WHAT’S NEXT FOR JOHN?
On May 8, 2018, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho announced that 1690/WMLB-AM “Voice of the Arts” is shutting down after 21 years of being on the Atlanta airwaves.
Since 2009, John Lemley, a mainstay of Atlanta’s radio scene for over two decades, has been the host and producer of John Lemley’s City Café, first on 90.1 WABE and then on WMLB for the past four years. Since its inception, the program's aim has been to make classical music a relevant part of the modern lifestyle by playing familiar concert hall hits alongside crossover selections from the genres of film, theatre and the increasingly popular gaming music. The last show will air Sunday, May 13 at 3:00pm.
While he’s sad that 1690/WMLB-AM “Voice of the Arts” will go silent this coming week, John cherishes the time he had with the station’s talented staff, listeners and many exciting interview guests that would join him on City Café. Nevertheless, John is excited for the future and already has several media projects underway.
John recently signed on with Nancy Grace as an investigative reporter, joining the seasoned legal commentator and television journalist on her new Sirius XM radio program, Crime Stories. On the daily show airing on the satellite broadcasting company’s Triumph Channel 132, John presents the facts and back-stories behind the many open and unsolved crimes covered by Grace, her panelists and guests.
A man of many passions, John is also fulfilling a life-long history buff’s dream by writing a column called “A Sprig of Moss,” focusing on Gwinnett County’s historic cemeteries for Our Town Gwinnett magazine.
Meanwhile, John is onboard to be the anchor for a new online TV news roundtable program based out of Peachtree Corners, Georgia called Momentum that will address topics that affect the greater metro-Atlanta area.
Additionally, John has a few podcasts in development focusing on food, genealogy, and most unexpectedly, the paranormal.
Lemley will also continue to bring his respected voice and gentlemanly charm as a host, narrator and emcee to charitable fundraisers and public performances for regional non-profits and service groups. He has become the trusted face of several organizations, including the World Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Chopin Society of Atlanta.
The future of John Lemley’s City Café is undecided, but Lemley continues to shop around for outlets that might be interested in bringing this unique and versatile classical music format to new audiences. In John’s eyes, City Café’s exit from Atlanta radio this coming weekend is not a final curtain for the program, it’s merely an “intermission.”
For now, he’s just excited for what lies ahead.