A New Jersey native, Johnson worked at WKCR while earning his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, in American history in 1990. He later received a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His first name comes from his Greek heritage.
Influence on music
His name is the inspiration for the name of New York City band Satirius Johnson.
Jonathan Coulton, a folk-rock artist also based in New York, wrote a song called "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance" that presents a fictionalized secret life of Johnson as a club-goer.
- 2006 New York Press Club award