About George Johns

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 12065716_10154297378074307_8724853718214231715_nBorn and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The Early-Sixties:
Played guitar and sang backup with Shayne & The Devines, which became The Rebel Raiders.
Played guitar and was the bandleader for The Phantoms, who later morphed into The Jury, who recorded four singles.

The Mid-’60s:
Began my broadcasting career at CKY in Winnipeg. Became the 

The Late ”60s:
Became the Program Director of CKOM in Saskatoon, CKSO AM & FM in Sudbury, and CFRA in Ottawa.  

The Early ’70s:
Program  Director of CFTR in Toronto, where I also became the Station Manager.

The Mid To Late ’70s
Vice President of Programming for Fairbanks Broadcasting. WIBC/WNAP Indianapolis, WVBF/WKLB Boston, WIBG/WZZD Philadelphia, WRMF/WJNO West Palm Beach, and KVIL FM/AM Dallas.

The early ’80s:
Formed The Johns Company and began syndicating the “Class/Classy” format.

The mid-’80s:
Merged the Johns Company with Fairwest, which supplied programming to over a hundred radio stations in the US and Canada.
Involved in the ownership of KLLS San Antonio, K103 Portland, WZPL Indianapolis, WMET Chicago, and STAR in Milwaukee.

Today:
Continue to consult radio stations, create formats, and coach talent.
Write a weekly blog entitled Radio Geo’s Media Blog while writing three books.

Highlights Of My 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 plus Hall of Famers, The Zombies.

Highlights Of My Radio Career
Created America’s first Adult Contemporary format at KVIL Dallas, syndicated in over 40 markets in North America as the “Class/Classy format. 
Also Created a radio sales/programming promotion called “The Magic Ticket,” which was syndicated across America.
Involved in the creation of a radio program called Fantasy Park which was also syndicated. 
Helped create and launch Boston’s first Country Radio Station, WKLB.

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “About George Johns

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  2. George, I knew you via Don Garrard (dandy) back in the late 70s/early 80s. I was married to him while he was in Indy at the buzzard through his stint with you in San Diego. I still have a note you sent him asking, “Don, you haven’t caused any trouble for a while…are you ill?”
    I only met you a handful of times, but you were just delightful to talk to and Don thought very highly of you. I spotted your blog while trying to see what Tom Cochran and buster are up to now, and thought I’d just say hello and wish you well. Take care! Dee (Garrard) McGinn

    • Dee, how nice of you to reach out to me. Don truly was a memorable character which I’m sure you’re well aware of. The thing that made me successful Dee was surrounding myself talented people like Don and handling them as best I could. They, in turn, were very loyal and I fondly remember them all.

  3. Hi George…after listening to the KVIL piece and the Great Race…hope you (or someone) protected the name and concept for later in TV history.

  4. George,
    Please give us a bio on Jim West. I always wondered what happened to him.
    He was a friend and great Pam’s jingle salesman. Like so many others in our industry they are gone but not forgotten.
    I programmed for Stoner Broadcasting and Ken Greenwood.’s ventures

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