John Johnson

Host of Johnson's Improbable History of Pop

When asked where he draws his inspiration for Johnson’s Improbable History of Pop, John had this to say, “I write and produce based on my interest in all forms of popular music. I've been listening to this "stuff" since in pre-school.”  That seems to work well for John, who’s produced 625 shows since 1995.  The show evolved out of an idea John had in December ’93.  He did a few specials and the concept eventually gelled into the JIHOP of today.  Outside of the studio, John recently retired from Boeing and enjoys golf, jogging and radio, especially the Saturday night lineup on KPBX.  He and his wife Melinda have two daughters Korissa and Alicia, and 3 grandchildren.

February Programs

Jan 28, 2015

February 7
More Songs of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill
Samples from the New York songwriting team's Hall of Fame catalog including performances by the Righteous Brothers, Darlene Love, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Mama Cass Elliot.

February 14
It's All True: How the Beach Boys Survived the 1970's

Featuring entertaining takes from Brian Wilson on health food stores, astrophysics, late night television, big band crooners, and childhood memories.

January Programs

Dec 28, 2014

January 3
We've Gotta Get Out of This Place

Songs of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill, a New York City husband and wife songwriting team with more than (100) U.S. sales chart hits.

January 10
Rod is Still Mod

A 70th birthday tribute to Rod Stewart concentrating on his pre-Hollywood years as a bluesy folk rocker. This is a continuation of the storyline started in a 2014 episode.

December Programs

Nov 29, 2014

December 6
The Subversive PF Sloan

This singer/songwriter morphed from surf ditties ("Tell "Em I'm Surfing") to apocalyptic folk rock protest classics ("Eve of Destruction") during one eventful year.

December 13
Apples in Stereo

This alternative rock band from Denver had a dozen albums worth of classic pop, now viewd through a modern day lens.

  Vintage electronic keyboards abounded in 1980's. Here we present sounds from Thomas Dolby, Human League, Heaven 17, OMD, and more.

JIHOP: Heart of Gold

Nov 15, 2014

Special guest Babbo shares a compilation of Neil Young songs written for the women in his off stage life through the decades.