Name John Shivers "Johnny Rasta"
About My name is John Shiversand Id love to be your next radio host.

So, wouldn't you love a successful show to simply drop into your lap? Not a concept, mind you, but a tried, tested and true program thatll fit seamlessly into your format?

Wouldn't you at least listen to a show that brings in huge numbers of women 24-49, with fans in eight states and five countries? In 14 months, Back In The Day with Johnny Rasta: a history of funky music 101 has done all of that and more.

Not long ago, a lady called in and asked, can you play an Aretha songIm gonna knock on your door? I figured it out -- Until You Come Back To Me -- and played it. She called back, adding, "you sure made a little lady in South Dakota really happy this morning."

SOUTH DAKOTA?! So, how did you find this show? "Well, my sister knows I listen to this music and insisted I had to catch your show."

Another regular called in each week, once adding I make my daughter listen too, so she learns the music Mom used to dance to.

Each week, Id tell listeners that Back In The Day was a lot like the ole Fat Albert cartoons if you didnt watch out, you just might learn something new about this wonderful music.

In fact, the only thing my show needs is a new home. The show was developed at WSUM 91.7FM, the student station of the University of Wisconsin, but since Im no longer a student, Ive been asked to give up the hours for current students on the waiting list.

Even though Im a radio lifer at heart, I could bring a lot of other journalism experience to your station. I was a sportswriter for 25 years including 15 years with the Milwaukee Shepherd Express.

I went back to school in my 30s to gain my BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (May 01). During the 90s, I even spent some time as Night Sites and Sounds Rap Music Editor!

Please accept my thanks and gratitude for considering me for this position and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Website URL
Category Personality Afternoon Hosts
Nationality USA
Contact Details
Email johnshivers(at)
Cell Phone No. (608) 239-4555
Air Check
City / Town Madison
Street Address 2424 Independence Lane
Province / State WI
Country USA
[Availability & Optional Preferences]
Zip / Post Code 53704
Available to Start 2015-Oct-01
Location Preference Looking for Denver or Minneapolis
[Education & Experience]
Positions Interested In? Host/producer...sports talk mostly, but also pop culture and the funky side of things
Highest Education Bachelor's
Education Summary BA-Mass Communications (Radio/TV)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(May 2001)

Minor in Africology.
Work Experience Radio
* Morning Show Host/Producer/Announcer - WSUM 91.7 FM, Madison, WI. Host - Back In The Day w/ Johnny Rasta A History of Funky Music 101 (R&B Oldies program); Production work including PSAs and underwriting spots using Adobe Audition and Sound Forge; Also produced/guest hosted sports talk shows and worked on community outreach and promotional efforts. (2006- 2008)

* Co-Host - Afternoon Drive Time Sports Talk Show - The Team, 1550AM, Madison, WI. (2001-2002)

* Morning Sports Anchor/Overnight Air Talent/Producer - WMAD 92 FM, Sun Prairie/Madison, WI.
Also worked on promotional campaigns and hosted live remote events. (1987-1992)

* Staff Writer - Milwaukee, WI Shepherd Express. Assignments included the 2000 Rose Bowl and Final Four, the retirement of Jackie Robinson's # 42 in New York and the 1998 Mark McGuire-Sammy Sosa home run race. (1990-2004)

* Club Calendar Editor, Associate Editor-Sports & Rap Music Critic - Night Sites & Sounds. Assignments included Run DMC, Public Enemy, Naughty by Nature, Cypress Hill, Prince and Johnny Winter. (1993-1994)

* Columnist/Contributor - Isthmus (Madison, WI). Assignments included Wisconsin Football, Men's Basketball (Big Ten) & Mens Hockey (WCHA), Green Bay Packers (NFL), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Marquette (Big East), Minor League Baseball and WWE. (1982-1992)

* Webmaster and Personal Technology Reporter - Milwaukee Shepherd Express. Assignments included re-design and maintenance of papers web page; Attending Seybold Seminars-NYC & COMDEX Las Vegas.

* Tech assistance - Software Computer Consultant - College Library, the Middleton Health Sciences Library and the Multicultural Center -- University of Wisconsin-Madison. (1990-1995, 2001-2003)

* Marketing experience - Chamberlain Research Consultants as an interviewer/analyst of focus groups, telephone surveys and marketing research and methodology. (2003-2006)
Experience Years 7-10 Yr
Salary Range
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