John began his radio career in Lagrange at WTRP. His interest in music took him to Atlanta in 1964 to pick up dj records at record distributors and was hired as a promotion man for Mercury Records. John also worked part time at WFOM and WQXI. In 1966, he went to WMOG in Brunswick. Other radio stops in Georgia included WIMO in Winder, WDMG in Douglas, and WLBB in Carrolton. John wanted to be a program director and got his chance in 1969 at KLWW in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1973, Paul Drew asked John to be PD at WAVZ in New Haven Connecticut. Drew then took John to Boston to WROR-FM. In 1974, John accepted the program directors job at XEROK 80, a Mexican radio station which originated programming from El Paso, Texas. After El Paso, John went to KRUX Phoenix, then to WAPE in Jacksonville. In 1975, Drew called on John to program another RKO station, WHBQ in Memphis. In 1980, John became operations manager at KULF in Houston. In 1982 he was hired to be program director of WCCO-FM in Minneapolis. In 1984 John returned to his hometown of Lagrange to be GM at WLAG. He went on to manage WALG/WKAK in Albany and WELO/WZLQ in Tupelo Mississippi. John also was sales manger at WKIS in Orlando and an account executive for The Florida Radio Network. He co-owned WAGW in Waynesboro, Georgia in 1992. After few years out of radio, John returned to on air work at WFOX in Atlanta. In 2001, he managed WMRZ FM in Columbus. In 2003, he became Senior Vice President/ Group Manager of Staton Broadcasting of Macon Georgia. Today, John is retired and lives in St Marys, Georgia. Long and Sam Hale founded the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 ; In 2010, he founded the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame
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