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 THE DISC JOCKEYS


Sir Johnny O
 

Baltimore native Jonathan Compton started his career as a weekend disc jockey at WOV Radio in New York City. He later returned to Baltimore in the early 1960's to assist his mentor, the late Larry Dean, the future manager of radio station WEBB. Larry was also the assistant manager and program director at WWIN. Together, Sir Johnny O and Larry Dean were the broadcasting pioneers of the 1960's who aired the first black twenty-four hour broadcasting station at WWIN. Johnny O was assigned to the Media Production Department and became the Jazz Music Director at WWIN for twelve years. His broadcasting career also included working with other radio stations such as WEBB and WITH. Johnny-O was chosen to do voice-over production for V-103 in Baltimore and he worked with WTKL in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While in Louisiana, Johnny-O produced a live broadcast for the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair that earned him the title, Voice Of The World's Fair throughout the country.

Sir Johnny-O has held many civic positions over the years. He was a youth advisor for the mayor's office under former mayor, Thomas D' Alesandro, Jr. Johnny-O was also an advisor to the Left Bank Jazz Society, a keep-jazz-alive organization that helped to introduce jazz giants into the industry, advisor to Premier Attractions which is a company that's responsible for producing major concerts, and advisor to Youth United To Be Heard (Y.O.U.T.H.). In addition to all of this, Johnny-O served as a public relations representative with the late Senator Verda F. Welcome. In 1969, Johnny-O started Project Vietnam where the soldiers could receive messages and music from their loved ones and friends. Because of the great work that he did with public and community services, Johnny-O has been honored with many awards.

In the late 1970's, during the disco era, Sir Johnny-O became the owner of Disco 106, a club in Pikesville, Maryland. He also created a professional women's organization called FOXY-a term he coined with his radio show. These young professional ladies incorporated themselves and became his fan club known as F.G.I. (Foxy Girls, Inc.). From there, FOXY magazine and Jazz Extended Magazine were created and published by Sir Johnny-O. They were in circulation for five years.

By the mid 1990's, Sir Johnny-O aspired to be a part of the television industry. Johnny-O trained for television at Coppin State College taking a producer's coaching class and becoming a member of the Baltimore Cable Access Corporation (BCAC). When Johnny-O felt comfortable and confident, Compton Group Advertising was started to specialize in media activities and Entertainment Plus Television Productions was started as well. Both companies collaborated and found mutual success by forming the television show, Entertainment Plus. Compton Group Advertising went on to negotiate contracts with Universal Artists Television. A two-year deal was formed from these negotiations.

Presently, Johnny-O is involved with a non-profit, totally tax exempt Maryland IRS 501(c)3 organization where he served as co-founder along with the late Greer Dean to honor her husband. It's called The Larry Dean Memorial Fund, Inc. This organization was created to raise funds in order to build the Larry Dean Media Center in Baltimore City, Maryland. This center will cater to the inner city youth offering hands-on learning experriences in the radio, televisiion and broadcasting industries. Sir Johnny-O intends to continue to pursue a career in the Television and Entertainment Industries.

Contact Sir Johnny O at: sirjohnnyo@yahoo.com

  

 
     

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