After previous work at stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Michigan, Lary spent 23 years in Tampa Bay, starting out as a newsman for WSUN-AM 620 in 1975. He also became its Pinellas County Bureau Chief and Public Affairs Director.
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native quit the station in late 1978 to work for American film director Robert Altman, who was in the area making a movie in nearby St. Pete Beach. But, by the following year, he was back in radio at Dunedin’s WWQT, owned and managed by Lowell “Bud” Paxson, and then Bradenton’s WBRD-AM/WDUV-FM in 1980.
In 1983, Lary began writing magazine articles and books, in addition to fulfilling his radio obligations. When Jacor acquired WDUV and moved it to New Port Richey in 1995, he stayed on at WBRD as program director under new owner, Metropolitan Radio Group.
In 1998, he moved to Los Angeles, where he continued writing. While on the west coast, he landed acting roles on television (NBC’s “Heroes” and “The Office,” and CBS’ “Cold Case”) and in some major motion pictures, including the James Bond film “License To Kill” and Burt Reynolds’ “Cop and A Half.”
Today (2011), after a lengthy career as a radio announcer, editor, published author, musician (guitarist and hand drummer), folk-singer, magician, actor (TV, film and stage), and concierge at a Las Vegas casino, Lary is back in Tampa Bay and makes his home in Dunedin.
1975 - 1995 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (News)
1975 - 1998 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
1995 - 1998 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Program Director)