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WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

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WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by MichMash » Mon Sep 11, 2023 12:50 pm

https://www.freep.com/story/entertainme ... 822420007/

The Detroit broadcasting legend will retire on December 1.



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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by IIN4MU » Mon Sep 11, 2023 1:28 pm

Bye, Felicia!

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by MrTaterSalad » Mon Sep 11, 2023 2:02 pm

Good for JJ. A 30+ year career in radio anymore is unheard of. He's one of the last great Detroit radio personalities on the air and deserves to retire and go out the right way. 30 years from now we won't be celebrating radio DJs of the past like we are with DJ because there are hardly any live and local DJs of consequence left. Everything is voice tracked or DJs are reduced to nothing but 2 seconds of chatter every once and a while.

As for a replacement, I hope WOMC keeps a live and local morning show around. Former WYCD afternoon and morning host Chuck Edwards would be a good fit for the station, but I doubt Audacy is going to open up the purse strings for him given that they fired him in the first place. Chris Edmonds and Kevin O'Neill might be a little too old and close to retirement themselves, but they would fit at WOMC.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by Art Van Damme » Mon Sep 11, 2023 3:18 pm

Tater, that’s more like 40+.
Johnson was at W4 in the late 70’s when he teamed up with the late George Baier for the first incarnation of The Morning Crew.

I think he did a stint at Rock 105 in Flint before making his way to the Motor City.

Hope he enjoys his retirement.

Ahh. Retirement. Something that our current, younger, hard-working, under-paid radio employees will most likely unable to experience.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by lidoshuffle » Mon Sep 11, 2023 4:39 pm

Art Van Damme wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2023 3:18 pm
Tater, that’s more like 40+.
Johnson was at W4 in the late 70’s when he teamed up with the late George Baier for the first incarnation of The Morning Crew.

I think he did a stint at Rock 105 in Flint before making his way to the Motor City.

Hope he enjoys his retirement.

Ahh. Retirement. Something that our current, younger, hard-working, under-paid radio employees will most likely unable to experience.
"The late George Baier"??
I must have missed this, when did he pass? I knew he retired from radio and moved to Northern Michigan.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by Mega Hertz » Mon Sep 11, 2023 5:23 pm

I do believe George is still on this side of the ground.
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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by stopnswop2 » Mon Sep 11, 2023 5:39 pm

Wow, I knew this was coming.
At the Dream Cruise he was talking to Dick Purtan and was talking about retirement.

I'll miss hearing him. He is great.
And I agree, I really hope they keep it live and local there at WOMC
Music is my life.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by Art Van Damme » Mon Sep 11, 2023 7:06 pm

Apologies to Mr Baier and fellow Buzzboardians.

I was relying on memory for that statement. I thought I had read he had a severe medical condition (this would have been at least 10 years ago) and passed. I could not find the periodical or newspaper where I would have read it.

I stand corrected.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by Mega Hertz » Mon Sep 11, 2023 7:11 pm

It's cool. He's pretty reclusive. It isn't a hard mistake to make.
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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by edj » Mon Sep 11, 2023 8:54 pm

WWJ said he’s been in radio for 52 years.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by Dan in Northville » Mon Sep 11, 2023 9:31 pm

A radio career of that length in this market deserves to be applauded. Enjoy your retirement.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by Ben Zonia » Mon Sep 11, 2023 10:30 pm

Here's a WWCK Survey from 5-22-72, so that's about 51 1/2 years ago. I think Bill Pearson, who also did a short stint at "The High Wattage Cottage" in the early 1960s (History from Starship Radio 73 publication available on worldradiohistory.com), and the late Bill Gibson (Gildenstern) said they brought Jim Johnson from Mt. Pleasant to work weekends at WWCK at that time.

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Starship Radio 73 link. Couldn't get it to load, and I forget if Jim Johnson is listed.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by Bobbert » Tue Sep 12, 2023 10:35 am

edj wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2023 8:54 pm
WWJ said he’s been in radio for 52 years.
But still not as long as Ron Cameron. 54 years and going strong! :wink:

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by Dan in Northville » Tue Sep 12, 2023 11:02 am

Bobbert wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2023 10:35 am
edj wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2023 8:54 pm
WWJ said he’s been in radio for 52 years.
But still not as long as Ron Cameron. 54 years and going strong! :wink:
Well, still going, anyway.

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Re: WOMC's Jim "JJ" Johnson Announces Retirement

Post by SD45 » Tue Sep 12, 2023 2:08 pm

Oh look someone made it about Ron Cameron again. I don't get the obsession with him.

And back to the topic. Now does this news move Joanne Purtan back toward television.

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