Former NBA baller Ray Johnston sings his way back to health in HDNet’s ‘Road Diaries’

By BOB ANDELMAN

Today I’m going to tell you a story that, unless you’ve heard it before, you’ll likely think is a product of my imagination.

But it’s not. It’s 100 percent true.

Ray Johnston is at the center of this tale. Today he is the lead singer of the Ray Johnston Band, which is at the subject of a new 10-part HDNet cable TV series called “Ray Johnston Band: Road Diaries.” New episodes air Sunday nights.

You may ask yourself, “Why would I want to watch a TV show about a country band that I’ve never heard of?”

Fair question.

Probably for the same reason I invited Ray on this show. It’s a wonderful story of passion, grit, athleticism, musical talent, heartbreak and medical miracles. And frankly, now that I’ve said that, it’s amazing that the show is produced by Mark Cuban and not Oprah Winfrey. But we’ll get to that later.

And let’s start at the beginning. Ray Johnston loved basketball. It was his passion and his goal as a child was to make it his life. He was a walk-on at the University of Alabama and made the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks after impressing the team’s scout at a 3-on-3 amateur tournament. I’ll let his mother and Ray tell you more…

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Hear it now!RAY JOHNSTON AUDIO EXCERPT: “My Mom had a routine where everybody said positive things to me while I was ‘sleeping’ for two months. I woke up and Bush just beat Kerry and the Red Sox finally had won a World Series.” 

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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).