John Records Landecker

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John Records Landecker
Born (1947-03-28) March 28, 1947 (age 72)
ChildrenTracy Landecker, Amy Landecker
Station(s)104.3 WJMK-FM
94.7 WLS-FM
CountryUnited States

John Records Landecker (born March 28, 1947) is an American Top40/Oldies disc jockey best known for his trademark saying "Records truly is my middle name" and creating Boogie Check, Americana Panorama, and satirical songs and bits based on current events such as "Make a Date with the Watergate", and "Press My Conference". He retired from radio broadcasting on July 31, 2015. Boogie Check was a humorous feature; it was the last thing Landecker did each night on his show for about two minutes. A string of brief telephone calls was put on the air in rapid succession. From July 2007 through June 2012, he was host of "Into the Seventies", a syndicated weekend radio program from TKO Radio Networks.

Life and career[edit]

Landecker was born in Michigan. His father, Werner Landecker, was a German Jewish refugee. His mother, Marjorie Records, was a "farm girl from Indiana".[1] Landecker began his radio career while in high school at a station in Ann Arbor, Michigan (WOIA-FM/WOIB-AM, now respectively WWWW-FM and WLBY). He began his college career at Grand Valley State University and worked for Grand Rapids, MI station WERX.[2] He later attended Michigan State University, working at stations in Lansing (WILS) and Philadelphia (WIBG, now WNTP) before becoming the evening jock on the 50,000 watt WLS 890 which broadcast from Chicago, Illinois in 1972.[3][4][5] The powerful WLS clear channel signal reached across 38 states after sundown, giving Landecker ratings that are unheard of in this day. In 1981 Landecker left Chicago for a stint on CFTR 680 in Toronto, Ontario.[6] Landecker returned to Chicago radio in 1983 on rocker WLUP 97.9 and the following year jointed top 40 WAGO (now WCFS-FM) 105.9.[7] Landecker remained on 105.9 after it switched to AOR as WCKG in 1985,[8][9] but left the station to return to WLS in 1986.[10] He remained pn WLS until it switched to an all-talk format in 1989.[11][12][6]

After spending time in Cleveland at WPHR, 107.9 (now WENZ), he returned to Chicago in early September 1993, beginning a ten-year run on Oldies 104.3 WJMK where he was the morning drive D.J. until 2003.[4][6] While on WJMK, his show received the Achievement in Radio award of "Best Morning Show in Chicago" in 1997, and Radio and Records Award of "Best Oldies Morning Show in America" in 2001 and 2002. In 2006 Landecker started on True Oldies 94.7 WZZN (now WLS-FM) in Chicago where he was the weekday afternoon D.J. from 3-7pm until October 10, 2007. Landecker co-hosted a radio news show with former WLS colleague Turi Ryder.[13]

His middle name, the source of questions throughout his career, was not, as most assumed, a stage name. His mother's maiden name was Records (her full name was Majorie Victoria Records as Landecker himself told during the 2008 BIG89 Rewind on 890 WLS AM) and was given to him at birth. "Records truly is my middle name" is a saying Landecker frequently used on the air.[citation needed] During his time in Toronto, John did a funny two-minute bit called 'Trudeau Talks Cute' in which he would ask set-up questions that would be followed by a tape recording of Canada's then-Prime Minister, the very popular Pierre Trudeau. The initialism of 'Trudeau Talks Cute' was TTC, which was also used to play up the often-unpopular Toronto Transit Commission. When at WILS Radio (Lansing, MI), John would intro his show using a megaphone to simulate an old-time barker's voice. Called the "Radio Leviathan", John talked over openings in the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". While doing the morning show at WJMK, he would start the "5:30 club" by having co-host Richard Cantu begin his normal newscast, then interrupt him by saying "This is Anarchy! This is Rebellion!" and stating he was tearing up the list of scheduled songs and would play listener's requests instead. He abandoned this feature soon after 9/11.[citation needed]

Starting 1/23/2012, Landecker was heard from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm (CT) Monday through Friday and Saturday 7:00 to 11:00 pm on 94.7 WLS-FM in Chicago. Landecker ended his tenure at WLS-FM on July 31, 2015. The show was streamed live, in parts, on Periscope by his producer, Tony Lossano. His longtime friend and fellow DJ, Dick Biondi, (whose time slot followed Landecker on WLS-FM) stopped by during the show to say goodbye.

His daughters are writer Tracy Landecker and actress Amy Landecker.[14] His autobiography, Records Truly is His Middle Name, is available at Landecker was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017.[15]


  1. ^ Chicago Tribune (March 22, 2013). "Chicago radio legend John Landecker releases a memoir - Chicago Tribune". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ Rachel Matuszewski. "Renowned radio host honored with GVSU diploma 50 years after transferring". Grand Valley Lanthorn. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ Corey Deitz. "John Landecker - A Profile of the Radio Personality John Landecker". Tech. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Kening, Dan. "`Big 89' Star John Landecker Back On The Air At WJMK", Chicago Tribune. January 11, 1994. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Feder, Robert "Legendary DJ Landecker quits WLS FM", Robert Feder. July 27, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "10 Questions with ... John Records Landecker", All Access Music Group. March 19, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Bornstein, Rollye. "Vox Jox", Billboard. September 8, 1984. p. 12. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "Chicago's WAGO Switches: Outlet Now AOR-Formatted WCKG", Billboard. March 16, 1985. p. 14. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Chicago Radio Guide. Vol. 1, No. 1. May 1985. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Freeman, Kim. "Vox Jox", Billboard. March 22, 1986. p. 26. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Childers, Scott."WLS AM Stereo 89 - The Rock of Chicago", The History of WLS Radio. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Childers, Scott."The WLS Schedule: 1960-1990", The History of WLS Radio. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "Things To Do". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  14. ^ "Chicago Radio Legend John Records Landecker Releases Autobiography". Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  15. ^ Feder, Robert (June 26, 2017). "Feder: John Records Landecker voted into National Radio Hall of Fame". Daily Herald. Retrieved October 17, 2017.

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