About George Johns. 2019

Born and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canada

THE 60’s
Shayne and The Devines – Guitar
The Rebel Raiders – Band Leader & Guitar
The Phantoms – Band Leader & Guitar
The Jury – Band Leader & Guitar

Records by The Jury
Until You Do
I Tried To Tell Her
Back In My World
Please Forget Her b/w Who Dat?

Radio Career
Board Op – CKY Winnipeg
Production Director CKY Winnipeg
Music Director – CKY Winnipeg
Program Director – CKOM Saskatoon
Program Director – CKSO AM/FM Sudbury

THE ’70’s
Program Director – CFRA Ottawa
Program Director – CFTR Toronto
Station Manager – CFTR Toronto

V/P of Programming – Fairbanks Broadcasting
WIBC/WNAP Indianapolis
WVBF/WKLB Boston
WKOX Framingham
WIBG Philadelphia
WRMF/WJNO Palm Beach
KVIL FM & AM Dallas

Studied with Mike Vance, Dean of Walt Disney University

THE ’80’s 
Formed The Johns Company which consulted radio stations both in the US and Canada.

Merged The Johns Company with Fairwest which syndicated:
Continuous Country
Music Of Your Life
The Class/Classy format

Radio Station Ownership:
KLLS San Antonio
K103 Portland
WZPL Indianapolis
WMET Chicago
STAR Milwaukee

THE ’90’s – NOW
Radio Consultant & Talent Coach
Weekly Blog: Geo’s Media Blog @ GeorgeJohns.com

Writing Three Non-Fiction Books:
Guitars & Radio & Wild Wild Women.
50 Ways To Keep Your Lover.
Geo’s 1001 Life-Lines.”

Highlights Of Music Career.
Played in the Winnipeg with bands like The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, and Neil Young when we were just kids and Winnipeg was the Rock&Roll Capital of Canada.
The Jury’s “Please Forget Her” was the #1 Canadian record in Canada.
The flip side was called  “Who Dat?” which became a cult favorite and was covered by a couple of Grunge Bands. It was also listed in a publication recently as being 50 years ahead of its time.
Got to open for music legends, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash and early British Invasion acts such as Peter & Gordon, Manfred Mann, and The Zombies

HIGHLIGHTS / RADIO CAREER 
Owned and operated radio stations
Created the world’s first Adult Contemporary music format at CFTR in Toronto in 1972
Created America’s first Adult Contemporary radio station on KVIL in Dallas in 1973
Created the “Magic Ticket,” a sales/programming promotion which was syndicated nationally.
Co-Created “Fantasy Park” which was later syndicated.
Created the first Class/Classy format on KLLS in San Antonio.
Syndicated ‘Class FM’ on over 40 FM radio stations in North America.
Owned and syndicated Music Of Your Life 100 AM radio stations.
Co-created WKLB, Boston’s first Country station.

Email: radiogeo@gmail.com. On Twitter @GeoOfTheRadio. Ph 954 868 6759

 

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