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KNBC traffic reporter Johnson dies

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KNBC traffic reporter Paul Johnson died June 29 in Los Angeles of brain tumor. He was 75.

Johnson joined KNBC’s on-air team in August 1988, but had taken a leave of absence in January due to his illness. He worked on traffic and weather for the NBC O&O.

According to KNBC Johnson worked as program director of Detroit’s WJR-FM, then spent eight years at Capital Cities before seguing to Metro Traffic in 1982.

“The world was a better place while he was in it, telling us to ‘buckle up, be careful out there,’ but what he was really telling us is that no matter what was ahead on the road, no matter what obstacles or accidents were in the way, that it was going to be OK,” KNBC’s website said.

He also reported on traffic for L.A. radio stations including KXEZ, KSRF, KACE, KNX and KZLA.

Johnson studied music and drama at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and had a role in “Paint Your Wagon”; he also performed in local theater.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, and son, Dane C. Johnson.

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