Cruising the radio message boards today, I was hit with the loss of another part of my life. This time it wasn't a relative. Not even anyone I ever met. John Larsh, also known as Jack Armstrong, or Big Jack, a late evening dsc jockey on WIXY/1260 and WKYC/1100 in the mid 60's passed away this past Saturday.
I'm sure there will be much written about him and even more memories posted on the boards, as he touched many lives while on the airwaves.
My main memory was his boisterous delivery. I also think he set a record for most words said in a minute.
I remember him harrassing his newsman, Ken Courtright, right before the news. The station was owned and operated by NBC, and in those days the stations took their news more seriously. I mentioned that in the comment section of Ohio Media Watch about a year or so ago and Alan Courtright, Ken's son, sent me a nice email telling me about his(Alan) sitting in the studio when the harrassing happened. It was all done in good fun.
But the thing that us Northeast Ohioians will remember will be this: He called himself:
John Larsh, Rest in peace.