Johnny Popko has been involved in the local music scene for almost 15 years. He began his career with the Weekender, a local weekly entertainment newspaper, in 2004. It was there that he was introduced to many of the local musicians throughout NEPA. He assisted bands with their advertising, organized countless benefit shows with them, traveled for stories about them and even lived with a few of them back in the day.
In 2013, Popko made a move from the Weekender and joined Times Shamrock Communications(,) working in radio for Rock 107, Fuzz 92.1 (now ALT 92.1) and ESPN Radio. He brought his passion for local music with him and encouraged Fuzz 92.1 to start a local show, but the timing just wasn’t there.
In 2017 Fuzz 92.1 changed its name to ALT 92.1 and brought in a new program director, Phil Kukawinski. In a very casual conversation Phil said that back at his previous station in Detroit they had a local show and wanted to add that to the programming on ALT 92.1. Popko stated that he had recommending doing that in the past, but just not with himself as the host.
Phil gave him a look and said, “Let’s do it, why don’t you be the host?” Now Popko, having never done any on-air work before, was very reluctant. But, with some encouragement from Phil and a love of local music, Popko accepted. He named the show ALT-Natives and it airs every Saturday night from 9-10 p.m. on the radio at 92.1, online at alt921.com and on the Alt 92.1 mobile app.
If you are in a band or know someone who is, send WAV or MP3 files to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to be featured on ALT-Natives!
-Married with a son on the way
-Loves music – anything but country
-Got in the best shape of his life at age 30 in 2013. Currently in the worst shape of his life
-Red Sox, Eagles and Celtics fan
-Favorite places to visit are Colorado, Maine and Atlantic City
-Will probably do anything that Joe Rogan says
-Favorite saying – “Let’s get weird”