John Rook bio

   Read  from "Passing Thru"

           "Before I Begin"

          "The Presidents"

         "Burt Lancaster"

         "In Like Flynn"

    "Andy, David & June"


  Eddie  Cochran

     Here's "More Eddie Photo's"

My friend Eddie Cochran, an early inductee into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, was an extraordinarily talented guitarist, singer and songwriter who influenced later artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others.

Read Graham Pugh's  "The Truth About Eddie Cochran"




            KTLN/KTLK here   


"A Slice of Pie & Howard's"     Pie Traynor, Howard K. Smith,   Howard Cosell   


   "Mick & The Rolling Stones"


  "Thanks for theMemory "                Bob Hope, Nat King Cole                  


               "WLS Bound"  and the WABC strike of 1967.

         "The Big 89 - WLS"



Cecil Heftel bought it, Buzz Bennett gave birth to it,  John Rook consulted it and hired Bill Tanner to create Miami's legendary Y-100  



             "I love LA - 64 KFI"  


        "KABC  - Talk Radio's First

"For More Than A Decade"  it was top rated in Tucson. One of my most successful station's in a favorite city


A stage for many of the nations most celebrated radio star�s, it became "Super CFL" in the early 70�s in one of radio�s great battles when Super Jock Larry Lujack, Big Ron O�Brien, Paul Kirby, Kris Erik Stevens and a few others joined me at Super CFL


My little slice of Paradise




 John's Poetry Page




A Tribute to Bill Gavin here

My wise friend Bill said, "Sharing           life's experiences with the generations  that follow is probably the most important thing we can do."

I think of him often when writing on these pages.


Web Radio

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Radio's Rich "Brother" Robbin  creates oldies radio like it should be. Streaming on the web here

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Rewind with Jimmy Jay as he interviews and features recent photos of the Superstars of early rock here

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"One of the great programmers, honest, passionate and powerful.   John has never pulled any punches." -

 Chuck Blore


"John Rook was absolutely instrumental in my career. I think of him as my radio "Dad". He was more than a great programmer, he was a great teacher, and remains a great friend"  -  Tim Kelly
The Premiere Radio Networks 



It pleases me the rest of the country thinks as highly of you as I do� �  Bill Drake


One of  "Most Influential Programmers of the Past 20 Years"  -  Radio & Records


Honored as one of

"Radio's Legends"

Radio & Record Convention - (1998)


Radio Programmer of the Year

Gavin Convention - (1969)


Radio's Man of the Year

Variety Magazine - (1969) 


Radio Consultant of the Year

Poe Convention (1977)


�John Rook�s talent caused me to get him hired out of the market. A classy guy with an abundance of ability, he�s a jewel�. Ken Palmer - KIMN, Denver  (1965)


Broadcasters have named John Rook Program Director of the Year, he�s considered the architect of WLS�s slick image. � Variety (1969)


�If we could find a dozen more John Rook�s, we would hire them�

Hal Neal Jr., President ABC radio.


�What a true professional John Rook is�

 Walter A. Schwartz, VP WABC


Yes, that�s John Rook you are hearing on WABC.  Besides being a great director, he�s also a pretty darn good air talent.� 

Bill Gavin (1967)


�And then there�s John Rook at WCFL.  After a five year stint at ABC�s KQV-Pittsburgh, Mr. Rook was brought to WLS in early 1967 as Program Director.  By mid 1968 WLS�s audience had risen to 4.2 million listeners each week and was #1 across the board. Mr. Rook was approached by Lew Witz of WCFL with an offer to counsel WCFL, and hopefully to bring the station in contention with WLS. Six weeks later Super � CFL knocked WLS out of the top position in the ratings war�.      Broadcasting (1972)


John Rook  pulled off a miracle in Chicago with WCFL and he did it in just 22 days.

Meaning, he was only in Chicago personally for 22 days.  This is actually better than WCFL has ever done in it�s many years of trying to beat WLS.  -  Billboard (1972)

 �Very few programmers have your natural ability of knowing what the audience wants before they do.�  

Jack Thayer, WNBC � New York


�Please accept this token of ABC�s appreciation for a job well done.�

Leonard Goldenson,

President ABC, Inc.

The magic of John Rook & Associates is being heard on more and more stations. John has added  Paul Kirby from WRKO to help him with his latest additions, KRBE-Houston, WIFI-Philadelphia, WZGC-Cleveland,  KDON-Salinas/Montery, KTLK-Denver, KAFY-Bakersfield, Z-93-Atlanta, KTKT-Tucson, KENO-Las Vegas, KRUX-Phoenix, KROY-Sacramento and WGNG in Providence. -  Gavin Report - 1974 

Superjock Larry LuJack described John Rook as �the greatest program director of our time or any other time.�  ABC executive Bob Henabery is quoted as saying that �Rook understood the importance of doing everything right. He was a masterful Top 40 programmer.�

            Rook's Radiography


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        Where Are They ?         

    440: Satisfaction gives a complete rundown on those who made contributions to radio over the years.

Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation�s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. 

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San Francisco Radio History


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Jeff Roteman's Radioville

Award winning website

Pittsburgh/Chicago radio




Brian Maloney's "Radio Equalizer"

Jerry Del Colliano, founder of  "Inside Radio" continues to speak out at "Inside Music Media" here

Read Lee Abrams here

 with George Noory

Jerry Doyle

Rollye James

Michael Savage

Bill Press

Museum of Broadcast Communications

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        Some friends....           

Now in the Radio Hall of Fame, my good friend Larry Lujack gave fuel to my own radio career.   

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Radio for Chuck Blore began at KTKT in Tucson, a decade or so before I became the stations consultant. Gordon McLendon hired Blore to program KTSA in San Antonio and then KELP in El Paso.  His arrival at KFWB-Los Angeles created the highest rated major market radio station ever.  Forming The Chuck Blore Company brought over 500 major awards for commercial excellence.  Chuck is one of a kind � the most creative source in the history of radio.  No one motivates better than Chuck Blore.  Visit him here

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Bobby Cochran, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame star Eddie Cochran, writes of those early days when my friend Eddie and I roamed southern California as teenagers. "Three Steps to Heaven" is available at 

Visit Bobby Cochran and taste his music here.

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Wink Martindale is a master entertainer of radio and TV game shows.

"Winking at Life" is Wink's life story available at or at his website here.

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It's where Rock n' Roll began, a combination of white and black gospel, old and new country, doo-wop, blues,  western cowboy and pop music at Shelby Singleton's Sun Records.   

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Bill Young made his mark as one of America's top programmers in radio who now creates great video commercials. Visit him here

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A trademark voice of radio and  commercials, Kris Erik Stevens delivers. Always energetic, always positive and always a friend. Visit him here

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by John Rook

While attending the Pasadena Playhouse in 1957 I met Rex Rand.  A rather eccentric fellow, Rex was dressed in a style you might expect from a Hollywood producer, red satin shirt, white cotton trousers, and white shoes.  With him were two beautiful starlets, barely out of their teens, who were giggling at almost every comment Rex made.  His meeting with a friend led to our chance introduction and he was returning to his suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Offering me a lift, the first time I had ever ridden in a Rolls-Royce, I appreciated the ride to Beverly Hills. From there I could catch the inter-city bus to my apartment in Santa Monica.

On the way to the Hilton, Rex stopped at a friend�s house handing one of the girls a large envelope asking her to deliver it to the door.  Within a few minutes, the young lady returned to the car, followed by a man wearing a housecoat.  He and Rex exchanged a few words before Rex motioned to me in the back seat, �Errol, this is Johnny Rowe.�  I leaned and shook his hand thru Rex�s open window. I don�t remember saying anything as the stranger turned to return to the house. Not sure who I just met, I inquired, �Who was he?� Rex looked at me in his rear view mirror and said, �Someday you could be an Errol Flynn.�  

I then realized I had just met one of Hollywood�s biggest stars.  A few minutes later, I was dropped off at the bus stop on Santa Monica Boulevard, with Mr. Rand wishing me luck in my acting career, I said goodbye. 


Twenty years later, my acting career had long since been transformed into a radio career.  By the mid-1970�s, I was a programming consultant and added KROY in Sacramento to my client list.  The owner of KROY was Ralph Guild, of the McGavren-Guild advertising agency.  After a particularly good ratings period, Mr. Guild introduced me to �crazy Rex Rand,� owner of WINZ in Miami.  The name didn�t ring a bell, but the motion picture producer would re-enter my life.

A limo picked me up at the Miami airport and took me to an island home in Biscayne Bay where a beautiful, deeply-tanned young lady met me at the door in her bikini. She led me into a large, elaborately-decorated sunken living room, and as my eyes became accustomed to the dark, I found myself in front of a life-size portrait of Errol Flynn. Almost immediately, with another young lady on his arm, Rex Rand, twenty years older but still dapper, appeared in a white dinner jacket. Staring at me as he approached with his hand extended, saying, �Where do I know you from?�  I reminded him of our earlier meeting in California as he led me outside patio for lunch.  We talked of my career switch, of Miami, and finally about Errol Flynn who had died in 1959, not long after I had met him. 


Errol Flynn 

As it turns out, Errol Flynn and Rex Rand had been very close friends over the years and I learned a lot about the Hollywood heart throb, reputedly a real party animal addicted to sex. According to Rex, Errol Flynn was a swashbuckling romantic lead in person as well as on screen.  He explained the term, �In Like Flynn,� which I had often used without knowing its real meaning, was a result of Errol Flynn�s ability to lure hundreds of young ladies into his bedroom.  According to Rex, Errol Flynn�s sexual appetite also included affairs with Howard Hughes and Cary Grant

After spending a few days in his beachfront guest home and touring the coast by yacht and his private seaplane, I refused his offer to move to Miami and be responsible for his WINZ-am and his Tampa fm station. I could live in the guest house, have full use of the second yacht, and would receive a sizeable ownership stake in Mr. Rand�s Tampa Bay FM station.  I stupidly dismissed ownership of his Tampa FM as insignificant and told him my consulting commitments nationally, plus my home in California were more than I could give up for a life in humid Florida.  

Moments before I departed, Rex handing me a note of introduction to a California lady friend of his who would be happy to take me to visit Errol Flynn�s grave at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale. Rex explained that most people were not permitted to visit the grave and asked me to deliver a small bouquet on his behalf. Explaining he seldom returned to California, he would appreciate my paying his respects in person.  A few weeks later I did as he had asked.  

 Shortly afterwards, Rex Rand died in the crash of his private seaplane on a Caribbean island.


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