Norm Winer: Co-Founder & Chief Content Curator of the Fort Knox Network, Chicago

One of North America’s most respected and celebrated radio programmers and media strategists, including extended stints as director of programming at WXRT Chicago (1979-2016), CBS Radio VP of Rock (2003-2009), and prominent roles at legendary FM rock outlets in San Francisco and Boston in the 1970’s. Norm was named recipient of Chicago’s Fifth Star Award in 2015, the first media figure to be so honored, for contributions to the arts and culture of the City of Chicago. The public presentation in Millennium Park included personal testimonials from U2’s Bono (sharing the revelation that “…if it weren’t for Norm Winer, there would be no U2!”) and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, as well as other musicians and members of Chicago’s arts community. It is also worth noting that this year marks the twentieth anniversary of “Norm Winer Day” being proclaimed in the City of Chicago on July 4, 1997.