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Jim Johnson (WHBO)

James E. ‘Jim’ Johnson was originally from Harlensburg, PA and got his start in radio in 1947 as 12-year old JJ the DJ on WKST in New Castle. He served four years in the US Air Force and went on to become a noted musician (guitar and stand-up bass), playing road shows with notables like Hawkshaw Hawkins, Mac Wiseman, Cowboy Copas, and Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, and following the bluegrass circuit from the Wheeling (WV) Jamboree to Nashville.

Jim finally settled in Tampa and worked with country daytimer WHBO in the 60s and 70s, where he was known for his country, bluegrass and gospel music. He was featured on Ernie Lee’s morning television show on WTVT Channel 13, and was Country Cousin Jim on WLCY-TV Channel 10’s “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” show with his good friend (Trooper) Jim Foster.

Johnson passed away August 5, 2014 at the age of 79.

Station History

1960 - 1980 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)

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