NABJ Membership Spotlight: Troy Johnson
Troy Johnson has made a significant transformation from "hip-hop", to "hot talk", and from the "blogosphere", to public access television. Troy has over 20 years of broadcast experience from mainstream urban radio, to talk radio. He and his radio partner Marc Clarke produced a cutting edge live video stream and blog on the Baltimore Sun website, BaltimoreSun.com. As a broadcaster Troy's unique point of view and humor has always added a refreshing twist to the issues of the day. Troy also served as Executive Director of People 75, Baltimore's public access television station. Recently, Troy joined the on-air staff of WHUR-FM in Washington, D.C. and is currently developing a weekly radio program, with a strong multi-media component that will be launching this fall.
Troy's was an original member of The Big Phat Morning Show on Radio One's 92Q, and helped make that show #1 in Baltimore. He then created, and produced The Troy Johnson Show on CBS Radio's FM Talk 1057, a slick and innovative program that was not only funny, but also focused on educating and informing the community. By sparking dialogue and debate, The Troy Johnson Show generated a buzz with the listeners of Baltimore, and beyond.
Originally from Chicago, Troy is a broadcast veteran, with stints at premier radio stations in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. He has been recognized for his achievements as a broadcaster with numerous awards and honors including a Marconi Award from the St. Louis Radio Association for Best Male Talent, the 2000 Baltimore Achievement In Radio Awards for Best Morning Show and Best New Talent in Market, The Key to the City of Baltimore in 2002, The Mayor's Business Recognition Award in 2002 for outstanding work on the Baltimore Believe Campaign, and a Governor's Citation in 2006 for his contributions to Maryland.
Troy attended Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He is a Prince Hall Mason and Shriner. Troy also served as a board member of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association Diversity and Tourism Council. Currently, he serves as president of the Association of Black Media Workers, the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)