Jim Johnson

Program Manager / Host of The Weekend Blues

Jim is a journalism/mass communications graduate from the University of Oklahoma. While still a student, he became the host of what is now The Weekend Blues. He currently serves as KGOU’s Program Director where he supervises all aspects of KGOU’s on-air programming output. 

Jim serves as Program Chair for Jazz in June, Norman’s annual Jazz and Blues festival. He also enjoys singing and playing in a Blues/Rock band (guitar) in various venues around the metro.

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Arts and Entertainment
7:47 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Oklahoma, The World’s Independent Christmas Music Capital?

"The Naughty List" Album Cover
Nathan Price

Norman auto dealer Jonathan Fowler wants his home state to be known as the “independent Christmas music capital of the world,” and he may just reach his goal.

Friday, December 12 marks the official vinyl release of Fowler VW's “The Naughty List,” a 13-song, holiday-themed album - the fifth in a series of albums commemorating Christmas and showcasing some of Oklahoma’s leading independent musical talent.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Economists Optimistic About Oklahoma Growth, Worried About Inaction On Roads, Teacher Pay

Left-to-right: Economists Robert Dauffenbach, Russell Evans, Mickey Hepner, and Dan Rickman during a panel discussion moderated by Oklahoma City advertising executive Rhonda Hooper
Carrie Snodgrass Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Several economists praised Oklahoma's metro areas as engines of growth, but criticized state leaders for failing to plan for the long term.

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Oklahoma Voices
5:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Oklahoma Education Leaders List Challenges And Goals During Norman State Of Schools

Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Jane Bowen speaks during the 2014 Norman State of Schools luncheon.
Credit Norman Chamber of Commerce

Norman community and business leaders heard presentations on the current state of affairs, growing challenges, and future plans for both Norman Public Schools system and the Moore Norman Technology Center during Friday’s annual Norman State of Schools luncheon at the Marriott Conference Center at NCED.

Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Jane Bowen cited statistics showing a growing gap between employer’s needs and workforce skill sets and preparation.  

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OneSix8
1:27 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Halloween Treats For Adults Fill This Week's OneSix8

"Treats and Tricks on 39th" event poster
Credit OKC Pride

This week’s OneSix8 acknowledges that adults can enjoy Halloween just as much, if not more than children.

OKC Pride, in conjunction with the 39th District OKC, presents the inaugural “Treats and Tricks on 39th” Halloween Block Party, Friday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Education
11:12 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Cox, Hofmeister Continue Series Of Debates In Norman

Democratic superintendent canddiate John Cox and Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister exchange words during Sunday's debate at the Norman Depot.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

The two candidates for the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction met for a debate Sunday afternoon in Norman.

Both Democrat John Cox and Republican Joy Hofmeister said they oppose the A-F grading system for public schools, and mentioned their dislike of the Common Core. Cox said he wants to see new education standards created by the state.

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OneSix8
9:17 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Fall Festivities, Halloween Horrors, And A Dog Walk Entertain The Hours Of Your Week

Evil Dead: The Musical opens October 10 at the Pollard Theater in Guthrie.

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OneSix8
7:26 am
Fri October 3, 2014

A Regatta, Classic American Tale, And Art Exhibit Entertain Your Week

Kayakers on the Oklahoma River.
Credit Facebook.com/OklahomaRegattaFestival

The 10th annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival continues through October 5 at the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City.

The multi-day event celebrates the rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and related activities that have helped transform the Oklahoma River into a world-class urban aquatic venue.

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Live Music
7:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Darker Side Of (Matt Stansberry & The) Romance

Crash Landing LP
Credit www.mattstansberry.com

Matt Stansberry’s latest project offers a sound that is both familiar and fresh - which is no small feat.

The ten-plus member band delivers this exoteric rhythm and blues-meets-modern pop vibe by way of layered horns, dual guitars, keys/organ, a ‘pocket’ rhythm section and sassy, backing vocals. 

It's a potent mixture. And the group’s sophomore release, Crash Landing, offers a little extra appeal for star-crossed lovers and all who’ve felt a touch of life’s blues.

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Oklahoma Voices
12:20 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Three Tales Told Well From The 2013 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival

2013 OKC Storytelling Festival
Credit Jim Johnson

Storytelling is an innate human trait.

Long before the written word, stories were conveyed audibly through voice and music, and/or visually through art. They were used to explain significant events like natural disasters, conflicts, and histories. Myths, legends, fairytales, fables, ghost stories, heroic tales, epic adventures, religions, and origin stories grew from acts of storytelling.   

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Music & Memories
6:38 am
Fri April 18, 2014

JFJO Celebrates 20 Years Of Experimental Jazz Odyssey

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Brian Haas - left, Chris Combs - center, Josh Raymer - right)
Credit Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey / JFJO.com

Brian Haas has his own theory of relativity: Spending so much of his life in a van over the past twenty years has actually “folded time and space.” 

“I’ve been moving faster and getting closer to the speed of light, which means time has been going by quicker, right?” Haas says.

2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a band Haas took under his wing while attending the University of Tulsa. 

“I really just wanted to learn how to play jazz,” Haas says. “And then it just took on a life of its own.”

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