Rock Radio Heaven (L)

STEVE LABUNSKI

Died: March 21, 2011

Stations: WMCA New York

Notes: Was general manager of WMCA during the "Good Guys" era in the 1960s, having arrived there in 1958 from Kansas City where he had been working for the Todd Storz organization. Later became president of NBC Radio and was executive director of the International Radio and Television Society. Also a founder of the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Died of natural causes at the age of 86.


JACK LACY

Born: November 11, 1916

Died: June 9, 1996, San Sebastian, Spain

Stations: WNBC (WONS) New Britain, Conn., WBAL Baltimore, WINS, WCBS-AM New York, KIQQ Los Angeles

Notes: The Hartford, Conn.-raised Lacy was part of the legendary WINS lineup of the late '50s that included Irv Smith, Stan Z. Burns and Alan Freed. His WINS show was called "Listen to Lacy". His wife Agnes was a WINS personality in her own right who sometimes filled in for her husband.


BOB LAINE

Born: October 18, 1938

Died: August 31, 2011, Toronto

Also known as: Bobbo; birth name was Bob Shlanger

Stations: CFRS Simcoe, Ont., CFGM Richmond Hill, Ont., CHUM Toronto

Notes: Spent 10 years on the all-night show at CHUM before moving to middays in 1968 (was briefly at CFGM in mornings in 1962). Moved into management in 1970 as program director at CHUM-FM. Managed CHUM properties in Winnipeg from 1975 to 1990. Retired as corporate vice-president in 2003 after 45 years with the CHUM organization but continued with a new project organizing the CHUM archives. Taught broadcasting at Seneca College in Toronto.


RON LANDRY

Born: October 24, 1934, Monroe, La.

Died: September 16, 2002

Stations: WJMA Orange, Va., WSLS Roanoke, Va., WBTM Danville, Va., Armed Forces Radio, WDRC Hartford, WBZ Boston, KGBS, KFI Los Angeles

Notes: The Louisiana native partnered on-air in Los Angeles with Bob Hudson and the two even had a charted comedy 45, "Ajax Liquor Store."


JIM LANGE

Born: August 15, 1932, St. Paul, Minn.

Died: February 25, 2014, Mill Valley, Calif.

Also known as: Gentleman Jim. Birth name was James John Lange.

Stations: KGO, KSFO, KFRC, KABL San Francisco, KMPC Los Angeles, KKSJ San Jose, Calif.

Notes: Original host of The Dating Game on ABC-TV from 1965-80. Hosted several other TV game shows, including $100,000 Name That Tune, The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime, Hollywood Connection, and ABC-TV's version of The New Newlywed Game. Was married to Nancy Fleming, Miss America 1961.


MOOSE LATRECK

Died: June 22, 2006

Also known as: Birth name was Fred Snyder

Stations: Canadian Armed Forces Radio (Nelson, B.C.), CJAD Montreal, CKCO-TV Kitchener, Ont., CHUM, CHIN Toronto

Notes: Hosted a late-night country music show at CHUM in the 1960s, which spawned a weekly country music chart called The Moose Parade. This appeared as part of the CHUM Chart, which featured much of Snyder's artwork. After his CHUM years, he went to CHIN where he spent 33 years as production manager. Native of Spiritwood, Sask. Retired from radio in 2000 at the age of 70 after about a half-century in the business.


FRED LATREMOUILLE

Died: March 5, 2015, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Also known as: Fred Latrimo

Stations: CKYL Peace River, Alta., CFAX Victoria, CJOR, CFUN/CKVN, CKLG, KISS-FM (CKKS), Clear-FM (CKCL), CBC radio and television Vancouver

Notes: Hosted CBC-TV's Let's Go, a music show aimed at teens, from 1964 to 1966. Hosted New Sounds on CBC Vancouver 1968-70. Later hosted suppertime news package Hourglass at CBC-TV Vancouver. Hosted Fred and Friends CBC-TV 1977. Was weatherman at BCTV. He and traffic reporter Cathy Balduzzi hosted the morning show at CFUN in the '80s. They later got married and took their act to KISS-FM (CKKS-FM) and Clear-FM (CKCL-FM). Inducted into Canadian Association Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. Died at age 69.


AL BRADY LAW

Born: September 27, 1943

Died: July 30, 2012, Manchester, N.H.

Also known as: Big Al Law (WUBE)

Stations: WUBE Cincinnati, WINZ Miami, WHDH/WZOU Boston, WOR-FM, WXLO, WNBC, WABC, WYNY New York, WWDJ Hackensack, N.J., KLAC, KABC/KMPC Los Angeles, KKBQ Houston, KXKL Denver, KQAI Dallas, WRQX Washington, WQFM Milwaukee, KTRS St. Louis, WSPD Toledo, Ohio, Sports Fan Network

Notes: As program director presided over the so-called "Thanksgiving Massacre" at WABC in 1979, which saw the departures of Harry Harrison, Chuck Leonard and George Michael. It was a controversial move, but one he always defended as the right thing to do. Held many management positions including VP of programming at NBC Radio. Died of brain tumour.


MARK LEE

Born: 1947, Montreal

Died: November 19, 2016

Also known as: The Mississippi Hippie, birth name was Mark Lee Keffler

Stations: CFBC, CIOK Saint John, N.B.

Notes: Did an oldies show called "Jukebox Jive" on CFBC. Worked as a concert promoter during his radio days, bringing in such acts as Tom Jones, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Rush, April Wine, Trooper and the Beach Boys. Died of a heart attack just a few days after his 60th birthday.


TERRY LEE

Born: August 27, 1942, Monongahela, Pa.

Died: July 30, 2013, Bellville, Pa.

Also known as: Birth name was Terry Lee Trunzo

Stations: WESA Charleroi, Pa., WZUM Carnegie, Pa., WARO Canonsburg, Pa., WMCK/WIXY, WLSW, WJAS Pittsburgh, WLSW Scottsdale, Ariz., WRUA Monroeville, Pa.

Notes: Noted for his "TL" sound and "Music for Young Lovers", a mix of northern soul, rhythm and blues and '50s and '60s rock, heard on the KOOL GOLD syndicated shows out of Phoenix from 1988 to 1990. As a music entrepreneur prmoted teen dances around Pittsburgh and also owned the Nite Train dance club. Managed numerous Pittsburgh-area bands. Hosted the popular TV dance show "Come Alive" on Pittsburgh's Channel 11 and the Terry Lee show on WPGH-TV and KDKA.TV.


CHUCK LEONARD

Born: March 30, 1937, Chicago

Died: August 12, 2004, New York

Stations worked at: WEBB Baltimore, WWRL, WABC, WXLO, WRKS, WBLS, WQEW New York, WJUX Monticello, N.Y., Sirius Satellite Radio

Notes: The first African-American deejay on New York's legendary WABC, he held down the late evening shift there from 1965 to 1979. Fellow WABC jock Harry Harrison may have summed it up best when he said of Leonard: "He was a super talent, a super human being and a classy man." Leonard, a golden gloves boxing champion in his younger days, died of lung cancer.


BOB LEWIS

Born: March 16, 1937

Died: January 23, 1987

Also known as: Bob-a-lou

Stations: WMGM, WABC, WABC-FM, WNEW-FM, WCBS-FM New York

Notes: Was WABC's overnight voice before Charlie Greer. Also was a pioneer in the progressive radio movement with his late-'60s show on WABC-FM, "Some Trust in Chariots". Died of pneumonia as a result of AIDS.


CUZZIN' LINNIE/COUSIN LINNIE

Died: June 30, 2011

Also known as: Birth name was Linwood Henderson

Stations: KLIF, KXXK, KNON Dallas, KKDA-AM Grande Prairie, Tex.

Notes: Did all-night show at KLIF from 1969 to 1974 and again from 1977 to 1979. First African-American deejay in Dallas radio. Was in his late '70s when he died.


HY LIT

Born: May 20, 1934, South Philadelphia

Died: November 17, 2007, Philadelphia

Also known as: Hyski, Hyski O'Rooney McVoutie O'Zoot; Birth name was Hyman Aaron Lit

Stations: WHAT, WRCV, WIBG, WDAS-AM, WDAS-FM, WIFI, WKXW, WPGR, WSNI, WOGL, WKBS-TV Philadelphia, KPOL Los Angeles

Notes: One of the biggest stars in the history of Philadelphia Top 40 radio. His nighttime show on WIBG attracted an amazing three-quarters of the listening audience. Signature tunes were "Quarter to Three" by Gary U.S. Bonds and the instrumental "A Night with Daddy G" by the Church Street Five. Hosted TV dance shows on stations in Philadelphia and New York including the "Hy Lit Show" on WKBS-TV. Had musical streaming web site www.hylitradio.com. Radio and Records Oldies Personality of the Year for 1999. Inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame in 2003. Died of complications after a knee injury.


TOM LODGE

Born: April 16, 1936, Forest Green, Surrey, England

Died: March 25, 2012, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Also known as: Birth name was Thomas Oduard Marshall Lodge

Stations: CFYK Yellowknife, CBXH Fort Smith, N.W.T., Radio Caroline, Radio One (BBC), CHLO London, Ont.

Notes: Founded creative program at Fanshawe College in London, Ont., called "Creative Electronics" in 1970. It became Music Industry Arts, a training program for recording engineers and record producers. Began programming Radio Caroline in October, 1965, and steered the station into the spontaneous format it became famous for. Authored several books. Began practising Zen in the mid-70s and later started using the name Umi Satsang, or, alternately, Umi Tom Lodge, in 1998. Was the Zen Master of the Stillpoint Zen Community at Santa Cruz, Calif. His father was the writer Oliver W.F. Lodge and his grandfather was the physicist Oliver Lodge, who broadcast a radio signal between two buildings in 1894 in one of the earliest demonstrations of the technology. Suffered from cancer.


AL LOHMAN

Born: January 15, 1933, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

Died: October 14, 2002, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Stations: KIMN Denver, WABC New York, KLAC, KFI, KRLA Los Angeles, KWNK Simi Valley, Calif., KPCM, KCMJ Palm Springs, Calif.

Notes: One-half of one of radio's great duos - his on-air partner for 25 years at KFI was the late Roger Barkley. Died of cancer.


BRIAN LORD

Born: March 15, 1934

Died: January 19, 2012, Philippines

Also known as: Baby Blue (at CFUN)

Stations: CFUN, CJOR, CKWX/CKKS-FM, CHRX/CJJR-FM Vancouver, CFCR-TV Kamloops, B.C., KMEN San Bernadino, Calif., KLIV San Jose, CJJC Langley, B.C., CKDA Victoria, Metro Broadcasting (Hong Kong)

Notes: A one-time divinity student, Lord started his deejay career doing all nights at CFUN in 1959. After a short TV stint, he moved to middays at CFUN as one of the original "Good Guys" in 1960, then went south of the border to KMEN in 1962. Returned to Canada at CJJC in 1968. While in the U.S., played a major role in promoting "Psychotic Reaction", a 1966 hit for the Count Five. Served as news director at CKDA, and also did news at CKWX/CKKS-FM, CHRX/CJJR-FM and Metro Broadcasting. Served as assistant to B.C. Minister of Health Bob McClelland from 1979 to 1981. Retired in 2001 and moved to the Philippines. Died at the age of 77.


GEORGE LORENZ

Born: October 22, 1919

Died: May 29, 1972

Also known as: The Hound, Ol' Man Lorenz

Stations: WWOL, WXRA, WUFO, WKBW, WINE, WBLK-FM Buffalo, WJJL, WHLD Niagara Falls, N.Y., WBTA Batavia, N.Y., WSRS Cleveland, WNJR-AM Newark, N.J.

Notes: Founded one of America's top rhythm and blues stations, WBLK-FM, in 1964 long before FM radio became "cutting edge". Is considered the Alan Freed of Buffalo radio and is mentioned in the same breath as many of the legendary Top 40 pioneers. Died less than a month before his daughter Jean was to be married. Member of the Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.


LARRY LUJACK

Born: June 6, 1940, Quasqueton, Iowa

Died: December 18, 2013, Santa Fe, N.M.

Also known as: Superjock, Uncle Lar, Johnny Lujack (at WMEX); Birth name was Larry Lee Blankenburg

Stations: KRPL Moscow, Idaho, KCID, KGEM Boise, Idaho, KNEW/KJRB, KPEG Spokane, Wash., KFXM San Bernardino, Calif., KJR Seattle, WMEX Boston, WLS AM/FM, WCFL, WUBT, WRRL Chicago

Notes: Made a career out of his his sarcastic style, as displayed in his "Klunk Letter of the Day" and "Animal Stories." Did two tours of duty at both WLS and WCFL. Got his air name from Notre Dame quarterback Johnny Lujack. Named to National Radio Hall of Fame in 2004. Died of esophageal cancer.


STEVE LUNDY

Born: November 3, 1942, Tyler, Tex.

Died: April, 1999, Houston

Also known as: Birth name was Jack Foshee

Stations: KDOK Tyler, Tex., WLS Chicago, KILT Houston, KFRC San Francisco, WNBC New York, KROQ Los Angeles


RON LUNDY

Born: June 25, 1934, Memphis, Tenn.

Died: March 15, 2010, Oxford, Miss.

Also known as: The Wil' Child (at WIL); The Swingin' Nightwalker (while on the all-night show on WABC); birth name was Fred Ronald Lundy

Stations: WHHM Memphis, WDDT Greenville, Miss., WLCS Baton Rouge, La., WIL St. Louis, WCBS-FM New York

Notes: Signature line was "Hello, Love." Started at WABC in September, 1965 on the all-night show, but switched to middays in May, 1966 where he stayed until his departure in 1982. He and Dan Ingram co-hosted the final music show on WABC Musicradio on May 10, 1982. Went to WCBS-FM in February, 1984 where he spent 13 years in the 9 a.m.-noon spot before retiring from radio on September 18, 1997 and moving back to the South in Bruce, Miss. Inducted into the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame in 2006. Was heard in the 1969 movie "Midnight Cowboy." Died of a heart attack.


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