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Legendary Top 40 DJ Jack Armstrong Dies

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – A legend of Top 40 radio in Buffalo has died.

Jack Armstrong, whose real name was John Larsh, died Saturday at his home in North Carolina.

Armstrong worked at the old WKBW Radio in the early 1970s. Besides Buffalo, Jack Armstrong's career took him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Toronto. His last radio gig was here in Buffalo. He was part of the effort to bring back the old KB a few years ago.

His daughter Devon wrote on his My Space page that he loved being a DJ as much as he loved being a father. She said that Armstrong wouldn't want us to be sad for a moment and would want us to remember the good times.

Here is the fast-talking Armstrong's trademark sign off. But you really need to hear it! Click the listen icon above to hear it now or to download it.

"Don't get none on ya, do it twice, be nice. It's very nice to be important, but more important to be very nice. Let it all hang out, drag it in the sand, and make a deep rut. People who live in glass houses shouldn't... A bird in the hand makes it hard to blow your nose. One good turn takes most of the blankets.

"You can lead a horse to water, but don't push him in. Nothing smells any worse than a wet horse, or you can lead a horse to water, push him in and teach him the backstroke, then you've really got something.

"Wash your face in the morning, neck at night. Love is life, life is love. Light your own candle and the world will be a much brighter place. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a little knot, hang on and swing. Stay calm, try to adjust. You can't live with 'em or without 'em.

"Hoo hee, HEE HOO! Don't let your six gun get rusty. It's been a business doing pleasure with you, it's been real... and your LEEEEEEADAAAAAAAAH love you-ah!"