Rook, John

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Rook, John Gender: M
John Harlan Rook
born on 9 October 1937 at 17:30 (= 5:30 PM )
Place Chillicothe, Ohio, 39n20, 82w59
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 16°12' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 16°36 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 04°27'

John Rook (2013)
photo: John Rook, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American radio programmer and executive, under whose guidance in the 1960s, ABC-owned WLS became the highest rated station in the Chicago metropolitan area, known as one of the greatest Top 40 stations in America. After leaving WLS to form a radio consultancy in 1970, WLS' rival, WCFL-AM, beat WLS in the ratings after retaining Rook's services. Throughout his programming career, Rook won numerous national radio awards and was repeatedly singled out for his ability to pick hit records. He would later own his own radio stations before founding the Hit Radio Hall of Fame, the only foundation that bestows awards on popular performers based upon the votes of the general public. John Rook died on 1 March 2016, aged 78, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth notice, Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio), 11 Oct 1937, p. 2.


  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Consultant
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (National radio awards)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Hit Radio Hall of Fame)