“WGUC classical music host Frank Johnson lost his battle with cancer Tuesday, March 19. He was 65,” writes John Kiesewetter on Wednesday (3/20) at Cincinnati radio station WVXU. “The Cincinnati native, who started his career in 1975 at Dayton’s WTUE-FM, joined WGUC-FM in 1998 on the All Things Considered news shift. He had hosted afternoon and evening music shifts, most recently 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. He had been off the air since December.… Coworkers described Johnson as a total broadcasting professional who was dedicated to his job. He continued to work at Cincinnati Public Radio during cancer treatments last year…. Before playing classical music on WGUC, Johnson worked at radio stations with rock, soft rock, jazz and other formats…. As a child, Johnson wanted to become a graphic artist, according to his WGUC profile. He was introduced to classical music ‘back in the old days, when they still taught music in school. Also, from time to time, the CSO would come around to the public schools and do special programs—they still do these programs today. I really enjoyed that as a kid.’ ” Funeral arrangements are pending.
Posted March 21, 2019