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|Jack Larson: A Career in Records; Services Announced -- LINK AVAILABLE HERE
|FIRST REPORTED 12:00pm 4/14/10 A six-plus decade radio career was spawned, simply enough, by selling records.
That's according to Lindstrom's T.V. and appliance owner Dick Lindstrom. Lindstrom says longtime local radio personality Jack Larson started working at Lindstrom's just as the store's record section was just beginning around 1940, and, outside of a stint in the military, did that for years, even through when Larson started co-hosting a weekly radio show with Dean Lindstrom on WGIL in 1947.
Dick Lindstrom tells WGIL his grandfather George hired Larson, because he could see the personality and charm Jack had even then.
"Jack had come in buying records," Lindstrom said. "Jack was a showman -- he an entertainer then as a kid. He did a lot of things in the high school, and George said 'this guy would be pretty good maybe running the record department.' So, they agreed, and they asked Jack if he would like to come to work at Lindstrom's selling records. Jack said, 'well, let me go home and ask mom and dad.'"
Lindstrom says the show primarily dealt with the top-40 records of the day for a long time, but eventually transcended into more of the big band music around the time groups like Led Zeppelin started topping the music charts.
The Lindstrom's show lasted 53 years, even while Larson was doing a daily radio show on WAIK.
Larson died Tuesday at the age of 87. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 1 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg, with a visitation Friday from 4 to 8 pm at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel.
For Jack Larson's full obituary and service information, CLICK HERE.
(Jack Larson. Photo courtesy Hinchliff-Pearson-West)
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