Larry Mantle

Radio host
Photograph by Carole Morse

I went to Crozier Middle School during the first year when what had been a historically overwhelmingly white school became a school that was half-and-half. African American kids were bused from the Morningside Park area, and there was a lot of tension. The kids were good kids, but everybody was sort of on edge. The second year I was there, things were considerably better because we got to know each other just as kids. Even with the undercurrent of tension, Inglewood still had a real Mayberry small-town feel to it. When we moved to Beachwood Canyon in Hollywood, everybody seemed so much slicker to me. It was like, “Boy oh boy, I’m in the big city now.” » Mantle, 51, has hosted KPCC’s AirTalk since 1985.