Skip to comments.Larry Lujack 1940-2013
Posted on 12/18/2013 7:52:36 PM PST by John W
Legendary Superjock Larry Lujack, a Radio Hall of Famer and one of broadcastings all-time greats, has died of cancer at 73.
He had been battling esophageal cancer for the last year and was in hospice care in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when he died Wednesday.
More to come.
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Wow .. there’s a name from my past!
RIP Larry ..
RIP Larry. I did not know you but you have left a large void on the airwaves. You also appeared to be a lover of fun, God Bless you.
I used to listen to “Animal Stories” with Uncle Larre and Little Tommy. Hilarious. RIP Mr. Lujack—you will be missed.
I used to listen to him on WLS. A long time ago.
What I heard was that Rush Limbaugh patterned his delivery after Lujack—used sarcasm, etc. How did Larry feel? He hated, hated, HATED Rush, to quote Roger Ebert. Some are saying online the likes of David Letterman and Bill Murray were influenced by him, too; have heard he used the name
Johnny Lujack when at WMEX, Boston.
First it was Don Wade. Now it’s Lujack. Chicago is losing its radio talent.
You can add Jerry G. Bishop to that list. He died this year, too.
Dick Biondi survives!
For a small town kid, listening to WLS was a huge thing. It connected you with the world.
Who was the DJ that played happy birthday on the anniversary of the atomic bomb?
WLS and Lujack are forever in my history. RIP. Mr Lujack, you brought many hours of listening pleasure to a few generations!
WLS or WCFL all day every day ...
Awww. The sound of my teenage years is gone. RIP, Larry. WLS could never be as good without you.
Like many I grew up listening to Uncle Lar, and followed him all the way to his reincarnated last gig with Little Tommy at "Real Oldies 1690" until it went away. Even after being away from radio for 20 years, he still had "it". One of the great jocks from the music radio era, who will live forever in our memories.
And now, for a shiny new dime, how does a chinchillla spell relief? To learn the answer, listen to "Animal Stories", the comic bit that Lujack was best known for, and which will still have you in stitches:
There are lots of airchecks but if you want to hear what real radio sounded like ca. 1977, here’s one with Larry Lujack in the air chair at the Rock of Chicago, WLS:
WLS Chicago Larry Lujack
Ya beat me to it Bob...
At least we didn’t post links to the same YouTube clip :-)
Larry was one of my favorites on KJR 950 in Seattle back in the early sixties. That must have been one of his first real top 50 stations. Larry, along with Lan Roberts (passed away) and Pat O’Day, who is still around out here - KJR had a good line-up.
Just out of college, I had a night shift gig at a drugstore in Chicagoland. At 5am it was time for Uncle Lar, but on 12/8/1980 Uncle Lar launched a stirring tribute show to the now late John Lennon. I always wanted an “animal stories mobile unit” bumper sticker, to capture the “inter-mingling of the species”
“Animal Stories” was a result of WLS’s heritage as a station targeted at rural audiences - when they switched over to a rock format, they kept a token “farm report”, which eventually dropped into Lujack’s lap.
And then when they dropped the vestigial farm stuff altogether, Lujack missed the sometimes whacky stuff that would show up there - so he’d dig up his own material as “Animal Stories”.
And the folks who wanted a real farm report still had Orion Samuelson on WGN.
Didn’t my link work? I wonder why.
Link to live feed for Roe and Roeper.
wlsam.com/...click on “listen live”
Satrts 14:00 CST today.
Wow, I didn’t know that Don Wade had died. Used to listen to him every morning when I lived there. Even Roma’s little red book quote once in a while.
Wow, close. 1980, '68 Valiant, Larry and Tommy Animal Stories, Rural Illinois.
By the way, I was only 15, I got my first car when I was 14. The benefits of living in the country. lol