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November 13, 2007

Larry Lujack to be Inducted into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame

--Legendary radio disc jockey to accept award at the NAB Show--

WASHINGTON, DC - Radio disc jockey Larry Lujack, "Lawrence of Chicago," will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon sponsored by ASCAP. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 15, in Las Vegas.

"For decades, Larry Lujack entertained audiences with his sardonic wit, quirky characters and deadpan humor," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "NAB is proud to recognize him for his significant contributions to radio."

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 up 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, Iowa 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, Idaho 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. Hailed as one of Chicago's most renowned radio personalities, Lujack has been inducted into both the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame (2002) and the Radio Hall of Fame (2004).

The Radio Luncheon will also feature a keynote address and the annual presentation of the prestigious NAB Crystal Radio Awards.

About the 2008 NAB Show
The NAB Show will take place April 11 - 17, 2008 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 14). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums. Complete details are available at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at


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