John Rook

John Harlan Rook is an American radio programmer known for his tenure at 50,000-watt ABC-owned WLS in Chicago; where in 1969, he was named "Radio's Man of the Year" by Variety as well as "Program Director of the Year" at the Gavin Report convention. He was also the architect of the sound of ABC's KQV in Pittsburgh in the early to mid 1960s and the program director for Los Angeles' KFI in the 1970s and KABC in the mid 1980s. Rook was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, and attended high school in Nebraska and acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, California, with Natalie Wood, Nick Adams, and Sal Mineo in the 1950s before appearing in the Wild Bill Hickok television series. While attending acting classes he worked at Liberty Records before beginning his career in radio. In 1977, John Rook & Associates was named "Radio Consultant of the Year" at the Bobby Poe Convention. In 1985, Rook was voted by the readers of Radio & Records as "One of most Influential Programmers of the past 20 years". At the 1998 Radio & Records convention he was honored as one of "Radio's Legends.


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