Friday, March 11, 2016

Johnnie Darin 1942-2016

Johnnie was born John Christian Miller.  On one of his first jobs as Johnnie Christian. 
KACY Oxnard, KMEN San Bernardino, KRLA and KIIS; KRLA, 1968-71; KDAY, 1971; KROQ, 1972-73; KNAC, 1975; KGOE, 1975; KNX, 1976; KGIL, 1976-83; KJOI, 1978; KBLA, 1989-92; KGIL, 1993; KFWB, 1998-2008 and many more.  We had Johnnie in the 1970s and 80s.  We lost Johnnie 03/09/2016 to pancreatic cancer.  He had been hospitalized in Olympia, WA to be near his friends and family.  It was a great loss.
Darin was born John Christian Miller. He worked at KACY in Oxnard as Johnnie Christian. In 1967 he went to KMEN in San Bernardino. There was a Chuck Christian working there and Johnnie didn’t want to be confused with him. The station was promoting a James Darren concert so Johnnie took that as his new last name and changed the spelling. Now I’m wondering if anyone every confused him with Bobby Darin!

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