Autobiography

Memoirs of a Top 40 Radio Legend

December 18, 2013
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Indie author John Records Landecker

It’s been said that when you’re born with the middle name “Records,” your destiny truly has been chosen for you.

John Records Landecker fulfilled HIS destiny by becoming one of the most popular and respected disc jockeys in radio history, helping shape and define Top 40 radio in its heyday.

Records Truly Is My Middle Name
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Listeners by the millions in Philadelphia, Toronto, and Chicago never missed a John Records Landecker show — waiting for the “boogie check,” for example — and untold numbers of radio personalities drew their inspiration from him.

They just don’t make ‘em like this any more.

And now he tells his story in a book called, “Records Truly Is My Middle Name.”

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From “Records Truly Is My Middle Name”:

BOOGIE CHECK CHARACTERS

All sorts of eclectic characters emerged on the Boogie Check. A kid that hung out around the station was dubbed “The C-Kid” (because he always wore a Cubs hat). He would call in, sound a horn, say “Good Evening John”, and then offer his observations about the world. Other kids called up and flushed toilets, burped, asked weird questions, or told corny jokes.

One Boogie Check contributor turned into one of the biggest rock stars on the planet; the lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan. I met him a few years ago and he told me that when he was a kid he used to call into Boogie Check and claim to be Maurice White, the drummer from Earth, Wind & Fire.

JONATHON BRANDMEIER REMEMBERS

WGN-Chicago Morning Man Jonathon Brandmeier was also a Boogie Check devotee…”When I had my first radio job, I was 16 at WFON in Fon du Lac, and my boss at the time said ‘Do whatever you want.’ I loved Boogie Check so much I wanted to do my version of it. So I called it “The Loon Line,” and just took random calls. But the problem was that I didn’t get any calls. So I called my brothers and asked them to call, and I called my buddies and asked them to call. And they did until people started to get it. But when they did, they could also tell there was no delay. Then they started calling up to say stuff like, ‘I just saw your mother at the A&W sucking a c**k!'”

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