Bill JohnsonProduction Manager and Weekend Host
Bill joined WMFE in September 2008. He started his radio career at WFCS at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain Connecticut where he hosted a weekly comedy/variety show and gospel and blues programs. Bill then spent 10 years at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut, where he worked in radio operations and hosted the evening classical music. During this time he also spent two years working overnights and weekends at WTIC 1080 News in Hartford were he anchored the local newscasts, filed stories for CBS radio and prepared news stories for the morning drive.
Bill lives in Deltona and enjoys travel, motorcycling, restaurants and live music.
Recent Stories from Bill Johnson
In recent weeks Orlando has seen a rash of art thefts. No, cat burglars haven’t broken into Orlando Museum of Art to heist their prized Nick Cave Soundsuit. But to the artists whose work is being scooped up without payment, permission or even prior knowledge of the usage, it might feel just as bad. And the important difference is that there’s no insurance on this kind of theft. Whether it’s a national chain selling a T-shirt with a design suspiciously similar to one a local artist has already shown, or a local store lifting an artist’s drawing off his website to use throughout an ad campaign, or a political candidate in a recent election right-clicking a logo that a designer …
Orlando-based Tavistock Development Co. and Miami-based Crystal Lagoons have joined forces to build a large-scale man-made recreational lake as the centerpiece of a new luxury resort in Lake Nona. The 11-acre Caribbean-style beachfront lagoon, to be built near Lake Nona’s new U.S. Tennis Association complex, will be the largest planned Crystal Lagoons Lake in the U.S. to date. The sites are ideal for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and more. The projects also help boost real estate values for developers of nearby properties, bringing a sought-after luxury amenity.
The giant Surf Expo is described as “All things surf” with over 26,000 attendees, 2,600 booths and 7,000 storefronts. It comes every January and September and draws buyers from specialty stores from around the world. The show features fashion shows, awards ceremonies, and demos and takes place inside the Orange County Convention Center Saturday 9 to 4.
This weekend, I recommend doing a farmers market crawl. Go to every farmers market in the immediate Central Florida area and compare them to each other. Here are a few to start with. Friday nights, Deland has an evening farmers market 6 to 9 at Artisan Alley. Saturday mornings, there are several markets. Lake Mary hosts their farmers market at City Hall on Saturdays 9 to 1:30. Sanford hosts their farmers market in downtown Sanford at East First Street and Magnolia Avenue Saturdays 9 to 2. Winter Garden hosts their farmers market at 300 West Plant Street Saturdays 9 to 2. Winter Park hosts their farmers market at 200 West New England Avenue Saturdays 7 to 1. Sunday mornings, farmers …
The Book of Mormon is back in Orlando at the glimmering glass castle known as the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. In it, two young Mormon travel to Africa and learn about local cultures, the world and most importantly, themselves. It’s absurdly inappropriate so don’t bring your babies or momma, but do bring yourself if you like to laugh like a horse. The Book of Mormon runs Saturday and Sunday at 6. Get tickets at the door or at Drphillipscenter.org
One-man plays every role in A Christmas Carol in the live stage show called… One Man Christmas Carol tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 at the venue called… The Venue at 511 Virginia Drive.
Loews Hotels & Resorts isn’t letting Universal Orlando’s newest attractions hog all the spotlight — it’s got big plans going on, too. The long-time partner of Universal is working toward opening the 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort by 2016, which will be the fifth hotel the company oversees at Universal Orlando Resort. That hotel will incorporate a strong Caribbean theme of British influence, and it’s being designed by the same creative teams that worked on Harry Potter, Despicable Me and Transformers. In addition, Loews plans to add more than 55,000 square feet of meeting space at Royal Pacific.
Twenty of Orlando’s top visual artists each have a piece of art for sale at $100 or less at the “Grab N Go Art Show” at Art Services Ink tonight at 7 in Orlando. The once a year creative cacophony of vintage, jewelry, sculpture, art, handmade, paper goods and more aka Grandma Party is back Sunday 10 to 6 in the Stardust Coffee parking lot.
In the quiet mountain town of Sugar Falls, the locals are knee deep in the season: two shopkeepers in fierce competition battle it out for customers, the local post office is desperately trying to make sure cards are delivered on time, and the trees at the local tree lot dance for customers in hopes of being bought. This whole scenario is the premise for Sleigh, a live stage show performed with no dialogue by the amazing theatre troupe known as PB&J Theatre Factory. The show runs December 17th through the 21st at Rollins College. Call 407‐574‐5794 for tickets.
Fort Myers-based Lake Pickett North, the new owner of about half of the 100-year-old Rybolt Ranch cattle farm in east Orlando, has submitted plans to Orange County to redevelop all 1,435 acres of the ranch into a mixed-use development. The project would include 1,999 homes and nearly 100,000 square feet of commercial space. Lake Pickett North recently bought about 700 acres of mostly grazing and agricultural land from Rolling R. Ranch, an entity created by the Rybolt family, and plans to buy the rest of the property at a later date.