Larry O'Connor (born June 23, 1967) is an American talk radio host on the Cumulus-owned heritage radio station WMAL AM/FM in Washington DC, Online Editor of the news/commentary website The Weekly Standard, and frequent television guest on Fox News Channel's early morning show Fox and Friends as well as FNC's Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. In 2015 he married Meredith Dake.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, O'Connor grew up in the suburban township of Plymouth located between Detroit and Ann Arbor. In 1980 he moved to Newport Beach, Cal., and attended Corona del Mar High School along with actors Reg Rogers and Kellie Rutherford, Rock star and TV personality Mark McGrath, and film director/producer McG.
From 1986 to 1999, O'Connor worked for The Shubert Organization. During his tenure as general manager of the Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles (1991–99), O'Connor oversaw the renovation of the 2,100-seat theatre specifically to accommodate the American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BLVD. starring Glenn Close. He helped create the Ovation Awards, the competitive theatre awards in Los Angeles modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards. He served as executive producer of the awards show in 1994 and 1995, and he served as president of the governing body for the awards, Theatre LA, the league of Los Angeles Theatres.
After leaving Shubert in 1999, O'Connor served as general manager/producer for several major productions including Sweeney Todd, starring Kelsey Grammar; A Knight Out, starring Sir Ian McKellen; and 10 Commandments the Musical, Starring Val Kilmer and then-unknown Adam Lambert.
In January 2009 O'Connor began writing for Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood site under the pseudonym Stage Right. O'Connor focused on the theatre industry and wrote from the perspective of a conservative in the closet surrounded by political liberals on Broadway. He wrote many posts about the NEA Conference call scandal. His byline frequently appeared at Big Journalism, Breitbart's site focusing on critical assessments of the mainstream media. He spearheaded the defense of James O'Keefe during his arrest at Mary Landrieu's office in New Orleans, and he exposed major falsehoods in an article written by Max Blumenthal about O'Keefe that resulted in Salon issuing retractions.
In June 2011 O'Connor was promoted to the editor-in-chief of another Andrew Breitbart brain-child, Breitbart.TV, a political video website catering to the right-of-center internet audience. Since his installment at Breitbart.tv, the site broke several videos, including the video that eventually led to Rep. Bob Ethridge's ouster from Congress. and the viral "Resist We Much" Al Sharpton video. In July 2011, Shirley Sherrod filed suit against O'Connor, Andrew Breitbart, and an unnamed third person for defamation. In October 2015, the parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
In December 2013, O'Connor left Breitbart after the death of his friend, the site's founder, Andrew Breitbart.
In June 2014 he joined Independent Journal Review as Editor-at-Large. He served in that capacity through April 2016.
He then joined HotAir.com as Editor-at-Large through December 2016.
He is currently the Online Editor of The Weekly Standard.
While O'Connor started his radio career on Internet radio in January 2010 on Blog Talk Radio. The show consisted of O'Connor's monologues on current events in news, politics, and the entertainment industry; interviews with newsmakers and journalists; calls from listeners; and interaction with the live chat room. Guests on the nightly show, as well as special live remote shows have included Gov. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Richard Dreyfuss, Greg Gutfeld, Fred Thompson, Ed Morrissey, Adam Baldwin, and Michelle Malkin. In 2011 the show added webcams and a Ustream feed to the nightly show and late in that year the show's name was changed to "The Larry O'Connor Show."
Also in 2011, O'Connor began filling in for many terrestrial radio shows and stations including nationally syndicated shows like The Dennis Miller Show, The Hugh Hewitt Show and The Rusty Humphries Show. As well as local shows on major market stations like WOR and WABC in New York, WMAL in Washington, D.C., WLS in Chicago, WPHT in Philadelphia and WIBC in Indianapolis.
In November 2012 O'Connor was hired as a permanent co-host of WMAL's "Mornings on the Mall" alongside Brian Wilson.
In November 2016 WMAL announced it would replace The Savage Nation by giving Larry O'Connor his own show in the 3 PM - 6 PM timeslot.