Red Zebra Broadcasting has announced that it has hired Chris Johnson as Program Director for ESPN 980. Johnson will return to the radio station starting Monday February 15th.
Johnson brings nearly three decades of broadcast experience to ESPN 980. His career spans all sides of the industry, including having spent time as a writer, producer, on-air talent and program director for various outlets in the Washington, D.C. market.
In addition to his extensive local background, Johnson’s résumé includes several years as a producer for Westwood One, helping the network air national game broadcasts for the NFL and NCAA. Johnson re-joins ESPN 980, where he worked in various capacities from 1996-2008. He served as the station’s Program Director from 2005-08. Most recently, Johnson worked as a reporter covering the Washington Nationals for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
“We are excited to have someone with Chris’s experience and skill to help us build and grow ESPN 980,” said Terry Bateman, Chairman, Red Zebra Broadcasting. “We have a great line-up of talent, and great content and look forward to putting it all together to give our listeners the best sports talk radio in the Washington market.
In addition to leading the station’s award-winning group of daily shows, Johnson will oversee ESPN 980’s diverse offering of live game broadcasts, including serving as the flagship station of the Washington Redskins Radio Network. The station is also Washington, D.C.’s radio home for the Baltimore Orioles, Maryland Terrapins and Virginia Cavaliers as well.