|Birth: ||May 30, 1958|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 2010|
CHRISTOPHER LARKO, 51, longtime Northeast Indiana radio personality and radio station owner, died on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, after an 11 month battle with cancer. He was born on May 30, 1958, in Fort Wayne, son of Arthur Lawrence Larko and Roberta Louise (Brodbeck) Larko. Chris was founder and President of Larko Communications, Inc., which owns WMYQ-FM 101.1 and WBZQ-AM 1300. He began his radio career at age 15, working for area stations including WLYV, WAFX, WLKI, WHUZ, and WAJI, as well as stations in Wheeling, W. Va. and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. In 1984, while at WAFX, he produced and engineered a Peabody Award-winning radio documentary entitled D-Day: 40 Years Later. In the 1980's, he owned and operated a popular mobile DJ business, Dancemusic, and established Audio Masters and Chris Larko Productions, which provided audio production services to area and national businesses and advertising agencies. In addition, he often advised radio stations throughout Michigan and Indiana on issues of engineering and programming. His dream however, had always been to own a radio station. He got his opportunity in 1992 when he obtained the license for a newly-allocated frequency and went on the air with Q101 (originally WLZQ-FM, now My Q101, WMYQ-FM) broadcasting to Kosciusko, Whitley, Wabash and Huntington counties. In 1998, he acquired WBZQ-AM 1300 (Oldies 1300) in Huntington. An avid Chicago Cubs fan, Chris proudly signed Oldies 1300 to the Chicago Cubs Radio Network in 2002 as the sole broadcasting affiliate for northeastern Indiana. Chris is survived by his fianceť, Kelli Richards of Fort Wayne; daughter, Jennifer Larko of Fort Wayne; longtime family friend, Susan Derr of Fort Wayne; half-brothers, Lee (Carolyn) Larko of Georgia and Beaudine (Michelle) Larko of Florida; half-sister, Teri Larko Rametta of Florida; and his father. He was preceded in death by his mother; and grandparents. Calling is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, with a brief prayer at 2 p.m. at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue. Graveside service to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Greenlawn Memorial Park
Created by: Penny Baughman North
Record added: Feb 23, 2010
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