On Air Hosts
Patrick Johnson has established himself as one of broadcast media's hardest working and most versatile performers. Whether it's calling the final seconds of a big game, keeping listeners updated on the latest events in the world and close to home, helping an audience wake up with a smile or voicing a memorable ad that stands out from all the clutter, the broadcaster who Freedom Communications called "one of the best voices in the business" always delivers. This broadcast veteran has worked as a news and sports anchor and reporter, show host and play-by-play announcer on both radio and TV.
In March, 2013 Johnson returned to his native North Carolina for a second tour of duty with Curtis Media Group in Raleigh. Listeners start their day with Johnson as he hosts "North Carolina's Early Morning News" weekdays at 5 a.m on WPTF-680. He serves as the morning news anchor on "North Carolina's Morning News" daily 6-9 a.m. Monday-Friday as well.
Patrick is Sports Director for the North Carolina News Network, providing statewide sportscasts for over 100 stations throughout North Carolina. He covers the Duke Blue Devils, UNC Tar Heels, NC State Wolfpack, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, ECU Pirates, Carolina Panthers, NASCAR, PGA Golf, Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Bobcats among other teams and schools Johnson also provides the popular "Racin' Today" weekly feature for stations throughout the Carolinas during the NASCAR season.
He also works for ABC Radio News reporting on stories from the Mid-Atlantic region. For ABC he has covered the 2012 Presidential Election, Mitt Romney's 2012 Presidential Campaign, the Trayvon Martin shooting case, the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major and 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando.
Prior to his return to Raleigh, the veteran journalist was heard on WDBO 96.5 FM in the Orlando, FL market, contributing to the highly rated "Central Florida's Morning News" as the program's lead reporter. He also anchored morning drive sports center updates twice an hour for ESPN 580 Orlando. Johnson delivered updates covering the Orlando Magic, UCF Knights, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles and other sports and events across Central Florida.
Johnson has been most identifiable with Inner Banks Media, having been associated with the company's ownership group since 1998. After stints announcing college baseball, high school football and basketball for the group's TV and radio properties, he finally joined the company full-time in 2004 as a morning newscaster. He quickly worked his way up in the organization to producer, co-host, news director and guest coordinator for Eastern North Carolina's "Talk of the Town" program. Johnson continued various sportscasting assignments for the company, along with hosting the award winning "Pirate Game Day Countdown" before each East Carolina University football game. Recently, Johnson served as a substitute host for the "Talk of the Town" program, called play-by-play for a regional 'Game of the Week' on radio and commercial production work.
From IBX Media, Johnson anchored morning drive news for, WPTF-AM 680, working for the company for the first time. Johnson also delivered newscasts for the Curtis Media Group's WQDR-FM 94.7 FM, one of the nation's premiere country music radio stations. Johnson eventually worked his way up to News Editor, setting the daily news agenda for WPTF, the North Carolina News Network and it's related websites. While in the Triangle, he hosted the popular "North Carolina's Morning News Saturday Edition," a fun, fast-paced weekly magazine show. He also tapped into his sports roots, hosting call-in football shows for NC State University and the University of North Carolina.
Sports has been a major part of Johnson's career. Johnson has provided play-by-play services for the ACC Network's championship coverage of women's soccer, tennis and softball. He also announced college basketball for MASN (Baltimore, MD-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) for three seasons (2008-2010) and for Time Warner Cable the three seasons before his work with MASN. He has also worked as the radio announcer for teams in the Carolina and Southern Leagues in professional baseball and worked on the Pirates Sports Radio Network for ECU calling men's and women's basketball along with baseball. He also worked select games as the network's sideline reporter in the early 2000's. For seven seasons he worked as "The Voice" of Peace Pacers basketball broadcasts in Raleigh, NC.