Larry Lujack to be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Nov 14, 2007 10:27 AM
Washington - Nov 13, 2007 - Radio disc jockey Larry Lujack, Lawrence of Chicago, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB2008 Radio Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on April 15 in Las Vegas.
Known for his popular Animal Stories and Klunk Letter of the Day segments, Lujack began his Chicago radio career in 1967 at WCFL-AM. Four months later he went to WCFL's Top 40 competitor, WLS-AM. It was here where Lujack honed his understated sarcasm and launched his well-known feature, Animal Stories. Lujack returned to WCFL in 1972, and was there for four years before moving back to WLS, where Lujack teamed with Tommy Edwards for their widely popular segment, Uncle Lar and Li'l Tommy. Lujack remained at WLS for 11 years before retiring from radio in 1987. In 2000, Lujack came out of retirement and spent six more years on the Chicago airwaves.
Born in Quasqueton, IA, as Larry Blankenburg, Lujack later changed his last name in honor of his football idol, Johnny Lujack. His career in radio began when he joined KCID-AM in Caldwell, ID, at the age of 18. For 10 years he worked at various radio stations in Idaho and Washington, including KJR-AM in Seattle, before moving to Chicago. Lujack has been inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame (2002) and the Radio Hall of Fame (2004).