Ending 19 years of Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson joined Marketplace in its inaugural season in 1989 and had been a regular ever since.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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My Fridays won't be the same. All the best. Hope we can listen to you again in the future perhaps on another program or through another medium.

All good things come to an end. Bon voyage.

Does this mean that he is giving up and that the market is really dead?

What? David Johnson is leaving? I'm in shock. I looked forward every week to the witty, unscripted, laugh-out-loud chat between Kai and David. David Johnson would give me the will to live after all the depressing reports on our economy that I would listen to all week (not always from Marketplace). Why? Why? Please don't end this with one last chat. David deserves more. (Oh, where is the kleenex box when you need it?)

I didn't always think that David Johnson was the cats meow, like some. But, I gave him my ear like I do others in the field. Sometimes I thought he had very little depth, but given the time he had, what could he say.
However, the lack of any explanation and the abrupt news truly has me wondering. And I've lost respect for the show for not giving an explanation. We are an educated, mature (not age related) audience with the ability to understand things. You have underestimated us by you're obvious silence, as well as not given us due respect.

There was really no explanation of why we will no longer have the pleasure of hearing David Johnson every Friday driving home from work. He was the best part of your Friday show. I am sure I am not the only one who would like to know more.

I've been listening to David Johnson for a long time. I lived in Dallas in the 80's when he reported on KRDL and KERA.
I will miss driving home on Friday and listening to David's positive perspective. We lost Louis Ruekeyser a few years ago, now David's off the air. It's not going to be the same.

I am bereft! If I'd known he was retiring, I would have tried to listen even more, never miss a Friday, even for cocktails. Best wishes, David Johnson. I will probably love you until I die.

Like the other listeners I will miss David Johnsons Friday report. Even though I listen to Bloomberg radio all day long I still liked to hear his take on the market for that week. His report would have been even more insightful if Kai had just kept his ego in check and his mouth shut and stopped interrupting him.

There are a lot of reasons to look forward to Friday,and David Johnson was always one of them. Best of luck, you will be missed.


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