John Records Landecker, Oldies 104.3 WJMK Chicago | April 1996
If you ran down the list of radio stations where John Records Landecker work, it would be a list of some of the greatest stations in America. WTRX Flint, WERX Grand Rapids, Philadelphia’s iconic WIBG Radio 99 (Using the name Scott Walker). There was also Toronto’s CFTR 680, mornings in Cleaveland at Power 108 WPHR, & Talk on 720 WGN Chicago. He spent time on legendary rockers The Loop FM 98 WLUP, & WCKG, as well as a decade at Oldies 104.3 WJMK, and 94.7 WLS-FM. But Landecker is best known for his many years at Chicago’s legendary 50,000-watt monster WLS AM 890, where his nighttime show blasted out the hits over nearly 40 states, and made him a radio god to millions of young people across the country. It was at WLS that he created one of the first interactive phone features on Top 40 radio, known as “Boogie-Check.” Not enjoying what radio had become, John quit in 2015. Today he’s spending his time doing theater in Michigan.
And if you didn’t already know it, his middle name really is “Records.” His mother’s maiden name was Records… Marjorie Records -Ellis
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