Legendary Radio Programmer John Rook Dead at 78. An announcement on his website reports that John Rook died on March 1 "of natural causes and peacefully in his sleep in his home on his beloved 'Rook Ranch' in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho." Rook had been battling deteriorating health over the past year. Rook got his start in radio in the early 1960s, working at outlets KTLN, Denver and KALL, Salt Lake City before being named director of programming at KQV, Pittsburgh. In 1967 he arrived at WLS, Chicago where he helped take the station to its highest ratings ever, accumulating numerous industry accolades. He launched the John Rook & Associates consulting firm in the 1970s. During his career he also served as program director for KFI and KABC in Los Angeles. He entered the station ownership end of the business in the 1980s but sold his station interests in the 1990s.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Former WIL, St. Louis program director Greg Mozingo is named PD at E.W. Scripps' country KVOO and classic country KXBL in Tulsa, effective March 14…..Non-commerical triple A KCSN, Los Angeles announces Marc "Mookie" Kaczor is named music director for the station. General manager and program director for the California State University Northridge-owned station, Sky Daniels, says "KCSN was fortunate to have many wonderful professionals interested in joining this team. We knew we needed someone who would make this more than a job. We were looking for some who regarded building a Los Angeles station that exists to supports musicians a true calling. Marc had the experience and the fervor we hoped for."
Winer: I Have No Plans to Retire. Yesterday's story in RadioInfo about radio programming pro Norm Winer's departure from WXRT, Chicago used the term retire. Winer says unequivocally that he is not retiring, but that he's resigning from his position with the CBS RADIO station. RadioInfo's editors wish to correct the use of the word retire and apologize for our misleading word choice. As for Winer, he tells RadioInfo he expects to announce his future plans in the coming days.