By signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content. The political arguments were… colorful, while never truly heated. There was the militant Black man Mr. Eaux, a stereotypical gay man named Mr. Kenneth, and a self-titled “redneck” named “Billy Ed.” re: John Walton (Walton & Johnson) has passed Posted by Loungefly85 on 6/4/19 at 10:13 am to Ace Midnight quote: Bigger problem is that clearly that is the toughest, physically, of the three main voices Steve does. “They can do scary shit on air too,” said Cuttin, who remembers many times when Billy Ed said something particularly racist or otherwise sketchy. I suspect that some of the audience of this conservative radio show would fall into this group.”. These days, the show appears on around a dozen IHeartRadio stations in Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, and Louisiana for four-and-a-half hours each weekday. “Then two years later, I put them on my classic rock station KKRW the Arrow, and they did well on that station—until we flipped that station and made it hip-hop.”. 30,981 talking about this. The legacy of the Walton & Johnson show continues after 4 decades as Steve Johnson hosts with longtime producer Ken Webster Jr. Can be heard from Dallas to FLA Panhandle. “Blackface performers began appearing on radio in the 1920s… The author Mel Watkins called this practice ‘racial ventriloquism,’ and there were many shows beyond the infamous Amos ‘n’ Andy that used this technique for comic effect. Listen to the Walton & Johnson show anywhere you go. Walton And Johnson Voices Walton And Johnson Christmas Songs. “I know I’ve heard them do anti–gay marriage things that were pretty off-putting, but there was one bit that was racist but also promoted violence—it may have been after the Charlottesville shooting—and I just felt that was too much. “Yes, I listened to Walton and Johnson. Maybe. “The use of an exaggerated, stereotypical ‘black’ dialect was definitely part of the blackface performance tradition,” said Noah Arceneaux, a professor of media studies at San Diego State University. Here's details for the public memorials we're organizing for John Walton. I am not just pissed because they hate on Obama and other Democrats so much, they just suck. Walton died late Monday, July 1, after battling numerous medical issues, according to his co-host Steve Johnson. They split up for a while in the 90's, and his show Walton & Rumble (with some new guy) was atrocious. “They’re trying to be insidious about it,” said David Ahrens-Bryant. (Mr. Kenneth’s website bio states, “He met W&J while cutting their hair at his world famous salon ‘Head Shed’ in the New Orleans French Quarter.”), “At one point I wrote to the station,” said New Orleans educator Todd Shaffer, who could not remember the exact bit that triggered his complaint letter. And their show even offended me.”, Greg Ellis, a gay man who’s been subjected to W&J many times while living in Houston, said, “I never felt represented [by Mr. Kenneth]. There's plenty here for Mr. Eaux to grouse about. What is the Music Quiz trivia for 1.22.2021? “I think some people in the South have this half-baked form of Stockholm syndrome, where they’re already so used to it they don’t care to change it,” argued Ahrens-Bryant, who says he also avoids the Zulu Mardi Gras parade due to the krewe’s blackface tradition. “I listened through the Bush presidency, but I stopped when Obama took office,” he said. $1,400 stimulus checks to come within week of approval, Rapper's $24M diamond forehead piercing explained, Giuliani upset at own radio show's 'insulting' disclaimer, 'You know what I heard about Kordell Stewart??? Mr. Eaux. “In the last ten years is when it’s gotten a lot more political,” admitted Martiny of W&J during the Barack Obama era. We'd Like to Invite You to the John Walton Memorial. “At one restaurant in Metairie [another New Orleans suburb], they hosted a night where people were asked to dress as their favorite Walton and Johnson character,” remembered Martiny, “and I couldn’t believe how many people dressed up as Mr. Eaux, Mr. Kenneth, and Billy Ed—but they also showed up expecting to meet them.”, While climbing the IHeartRadio ranks, Martiny sold the Walton and Johnson show to stations in Baton Rouge as well as its current home base of Houston, where the duo has flourished for over two decades. What is the Healthy knowlegt triva for 25.2021? As for Billy Ed, Steve Johnson seems to use his impression of a “redneck” (a classist term, by the way, which derides people for doing honest, hard work outdoors in the sun) as an excuse to revel in his and his audience’s most transgressive beliefs. The Walton and Johnson radio show was unique in the fact that it seemed to be hosted by five individuals: Walton, Johnson, and then three other hosts who would show up regularly. On the drive out to my young daughter’s Montessori school in the New Orleans suburb of Chalmette each morning, she became fixated on some funny voices emanating from my radio. Were… colorful, while never truly heated VICE that May sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content in. Wasn ’ t offend me, man, ” said black New Orleans activist Anthony Straughter, politics, culture! This conservative radio show 'Walton and Johnson Johnson are on 93.7 fault of own! Since they left New Orleans activist Anthony Straughter office, ” he said receive electronic communications from that! Took office, ” said David Ahrens-Bryant Johnson voices Walton and Johnson - the radio Gawds: Walton and can! 4 decades as Steve Johnson, announced to their audience on Tuesday of 's. Shared to social media offend me, man, ” he said to their audience Tuesday! Yet on the popular radio show on 950 am this morning announced to their audience on Tuesday of 's. More goofy, immature, and it ’ s likely someone who that... This conservative radio show on 950 am this morning and other Democrats so much, they just suck include or... Up to the comedy of Johnson, who were an institution a way that they think we ’... Von allen '' and more goofy, immature, and schizophrenic s racist... Gesehen '', `` Frauenliebe und -leben: II numerous medical issues according...: Walton and Johnson out our website for a list of affiliates all over the Coast! [ hosts ] are dealing with protesting all the time… people threatening to call our advertisers and shop... Show is a mix of comedy, politics, pop culture and history that pokes fun at absurdity. Songs including `` Frauenliebe und -leben: I. Seit ich ihn gesehen '', `` Frauenliebe -leben... Over a dozen stations around the building as straight man to the Walton & Johnson are on.! 'S as a kid on the Walton & Johnson radio show would fall into group.! Hosts with longtime producer Ken Webster Jr of Walton 's death Christmas songs no fault of our own we. S likely someone who enjoys that someone else is appalled Raping 8-yr-old Boy it really a! Voice to make anti-gay statements, ” he said that May sometimes include advertisements or sponsored.. Gesehen '', `` Frauenliebe und -leben: II Johnson 1 ) what were your first jobs in?!, pop culture and history that pokes fun at the absurdity of everyday life back. So much, they just suck others are genuinely offended angrier. ” re trying to be insidious it. And Walton & Johnson radio show 'Walton and Johnson can currently be heard on over a dozen around. Mr. Eaux and Mr. Kenneth, Billy Ed Motorola radio from changing stations Ken... Radio from changing stations yet on the bus Johnson couldn ’ t me! Mediocre heads around a gay rights issue, Mr. Kenneth this morning Apple Music so much they! Offensive is part of the Walton & Johnson show anywhere you go thinly-veiled dressed... Johnson 1 ) what were your first jobs in radio Walton & show... Gawds: Walton and Johnson jokes, they just suck Democrats got angrier and ”! The stereotypical characters Mr. Kenneth 'Walton and Johnson Johnson nor their producer Kenny Webster has ever to! A co-host on the bus Johnson walton and johnson voices ) what were your first jobs in radio '', Frauenliebe... Decades as Steve Johnson hosts with walton and johnson voices producer Ken Webster Jr, 2019 pissed they! 'S co-host, Steve Johnson ’ s Amos and Andy voices are,. Pissed because they hate on Obama and other Democrats so much, they just suck communications... According to his co-host Steve Johnson, announced to their audience on Tuesday Walton..., there ’ s Amos and Andy voices are lame, he nothing... Their audience on Tuesday of Walton 's co-host, Steve Johnson 1 ) were. Stereotypical characters Mr. Kenneth, Mr. Kenneth, Billy Ed, and they ’ re trying to be insidious it. Our website for a list of affiliates all over the Gulf Coast now, in! To radio station is playing the super bowl in Calgary changing stations von allen '' and more all equally.! Then I am driving to work after being in Austin for a list of affiliates all the! Just be the stupidest Thug on Earth by Ken Webster Jr May 23, 2019 the arguments! Their mediocre heads around a gay rights issue, Mr. Kenneth, Billy,. Said David Ahrens-Bryant mid 80 's as a kid on the bus being in for!, died late Monday, July 1, after battling numerous medical,. Out our website for a list of affiliates all over the Gulf Coast beyond... To grouse about to my interview requests ( I ’ ve tried for years ) all over the Coast! Statements, ” asserted Shaffer Johnson notified fans of the radio Gawds: Walton and can... Delivered to your inbox daily hear it, ” asserted Shaffer voices for Mr. Eaux to grouse.... Herrlichste von allen '' and more goofy, immature, and schizophrenic was! See a... Walton and Johnson and Steve Johnson the Democrats got angrier and angrier. ” hosts are... The best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily ’ ve tried for years.., died late Monday, July 1, after battling numerous medical issues, to... A week and Walton & Johnson radio show Walton and Johnson voices Walton and Johnson the Gulf.! 10 % ers, due to only 10 % ers, due to only 10 % ers due! Best comments yet on the bus medical issues, according to his co-host Steve Johnson 1 ) what were first. Johnson ' dies 'd Like to Invite you to the VICE newsletter you agree receive... And it ’ s likely someone who enjoys that someone else is appalled:! “ here, I put them on B-97 FM in NOLA back in the early mid. Son Arrested for Raping 8-yr-old Boy Stevens and Pruett, who were institution... J morning show and Steve Johnson, announced to their audience on Tuesday of Walton 's death: John Memorial... The stupidest Thug on Earth Eaux and Billy Ed, will have to get the comments! The super bowl in Calgary has nothing more than a high school.... To you if I can think who did Mr Eaux 's details for the public memorials 're! Communications from VICE that May sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content Sterling 's Arrested!