Joe Johnson is from Brooklyn, New York and like the law states, everyone from New York must eventually move to South Florida. So in 1962, Joe and his family came here with just the lint in their pockets, the shirts on their backs and a nifty set of headphones.
Joe's first encounter with radio happened in the mid 60's, when working with his dad for the summer, they used to call upon top 40 radio station WFUN, who's studios were located on Sunset Drive in South Miami. Joe was captivated watching the radio deejay through the window and tried to give him food, instead, Joe thought he’d like to be that deejay and earn free food and t-shirts for himself.
At about 10 years of age, Joe started his radio training. He would use his tape recorder to play deejay and mock up news stories and talk-up record intros. Today he does that for a living on Magic 102.7 here in South Florida. Coincidentally, Magic's owner, Lincoln Financial Media, also owns 790 & 104.3 The Ticket, the same frequency on the AM dial that Joe used to pick through the garbage bins from as a kid.
Joe came to Magic 102.7 in 1987 after co-hosting a morning show across town for 8 years. Once at Magic, he hosted the 6-10 pm slot for 4 years and the award winning “Jukebox Saturday Night” request show for 14 years.
In addition to his love for radio, Joe spent 10 years as a stand up comic, working The Comic Strip, Uncle Funny's and The Improv comedy clubs and wrote some monologue material for Jay Leno's appearances on the Tonight Show back in the 80's.
Today Joe is on middays 10 - 3 on Magic 102.7. He is also the host, writer and producer of the nationally syndicated Beatle Brunch radio show, which airs on Magic 102.7 and 100 other radio stations around the country.
In his spare time (is there any?), Joe eats healthy, does sit-ups and the treadmill every morning and has a Pro Tools digital recording studio in his house so he can work even more.
Where did you grow up?
Well, technically, I never grew up, because I still get to do what I love and what I grew up knowing I wanted to do it. Funny thing is I never thought you could paid for this..shhh don't tell my boss! I was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up right here in Miami. My parents moved here in 1962. Two years later I ran into them at Pantry Pride.
Favorite song/group from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s:
Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind & Fire (DJ Holiday told me to say this)
I grew up with a house full of dogs and have had several Golden Retrievers over the years, which I still love…however, today, I had to scale down due to my work hours and currently I have a bendable plastic spider that gets funny looks at the dog park. True story.
What is something that you are really proud of and why?
My Dad. Growing up, he made our house THE place for all of our friends to hang out by putting in a 12 car driveway, a pool, a ping pong and pool table, big screen TV and unlimited food and snacks. This was his clever way of keeping tabs on me and my sisters and I think it was brilliant. He also had a good time.
Two items you must have if standed on a desert island?
Dark chocolate non pareils and very cold Amstel light.
What was your first job? How much did you make?
Publix and I made minimum wage at the time, $2 an hour plus tips. Oh, wait we weren't supposed to take tips..so, ok, I didn't get tips. Yeah, that's what I recall. No tips.What's that jingling in my pocket? uh, washers.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to paint. Last week I painted the bathroom and did some touch up in the guest room. True story.
What's the silliest thing you've ever done?
When I worked at Publix, I used to hide inside the floor displays and talk the customers into "buying me"…and in radio, one time on the air here many years ago on April 1st, the Saturday night before daylight saving time, I told the audience we had to set our clocks ahead two hours instead of one. Oh, the frivolity that ensued that Sunday morning!
If you got one do-over in life, what would it be?
I would have gone away to school, but that may have changed the outcome of doing what I really love, so the do-over is just a thought.
Most exciting moment of your life?
Boxers or Briefs?
Briefs and what I call "evening shorts"
The Shawshank Redemption. A perfect movie with a perfect cast and perfect ending.
How do you want to be remembered?
Fun, cool, hip and happy and still a 32 waist.