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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

Recent posts by David Brent

August 9, 2015


Luke Gillespie with short hair, black hornrimmed glasses, black-and-gray striped shirt open at the collar.

Jazz Pianist Luke Gillespie

David Brent Johnson speaks with pianist Luke Gillespie, professor of music in jazz studies at the IU Jacobs School of Music.

January 4, 2015


Joe Bourne in glasses, blue and white short-sleeved shirt

WFIU Jazz Host Joe Bourne

David Brent Johnson speaks with WFIU jazz host Joe Bourne, who aired his last broadcast at the end of 2014 after thirty years with the station.

July 6, 2014


Larry Lockridge in dark green open-necked shirt

Author and Professor Larry Lockridge

David Brent Johnson interviews Larry Lockridge, author of an award-winning biography of his father Ross Lockridge, Jr., author of Raintree County.

April 5, 2013


Sara (left) and Rachel Caswell, touching heads, looking at the camera

Rachel and Sara Caswell

David Brent Johnson interviews The Caswell Sisters, vocalist Rachel and violinist Sara, who have shared a musical partnership since childhood.

December 15, 2011


Garry Trudeau

Doonesbury Creator Garry Trudeau

David Brent Johnson interviews cartoonist Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury.

September 19, 2010


Pharez Whitted wearing eyeglasses

Jazzman Pharez Whitted

David Brent Johnson interviews jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator Pharez Whitted.

September 3, 2006


Ethnomusicologist Portia Maultsby

<br />Portia K. Maultsby is a professor of ethnomusicology in the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.  She also heads the Archives of African-American Music and Culture in Bloomington. She spoke with WFIU’s David Brent Johnson.

August 27, 2006


Chris Swanson, Founder of Secretly Canadian Records

<br />Chris Swanson is a founder of the Bloomington-based independent recording companies.  Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar are known for their artist friendly labels and ambitious business drive. He spoke with WFIU’s David Brent Johnson.

October 31, 2004


Rock Historian and Professor Glenn Gass

Glenn Gass, a music professor at Indiana University, was one of the first instructors to offer a course on the history of rock n' roll at a music school.

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