John Rook Dead at 78


The Spokesman Review remembers the long-time programmer and owner who died last week at his Coeur d’Alene home. Rook worked at stations in Denver, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles. Under his leadership at WLS-Chicago, the station reached an audience of 3.8 million weekly. Rook moved to North Idaho in 1983, bought a ranch and several radio stations, KEY-FM 101 and KEY-AM 1050 of Spokane and KCDA-103, KEZE-96.9 and Z-ROCK 103.9 were later added. In recent years, Rook was a consultant for talk radio and he created the Hit Parade Hall of Fame and Hit Parade Radio. Picture credit The Spokesman Review


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