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Larry Lujack with Animal Stories; Tommy Edwards – WLS AM & FM Chicago | January 1984


Larry Lujack (June 6, 1940 – December 18, 2013) is heard once again on an excellent quality aircheck from his morning show on WLS AM and FM. This recording was made off the FM 94.7 side, so the audio is a clean as can be.

Listen for the WLS jingles, that AWESOME reverb, the incomperable Larry Lujack, AND…. a complete ANIMAL STORIES, with Li’l Tommy!

Another, from Robyn Watts, who so graciously donated a ton of material in 2004.




Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


February 10, 2007 at 6:39 pm

Excellent! Took me back. Gotta get back to the ’70s, though…the REAL Larry Lujack!

April 3, 2007 at 5:39 pm

Would give a wounded polecat for an MP-3 of Uncle Lar’s recorded sign on the mid/late 70’s on WLS. Ended with something like.”And the light was Lujack!” Seemed like it was a couple of minutes long, maybe 60 seconds. Was great stuff!

Leo Knott
July 28, 2007 at 11:24 pm

Being a radio purist (whatever that means) this aircheck was excellent. . . a great example of Chicago radio at its best. What can you say—it’s Larry Lujack —superb.

Stephen randall
September 10, 2007 at 7:59 pm

Vintage Lujack. Wish he and Tommy were still on.

Fast Bobby
September 11, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Sorry, I know I am a little behind – I just discovered this site recently.

I grew up near Chicago during this era and would visit the Enormous 89 as much as I could. When Uncle Lar and Snot Nosed Tommy would do the live Animal Stories at 9:45am, there would be anywhere from 30-50 people standing in the lobby watching them. Even though you only saw their backs, it was still Larry and Tommy. Occasionally Lar’ would turn towards the crowd and yell “Hello Young Americans!” into the lobby intercom.

It was the end of a great era of radio – I’m just glad I had the opportunity to see it.

February 16, 2009 at 12:04 am

I wish I could find a complete recording of Lar’s last show. The end was a highlight reel of his whole career and ended with the wolf howl from animal stories. Any body know where we could find it?

April 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Could you make a CD available with the Animal Stories on it? It would make a great keepsake and hilarious listen to!!!!

Anita Roth
March 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

I used to listen to Larry and Lil Tommy every morning. I would crap up along with them when they were doing Animal Stories. I was in High School at the time. You get to know their voices so well, and I really miss them. I used to sing “Larry Lujack Super Jock” at school. It’s amazing the huge following they had back then. That is and always will be my favorite radio station. The trashy report is awesome too. Thank-you! Anita

April 26, 2011 at 7:19 am

This brings me back to my car – it was the only place I could get WLS – since I was in Fargo ND at the time – Great Memories of freezing my butt off driving around trying to listen to WLS!

March 29, 2012 at 8:02 am

Larry got me going every day as a kid – – -thought of him many times through life – happy to listen to this!!

July 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Detassling corn in the summer heat of central Illinois aways would start with old uncle lar and little tommy, sweet.

December 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

RIP, Uncle Lar…

December 19, 2013 at 4:24 am

One of the best for sure. My wife has been suffering with cancer for 12 years now and all I can say is cancer SUCKS! RIP Uncle Lar!

December 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

That’s it, I want to go back to 1984! That playlist just brings back so many memories of a better time in my life. I do get a kick out of the story about the polar ice caps melting; 16 years in the future of this track and 14 years ago in real life. They are still debating it thirty years later!

Ken Bourne
December 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I grew up in central Illinois listening to WLS and won many contests from 1983 to 1987 calling from small town near Springfield… Lujack, Edwards, Les Grobstein on Sports, Steve and Garry, Fred Winston, etc…were the best. In the late 80s I received three Animal Stories albums for Christmas…They still make me laugh…WLS was the best station ever on the radio. Love hearing Lujack again. RIP, Larry.

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