Les Grobstein dead at 69: Beloved radio host dies in his home after 50 years on the air

BELOVED radio host Les Grobstein, whose career in Chicago spanned more than 50 years, has died at 69.

Grobstein was found dead in his Elk Grove Village home on Sunday afternoon, 670 The Score confirmed.


"We are devastated by the loss of a Chicago sports legend," Mitch Rosen, operations director and brand manager for 670 The Score, said on Monday.

"Our audience who Les kept company overnight for years will miss him the most along with our team at The Score. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all of his fans."

Grobstein had reportedly been out sick since January 12.

However, no information regarding his cause of death has been released.

Grobstein was a fixture of Chicago's sports radio for more than 50 years, including time with radio disc jockey Larry Lujack and Steve Dahl at WLS 890-AM.

He most recently was on the air at 670 The Score.

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A Chicago native, Grobstein graduated from Columbia College, beginning his career as a color commentator for Northwestern basketball.

Grobstein shot to fame for being the only one to record an infamous locker-room rant by Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia in 1983.

From 1991 to 1997, he worked for the sports station WMVP 1000-AM before returning to The Score as their weeknight overnight host.

Grobstein's colleagues at The Score mourned his loss Monday morning.

The Score afternoon host Danny Parkins tweeted: "The Grobber was a true Chicago radio legend. Over 50 years on the air. FIFTY."

"The Score is one of the last places to have live and local overnight sports radio and there was no one better suited than Les. Condolences to his partner Kathy and son Scott. RIP. 'I was there,'" he added.

Chicago reporter Leila Rahimi shared: "The best description of Les Grobstein I heard came from @ChrisRongey who simply said 'there’s no one like Les, and we need to appreciate him.'

"Sad day for his family, friends, listeners and our colleagues."

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