Herman "H." Johnson (born 1937 or 1938) is an African-american radio personality in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his weekly program "Jazz Classics" which he has hosted since 1978 on WABE, North Georgia's local NPR affiliate.
|Residence||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Occupation||Radio Personality, Musician|
|Years active||1978 – present|
Johnson grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Count Basie was a family friend who would drop by and play his mother's piano. When his parents amicably divorced, Johnson moved to Atlanta with his stepfather.
His program "Jazz Classics" airs each Saturday night on WABE from 9 pm to 2 am, as it has since 1978. The program always begins with the Father Tom Vaughn version of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and usually ends with ends with a version of "I'll Be Seeing You." At midnight he plays a weekly selection of "just the right version" of "'Round Midnight."
In the fall of 2013 the station introduced a second program "Blues Classics" on Friday evenings.
When not on the air he operated a gift shop in southwest Atlanta. He lives with his wife Marilyn in Mableton, Georgia, she accompanies him to the studio in Atlanta when he does his program each Saturday.
On June 21, 2010 a tribute to Johnson was held at Atlanta jazz club Café 290 in honor of his 30 years on the air at WABE. The Atlanta City Council declared the day "H. Johnson Day" in his honor. Coverage of the event aired on local PBS affiliate WPBA in the fall of 2010.
- Emerson, Bo (June 18, 2010). "'Jazz Classics' DJ spins the platters that matter". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. pp. E1, E3 of June 20, 2010 issue. Archived from the original on December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- "H. Johnson - Host, Blues Classics and Jazz Classics". WABE. Archived from the original on June 18, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- Walton, A. Scott (March 20, 2001). "Take the 'H.' Train". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. pp. F1, F2. Archived from the original on December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- Rozzi, James (June 23, 2001). "Jazz awards honor 5 Atlantans, fest sponsor". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. C2. Archived from the original on December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- Ross, Jon (October 26, 2010). "Ready to hear something groovy: Meet H. Johnson, celebrating 30 years of WABE's "Jazz Classics"". ArtsAtl. Archived from the original on December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- "This is Atlanta - A Jazz Classic (A Tribute to H. Johnson)". WPBA (TV). October 27, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- Nason, Bartram (August 29, 2016). "Video: A day in the life of H. Johnson, ATL's Jazz Classic". ArtsAtl. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
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