SUPERJOCK LARRY LUJACK
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" along with "sidekick Little Tommy", and "Cheap Trashy Show Biz Report." He was also referred to as Superjock, Lawrence of Chicago, Uncle Lar, and King of the Corn Belt.
Born in Quasqueton, Iowa and raised in Arkansas, as Larry Blankenburg, he later changed his last name to that of his football idol, Johnny Lujack. He attended the College of Idaho (in Caldwell) and Washington State University and was a radio disc jockey, starting in 1958, at KCID in Caldwell. His entry into radio came when he was a biology major at College of Idaho and at the time was a matter of finances; he was looking for a part-time job. He originally intended to go into wildlife conservation.
"Animal Stories" came about because WLS was still receiving farm magazines long after they went into Rock and Roll in 1960. Lujack started reading some of them and began airing stories from them instead of reading the grain reports connected with the Farm Report. When the Farm Report was officially discontinued, the feature became Animal Stories.
Lujack began working again in May 2000 for then-WUBT in Chicago, via a remote ISDN link from a New Mexico 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. 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 that the station's "Real Oldies" format would cease on September 17, 2006.
The broadcast duo were on the air once again as part of the WLS "The Big 89 Rewind" on Memorial Day, 2007 and 2008 where the station returned to its "MusicRadio" programming, featuring many of the former WLS personalities and special guests, other DJs, etc.
Lujack was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame in June 2002 and the National Radio Hall of Fame on November 6, 2004. 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.
Lujack has been on air at KCID, Caldwell, Idaho - from there he worked at KNEW, Seattle - KRPL, Moscow, Idaho - KOL, Seattle in 1963 - KJR, Seattle from April 1964 to September 1966 - WMEX, Boston in 1966 - WCFL, Chicago for 4 months in 1967 - WLS between 1967 until 1972 - WCFL from July 1972 to March, 1976 - back to WLS from September 1976 until his retirement in August, 1987.
In 1975 Larry wrote, "Superjock", to critical acclaim by radio professionals. What did Larry scream into Paul Revere & The Raiders' dressing room? And WHY? Did he really share a billboard with a huge advertisement for Cruex? And not complain? Larry Lujack describes the tornado that REAL control rooms are with real solid state equipment - no RCS or Scott Systems in 1970 - and cussing engineers, annoying salespeople and breaking equipment! He had cart machines, maybe an ITC reel to reel - and plenty of cigs.
He brings the 70s radio world alive: what radio station people are like - what it was like to party with the pop stars and to nail down an intro while lighting another cigarette and taking another
request from one or two of scores on hold as ter lights flash during the last ten seconds of his commercials -- he delivers insight into why radio management will never change - and why radio is such
a scintillating, infuriating and beloved calling. Retired and playing golf in Arizona now, he ruled Chicago for years and this book is a MUST for any radio afficionado's collection.
Claude Hall sent a quote by Lujack in the book:
"Occasionally, I’ll run into people who put me down, pimp me because of what I do for a living. When I was younger and dumber, I’d say, “O.K., Jack, anytime you want to compare W-2 forms, let me know.” Now I don’t say anything. I just walk away or stare at them until they go away. I think you’ve got to be a little eccentric even to be in this business. There’s a quotation on my office wall from Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher. It reads: “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.”
The book has photos of Lujack and Clint Eastwood, Lujack and Paul Anka. Incidents with a couple of disc jockeys are mentioned, but not named; everyone knew who they were anyway.