Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: ‘Super Jock’ Book Arrives

by Norm Gregory on December 13, 2011

in 1975, KJR, Radio Scrapbook, What I Am Reading

[ Me and Larry Lujack ]     [ RIP: Larry Lujack 1940-2013 ]

1 Ed Bennett December 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

That is a very intriguing book. A certain cat destroyed my copy. But I reread it enough times. Mr. Lujack had toyed around with putting out a revised copy. I wonder if that will see the light of day? I,m still waiting for Lan,s book to come out. I wish Dick Curtis would put his book up for general release. Right now he only has it for family and friends. (Hey Dick, did you know the whole world is related? We are all one)

2 Ed Bennett December 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

I didn,t know you knew Lujack

3 Norm Gregory December 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I still haven’t determined how much there is about Seattle in “Super Jock.”

I don’t know Lujack. I only met him once . . . when Gary Shannon and I visited the station (KJR) in 1965. At the time only Gary was in radio.

Here’s my chance to tell my only Lujack story:

After his shift we (Gary, Larry and me) were chatting in the newsroom . . . when Larry picked up the phone and dialed the KOL studio hotline. “Hey Dex, it’s Lar . . . I just heard that last break and, man, do you suck.” And slammed down the phone.

But back to the book: Someone suggested I read and record a chapter a day for posting here. Ha.

4 Ed Bennett December 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

Good luck on that one. He has almost a full chapter on Seattle. He wrote that KJR was the best station that ever existed.

5 Norm Gregory December 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

So far the first few chapters sort of meander through a collection of vignettes with a few Jerry Kaye stories that I had heard . . .

6 Norm Gregory December 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I finally read the “Super Jock” book. Well . . . I flipped through all the “behind the scenes of a radio studio” pages. None of it was news to me.

I had heard all of the Jerry Kay stories. (( Larry couldn’t decide how to spell Jerry’s last name. Some times it was “Kay” and sometime it was “Kaye.” I knew and worked with Jerry and it was always Kaye to me )).

In fact most of stories of working up from small market stations were very ordinary.

I didn’t really know much about Lujack’s poor beginnings.

I was disappointed by the few pages spent on Seattle’s KJR. Since that is when/where I discovered Larry in 1964.

All in all . . a so-so read that ended in the mid ’70s when Lujack was WCFL, Chicago.

Larry, many years, later didn’t seem to have a high opinion of “Super Jock.”

7 Dan Packard January 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Jerry Kaye was was KJR (Kaye/Smith) co-owner Danny Kaye’s son, no?

8 Norm Gregory January 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

No No!!

Jerry’s actual last name was King.

By the way, you could spend all day on my last Larry Lujack page

Included is a video whick seems to indicate Larry, many years later, didn’t seem to have a high opinion of “Super Jock.”

9 Dan Packard January 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm

But his air name must have been inspired by Danny Kaye’s stage name?

10 Norm Gregory January 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I never heard any speculation about that. My gut reaction is that it doesn’t seem to fit Jerry personality. But I don’t really know.

Did you see my one Danny Kaye story?

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