Radio legend Larry Lujack dies at age 73
The phrase "radio legend" is oft-used, but definitely applies to the life and career of Larry Lujack, affectionally known as "Uncle Lar" to generations of listeners to Chicago's WLS AM/FM and WCFL AM. "Superjock" Lujack, a Radio Hall of Famer and one of broadcasting's all-time greats, passed away yesterday from esophageal cancer in New Mexico at 73.
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The 50,000-watt signals of WLS on AM 890 and WCFL on AM 1000 boomed in to the eastern side of Lake Michigan and many West Michigan radio listeners got to enjoy Lujack during his run on Chicago's airwaves in between 1967-87. Lujack returned to Chicago radio again in the 2000's on FM 103.5 and AM 1690.
A very emotional Art Vuolo checks in: "I just received an e-mail from Larry and his wife Jude responding to my annual Christmas letter on Monday evening the 16th! This is incredible. The e-mail read ' "Thanks for the very informative letter, u have had a busy year, like all of us. We hope ur holidays r filled with love and laughs and warm, wonderful friends surrounding u.' ".
Vuolo continued, "I am numb at this news. I am so thankful that I have numerous clips of Larry on video at WLS, at his NAB Hall or Fame induction, and when he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago along with Dick Purtan and Lawry Mays. My first video was at the 1985 WLS 25 year reunion and later at the 2008 WLS Rewind orchestrated by PD Kipper McGee. These videos are now priceless! The last video that I have of Larry Lujack was at the 2008 WLS Rewind. My very first clip of him is in B&W from 1/2" reel-to-reel video from 1976 on WLS-TV Channel 7 with John Coleman hosting a late night live show with Fred Winston and Bob Sirott. Ironically, in amateur ham radio terms, 73 is code for best regards and often used when saying goodbye...signing-off. Very eerie."
"Media consultant Fred Jacobs just wrote a blog about how many radio greats we have lost in 2013, including Bill Bailey and not the least of which was Kidd Kraddick. Now this. We are sadly losing so many icons of our industry."
Vuolo's WLS Rewind video from 2008: