Mel Johnson Media Center (KTIS), M160
Mel Johnson Media Center
2993 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55113
First, the last name. It rhymes with genius - but you’ll figure out pretty quickly, it just rhymes. Mark worked in radio for 20 years in the San Diego (KGB, KSON), Seattle (KXRX, KMPS), Sacramento (KRAK) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (BOB100, K102, KFAN, KTIS) markets. In the Twin Cities area, he was known as morning show personality Disney Dayton. He joined University of Northwestern in the fall of 2001 and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Media Communication and the Chair of the Communication Department.He developed extensive on-air, production, promotion, and marketing experience collaborating with many extraordinary colleagues along the way. His work has been honored by the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, Seattle Broadcasters Association, Country Music Association, Communicator Awards, Billboard Magazine and the National Association of Broadcasters/BEA. Recently, he has written, edited and produced several video productions. In 2018, he co-directed, wrote and edited the full-length documentary: Heart of Shepherd, the Extraordinary Life of Harold E. Salem.
His students have won more than 100 national and regional awards and graduates have been employed in media outlets all around the United States and the world including South Africa, Philippines, Tanzania, Kenya, Europe, and in the Middle East.
Mark earned a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from San Diego State University and a M.A. in TV-Radio-Film at Regent University. He enjoys camping, fly-fishing, music, film, crossword puzzles, cooking, and eating. He and his wife Sheryl recently celebrated their 30th anniversary and they have three grown children.
- Audio production
- Writing for radio
- Radio station operations
Department and Teaching Responsibilities
Advisor to WVOE FM and 98.5 HD2 The Remnant; Introduction to Audio Production, Announcing, Radio Production Strategies, Radio News, Principles of Programming, Business of Media Management