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Jazz Maven David Brent Johnson


He started out in radio at WFHB and now serves as the jazz director for WFIU. Like many young people, David Brent Johnson stumbled and fumbled through life upon reaching adulthood. He discovered jazz in his twenties, what he calls his “light on the road to Damascus” moment. Then, he and a partner produced an Americana music show for WFHB, with Johnson gradually concentrating more on jazz. He was offered a job with Bloomington’s NPR affiliate in 2002. Now his programs are syndicated and reach as far as Manila, Philippines.

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