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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

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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: The American Jobs Plan

One of the longest-running jokes of the Trump Administration was Infrastructure Week. An Infrastructure Week that never arrived was used as a way to distract from some blunder or scandal so many times it eventually became a slang term for an inability to stay on task. So you’d think focusing on America’s infrastructure was an important part of the Republican agenda. But now that President Biden has unveiled the American Jobs Plan, suddenly they’re lukewarm on refurbishing the nation’s highways, bridges, electrical and water systems. Maybe the difference is that the American Jobs Plan is actual policy-making, with a plan for how to pay for its imperatives — whereas the oft-announced “Infrastructure Week” of 2017, 2018 and 2019 was nothing …

Image: U.S. President Trump (right)  Ukrainian President Zelensky (left), Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Impeachment Inquiry Hearing Theatrics and Quid Pro Quo

He did the thing. There’s no question he did the thing. Everything that’s happening now – the theatrics and distractions, the pundit nitpicking, and the blatant witness tampering – is noise, a spectacle that should only reinforce what any clear-eyed person who’s been paying attention already knows. President Trump held up $400 million in aid to Ukraine to force them to announce investigations into Joe Biden. This for that. Quid pro quo. To be sure, quid pro quos are the mother’s milk of foreign policy. When Biden, in 2016, threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine unless it removed a state prosecutor viewed as corrupt, that was also a quid pro quo. But Biden acted in furtherance …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …