Tuesday, June 29, 2010

R.I.P. Paul Johnson, Former KNBC Traffic Reporter

Former KNBC traffic reporter Paul Johnson, who underwent brain surgery in January, has died. He was 75.

KNBC has the details on its website:

He put up a heroic fight against a glioblastoma (brain tumor) but on Tuesday, it was time to go, and as his wife Nancy said in a voicemail to his coworkers a few minutes after he left, "He's gone to see Jesus."

The world was a better place while he was in it, telling us to "buckle up, be careful out there," but what he was really telling us is that no matter what was ahead on the road, no matter what obstacles or accidents were in the way, that it was going to be OK.

Johnson has been a part of NBC4's on-air team since August 1988. During his tenure, he served as both a weather and traffic report contributor.

Before joining Metro Traffic in August 1982, Johnson spent more than eight years with Capital Cities, leaving a position as program director for WJR-FM in Detroit, Mich. He has also reported traffic conditions for several Los Angeles radio stations, including KNX, KZLA, KACE, KXEZ and KSRF.

Johnson had been off the air since his surgery; KNBC originally said that Johnson would return -- but then the station ended its long-running contract with Metro Traffic, which had employed the reporter.

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