TALES OF THE RADIO TRAVELER

COMING JUNE 2018

Tales of the Radio Traveler$14.95 US – 5.25 x 8 – 314 pages – 52 Illustrations – ISBN: 978-0-9852565-1-7
One starry night, standing a cornfield in northern Minnesota, Russell Johnson saw a tiny speck called Sputnik cross the heavens. Later, when he heard the faint beeps of the Russian satellite on a short wave radio, Wolfman Jack howl at America from across the Mexican border, and a ham radio operator in Borneo crackle through the static, he realized that the world’s borders extended far beyond that cornfield, to a world of flying monkeys, Russian missiles parading through Red Square, and rock and roll. Radio became Johnson’s window to the world and later his profession as a radio host and journalist and finally as a writer and filmmaker, who saw this broader world in person. Johnson’s book, “Tales of the Radio Traveler”, tunes into the wavelengths of world as it blends radio lore and wry humor in adventures in 20 countries in which he broadcasts a coup d’etat in Fiji, seeks out the mother-of-all-chickens in the jungles of Nepal, films a flea circus in Munich, helps a South Korean president save face, watches Arthur C. Clarke redesign Mars, and ends up in California’s far north, where both radio telescopes and crystal gazers seek signs of alien life.

“If you’re an armchair traveler, fasten your seat belt before starting this book. It will shoot you off to the most exotic places before plunking you down insituations that will leave you laughing or shaking your head.”
DON AND PETIE KLADSTRUP – AUTHORS OF CHAMPAGNE AND WINE AND WAR

“You can almost hear Russ Johnson’s voice as he shares funny, well-versed stories about radio lore, his life on the air, and his adventures in sometimes hidden,often odd, yet always interesting places around the world.”
LARRY MAGID –  CBS NEWS RADIO

“Russ Johnson’s vivid imagery and storytelling reveal a world out there we seldom hear about. These one-off stories meander just enough to keep us off guard with anticipation while arrow straight in their humour and irreverence, of facts and folly, and most of all of the sheer stuff of being an alive observer.”
RICK ANTONSON – AUTHOR OF TO TIMBUKTU FOR A HAIRCUT AND ROUTE 66 STILL KICKS

“Russ doesn’t have to climb mountains to find adventure. He finds it in everything from a flea circus to exploring a city dump.”
MANDIP SINGH SOIN – MOUNTAINEER. FELLOW OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE BOOK
Arthur C. Clarke Redesigning MarsTruck Attacked by Smugglers - PeruHeadline Sonoma Index TribuneThe Blue Lagoon Col Rabuka - Staged the coup d'et in FijiInterior Decoration - Skrang River, BorneoOld Warrior - Skrang River, BorneoThe Assassinated King and Queen of NepalThe Good Old Days - Bardolino, ItalyThe Author as a Young Reporter at Folsom Prison, California16 Ton Robotic TruckRelic Room, Bonfim Church, Bahia BrazilFlea Circus - MunichArtist in the Lobby of the Chelsea Hotel, New YorkJesus Ascending Up a Redwood TreeRadio Telescopes Searching for Aliens Life near Mt. Shasta CaliforniaTic Tac Toe Chickens Public Transportation - Myanmar aka BurmaGossip - Yunnan Province China