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Larry Conners Goes Back On Air Tonight, Will Make IRS Scandal His First Story

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Larry Conners.
For the first time since he was fired by KMOV (Channel 4) in 2013, St. Louis broadcaster Larry Conners goes back on air tonight as a full-time host for KTRS (550 AM).

Ever true to his devil-may-care style, Conners says he's launching his return to the airwaves at 9 p.m. Monday with a story about the topic that got him canned: the Internal Revenue Service, which recently came under fire when thousands of e-mails went missing.

"Make sure you are listening, and I won't be fired this time," Conners tells his 5,550 Facebook fans.

See also: Larry Conners Talks KMOV-TV Firing, Defends IRS Facebook Post, Journalistic Integrity

KMOV fired Conners for posting on Facebook that the IRS was targeting him because he was overly critical of President Barack Obama during an April 2012 interview about travel expenditures. Conners had racked up a $85,000 tax bill, and months after the interview, the IRS put a lien on his Clayton home.

Since then, Conners has gone to court to say he wasn't fired for his IRS comments but rather because of his age and race. Conners filed a discrimination suit alleging KMOV paid the then-66-year-old white man less than a black female coworker, restricted his social-media posts and consequently fired him -- a charge KMOV flatly denies.

See also: Larry Conners Back in Court with Age, Racial Discrimination Charges Against KMOV-TV

Since his KMOV contract restricted Conners from news broadcasting until now, Conners has gotten his TV fix in commercials for John Beal Roofing.

See also: Larry Conners on His New Role: Yes, I'm Doing Commercials; No, They Won't Be Goofy

But a lot of news has happened in St. Louis in the year Conners has been gone. The IRS isn't the only hot-button topic Conners should weigh in on, even if he's a few months late.

In honor of Conners' triumphant return to St. Louis broadcasting, here are six old stories Conners should cover now:

1. Take a Lyft ride. Is the unlicensed, unregulated business safe enough to operate in St. Louis, or are the hipsters wrong? We'd love Conners' take on this story.

2. Try to find a parking place at Fair St. Louis. The annual celebration is moving to Forest Park this year, and the battle to find parking is exactly the kind of drama Conners can sink his teeth into.

3. Test the dress code at Ballpark Village. Will someone kick Conners out of the Budweiser Brew House if he's wearing a tall tee?

4. Interview the Dance of Life Dancer. Susan Stone, who dresses in ballet costumes and "performs" at festivals around the city, recently claimed she was thrown out of an African arts festival for being white, and Conners knows all about suing for racial discrimination. Get the scoop, Conners!

5. Drink Anheuser-Busch beers on-air to see if they're really watered down. A judge recently ruled that A-B isn't watering down its beers, but we're not sure until Conners tells us so.

6. LOLZ at the Internet Cat Video Festival at the Contemporary Art Museum. Can we haz Connerz plz?

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Jim Frain
Jim Frain

I am sure Larry is a nice man. .550 is weak beyond words...Larry is like an old ball player trying to extend his career after his swing is gone..He is fighting for pride ..understandable. ..Sadly, his show is weak...

Roy Johnson
Roy Johnson

Very nice and fair comment Virginia.

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

They still broadcast AM? Wonder if my car stereo even has that option?!?!?!?!?

Chris Leird
Chris Leird

Yep, bring back the night shift. I would tune into 97.1 if I wanted to listen this type of show.

Debi Schneider
Debi Schneider

His program, so far, lacks the professional sophistication of more experienced RADIO hosts. Wish he would stop interrupting his guests. Say what you will about Carney, but he is a great interviewer! Miss Steve Cochran and want more Paul Harris (don't really like his weekend midnight program, though.)

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

I loved Night Shift- now I don't listen at all. Larry Conners lost all respect as a journalist long before the IRS thing. Is 550 AM trying to close their doors due to bankruptcy??? I hope so because it's coming....

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Another program catering to right wing conservative audience.

Benjamin Scherliss
Benjamin Scherliss

Agreed 100%. Really liked The Night Shift and now I won't be listening to 550 at all.

Joe Wineburner
Joe Wineburner

Preferred "The Night Shift." You know, the show they ended so that this boredom could come back on the air.

Scooter Von Donaken
Scooter Von Donaken

Yawn. I didn't grow up here so he's not a marker of my youth. Seems like a crank to me.

Virginia Superwolf
Virginia Superwolf

He lives in my old neighborhood in Clayton where I grew up. He was a very nice neighbor and person. Not sure about how he is professionally tho - I'll reserve judgement.

Barney Rodawald
Barney Rodawald

Larry is where he belongs late night on the radio where he can cry about not paying his taxes and how mean Obama is to him.

Jerry Hicks
Jerry Hicks

Glad you're back on the air waves Larry!

Deb Lewis
Deb Lewis

you bet it is...delightfully so

Deb Lewis
Deb Lewis

he dug his own hole....not very professional

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

I miss him on the news, we used to have a drinking game where we would count his liver spots, was a real hoot. It's just as well though, the crazy old fuck has a real face for radio.

Michael Heermann
Michael Heermann

@Jim, you're judging that man's whole existence, his whole career on what might be his most regrettable action. If you turned the gun on yourself would you come out without fault? Probably not I would guess. He proved himself here for decades, so cut him a little slack and stop being so judgmental.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

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Jim Descher
Jim Descher

Closed minded? Anyone who can look at the actual evidence of his departures from KMOV and still holds your views is the closed minded one. Connors is a tax cheat who injected himself into a story (no ego there!) to try and distract everyone from the real story. Remember the government was targeting him! LOL.

Amanda Conner
Amanda Conner

fkn leave him alone. He was a damn good anchor. Quit being hypocritical and hating for political reasons.

Person
Person

Aww, poor guy...


When will rich, conservative, old white dudes ever get a fair shake in life?!

Donna Hofbauer Young
Donna Hofbauer Young

Isn't he the one who many years ago would call Texas "Gods country' because thats where he came from? if so, maybe he needs to go back, never did like him

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

He's a total nut and everybody knows it. This is way beyond politics.

Kimberly Busch
Kimberly Busch

One of the best anchors out of St. Louis and I couldnt agree more with his take on this country's state of affairs which is nothing short of an absolute disaster. Woohoo to Hobby Lobby for taking a stance as well against our dictator in charge!

Janice Beckemeyer
Janice Beckemeyer

I will not be watching him...he is not who I think of when I look for unbiased news reporting.

Donna Yates
Donna Yates

YAAAAAAAAAAAAY LARRY!!!! Question....if KMOV fired you why would you have to be restricted by a contract that should have been void if you were fired?

Matt Cook
Matt Cook

Jeff you might want to look up what freedom of speech protects. It doesn't protect you from lying on the air and not being fired.

Kyle Brown
Kyle Brown

Ron, could you repeat that, in English please? RFT is a fairly liberal rag, and we expect you to be able to put together a decent sentence. I know it's hard, and they don't mind in the Fox News comments section... But, do your best.

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

And in other news, USA plays Belgium in the World Cup Tuesday, go USA Men's team.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Let me guess. Larry will think the decision was great because Larry is a right winger.

Ron Weber
Ron Weber

Welcome back. Don't paid any attention to the idiot below. I wondered if he minds paying taxes so that all the illegals can have everything when oue Vets suffers. That sounds reasonable for someone who doesn't care about rights of the USA citizen.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

That's because you are an inbred bible beating fuckstick with a low IQ.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Says another whack job conspiracy theorist

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