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Larry Lujack (born June 6, 1940), a Top 40 Music radio disc jockey, was known for his world-weary sarcastic style, "Klunk Letter of the Day" and darkly humorous "Animal Stories" and "Cheap Trashy Show Biz." He was also referred to as Superjock, Lawrence of Chicago, Uncle Lar, and King of the Corn Belt.

Born in Quasqueton, Iowamarker, as Larry Blankenburg, he later changed his last name to that of his football idol, Johnny Lujack. He attended the College of Idahomarker (in Caldwellmarker) and Washington State Universitymarker and was a radio disc jockey, starting in 1958, at KCIDmarker in Caldwellmarker. He subsequently worked at several other radio stations, including KJR in Seattle, but is best known for his antics on Chicagomarker AM radio stations WLSmarker and WCFLmarker.

He initially retired in 1987, shortly after his son John from his first marriage died in an accident. In 1997, he had moved from Palatinemarker to the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexicomarker, where he plays golf and landscapes. However, Lujack began working again in May 2000, for then-WUBT in Chicago, via a remote ISDN link from a New Mexicomarker recording studio. He was teamed up with Matt McCann, who was based in the Chicago studio. The ratings for the show out-paced the rest of the radio station. Lujack was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame in June 2002.

In 2003, he re-teamed with his Animal Stories partner, Tommy Edwards (Little Tommy), on WRLL (1690 AM) in Chicago, to broadcast his signature features on weekday mornings. On August 16, 2006, Lujack was fired along with the entire WRLL on-air staff, as it was announced the "Real Oldies" format would cease on September 17, 2006. On November 6, 2004, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. On April 15, 2008, Larry Lujack was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, during their annual convention in Las Vegas.

Lujack is married to Judith (Jude), his second wife, and has two surviving children: Anthony Lujack and Linda Lujack-Shirley.

Radio stations

Station City State Dates Notes
KCIDmarker 1490 Caldwellmarker IDmarker
KGEMmarker 1140 Boisemarker IDmarker ?
KNEWmarker* 790 Spokanemarker WAmarker ?
KRPLmarker 1400 Moscowmarker IDmarker ?
KFXM 590 San Bernadinomarker CAmarker ?
KJRBmarker* 790 Spokanemarker WAmarker evenings
KJR 950 Seattlemarker WAmarker
WMEX 1510 Bostonmarker MAmarker as Johnny Lujack
WCFLmarker 1000 Chicagomarker ILmarker 1967 four months; all-nights
WLS marker 890 Chicagomarker ILmarker afternoons, then mornings
WCFLmarker 1000 Chicagomarker ILmarker afternoons
WLS marker 890

WLS-FM 94.7
Chicagomarker ILmarker mornings; then in 1985, afternoons**
WUBT 103.5 Chicagomarker ILmarker
WRLL 1690 Chicagomarker ILmarker
* KNEW and KJRB refer to the same radio station.

** WLS continued to pay Lujack for five years after his 1987 departure to keep him from competing with them in markets where ABC had local radio outlets; in effect, a forced retirement.

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External links

  • Scott Childers' The History of WLS Radio The Rock of Chicago, the 1980s. Read about Lujack in the context of WLS history.
  • Real Oldies 1690 AM WRLL. Through Sept. 17, 2006, hear an automated version of the station where Lujack and Tommy Edwards (Little Tommy of Animal Stories) hosted mornings from October 2003 through August 15, 2006.



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