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!
You won't see a chase scene like this on your typical TV crime drama.
Today (Sunday) I attended the Dutchess County SPCA Annual Meeting at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Boy, spend just a little time with any of the staff and volunteers and you can't help but be awed and inspired by the dedication, love and hard work they devote to lost and abandoned animals. It was my pleasure to accept the Four Paws Business Partners Award because of the Pet of the Week feature that we have had on my show since 2003. Here I am with Leah, "The Pet Lady" and besides all she does for these animals, it has been a pleasure to know and work with her. In the past ten years countless "forever homes" have been found for cats and dogs. Please, if you can support their efforts, either monetarily or by adopting a needy animal, please consider it now.
The Dutchess County SPCA is holding their annual meeting this Sunday afternoon at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. I am pleased to be attending to accept the Four Paws Business Award. Over the years on my show, it's been a pleasure to help find homes for countless animals through our Lite 92.1 Pet of the Week feature. Pictured here is our dog, Bailey. He's getting on in years now, but back about nine years ago I think, he was the Pet of Week who came home to live with us . Best dog we ever had too. Thank you Leah and everyone at the DCSPCA.
Good weather is here, so I thought I'd get out my bike. It's not just any bike. It's a classic 1973 Raleigh Sports, complete with Brooks saddle, Sturmey Archer 3-speed, and a Rex generator lheadight. And I added a bell! It's all polished up and ready to go. Now all I need is a little time and I'll be heading to the rail trail.