John Johnson

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.

March Programs

Feb 25, 2017

March 4, 2017
Through the Looking Glass

A special effects packed singles from the U.K.'s psychedelic explosion of the late 1960's. Including such nearly lost in time worthies as Dantalion's Chariot, the Tickle, the Rats, Rupert's People, and the Crocheted Doughnut Ring.

February Programs

Jan 31, 2017

February 4 & 11, 2017
Here Comes Summer

The ice and snow will eventually melt, that's a promise. Meanwhile change your own climate with a two part special on songs about summer and the warmer days ahead. Including Bob Dylan, the Monkees, Flaming Lips, B 52's, Peggy Lee, Gordon Lightfoot, Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, and many more.

December Programs

Nov 26, 2016

December 3, 2016
Phil Seymour

Guest Bob Gallagher brings the story of this overlooked Oklahoma born drummer/vocalist including work with Dwight Twilley, the Textones, and his own solo albums.

November Programs

Nov 4, 2016

November 5, 2016
Rock & Roll Survivor

A profile of vocalist and keyboardist Bobby Whitlock,  including his solo career and time as member of Derek & the Dominoes with Eric Clapton.

November 12 , 2016
Blue Cheer

An encore presentation from 2000 on the San Francisco band often credited as the original pioneers of heavy rock.

October Programs

Sep 29, 2016

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.