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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, Iowa, 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. He subsequently worked at several other radio stations, including KJR (AM) in Seattle, but is best known for his antics on Chicago AM radio stations WLS and WCFL.

He initially retired in 1987, shortly after his son John from his first marriage died in an accident. In 1997, he had moved from Palatine to the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 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 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. Lujack was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame in June 2002.[1]

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.[2] 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
KCID 1490 Caldwell ID 01958 1958
KGEM 1140 Boise ID  ?
KNEW* 790 Spokane WA  ?
KRPL 1400 Moscow ID  ?
KFXM 590 San Bernadino CA  ?
KJRB* 790 Spokane WA 01962 196201964 1964 evenings
KJR (AM) 950 Seattle WA 01964-04 April 196401966-09 September 1966
WMEX 1510 Boston MA 01966-09 September 196601966-12 December 1966 as Johnny Lujack
WCFL 1000 Chicago IL 1967 four months; all-nights
WLS (AM) 890 Chicago IL 01967-08 August 196701972-07 July 1972 afternoons, then mornings
WCFL 1000 Chicago IL 01972-07-03 July 3, 197201976-03-16 March 16, 1976 afternoons
WLS (AM) 890
WLS-FM 94.7
Chicago IL 01976-09-16 September 16, 197601987-08-28 August 28, 1987 mornings; then in 1985, afternoons**
WUBT 103.5 Chicago IL 02000-05-25 May 25, 200002001-01-10 January 10, 2001
WRLL 1690 Chicago IL 02003-09-08 September 8, 200302006-08-15 August 15, 2006

* 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.



  1. ^ "Hall of Fame Award". Illinois Broadcasters Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  2. ^ "Larry Lujack, Disc Jockey". Radio Hall of Fame. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  

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