The cover was designed by Kelly Hyde

Records Truly Is My Middle Name [The Book]

By: John Records Landecker
Produced by: Rick Kaempfer

March 28, 2013  |  Paperback 315 pgs.

$19.95 $15.95


When you’re born with the middle name “Records”, your destiny has been chosen for you. John Records Landecker fulfilled his destiny by becoming one of the most respected disc jockeys in radio history.

In Landecker’s incredible 40-plus year major market radio career, he lived an amazing life. His former long-time producer, author Rick Kaempfer, has managed to pull those stories out of him in the pages of “Records Truly Is My Middle Name.” Whether the stories are about the behind the scenes world of Top 40 Radio’s heyday, or Landecker’s colorful encounters with worldwide celebrities like George Harrison, Mel Brooks, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, George Carlin, and countless others, Landecker recounts his tales with refreshing honesty and humor.

  • You’ll be transported into a radio studio with Stevie Wonder as the news of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination comes across the wire.
  • You’ll go into a shopping mall with John Travolta and 30,000 screaming teenage girls.
  • You’ll meet people before they were stars—the 14 year old kid who would become a legendary television producer—the teenager who went on to become a worldwide rock star—the original cast of Star Wars as their starships were blasting them into a galaxy far, far away.
  • You’ll wake up in an airplane overlooking the Grand Canyon without the slightest inkling of how you got there.
  • And you’ll take a “stay out of trouble” getaway vacation and inadvertently stumble onto a Playboy Playmate shoot and a crashed airplane full of pot.

Landecker and Kaempfer produced this memoir as they once did their radio show together. The book is packed with the stories behind Landecker’s most famous bits and songs, timeless photographs, John’s personal memories of important Baby Boomer milestones, and additional stories from over thirty guest stars (like fellow radio legends Bob Sirott, Jonathon Brandmeier, Don Wade, Fred Winston, Joey Reynolds and more).

Below is a documentary about John Landecker from 1976. The story of this documentary and how it came to be is in the book.



Rick Kogan reviews the book in the Chicago Tribune ›

Robert Feder reviews the book in Timeout Chicago ›

An excerpt from the book (about the origin of “Boogie Check”) in Shore Magazine ›

Named finalist for “2013 Book of the Year” by the Chicago Writer’s Assocation

Named one of the 25 most influential radio personalities of the last 25 years

Billboard magazine interviews John Landecker

The Daily Herald interviews John Landecker

The Wisconsin State Journal interviews John Landecker

Chicagoland Radio & Media features “Records Truly Is My Middle Name”

John Landecker on Chicago Tonight

John Landecker on the WGN-TV Morning News

John Landecker on Windy City Live

John Landecker with Rick Kogan on

John Landecker on WCIU-TV

John Landecker on the Jonathon Brandmeier show

John Landecker on WBEZ/NPR

John Landecker on Roe & Roeper’s show/WLS Radio

John Landecker on Pete McMurray’s show/WGN Radio


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