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

The year was 1985, and on April 1 at Pasadena City College, a young broadcaster by the name of Larry Mantle sat behind a KPCC microphone for the inaugural broadcast of AirTalk.

The year was 1985. On April 1, at Pasadena City College, a young broadcaster by the name of Larry Mantle sat behind a KPCC microphone and hosted a show called "AirTalk." 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With #KPCClove,

The AirTalk Team

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