larry“Your friend and mine” Larry Winters is a radio legend and one of KPFT’s most beloved DJs. For over 30 years, Larry has brought wit, warmth and courageous commentary to listeners. His musical selections and stellar guests have made Saturdays at noon must-listen radio in the region. Visit the Spare Change show page for more details.

What was the moment that made you want to get on the radio?

I had come back home from Idaho and had some time on my hands, so I decided to go volunteer and work with the news department. I was told that I was too opinionated in my reading of the news, so I started helping on the bluegrass program.

I was asked to do my own show because I kept mixing in people like Pete Seeger and other liberal thinking musicians that played the banjo. I always thought radio programs should have a underlying theme or message in them so I begin producing shows that carried more than music.

Who is your dream guest, living or not, and what would you ask her/him?

Tom Waits would be my choice, but I have had so many other great artist drop by and share some time with me and the listeners the past 34 years.

What listener remark or experience sticks with you?

“Thanks for everything that you do.”

What interests do you have that might surprise people?

I play golf and Fantasy Football.

What’s the first record you bought with your own money?

Elvis Presley “All Shook Up”

What book first inspired you?

Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard, and Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankel.

If you were invited to speak at a college commencement, what three things — whether that’s advice, a reading or anything else — would you recommend to your audience?

  1. Never let anyone or anything make you angry.
  2. Get involved in your life.
  3. Support public radio.

What song would you want played at your funeral, and why?

“The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel. It describes me and the journeys I have traveled.

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