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Larry Lujack, legendary Chicago radio disc jockey, dies at 73

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Larry Lujack, the legendary Chicago disc jockey who was known to his fans as "Superjock" and "Uncle Lar," passed away on Wednesday at the age of 73, according to the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday night. The cause of death, according to OldiesMusic.com was throat cancer.

Of his many well-known radio routines, Lujack humorously performed “Animal Stories” with his longtime partner Little Tommy (Tommy Edwards), as well as the “Cheap Trashy Show Biz Report,” and the “Klunk Letter of the Day.”

He became well-known during his late 1960s stint and WCFL-AM radio in Chicago and quickly became the most-listened-to disc jockey at WLS-AM radio in Chicago. His career ended at WRLL-AM radio in 2006.

Lujack’s extensive career earned him inductions into the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame in June of 2002, the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2004, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Many persons in and out of Chicago radio have their “Larry Lujack” stories. Myself, I was star-struck when I saw him and a couple of his friends at a gas station during his heyday in Chicago. I yelled, “Superjock!” He graciously accommodated my star-struck state with a smile and a genuine reaction.

When I was on North Central College radio one Sunday night at WONC-FM (way back in the day) doing a pop-rock music show – much influenced by Larry Lujack, himself – he called the show and said he enjoyed the show. I spent most of the brief conversation on the phone with him doubting that he was really “Superjock.” I thought it was one of my college buddy's pulling a prank on me.

The next day, out of curiosity, I called the Chicago radio station, and I asked the person who answered the phone if I could speak to Larry. I was asked who I was, and I gave my name. After a short wait on the phone, Lujack got on the phone and said, “I don’t believe this is Scott Paulson!” Others, no doubt, have their “Larry Lujack” stories which indicate how genuine a man he was.

According to Robert Feder - Chicago's famed media reporter - Lujack's real name was Larry Blankenburg and he was born in Quasqueton, Iowa - then moved with his family to Caldwell, Idaho. It is in Idaho where he was a high school football star. He changed his name to Larry Lujack to honor his football idol Johnny Lujack - a Notre Dame quarterback - when he got his first radio job in Caldwell at KCID radio station. Lujack also was in the United States Air Force and the Washington Air National Guard.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Judith Lujack, and son Anthony Lujack, daughter Linda Lujack-Shirley, a stepson Taber Seguin, and two grandchildren. His son John Lujack passed away in 1986. .

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