“He was a champion for the Wabash Valley.” Friends react to murder of Terre Haute radio personality


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Tonight a community is in mourning. The tragic murder of Matt Luecking has left many in disbelief. This as he was a well-known DJ personality in Terre Haute.

Known for their lively banter, on Tuesday the airwaves across the Wabash Valley were somber. “If you miss someone you tell them because you never know when you will get another chance,” said Jules, Midday Host at HI-99.

Luecking worked evenings at B 92.7. He brought a unique energy to radio, one that colleagues and friends say was simply unmatched. “He was a lover of all things, all things living,” said Jules.

Those who knew Luecking best describe him as a man with a big personality and an even bigger heart. “People connected with him because they could relate to him and the experiences that he had in life,” said Eric Michaels, Program Director of B 92.7

Many are now overcome with emotion, as questions surround Luecking’s brutal murder. On Monday, police found Luecking inside of his apartment in the Village Quarter complex. According to the coroner’s office, Luecking’s death was blunt force trauma to the head.

“It was just absolutely gut-wrenching. Your heart hit the floor,” said Michaels.

“There’s just no way to prepare for something that happens in this way,” added Jules.

The show must go on. For now, Luecking’s slot will remain empty, but his influence can still be heard. “Every time I turn on this mic I will think of him. He would want me to do this,” said Jules.

A special broadcast to honor Luecking will be held on Thursday. Tune into B 92.7 from 3-6 p.m. Personal stories will be shared as part of an in-memoriam tribute.