Gregory Johnson / GM
Greg J is a well known multi-media entertainment marketing executive, event producer, radio broadcaster and global thinker. After serving in the United States Marine Corps as a weapons systems technician aboard the F-4 fighter aircraft, Greg’s professional broadcast career began to definitively form at national urban radio syndicator Bailey Broadcasting Services, headed by urban radio legend Lee Bailey. As Director of Sales and Marketing he was the catalyst for the development of successful radio promotions and sales strategy for a line up of nationally syndicated programming including the highly acclaimed RadioScope.
At 102.3 KJLH, a heritage radio station broadcasting in Los Angeles and owned by music icon Stevie Wonder, Greg served as the Marketing Director for 20 years, creating, producing and executing a lineup of promotional strategies, campaigns and events. He built and produced a number of well established music festivals which attracted tens of thousands of attendees in the Los Angeles community. (Of note, 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza, Knotts Berry Farm Gospel Showcase, Taste of Soul, multiple music festivals commemorating the MLK holiday.
Greg’s global reach is predicated on his mantra to build bridges of music arts and culture between Africa and America. To that end he promotes travel and tourism to Africa, coordinating travel groups to the continent. He is the host and producer of AfroPop Radio, a podcast featuring contemporary African music; he imports his own line of coffee from Cameroon(Kalimba Song Coffee Company) and is a sought after speaker on subjects of African cultural exchange.
Greg’s commitment to his community is underscored through his service on the Board of Directors for the West Angeles Community Development Corporation and now the Arts Council for Long Beach.
Favorite Quote: “Everybody don’t have justice, Everybody don’t have freedom, so that means none of us do. We gotta take this country and change it. Turn it upside down and change it. Put the first last and the last first. Not only for black people but for ALL people” – Kathleen Cleaver