Thursday, September 20, 2012

RIP: Oregon Broadcaster Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson was born into media broadcasting and carried a love for it until he died this week while vacationing with his family at Lake Shasta.

According to a story by Chris Conrad at, the 64-year-old Johnson owned and operated four radio stations in the Rogue Valley, including KTMT and KCMX, and his father brought KTVL television to the area decades ago.

Johnson was enjoying his yearly trip to the lake when he fell ill, according to his wife, Karen Johnson.

He was admitted to a hospital in Redding, where he died Sept. 17. The cause of death was septic shock, a serious infection.

"This was not expected," his wife said, adding family members still don't know how he contracted the infection.

Johnson was a longtime fixture in Rogue Valley radio, having brought one of the first rock 'n' roll stations to the area in the 1980s, his wife said.

He also owned and operated sports and talk radio stations. However, his heart was always geared toward rock.

"He was rock 'n' roll all the way," Karen Johnson said.

Bob Johnson sold his four radio stations in 1994 and then kicked off an eventful retirement, his family said.

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