Bob Johnson


My first gig was in 1973 in the NAAFI at Brookwood Barracks. Me and my mate Pete had built the decks and it was mainly soul and reggae.

On leaving the forces in 1976 I thought I’d continue DJ’ing and had played around with ‘mixing’ but there was no such thing as varispeed decks then – actually there was hardly any DJ industry at all. I installed light dimmer switches to my decks to enable mixing and loved it, although all the records were 7 inch 3 minute songs. But it worked fine.

After doing my apprenticeship as a mobile DJ I took up residency at Lowestoft’s legendary Hedley House. Thursday was the big night and we pulled them in from Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. I stayed there until 1981 when I moved to Lowestoft seafront to open Snaps and this was hugely successful too. However my heart was at Deadly Hedley and I returned there at the end of 1983 and was resident there until 1990 when I decided to take a rest. I’d always had a separate career as well as DJing.
Most of my DJ’ing over the last few years has been as part of a very successful Conference team and I’ve been lucky enough to play in practically all major cities in mainland UK.
The last 2 years it was a real privilege to be part of the Caister Soul Weekend Radio Team even though my shows were at 6am!

I am excited to join a great new Radio Station – Smart Radio GY – and I will be hosting two shows
Thursday 7 – late The Friday Eve Soul Show &
Fridays 7 – late The Route 66 Classic Rock Show

 As a brand new station Smart Radio GY is an opportunity for all of us attract listeners to a station that puts music first with the promise that the next track is no more than 5 minutes away. That conforms with my philosophy about music! There isn’t a genre of music that I don’t like and hopefully I will be asked to step in to other Smart Radio shows when presenters are on holiday.



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