Mid 60’s – Musician. Formed a group called The Jury and released four hit singles.
Late 60’s – Began broadcasting career at CKY in Winnipeg.
Early 70’s – Program Director of CKOM in Saskatoon, CKSO AM & FM in Sudbury, CFRA in Ottawa and CFTR in Toronto where I was also the Station Manager.
Mid 70’s – V/P of Programming for Fairbanks Broadcasting who owned and operated WIBC/WNAP Indianapolis, WVBF/WKLB Boston, WIBG/WZZD Philadelphia, WRMF/WJNO West Palm Beach, and KVIL FM/AM Dallas.
Early 80’s – Formed The Johns Company in San Diego and began syndicating the “Class/Classy” format which was modeled after the very successful KVIL in Dallas.
Mid 80’s – Merged the Johns Company with the Fairwest company which syndicated programming to over a hundred radio stations in the US and Canada. Purchased KLLS San Antonio, K103 Portland, WZPL Indianapolis, WMET Chicago and STAR in Milwaukee.
Mid 90’s – Today – Continuing to consult radio stations, create formats, and coach coach talent. Write a weekly Blog at GeorgeJohns.com. and am in the middle of writing three books.
Highlights of Music Career…
Of the four records the Jury released, “Please Forget Her/Who Dat” became the #1 Canadian Record in Canada.
Opened for legends Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison and some early British Invasion acts, Peter & Gordon, The Zombies and Manfred Mann.
Highlights of Radio Career…
Created America’s first Adult Contemporary format at KVIL Dallas which was later syndicated in over 40 markets in the US and Canada.
Created a radio sales/programming promotion called “The Magic Ticket” which was also syndicated.
Was involved in the Creation of a program called Fantasy Park which was run on several radio stations.
Helped create and launch Boston’s first Country station, WKLB.