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Myke Johns was hired in 2006 to edit for a few hours a week. Since then, he has run through traffic on Marietta Streetridden shotgun in a speeding racecar, and spent many late nights with actors and athletes alike.

His work has won awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia APME.

In addition to his reckless behavior here, he also serves as co-producer of WRITE CLUB Atlanta, a competitive philanthropic literary event.

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The improvisers and comedians over at Dad’s Garage Theater premiered a new show this month, titled "Musicals Suck: The Musical.” WABE’s Myke Johns followed the production for six months now and has this story, following the show from its inception to the stage and through a complication no one saw coming.

The Judge Wilson House

Jun 27, 2012
Myke Johns

Each year, the Atlanta Preservation Center releases its annual list of Most Endangered Historic Places.  Among the places-in-peril on the list for the second year in a row is one of Atlanta’s last remaining pre-Civil War buildings, a two-story Greek Revival known today as the Judge William Wilson House.  The Preservation Center’s executive director, Boyd Coons invited us to see the house, which stands on a lonely stretch of Fairburn Road in Southwest Atlanta, to survey the state of the house and discuss the importance

Johns Homestead: On the Slow Road to Recovery

Jun 27, 2012
Myke Johns

On Lawrenceville Highway outside of Tucker, you may have noticed an old house—derelict and falling down with age—just next door to Rehoboth Baptist Church and across the street from Rehoboth Cemetery. It doesn’t look like much, so you’d be forgiven for not realizing that it’s among the oldest homesteads in DeKalb County. The Johns Homestead was built by John B.


For nearly 30 years, an Atlanta-based recreational group has taken on a quintessential summertime childhood activity—and transformed it into a sport for all ages.  WABE’s Kate Sweeney went to Blackburn Park in Dunwoody, to saddle up with Tree Climbers’ International. 

WABE’s Myke Johns did additional field production on this story.

The History of Grant Park's Cyclorama

Jun 18, 2012
Myke Johns

In this Georgia history segment, we pay a visit to the Cyclorama in Grant Park with Dr. Timothy Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.

Starlight Drive-in

Jun 14, 2012

Starlight Six Drive-in was built in 1950. Its the last drive-in theater in Atlanta. They show double-feature first run movies. Unlike years ago, where movie goers heard films through parking meter like speakers, today people tune into the onscreen image with their car radio.


Jun 14, 2012

Chess traces its diverse and entangled origins back to 6th century India and 2nd century China among others. The modern form of the game came out of southern Europe circa 1475 and remains one of the most popular worldwide.

Square Dance

Jun 14, 2012

There are fifteen clubs included in the Metro Atlanta Square Dancers Association, Atlanta Sounds visited the Peachtree Squares. The caller heard here is Dan Mitchell.

MASDA teaches and participates in Modern Western square dancing, which was established in the 1930s and '40s by Colorado teacher Lloyd Shaw, though traditional square dancing has roots in 17th century European folk dance.

French Class

Jun 14, 2012

G. A. Towns Elementary School's French program is led by Madame Mimi Seydel.

Studies show that children ages 3-5 have a greater ability to compartmentalize and learn multiple languages than adults do.

Ultimate Frisbee, resembling soccer and football, was first proposed by film producer Joel Silver in 1968, with the rules later codified by students at Columbia High School in New Jersey.

Cigar Box Guitars

Jun 14, 2012

Homemade instruments have been a longtime staple for poor musicians throughout history. Starting sometime in the 1840s, the cigar box became a favorite raw material for folks who wanted to play banjo, fiddle or guitar but couldn't afford one. The cigar box guitar was especially popular among blues musicians like Blind Willie McTell, Lightnin' Hopkins and Bo Diddley, many of whom began playing music after building their own instruments.

Aquarium Otters

Jun 14, 2012

Asian Small-clawed Otters are the smallest of the thirteen species of otter. The five currently residing at the Georgia Aquarium are all sisters. Maggie, Joni, Little Girl, Pinky and Grace all came to the aquarium from France in May of 2005.


Jun 14, 2012

The practice of tattooing dates back to the Neolithic era in some cultures. The Western tradition was brought back from Polynesia by 18th Century explorers.

Surprisingly (or perhaps not, considering), Thomas Edison could be considered to be the father or modern tattooing, having patented an engraving machine in 1876 which was later adapted by Samuel O'Reilly into a device to tap ink into skin.

Fox Organ

Jun 14, 2012

The giant Möller theater organ the Mighty Mo is located at the Fox Theater. Larry Douglas Embry is the Organist in residence. In 1929 the organ was purchased for $29,000. Today it is considered an irreplaceable masterpiece of organ design.

Myke Johns

If you’ve driven down Moreland Avenue this week, you’ve probably seen something new popping up at the top of the hill overlooking Freedom Parkway. It’s a new sculpture titled “SEAT” and WABE’s Myke Johns took a walk in the park to speak to the artists behind it.

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On May 20th, a children’s book—Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List for picture books. “Pete the Cat” is the creation of Atlanta-based artist James Dean who teamed up with musician, storyteller and fellow Atlantan Eric Litwin to produce a book for children.

The improvisers and comedians over at Dad’s Garage Theater are opening a new show, titled…beg your pardon…Musicals Suck: The Musical. Unless you have been involved in a theatrical production, what goes on behind the scenes may be a mystery. But WABE’s Myke Johns followed writers Travis Sharp and Kevin Gillese for six months during the writing and production of the show and has this story in two parts.

The Rose Window at St. Philip's Cathedral

Jun 1, 2012

At the time, it was the deadliest crash in aviation history. On Sunday morning, June 3, 1962, Atlanta was stunned by the news that a plane carrying 106 of its citizens had crashed on take-off at Orly Airfield near Paris, France.   Among the victims were some of Atlanta’s most prominent figures in the arts world.

  Kentucky musician Ben Sollee has been releasing solo records since 2008. A lifelong musician, Ben combines his classical education with R&B and bluegrass to create highly literate and heartfelt songs on his chosen instrument: the cello.

Carol Ann Jackson Miller and Henrietta Antonin are both in their 70s, and both have spent their lives attending Friendship Baptist Church where Carol Ann’s father was once the minister. When StoryCorps Atlanta came to their church, the two couldn’t help reminiscing about their decades at the church…and its music.

Carol Ann Jackson Miller Henrietta Antonin are both in their 70s, and both have spent their lives attending Friendship Baptist Church where Carol Ann’s father was once the minister. When StoryCorps Atlanta came to their church, the two couldn’t help reminiscing about their decades at the church…and its music.

In 1941, in the thick of World War Two, two of the world’s top physicists met in Copenhagen; One German, One Danish. The details of their meeting have never been revealed and the two never spoke to each other again.

That’s the central conceit behind Michael Frayn’s play, Copenhagen, onstage now at the Academy Theater. WABE's Myke Johns spoke with the cast and director and has this story.

A Garden for Mother's Day

May 11, 2012

It's been said that Ryan Gainey has done for gardening what Martha Stewart did for housekeeping. A lifetime spent cultivating plants and digging in the dirt brought him global recognition and celebrity acclaim. Audrey Hepburn featured Gainey in her series Gardens of the World. He hosted two garden parties for her when she was a UNICEF ambassador.

Horse Farriers

May 9, 2012

Hygiene is important for everyone… including horses.  Farriers have the very important job of taking care of horse’s hooves. For this Atlanta Sound, we met horse farriers Desmond Fox and Lucas Gilland at the Little Creek Horse Farm in Decatur to get a look at what they do.

Photo by Greg Mooney

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County had its world premier here in Atlanta at the beginning of April at the Alliance and created quite a buzz around town. Much of it had to do with the big names attached to the project: with music by T Bone Burnett, lyrics by John Mellencamp and written by the master of horror, Stephen King

City Cafe Stops to Smell the Roses

May 3, 2012

This weekend here in Atlanta, some of the dedicated gardeners of the Greater Atlanta Rose Society will be hosting their annual Rose Show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Two of their members were kind enough to show us around their garden and talk to us about the flower, the work that goes into planting them, and some of the rich history behind the iconic blossom.

“Autocross” is a style of motorsports in which drivers take on a course full of twists and turns, one at a time—racing against the clock. In this Atlanta Sounds, we sit shotgun with driver Alison Hill, recorded during an event by the Atlanta Region of the Sports Car Club of America.

See a video of Alison driving the course on our Facebook page!

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans. This is storytelling at its most intimate, delivered without scripts or notes of any kind.

Shannon McNeal grew up listening to her grandfather telling tales about their family. She inherited his talent for spinning tragedy into comedy and loves to share her stories about growing up in Alabama and her adventures after moving to Atlanta. Here she is in our studios with her story about her “Torch for the Lord.”

Darling! City Café Meets Auntie Mame

Apr 11, 2012
Photo by Tom Gillespie

Since the release of the 1955 novel Auntie Mame, the title character of author Patrick Dennis’ book has been portrayed in stage and screen versions of the story by the likes of Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury and Lucille Ball.  As of this week, you can add to that list, Topher Payne

Grown Up Red Riding Hood

Apr 10, 2012

The story of Little Red Riding Hood exists safely in the realm of fairy tales, with a ravenous talking wolf, a heroic Huntsman, and a basket full of goodies. The arts organization SAÏAH decided that there was more to the story than just a children’s story and have created Rua | Wülf, a new take on the tale that combines theater and performance art on the grounds of the Goat Farm outside of midtown.