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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Talk Show Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cornbread, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
As You Treat Yourself, You'll Treat Others.

Birthplace

Born:
5/10/1953
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Talk Show Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cornbread, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
As You Treat Yourself, You'll Treat Others.

Birthplace

Born:
5/10/1953
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Radio talk show host Beverly Elaine Johnson was born on May 10, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee to William Van and Julia Danner Johnson. She was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended public schools. Johnson received her B.A. degree in English literature from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and her M.S. degree in educational media technology from Jackson State University. She also graduated from Southwest Tennessee Community College's Substance Abuse Program and The Drug Court Institute, and went on to intern with the Shelby County Drug Court.

Johnson's broadcast career began in Jackson, Mississippi in 1976. In 1983, she was hired at the WDIA radio station in Memphis, Tennessee. She has worked in a number of roles, including as disc jockey to public service director to news/community affairs director, programming assistant, marketing assistant, and talk show host. Johnson was appointed as anchor/talk show host for WDIA, and hosts "The Bev Johnson Show," which first aired in 1987. She is also co-owner of Heart 2 Heart Collaborations Counseling Services, and hosts a cable television show on Comcast Cable titled "Affairs of the Heart." In addition, she teaches at Southwest Tennessee Community College as an instructor of speech and fine arts and language and literature, and has taught radio broadcasting at Rust College for a number of years.

Johnson served on the boards of the Rock N Soul Museum, Memphis-area Planned Parenthood and the National Black Programmers Coalition. She has chaired the Memphis Branch of the NAACP's Radio-thon, and auctioneered for the Coalition of 100 Black Women Memphis Chapter's Annual Eligible Bachelor auction fundraiser, as well as WKNO's Action Auction. She is a charter member of Shelby County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and was 2nd Vice President for two years. Johnson is also a member of Mt. Pisgah C.M.E. church.

Johnson received the UNCF Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996. She was named the 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1996 News/Public Affairs Director of the Year by the National Black Programmers Coalition, and was a 1993, 1994 and 1995 nominee for The National Association of Broadcaster's Marconi Award, Personality of the Year. Johnson was also the 1996 Billboard Award Personality of the Year, and was honored by the Tennessee General Assembly's House of Representatives for her tenth and twentieth year hosting "The Bev Johnson Show" talk show. She was named the Memphis Music Commission’s 2013 Emissaries of Memphis Music and received the Jus Blues Foundation 2013 Jack “The Rapper” Gibson Radio Pioneer Award.

Bev Johnson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 25, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bev Johnson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bev Johnson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bev Johnson describes her maternal family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bev Johnson describes her maternal family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bev Johnson talks about her mother, Julia Atlas Danner Johnson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bev Johnson describes her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bev Johnson talks about her father, William Van Johnson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bev Johnson describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bev Johnson talks about her younger sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bev Johnson describes her earliest childhood memory in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bev Johnson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bev Johnson talks about her dreams of becoming an actress, her favorite movies, and acting in community musicals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bev Johnson describes the cultural arts scene in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bev Johnson talks about her favorite grade school teachers and watching Nat King Cole on television
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bev Johnson describes her experience at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bev Johnson talks about the impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination on black students in her high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bev Johnson talks about African Americans on television during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bev Johnson describes her decision to attend Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bev Johnson talks about the cultural climate of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1970
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bev Johnson describes her experiences in theatre and choir as a student at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Bev Johnson talks about family vacations during her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bev Johnson talks about her activities at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bev Johnson talks about her teachers at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi and her admiration for HistoryMaker Carole Simpson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bev Johnson talks about performing with Trudy and the Soul Ultimates while a student at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bev Johnson talks about Ida B. Wells and African American Studies at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bev Johnson talks about her graduate school experience at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bev Johnson remembers her mentors at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bev Johnson describes her start in radio while she was a student at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bev Johnson describes her transition from disc jockey to news anchor at WJMI-WOKJ
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bev Johnson talks about working as a news director at WKXI in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Bev Johnson talks about her work as news anchor for WLOK in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bev Johnson describes targeting majority white audiences at WWEE radio and WLVS
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bev Johnson talks about her return to black radio upon joining WDIA as a news anchor in 1983
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bev Johnson talks about the launch of "The Bev Johnson Show" in 1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bev Johnson describes special guests and topics featured on "The Bev Johnson Show"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bev Johnson describes the day-to-day operations of "The Bev Johnson Show"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bev Johnson talks about memorable stories featured on "The Bev Johnson Show", pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bev Johnson talks about memorable stories featured on "The Bev Johnson Show", pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bev Johnson talks about callers to "The Bev Johnson Show"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bev Johnson talks about the coverage of domestic violence on "The Bev Johnson Show"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Bev Johnson talks about maintaining neutral political commentary on "The Bev Johnson Show"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bev Johnson describes her work in her community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bev Johnson talks about the history of WDIA
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bev Johnson talks about the decline of disc jockeys and the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bev Johnson talks about authors featured on "The Bev Johnson Show"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bev Johnson talks about her television show, "Affairs of the Heart"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bev Johnson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bev Johnson reflects upon her aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bev Johnson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Bev Johnson describes her honors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Bev Johnson talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Bev Johnson describes her journalistic philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Bev Johnson talks about how she would like to be remembered