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!
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.
Our two resident geese, Gertrude and Heathcliff, who return to the radio station year after year to raise their new family, strutted over proudly today to let us take a gander at their seven little balls of fluff. Gertrude is seen here; Heathcliff was busy hissing at me while I took the picture. Did you know one goose eats four pounds of grass a day? What happens after that is best left to the imagination (watch your step)
Each year when we celebrate Mother's Day we are especially grateful for all the advice our moms gave to us (mixed in with all the threats and scoldings). When mom yelled at one of us (Ihave 5 siblings), she'd get so upset, she would go through all the names, including the dog's, before she got to the name of the kid she was yelling at. Poor mom had her hands full. Here's Anita Renfroe--see if these don't sound familiar (maybe you say them yourself).
The weather cooperated Saturday morning and we had a wonderful turnout of very enthusiastic walkers, all ages (even a few dogs), in support of celiac disease services and research. We had a zumba warm-up (lots of laughs), massage therapists available, and following the walk a very helpful gluten-free fair, featuring vendors and a an appearance by CIA Chef Coppedge, cookbook author and authority on gluten-free baking. Once again, a great example of the community spirit of our Hudson River Valley.