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R.I.P. To Chicago Sports Media Legend, Les Grobstein

Chicago Tribune - Les Grobstein was the keeper of “the tape,” and if you had to ask “What tape?,” you didn’t know Les.

For the uninitiated, “the tape” was the profanity-laden postgame interview with former Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia, which Grobstein recorded for his radio station and helped turn into one of the most famous stories in local sports lore.

Grobstein, an overnight host for WSCR-AM670, died Sunday at the age of 69.

According to a report from Chicago media reporter Robert Feder, Grobstein was discovered dead in his Elk Grove Village home. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Grobstein was on Chicago sports radio for more than 50 years, including time with Larry Lujack and Steve Dahl at WLS 890-AM, and most recently on the overnight shift at 670 The Score.

His colleagues from The Score mourned his loss Monday morning.

The Chicago Bears released the following statement regarding Grobstein’s death:

This has been a tough month for the Chicago Sports family. Jeff Dickerson passed away suddenly just before New Years, and now another man revered by his peers, and adored by his fans has also suddenly passed. 

As you'll see below, Les meant a lot to a lot of people, for a lot of different reasons.

To his family and all who loved him, sorry for your loss.

Rest In Peace Les Grobstein.