|Born||1967 October 5
John Smith Lemley (born October 5, 1967 in Oneonta, Alabama) is the WABE (FM 90.1 Atlanta, Georgia) early-afternoon music host. From 12 to 1 p.m., he hosts an hour of music, news, and features titled City Cafe. Afternoon Classics follows for two hours, from 1 to 3 p.m. Lemley also hosts 90.1’s Tapestry, a Sunday evening program that features choral music.
Lemley has also served as the station's assistant program director and presented a couple of weekday afternoon classical music programs, Daytime (1997–2005) and Bach's Lunch (2004–2006). From 2006 to 2009, he served as the local host for the station's late afternoon news block; he returned as an afternoon music host when the previous midday announcer, Wanda Yang Temko, left the station.
Lemley is also one of the “official voices” of WPBA, Atlanta’s PBS affiliate and WABE’s companion public television station. He joined the staff of Public Broadcasting Atlanta (the organization that holds the broadcast licenses for WABE and WPBA) in June 1997, after serving for five years as music director and afternoon classical music/news host at WBHM, the public radio station in Birmingham, Alabama.
Lemley is the younger son of Bill and Billie Lemley. (His father was a funeral home owner/director and served in the Alabama state legislature in the late 1960s.) Lemley showed an early interest in theatre and broadcasting. He performed in high school theatre productions and, at the age of 16, hosted an afternoon drive-time adult contemporary music program on Oneonta's radio station, WKLD. Lemley was hired by WBHM in 1992.
Education, theatre and arts management work
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Lemley received a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre performance from Birmingham-Southern College. He was well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known names in the Birmingham theatre community, but became administrative assistant for the Birmingham Music Club, the South’s oldest arts organization.
Lemley lives in Atlanta with his partner, Mike Selk.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution - John Lemley Named as AJC Pick for "Best Drive-Time DJ in Atlanta 2008"
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution - John Lemley Holds Court With Bravo-Lifetime dandy Carson Kressley and Fred Schneider of the B-52s at Atlanta Restaurant/Bar
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution - A Virtual Tour of John Lemley and Michael Selk's Suburban Atlanta Home
- John Lemley on Voice123