Detroit radio veteran Jim "JJ" Johnson will replace the retiring Stephen Clark as co-host on WOMC-FM's morning show with JoAnne Purtan.
Clark, a former WXYZ anchor, left the TV station to retire. He later decided to join Purtan, a former WXYZ anchor, two years ago as a co-host on the WOMC show.
Clark plans to retire and spend more time writing country music.
Johnson returns to his morning show roots as co-host on the show, “JJ and JoAnne," which will air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., beginning Monday, according to a release on the station website. Johnson will continue as midday host from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays.
Johnson has more than 40 years of radio experience, including 31 as a morning show host in Detroit. Prior to joining WOMC in 2011 as a midday show host, he served as a morning show host for WCSX, WRIF and WLLZ in Detroit.
“So this is what full circle feels like?,” said Johnson. “I couldn’t be more excited to return to morning radio. I have been fortunate to have spent 31 successful years waking up with the city I love. Now I get to do it again with one of the most iconic names in radio history, JoAnne Purtan. JoAnne is an incredible and professional broadcaster who weaves seamlessly through video, audio and real life as well as anyone I’ve ever worked with. I can’t wait to get started.”
Debbie Kenyon, senior vice president and market manager of Entercom, the Philadelphia-based company that owns WOMC, said:
"Jim Johnson is one of the most well-known radio personalities in Detroit, with over 40 years of experience exclusively in the market. Jim and JoAnne have great chemistry on air together and I look forward to Jim bringing his humor and passion for music to mornings on 104.3 WOMC."