Johnny Burke has been a fixture in Mid-Michigan morning radio since 1980, when, two days after marrying “first wife” Genevieve. He moved to Flint from Cleveland, Ohio, to take on mornings at 1330WTRX. During his eight years there, Johnny developed a large local following, and knew that he had found his new hometown. The first 26 years of his life were spent in and around the Cleveland area, where he completed high school and college, and began his radio career. Three children, and 8 grandchildren later, he is firmly cemented in Michigan, and no longer considers himself a “buckeye”.
Over the last 37 years, with the exception of a few years spent doing radio shows in Las Vegas and Buffalo, NY, Burke has been entertaining sunrise audiences here, on WHNN in Saginaw, as well as the aforementioned WTRX, and, of late, the internet.
In January of 2016, after 25+ years as the #1 morning radio show host for WHNN, the station changed format, and Burke’s show ended abruptly. Johnny spent 14 months after his firing, learning, and honing his skills for the new media…the internet. He has been promoting his internet morning show on Facebook Live, and Periscope.TV, as well as his own website, and the TuneIn radio app, reaching a potential weekly audience of 1.25 million. Additionally, Burke began selling at Suski Chevrolet Buick, in Birch Run, where he continues, whenever he’s not doing his radio show.
Now, as often happens in life, things have come full-circle, with Johnny beginning his new morning show on 103.9 The Fox–a locally-owned radio station. One that has kept the original concept of live, local programming, information, and entertainment, alive, at a a time when large corporate radio entities continue to cut back on live announcers, local charity engagement, and small business development. Join him weekday mornings, live from his “Foxhole”, 5-10am.