Joe, known by many as the “Morning Mayor of the Hudson Valley,” has been entertaining audiences, both on air and in person, for over 34 years. For his many loyal listeners of all ages, his warmth and quick wit have become a happy part of their morning routine. And Joe enjoys his audience just as much—he considers himself privileged to be part of people’s lives and, besides providing music, information and lots of chuckles every morning, hopes to encourage and support the wonderful individuals, families, community organizations and businesses that, with him, call the Hudson Valley home.
Joe grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. He knew from about the age of eight that he wanted to be a radio broadcaster. Following his dream, and influenced by the great radio entertainers of the 40s through the 70s, Joe pursued his education at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he earned a BA in Mass Communications in 1975. Following graduation, Joe worked at radio stations WSUS in Franklin, New Jersey and WKER in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, before moving to the Hudson Valley in 1979, where he has had the pleasure of working ever since.
Joe and his wife, Charlotte, live in the “Christmas card” Village of Walden, where they raised their two daughters, Aubrey and Mary. Now Joe is “dad” to a little 3-legged ball of fluff from the Dutchess County SPCA named Bailey who keeps him constant company while he does what it seems he’s always doing in his spare time—painting their house—“If you own an old house, it becomes your hobby.”
A firm believer in the power of radio to entertain, inspire, encourage and motivate, Joe spends far more than the hours he is heard on the air participating in a wide variety of community events, lending his on and off-air support to many local organizations working to improve the lives of the residents of the Hudson Valley.
God willing, he hopes to be doing more of the same for many years to come!
Congratulations to Mrs. Barysh, 3rd Grade teacher at Fishkill Elementary School, our Lite92.1 Teacher of the Month. One of her students, Arden, wrote a wonderful letter describing Mrs. Barysh and nominating her for this award, and after meeting Mrs. Barysh, I can certainly say the honor is well-deserved. Arden said in her letter, "I want to be a teacher just like Mrs. Barysh." That's how it starts! The entire school was there to surprise her. This is definitely another very enjoyable part of my job!