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Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson

Production 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

Image: Cat Video Fest 2019, enzian.org

Spotlight: Cat Video Fest, Pajama Party, and The Great Irish Hooley



As everyone gets storm ready. Here are indoor events taking place before its full arrival. To paraphrase Dojo Cat: Moo I’m a cow… I’m not a cat I don’t say Meow! If you however are a  cat person and would like to enjoy cat videos while raising money for a pet rescue… then head over to Enzian Theatre Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 for Cat Video Fest 2019 hosted by Enzian Theatre and Pet Rescue by Judy – who will also be there with adoptable kitties! For details go to enzian.org If you’re the Cat’s Pajamas or have Pajamas with cats on them…or any other fun theme. Body//Talk is hosting a Pajama Party at The Geek Easy on Semoran …


Image: Bully Up Rescue logo, Bully Up Rescue Facebook page.

Spotlight: Play with Math, Art After Dark, and Bully Up Bash



When someone mentions mathematics to me, I think of the late 90’s Mos Def hit, if you think of fractions and formulas- and are a middle schooler- than you have no idea who Mos Def is… but this event is for you: Orlando Math Circle presents “Play with Math” Saturday at 11 AM – 1 PM at the Winter Park Community Center. This event is designed for Middle School students and will go through activities taken from the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival. It will be facilitated by college mathematics student volunteers and STEM professionals from NASA.  The event is free but RSVP is required through the Eventbrite ticket website. City Arts along with Downtown Arts District Orlando are hosting “Art …


Image: Honey Bee, leugardens.org

Spotlight: National Honey Bee Day, Grape Stomp, and Adults-Only Science Night



Mark Baratelli, publisher of The Daily City is taking a well-deserved break. WMFE’s Bill Johnson is filling in for Mark.   A world without bees is literally a world without fruit, vegetables, and nuts. And the lack of honey would be the least of humanity’s problems, and that’s saying something since I make Mead! Let’s do something about it and celebrate National Honey Bee Day at Leu Gardens Saturday from 10am-3pm. You can learn all about Bees from a Master Beekeeper. See a working hive and sample honey. Honey and bee related items will be for sale including beekeeping gear. Regular garden admission is required, find out more at LeuGardens.org If you’re of a certain age… you can’t talk about …




Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.

Spotlight: Improv, Museum Day, Shelia E, and Macramé



Enter a bar in which all the patrons are actors improvising scenes with themselves and the audience. The event, Joe’s NYC Bar, completely different each time, combines live music, engaging conversation, drink specials and a distinctive style of immersive theater in a friendly barroom atmosphere. The show is called Joe’s NYC Bar will be performed Sunday 3 to 5 at Iron Cow in the Milk District. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry for two to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. You can get your ticket at smithsonianmag.com. Museum Day is being celebrated Saturday 12 to 4 at Orlando Museum of Art. …


Image: Ensemble from Timber Creek High School

Timber Creek High School Holiday Concert



Bill Johnson speaks with Director of Bands at Timber Creek High School Rhett Cox about some of the music featured in their Holiday Concert. Listen to the Timber Creek Holiday Concert and many more local ensembles on 90.7 HD-2 all day Sunday or on demand at wmfe.org/holidaymusic        


Image: Zora Neale Hurston, wikipedia.org

Zora Neale Hurston Roundtable



In celebration of the 80th anniversary of “Mules and Men’ by Zora Neale Hurston, Dr. Regennia N. Williams, an independent scholar and council member of the Oral History Association (OHA) serves as the host and facilitator of the roundtable discussion on Zora Neale Hurston and African American oral tradition.


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Art and Copyright Use



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 …


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New Luxury Resort To Be Built In Lake Nona



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.


Photo from previous Surf Expo, surfexpo.com

Surf Expo, Chili Cook-Off & Mermaids



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.



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