Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

Senior Sports Director


With wit, wisdom, but mostly caffeine, Dave serves as the Senior Sports Director and award-winning morning sports anchor on WTOP. He first arrived at WTOP in 1989 but lost his elevator key in 1992. He found it and returned to the station in 1995.

Johnson is a three-time winner of the A.I.R. award as best radio sportscaster in Washington, D.C., and in 2008 won an Edward R. Murrow award for best writing for his sports commentaries on WTOP.

In addition Johnson is the radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. On Comcast SportsNet, Johnson is the television play-by-play voice of D.C. United (MLS) and also frequently anchors the network’s daily shows.

Johnson received an Emmy as host of the NHL’s Washington Capitals “Face Off” television show. In addition for three years he served as the sideline reporter for Washington Capitals television coverage.

Johnson has also been an anchor on FOX 5 and has done television play-by-play of college football, NBA basketball, college basketball and lacrosse. His soccer television work includes appearances on ESPN, FOX, and PAX networks. Johnson also served as the play-by-play voice for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on XM radio and broadcast 26 matches including the Final in Berlin.

Before breaking into sports Johnson was a disc jockey at several stations in Baltimore. His first job was at a station that played Sinatra music and then he went on to “spin records” at rock and country stations.

Johnson is a graduate of Towson University.

You can email Dave at djohnson@wtop.com.

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