When I was first getting into the radio business a billion years ago, me and the other announcers would pass around cassettes from a company called California Aircheck. In the pre-Internet days, this was one of the only ways we could listen to what other radio jocks were doing in faraway cities.
One guy we obsessed over was Larry Lujack out of Chicago. He had a unique style and personality to burn. We endlessly analyze how he did his shows on WCFL and WLS and then incorporated the best bits into our own radio personas.
Larry died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 73. A story can be found at the Chicago Tribune.