Student Success Profile: Billy Johnson
UC Blue Ash College alumnus, Billy Johnson, plays an important role in making sure fans are informed and entertained at Great American Ball Park (GABP).
Johnson works with the Cincinnati Reds and serves as producer/chyron specialist for the team. He works every home game as part of the production crew that is behind the player profiles, animations, graphics, music videos and other features that appear on the giant scoreboard above the left field stands at GABP.
When the All-Star Game came to town in 2015, Johnson and his colleagues managed the scoreboard production. It’s fair to say that he was looking forward to it. “I am just honored to have the privilege to be a part of this tremendous event,” said Johnson. “As a baseball fan and an employee of the Reds, this event will truly be one of the more exciting things I have experienced and that’s saying quite a lot because I have enjoyed some great moments with the Reds.”
Since the game is an official Major League Baseball event, the league had the final say on what can be played on the scoreboard and when, but Johnson and the rest of the Reds crew carried out the actual production.
Along with producing critical content for the scoreboard during home games, Johnson works full-time, year-round developing video projects for the Reds that include TV commercials, Redsfest, the Reds Fantasy Camp, and spring training.
He grew up in Miami Heights as an avid sports fan. Johnson says that by combining his passion for sports and video, he has truly found his dream job. “Living my dream is a great feeling and I never want to take it for granted.”
Johnson’s professional career started with an internship with the Reds that he secured while attending UC Blue Ash College, where he earned his degree in electronic media communications. “My education at UC Blue Ash gave me the skills and experience I needed,” he said. “I already had a lot of hands-on experience when I applied for my internship with the Reds and that’s why I was able to get it."