Joe hiking at Alabama's historic Horse Pens 40 (Left)
Growing up on a mountainside in New Jersey sparked Joe’s lifelong passion for the outdoors. And almost 40 years ago, he discovered the largely unsung adventures of Alabama’s vast natural playgrounds when he moved to Mobile, the hometown of his wife.
It was a big move for Joe, having built a name for himself as a radio broadcaster in the New York Metro area but soon he found his footing in Alabama where he continued his radio career working in a variety of roles - news anchor/reporter/director, program director, music director, producer, and on-air talent.
Joe currently writes for a variety of online and print publications and is the author of five books (with one more on the way) that focus on the Alabama outdoors. His first, Hiking Alabama, was published in 2000 and is now in its 4th edition.
His love of hiking led him to be the President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alabama Hiking Trail Society and later the trail building organization's statewide president where he was awarded the 2006 South Region Volunteer of the Year Award by the American Hiking Society.
But Joe’s writing isn’t limited to outdoor recreation. He has also co-authored a book on the history of baseball in Alabama’s Port City, Mobile, home of five Hall-of-Famers, writes humorous short stories (many of which you can here in his monthly Podcasts), produces videos, and currently working on two new non-fiction historical manuscripts, one is a look at the month of July 1969 titled “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon”, the other a history of the music that got us through World War II titled, “GI Jive”.
Glory Days: Joe in his younger (thinner) career at radio station WMML. (Right)