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|Local Radio Legend Honored with New Award
|A Galesburg man and one-time WGIL on-air personality, still going strong in local radio, has been honored for a cause perhaps just as important as keeping big band music alive.
The City of Galesburg and its Youth Commission Monday night honored Jack Larson with its first ever Adult Service to Youth Award. Larson annually uses his big band show to raise money that puts shoes on school students in District 205 that otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them, has worked with a children's grief camp, and has also raised money so that underprivileged students can play band instruments rent-free, among a laundry list of other endeavors.
Larson told the Galesburg City Council he thinks he knows why all his fundraising efforts have been so successful.
"There is no administrative costs in my projects, and every dollar that's donated goes right directly to the children in some form," Larson said. "All you have to do is ask the Galesburg community -- and the surrounding area, by the way...tell them there is a problem, and they respond beautifully. It's just that simple."
Larson, who currently hosts his weekday "Music with Memories" show on WAIK Radio, received a standing ovation for all his work. Larson two years ago won the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce's Thomas B. Herring Community Service Award for that work, and this year, was honored by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
(Jack Larson, right, listens as Mayor Sal Garza reads a proclamation marking his receipt of the first Galesburg Youth Commission Adult Service to Youth Award.)
(Members of the Galesburg Youth Commission and Jazz Unlimited listen as Jack Larson is honored Monday night at Galesburg City Hall. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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