Larry Lujack, KNEW – Channel 79, Spokane, Summertime, 1963

Is it possible that instead of “Superjock,” Larry could have become known as “Lucky Lar’ on the air” (as he identified himself coming out of the Beatles song at 3:50 into the tape)?



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Author: Sam Lawson

Student engineer at pioneer Nathan Hale radio station KNH 1210 in 1970 (prior to KNHC). Also attended North Seattle Community College and L.H. Bates in Tacoma (KTOY). Sam’s career began as a KJR request line operator in 1970, with his first on-air job at KRKO in 1972. In 1976 he segued to overnights at KTAC as Cory Landon, then weekends at KING. In 1978 he moved to Lewiston, Idaho for afternoons on KOZE and KRLC. Throughout the ‘80s he was an announcer and/or engineer at "the best mix and biggest variety" of Spokane radio stations; including KREM, KZUN, KGA, KKER (The Sam & Pam Show), KZZU, PD of KJRB, KISC, and the voice of KAYU-TV. In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles as Assistant Chief Engineer and weekends at KZLA/KLAC. Also engineered for KBIG, KFI, Premiere Radio Networks, CBS Radio, and others. After avoiding any actual work for nearly 45 years, now happily retired and very appreciatively back in the great Pacific Northwest! --- View other articles by Sam Lawson --- Sam Lawson airchecks

3 thoughts on “Larry Lujack, KNEW – Channel 79, Spokane, Summertime, 1963

  1. The voice and act were both there. In the next 5 years, the voice got a lot deeper and thanks to the late P.D. Pat O’Day, Larry learned how to effectively use the “pause for effect” during his diatribes. He really thought he would be playing Led Zeppelin on the air when he was 70. Go to “You Tube” on Tom Kennedy’s WLS TV Show where Larry said it. Not a very self aware talent. Over 40 years old for an AM Top-40 personality was rare. If he hadn’t smoked and drank, he’d still be with us. On this air check, he’s copying Pat O’Days style. Smart move because Pat programmed the best Top 40 in the North West and did afternoon drive. Larry had a much better voice than Patrick and ended up working for at KJR. Both are now gone.

  2. Great aircheck. Shows that early on he had a well-developed on air persona. I have his book SuperJock which mentions his time in Spokane

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