Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Who knew a radio guy could write? And who knew Keith Larson had a soft side?
Larson, the longtime WBT radio morning host who specializes in political zingers, has penned a sweet, honest and surprisingly good book called "That Season of Hope."
On the 10th anniversary of the Panthers' 2003 Super Bowl season, Larson examines that year through the prism of an extraordinary girl -- 12-year-old Hope Stout, a spunky, redheaded Panther fan who was dying of bone cancer.
For those who don't remember this true story of have never heard it, Hope was asked by the local Make-A-Wish people what her heart most desired. Her wish? To raise enough money to help the other 155 children on Make-A-Wish's local list have their own wishes granted.
On Dec.19, 2003, Larson read about this story in The Charlotte Observer in an article by Elizabeth Leland. Larson never met Hope in person, but he did interview her on the radio that same day for 11 minutes and 50 seconds.
"Those 11 minutes and 50 seconds changed my life," said Larson, who still replays that interview every December on his show (thatseasonofhope.com also has audio of that interview -- check out segment 11).
Larson and his wife Nancy -- who gets a writing credit as well for her organizational help -- will make no money off this book. Author proceeds are being split among three charities -- March Forth With Hope, Make-A-Wish and the Carolina Panthers' "Keep Pounding" cancer foundation.
I plan to have a fuller review on the book and what prompted Larson to write it in my column in Wednesday's Charlotte Observer.
Posted by Scott Fowler at 11:35 AM