W. J. J. Hoge (William John Joseph Hoge, called “John” by folks who know him) was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in May, 1970. While attending Vanderbilt, he worked in the broadcast and recording industries in Nashville as an announcer, transmitter operator, and audio engineer. After a tour in the U. S. Army Signal Corps as an Instructor, Combat Signal Officer, and R&D Engineer, John returned to Nashville and reentered the music business as a recording engineer and all-around technical geek.
In the mid ’70, John began working as a design engineer doing product development on consumer audio, professional sound, and musical instrument products. He also has experience designing RF and power systems for aerospace applications. For most of his career he specialized in helping companies get products to market sooner than on time, for less than the budget, and with higher than expected gross margins. Until May, 2013, he lurked about Goddard Space Flight Center as a contract engineer. He is now semi-retired doing part-time consulting work. Recent projects have included ultra-quiet analog power supplies, radiation-hardened analog electronics, GPS receivers, and cryogenic control systems.
John was the founding Chairman of the the Nashville Section of the Audio Engineering Society and is a former member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. He is the author of numerous articles, papers, and convention presentations on subjects ranging from loudspeaker analysis and synthesis to phonograph disk mastering to automatic control systems to architectural acoustics. He holds a patent related to active noise canceling headphones.
He is a ham radio operator and holds an Amateur Extra Class license. He has been active in Scouting and served as the Advisor of Venture Crew 173 which specialized in ham radio and computers. John also founded the Multimedia Ministry at Westminster Church of Christ.