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Former WTIM DJ "Johnny Payola" Dies


A former WTIM DJ, long-time broadcaster, and Taylorville native died on Monday. Johnn E. Mazzotti, also known as “Johnny Payola”, died at the age of 74.


Mazzotti started his broadcasting career at the age of 15 at WTIM. He was a disk jockey at many sock hops and high school afterglows He was a Taylorville High School graduate in the class of 1960, and he met his future wife, Becky Brooks, during his high school years. He went on to work for some other broadcasting stations across Illinois before eventually landing a career with the Secretary of State Department of Police.


Mazzotti will be cremated and the family will host a celebration of life at a later date. Memories of Johnn, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mccclurefuneralhome.com.

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