Hey Matt, I couldn't tell you which type of radio John uses, but I would advise that you consider different options before making a radio purchase.
Baofeng is a good CHEAP radio, you won't find anything better for that price. But they are limited in use, and have a short life. Personally, I would recommend getting a ham license, and buying a quality radio. The Yeasu FT-60 is a great starter radio. You can listen to ham radio without a license, but you are very limited in transmitting without one.