Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Paul Johnson

Southern California lost a pioneer in broadcasting when NBC4 Today in L.A. morning traffic reporter Paul Johnson died last night at the age of 75. The well-known and well-liked baritone-voiced Paul underwent brain surgery in January and remained off air while recovering.

Johnson has been a part of NBC4's on-air team since August 1988. During his tenure, he served as both a weather and traffic report contributor.

Before joining Metro Traffic in August 1982, Johnson spent more than eight years with Capital Cities, leaving a position as program director for WJR-FM in Detroit. He has also reported traffic conditions for several Los Angeles radio stations, including KNX, KZLA, KACE, KXEZ and KSRF.
Johnson's extensive broadcast career included positions at several local radio stations, including KZLA/KPOL from 1975 to 1983, KFAC in 1974 where he was a news reporter, KUTE from 1972 to 1973 and KIIS-FM from 1969 to 1972, where he was an on-air personality. In addition, Johnson appeared in the motion picture Paint Your Wagon, on stage in several opera productions, and in numerous television commercials.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in law from Glendale University and studied music and drama at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

To Quote Paul Johnson, "Buckle up, be careful out there".

Good Night Mr. Johnson.
I wish you Blue Skys and Green Lights.

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

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