Native Washingtonian and media veteran Janine Brunson-Johnson’s career spans two decades. Even before college, she was prepared to succeed. Janine was always interested in the media industry. When an opportunity presented itself, she was ready. She was one of the youngest members to earn a position as an Associate producer at WPGC-AM Heaven 1580 in Washington, DC.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcasting and Mass Media from Temple University, she remained in Philadelphia where her radio industry career took. Janine quickly advanced from Marketing Intern to Media Integration Specialist for WDAS-FM, WDAS-AM, WISX, WIOQ, WRFF, and WUSL at Clear Channel Media (now iHeart) in just one year. She would later serve as iHeart’s Director of Promotions of those same stations.
Ms. Brunson-Johnson spent 13 years working her way up in the Philadelphia radio market. In 2016, she joined Radio One/Washington D.C., as Director of Promotions for WKYS-FM, which later acquired Sports talk station WTEM-AM. She was returning as a seasoned industry professional ready to give something back to the community that had nurtured her. The station’s markets, goals and initiatives were a great fit for her infectious drive to support our community.
Janine’s philosophy is “mediocracy is not an option”. She maintains and expects a spirit of excellence at all times. That work ethic now affords her the opportunity to do what she loves. She is creating innovative events in the metropolitan area for the Radio One/Washington D.C. cluster. Opportunities such as serving as Talent Director for Urban One Honors are the kind of assignments she was looking for.
Janine Brunson-Johnson has faced several challenges in her life, one of which was being diagnosed with dyslexia. She vividly remembers struggling in school but, nothing would stop her. Since that diagnosis, she worked tirelessly to overcome the hurdles of dyslexia. You will often hear her say that “they should have never taught this girl to read”. She now reads and deciphers everything with a fine-tooth comb. Janine is an advocate for helping students with disabilities and serves as an example of what hard work and perseverance can do.
Aside from her love for the entertainment industry, her passion for health and fitness are essential pieces to her everyday life. She is a certified Pilates instructor, enjoys traveling with her husband and spoiling her furry, four, legged children.