A Tribute to Bwana Johnny

"Love you all and thanks for making it all worthwhile. "

A quote from:  [Bwana Johnny Says Hello]

Bwana Johnny autograph

Thanks to Nancy Zc

A couple of Bwana Johnny articles from Miami - 1974

Thanks to Mark Young

Hi, my name is John Porcaro, formerly from Newark,NJ now living in Belleville, NJ. I am the author of the WWDJ TRIBUTE PAGE. On 10/28/2005 we lost the DJ I referred to as the "Dan Ingram"(or Robert W. Morgan if you are on the West Coast) of  WWDJ ,  our "Beauty On Duty", Bwana Johnny(Richard Johnson was his real name). I asked some of his former co-workers and some others who are in the radio industry to write some  articles or "blogs" about Bwana. Here they are:

WWDJ(97DJ) Alumni

Nick Anthony  Gary Russell(Cory)     "The Original" Bill Bailey  

Mike Phillips     Bill Rock    Al Brady Law     

Mike McCann        Tom Murphy        George Toles      Larry Stoler          Stan Foreman 

Bobby Rich            Danny Holiday     Ed Donohue       Duane Tollison     Dave McKay

Jamie Hyatt         John Meissner      Dave Shakes      Kevin Metheny       Steve Green

Click for "Blogs"(new addition 12/30/2005)

Bay Area Radio Digest on Bwana Johnny

The Bwana Johnny Photo Album 

Has an article provided by our friend & 97/WWDJ fan Allan Kaufhold from 10/1971

Here is an article Bwana very graciously wrote for me when I was doing my 97/WWDJ Tribute Page

   [Bwana Johnny Says Hello]

Ebay Write-Up On Bwana Johnny

"Bwana Johnny is here tonight with his multi-talented watchdog Alfonzo,

Great watchdog man, ya yell attack, and he has one."

Bwana Johnny - from a 01/25/1973 97/WWDJ aircheck(found on Uncle Ricky's)


Noted 1970s Air Personality Bwana Johnny Dies

Bwana Johnny, whose name was familiar to listeners of former Top 40 WWDJ (97 DJ)/New York during the early 1970s, died today at a Mercer Island, WA extended-care facility of congestive heart failure and diabetes. He was 56.

Note! Bwana's correct age was 59. His birth date was 8-29-1946.

Bwana Johnny, whose legal name was Rick Johnson, worked at 97 DJ from 1971-73, having moved to the Hackensack, NJ-based station after terms at WSAI and WUBE in Cincinnati, KGB/San Diego, KYA/San Francisco and KJR/Seattle. After his stint in New York, Bwana Johnny took a gig at WFUN/Miami. Following that, he moved to KISN/Portland, OR, taking an airshift as "Crazy Dick Simms."

In the 1990s Bwana Johnny worked at stations including KODZ/Eugene, OR and KKBR/Billings, MT. Funeral arrangements are pending.

From Radio & Records.com

If you want to write anything about Bwana Johnny, please contact John Porcaro at: PORCAROCPU@Aol.com

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