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Aircheck: Life in Music Radio June Middleton

Aircheck: Life in Music Radio

June Middleton

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J.J. Johnson became enamored of music radio during his teens in the mid-1960s when a friend and schoolmate urged, as they waited at a bus stop, that they “visit the disc-jockey” at the radio station that happened to be just steps away. That visit ledMoreJ.J. Johnson became enamored of music radio during his teens in the mid-1960s when a friend and schoolmate urged, as they waited at a bus stop, that they “visit the disc-jockey” at the radio station that happened to be just steps away. That visit led to a full-fledged, decades-long radio odyssey beginning in his hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, and taking him through Houston, Chicago, San Francisco and finally, to Los Angeles, where the Hollywood life awaited. In “Aircheck: Life in Music Radio,” he takes the reader from his theatrical life as a child to the glamour of life in the Hollywood Hills, along the way introducing the on-air and behind-the-scenes people who made contemporary music radio work. He offers insight into the actual mechanics of the business and tells of encounters and friendships with legendary artists ranging from the “Three Kings of Blues” to Jackie Wilson and Janis Joplin- from James Brown and Public Enemy to Barry White. The author relates his interactions with major record labels and the some of the many colorful people who made them successful, with particular emphasis on his decades-long relationship with the iconic Motown Records. Covered, as well, are some of the stumbles and less-than-stellar moments encountered along the way. Mr. Johnson, a multi-award winning radio personality, radio programmer, voice-over actor and writer, still resides in Los Angeles.