Larry Mendte hosts the Larry Mendte Show every Saturday night at 11PM until 2AM Sunday morning on 77 WABC. New Yorkers know Larry for his honest, no holds barred, award-winning television commentaries that have won a dozen Emmy awards for WPIX-TV and WJLP-TV in New Jersey. The commentaries were syndicated nationally for five years and aired on 33 television stations across the country.
A veteran broadcaster, Larry has spent much of his career on New York television; first at ABC7, Eyewitness News in the mid 80’s, when he anchored the weekend newscast and filled in for Roger Grimsby, Bill Buetel. Larry covered both the Mets 1986 World Series victory and the Giants 1987 Super Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
Starting in 2008, Larry produced the award winning national commentaries for Tribune Broadcasting out of WPIX-TV. Larry’s commentaries at WPIX are credited with helping to pass the 9/11 First Responder’s Health and Compensation Bill. For his efforts, Mendte has been named an honorary board member of The Fealgood Foundation, the leading advocacy organization for the heroes of 9/11. The Columbia Association of the New York City Fire Department also named him The Media Man of The Year in 2011.
Larry Mendte can still be seen on New York television. He hosts the hour-long, weekly news and public affairs show called Jersey Matters on WPLJ-TV, the local MeTV station. Larry’s commentary closes the show
One of the nation’s most honored broadcasters, Mendte has won over 90 Emmys for his 30-plus years in broadcasting. He also has 6 Edward R. Murrow Awards and a National Sigma Delta Chi Award along with dozens of local broadcasting and community awards.
Mendte comes to New York from Philadelphia, where he was the 6 and 11 PM anchor at KYW, a CBS station. He is a member of The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hall of Fame and was named one of the Greatest Living Philadelphians by the Philadelphia Daily News. Mendte earned 50 of his regional Emmy Awards in Philly, a record four of them in the “Best Anchor” category.
In 2005, Mendte received several awards from Veterans groups for a series of reports that prompted the city to re-light Philadelphia’s Eternal Flame in honor of the nation’s war dead. It had been extinguished for more than a decade. His work on behalf of the Eternal Flame was honored on the floor of the United States Senate that year and is now part of the Congressional Record.
Mendte is also an accomplished documentary film maker. His documentary Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope, about the little girl who started the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation before she died at the age of 8, won over 20 film festivals across the country and was the inspiration for a yearly telethon. Larry hosted the telethon and produced several touching stories about children with cancer. The telethons have raised over ten million dollars to fight pediatric cancer.
Before joining CBS 3 in July, 2003, Mendte was evening news anchor for WCAU-TV, the NBC station in Philadelphia. Mendte returned to Philadelphia in 1997 to anchor at NBC10. Previously, he co-hosted Access Hollywood, the daily half-hour entertainment news magazine produced by NBC in Los Angeles and was weekday anchor and investigative reporter at Chicago’s WBBM-TV. While at WBBM, Mendte earned a record 27 Emmy Awards and was twice named “Best Reporter” in Illinois by the Associated Press. His series of reports on school bus safety in Chicago led to two new state laws. Prior to WBBM, Mendte was a main anchor for KFMB-TV in San Diego and a reporter and anchor at WABC-TV in New York.
Aside from his work at 77 WABC, which spans 8 years, Mendte has hosted morning talk radio shows in Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE.
In his free time, Mendte is active with a number of charities including The Alzheimer’s Association, Autism Speaks and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Raised in Lansdowne, Pa., Mendte graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School and has been inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from West Chester University and has been awarded the school’s distinguished alumni award and the President’s medal for community service. Mendte has also earned a Master’s degree from Quinnipiac University in Interactive Media with an emphasis on social media.
Mendte and his wife, former CBS Saturday Morning Anchor Dawn Stensland-Mendte, have four children.