CRAZY STEVE AND SUPERJOCK

SteveRandall-KNBQWhen I was working mornings at WDAI (WLS- FM) Chicago with Jim Kerr in 1973, Jim got a hold of “uncle Lar’s” home phone number and we decided, “hey let’s call him up and chat”. We woke Superjock up and he was not too happy, I can tell you. “How did you (blank X-rated talk etc,) get my phone number?” We couldn’t share that info with Mr. Lujack that would break the disc jockey code of conduct…never reveal your sources.
Gee we said, you are one of our heroes and we wanted to share the love we had for you with our audience. He mentioned something about our audience being, dim witted, drug infested hippy perverts and the only thing he wanted to share with them and us was (more expletives). He said if we ever called him again for any reason he would hunt both of down and make girls of us. Man this was great radio and we wanted more abuse but we thanked Lar before the FCC shut us down, wished him a good day and hung up. What a pleasure to be put down and ragged on by one of our heroes. I stole many ideas from SJ as many jocks have done. He was and always will be THE SUPERJOCK.
–Steve Randall

R.I.P. Larry Lujack

LUJACK-LARRYjpgLarry Lujack, the legendary Chicago radio personality known as “Superjock” and “Uncle Lar,” died Wednesday in New Mexico. Lujack, 73, died of esophageal cancer.

Lujack was known for his gravelly voice, sometimes surly disposition and larger-than-life personality. His radio celebrity paved the way for such shock jocks as Howard Stern, said Bruce DuMont, founder and president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.

He worked for rock ‘n’ roll stations in Chicago from the 1960s until 1987. Northwest listeners will remember Larry Lujack at KJR Seattle. www.chicagotribune.com

Borrowing from other jocks

WLS - Larry Lujack KJR - Lan RobertsThere may have been a couple dozen jocks that called themselves Charlie Tuna, and many jocks copied bits from the major market talents – but did Gary Lockwood [KJR] copy from Larry Lujack [WLS] ??? Matt Alan claims this is true in a current Facebook debate. Did Charlie Brown [KJR] copy from Lan Roberts [KJR] as has been claimed? We know one of Lan’s character voices was Clydie Clyde. Charlie used a character with same name, same voice characterization.
What other jocks do we think picked up on a bit from a jock in a different market, or a jock from a previous decade in our own market? Many I would venture to guess.

Seattle – Stairway to Stardom

LARRY LUJACK left KJR in 1967…


Larry Lujack WLS


JERRY KAY left KJR for a gig in San Francisco, and then Chicago, back to KJR, and then back to Chicago in 1967…
WLS 1968 Jerry Kay


MIKE PHILLIPS left KJR in 1969…

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BWANA JOHNNY was at KJR for less than 6 months in 1969…


Bwana Johnny


BOB ANTHONY left KLSN FM in 1970…

Big Bob Anthony


Longtime Northwest personality “World Famous” TOM MURPHY left KJR in 1971…


WCFL WORLD FAMOUS TOM MURPHY


SCOTTY BRINK had already worked major market stations like WOR New York, WIBG Philadelphia, KHJ Los Angeles, WCFL & WLS Chicago before coming to KJR in 1970…


Scotty Brink


CHINA SMITH left KING-AM in 1971…


China Smith KCBQ KLOS KRLA


BOB SHANNON left KJR in 1972…

Bob Shannon


18 year old KEVIN O’BRIEN [METHENY] was not 18 years old when he started at KJR. He got kicked up the ladder rather fast after leaving KJR…


Kevin Metheny WNBC

DON WADE left KTAC in 1982…


Don Wade WLS


DANNY WRIGHT left KJR in 1982…


Danny Wright


GARY BRYAN left KNBQ in 1988…


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Information sources: 440 International and L.A. Radio