivered it:  Mange Tusen Takk dear friend of our family!  And know that a bunch of south Everett L'ootrun folks in Everett are praying for health-healing and strength for the battle for you and yours, then! - Pastor Jack Richards/Prince of Peace Lutheran-Everett 

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

Understand you are having tough times.  I hope that I may give you a little of what you gave us over the years - a reason for another day.  The years have gone by very fast and your voice on the radio cheered us along the way to METRO, Boeing and many other places. Many cheers for the days ahead. - Tom Tregoning

I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed your morning show that I listened to faithfully on the way to work every morning for about 17 years.  Your stories were often “giggles” and I loved hearing whatever you had to say .  Hearing your voice on commercials always used to remind me of driving to work with that great voice coming over the radio (I am retired now, but still remember!).  KOMO is still the only station I listen to and you are missed. May God Bless You and Yours through these difficult times – and thanks for the memories, Lar. - Barb Oetgen I just wanted to pass along my best wishes to you and yours, and to thank you for a special Holiday tradition - the Christmas show you did every year with Stan Boreson.  I always looked foward to you and Stan in the studio, as well as the, uh, 'Swedish traffic reports.' In later years, I was able to hear the broadcast while volunteering in the KOMO parking lot during the Holiday food drive.  You were also one of the first radio voices I became familiar with as a 7-year-old listening to KOMO ("the voice of KOMO country") on an old Nobility transistor radio in rural Auburn.  Again, all the best to you and yours - you mean so much to so many in this area! - Gary West

Larry, thanks for all of your words of encouragement while being the first one to play cuts from our "Sea of Love" album in 1974. I'll always remember your morning shows full of infectious humor and enthusiasm. God bless and keep you always. - Jimmy Taylor (formerly of "Jim and Shirley")

Larry, you are the "Johnny Carson" of morning talk radio!! - Barb Fitzgerald

Have deeply enjoyed your radio voice over dozens of years. Your voice resonated with love, care, and concern besides displaying a quality of fun, depth of character and professionalism. - Lars Eggehorn

Not too long ago I heard a familiar voice on an ad, and thought that was Larry Nelson! I have really missed hearing you-wishing you the best- a fellow Scandihoovian. - Helen

I was in the same class in high school as Larry --- thought of him as one of the class clowns with big ears.  Later, when I was able to, I listened to as much of Larry as I could.  Like some have mentioned, they hated to have to turn off the radio and go into work.  His voice was always comforting and soothing.  Recently, when he has done commercials, my ears will perk up when I hear his voice. I think my very favorite Christmas song has been Stop the Calvary.  I'd forgotten that it was Larry that got me "hooked." - Patricia Schlough Ellis

I felt Larry was my buddy!  He made it much easier to get up in the mornings and get ready for work!  He asked people to call in and sing a song that he had requested for the morning.  I would call in and sing and he would tell me what a beautiful voice I had....oh! what that did for my ego....My kids were always asking me "Please, Mom, don't sing!  He always promised a pencil as a gift for singing, but I never got the pencil!  But that is alright....I got my 10 seconds on the radio showing my talent.  One of the men I worked with would be on his way to work and when he got there he would always come and tell me he heard me singing on The Larry Nelson morning show! I worked at Virginia Mason Hospital for a while when Larry was on the radio, and there was a restaurant up the street called "Vito's" and sometime when we went up there, Larry would come in with some friends....he would hold "court" at a table in the back....I think he was part Italian because he loved Vito and always spoke highly of him, and he always sat facing the front, so he could see the door and who was coming in....that's an Italian tradition...hey!  I am Italian, I know these things! - Rosie Lawrence

I want to tell you how much I enjoyed listening to your morning show on KOMO radio for all those years.  You got me started off on the day, got me off and running and to work with the least traffic problems possible........and all with a lot of fun listening to you and your team on the radio.  Many times I would be driving to work and laughing at the antics on the radio........your sense of humor and fun and rapport with the listening audience and the others there at the station with you including Ted Potter when he was flying all around watching for traffic problems was all such a treasure.  Thank you, thank you a million times over and over! - Pat Wilson

Larry....hear from the group you're not feeling well dam it...we have gone thru this with a lot of old radio guys and as an old P.D. I instruct you to beat whatever the problem is even if I have to call the hot line...the world loves you and so do your peers, especially me....Get Well. - Buzz Barr

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

Just thought I would send a message to you expressing my thanks for many years of great radio, especially the shows you did with Stan Boreson every year, I enjoyed those the best. Also, I would like to send you a little positive energy via email if that is possible. As you have brightened the lives of so many over the years, please allow me, and many others to do the same for you. -
James Anderson, Bremerton

Hey man - you are not forgotten. You, Gina and Ted brightened our mornings for many years. Thanks for playing the Corey Band Xmas recording every year. Keep trucking and get well soon. - John

Just got the note from Bob Adkins regarding your health problems and want you to know I'm thinking about you! It's always darkest before the dawn. So just hang in there Lar! - Jay

KEEP MARCHING AROUND THE BREAKFAST TABLE. - FRED KAUFMAN

A short note to THANK YOU for all you did back in my record biz days. As well as waking us up every morning for a few decades along the way. Our prayers are with you. A great fan. - Jerry Dennon

Just heard via email that you are not feeling so good. I am confident that you will pull through like any other good Scandinavian. Our prayers are with you. -
Wally and Anne Nelskog

Want to let you know what a pleasure it was to work with you all those years at KOMO. I'll never forget the amazing trips around the world. I am really enjoying connecting with Jeff every week on the phone. He is a fine broadcaster. I know you are proud of him. Those days at 4th and Denny were the best! Thanks so much for your great attitude about life - and for all the good times.Mike Bettelli  

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 don't know you other than as a voice on the radio and the intelligence behind that voice.  But your talent was strong enough to pull me, as a teenager, from Hardwick and Morton.  That's saying something because I loved the humor of those two guys. Please know that you brought me many hours of pleasure, entertainment, and information. - Bruce

You might be amazed at how much you are cherished.  I'm not amazed at all.  You have touched so many folks in so many wonderful ways. I've been blessed to be able to stay in touch with that wonderful sales team we had in the good ol' days.  We are buzzing with the sharing of many happy memories and with sadness over the swift passing of time.  We've always considered you to be part of our team.  We often wax rhetoric over how much fun we had, though we worked very hard.  We had a great product to sell, thank you very much. John Cheshire is very involved with church work -- he now works at KCMS.  He has "thousands" praying for you.  Who knows?  They've prayed for me many times over the years and I'm still truckin'. Michael and Ena both called me earlier this year, having celebrated 20+ years at the corral, thanking me for hiring them. Tyrone and I are doing lunch next week; I worked with Rita at her store for a few months. We're aging, dear Lars,  but we ain't dead yet.  So keep looking forward, making each day the best you can make it.  XOXOXO - Shirley Thom

I listened to Larry on KOMO from the mid 1970's to the day he left KOMO. The day Larry left was a sad day for Seattle radio. I remember vividly the day I called in to tell Larry that it was my daughter's 8th birthday (1984) and how special he made it announcing it on the air. I taped it and still have it to this day. My daughter is now 31 and I play it back to her once in awhile and her face glows! Larry made my Christmas holidays very special. He had such a way, with his warm and soothing voice, to put all listeners in that holiday spirit. The Christmas stories he would tell would sometimes bring tears to my eyes and at times excitement to my heart. I could hear in Larry's voice the compassion and sincerity which I will remember as long as I live. Thank you Larry for the great memories. I am praying to God that he looks after you and returns to you your good health. God Bless. - Keith Mock, Puyallup 

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

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we are sending positive thoughts your way. - Keith Shipman

I think I may have met Larry once, but I've long admired his style.  He has one of those voices that got a guy like me hooked on radio. - Dave Ross

I don't know you if you remember me, but as PD at KIRO for many years I certainly paid at lot of attention to you.  I'll always remember the wonderful rapport you had with KOMO listeners -- and how clearly your personality came to define an entire station. I just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts. You gave a lot to Seattle and the radio community -- and you always did it in a very classy, professional way. Best wishes always - Andy Ludlum

I have been thinking about you a lot. I keep picturing you on the tennis courts in the 8th grade. You were outstanding. I have many happy memories of our school  years together.  You have always been  so entertaining  and a joy to be around.  And I  really really promise not to mention anything about your hair.  Actually, you have a rather nice do. Ha! Seriously, I wish you and Gina the best and hang in there ole buddy. Love ya, - Sylvia  "Bergie" Melsom

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