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October Programs

October 1, 2016
Yo La Tengo

A career survey of the Hoboken, New Jersey indie rock band led by Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley. Lots of guitar strumming and acute observations on life.

October 8, 2016
Archive Show

John revisits an old favorite with guest host Don Adair

October 15, 2016
From Big Screen to Turntable

Guest Jerry Giles with samples of actors and actresses who pursued musical stardom including Connie Stevens, Annette, Robert Mitchum, and Patty Duke.

October 22, 2016
I’m Still Convinced 1966 was the Best Year Ever
More highlights from a dynamic twelve months, including debuts from Jimi Hendrix and the Mothers of Invention plus the beginnings of an Elvis comeback.

October 29, 2016
The Monster is Loose

Halloween arrives early with an assortment of really scary stuff from Bobby “Boris” Pickett, Roky Erickson, the Cramps, and many more.

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.
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