NPR’s charismatic host a most inspiring visitor


We had the great good fortune of hosting Joshua Johnson of NPR’s 1A earlier this month at WGCU.

Johnson is a rare and charismatic talent. He wowed our WGCU Public Media Advisory Board, reception guests and 150 fans during the course of the eight hours he spent with us. We were fortunate to be able to record his interaction with WGCU news staff and the studio audience. If you missed it airing as a Gulf Coast Live special you can hear it in its entirety at Once there, click on Gulf Coast Live.

 I can guarantee that if you do, it will be 54 minutes of your time well spent. Johnson’s passion for honest, straightforward, hard-hitting journalism is infectious and – like our studio audience did – you will come away from the experience with a greater appreciation for the work that Johnson, Executive Producer Rupert Allman and the small 1A staff do producing 20 hours of broadcast and podcast programs per week.

Like many people, I was skeptical that we’d find a light as bright as Diane Rehm to help put the world in perspective for us on weekday mornings but Joshua Johnson and his team have met the challenge. If 1A isn’t appointment listening for you I encourage to check it out – weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon on WGCU 90.1 or WMKO 91.7. I think you’ll be happy you did!