Kurt Johnson is SVP/Programming at Townsquare Media, a leading radio, entertainment and digital marketing solutions company, operating 321 radio stations in 68 markets, 325 local websites, 15 national lifestyle and music websites, and over 500 music festivals and live events annually.
Before joining Townsquare, he created and managed top- ranked radio stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dallas. Over 30 years he also launched successful brands for RKO, Viacom, CBS, Clear Channel, and AM/FM. Kurt programmed legendary stations —including WLTW and WAXQ New York, KVIL Dallas, and WFYR Chicago — and innovated game-changing new brands. He is credited as the architect of the Jack FM format phenomenon in America in 2004, which saw explosive growth and now airs on hundreds of stations in the U.S., Canada, and England. To date the Jack FM brand has generated over $1.3 billion in revenue.
Kurt currently serves as the board president of Country Music Association (CMA) and is in his third term as the president of Country Radio Broadcasters, which has presented Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville for the last 50 years. He is also an active board member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and the St. Jude Country Cares Radiothon.
Kurt also cofounded A Special Evening, one of Dallas’ premier charity events which over the past 18 years has raised nearly five million dollars to provide innovative training and meaningful work for challenged adults in North Texas. A Special Evening has featured unforgettable performances by Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, k.d. Lang, Willie Nelson, Dionne Warwick, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, Vince Gill and other music legends.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin where he studied civil engineering and communications.