charlie cook - Inducted 2011
Charlie Cook began his Country radio career in 1972 at WSDS in Ypsilanti, Mich. In the '70s, Cook spent time at KLAK in Denver, Wheeling's WWVA and WHN in New York. He was named "DJ of the Year" by Billboard in 1977. In 1980, he joined KHJ in Los Angeles, flipping the station to Country. Cook then went to KLAC before joining McVay Media in 1983 as Sr. VP of Country Programming, where he consulted more than 40 Country stations over the next 12 years. In 1996, Cook joined Westwood One as VP Programming/Formats, and in 2006 he joined Cumulus as VP Programming for the company's 61 Country stations. Los Angeles' KKGO hired Cook as Sr. Manager of Country Programming in 2008. Cook has previously served as president of both the ACM and CRB. In 2010 he was awarded the CRB's President's Award.