Joe hiking at Alabama's historic Horse Pens 40
Tired of New Jersey snow and ice storms Maggie persuaded him to move to her hometown, Mobile, AL. A big career move for Joe - from outside the #1 radio market in the country to the 85th, but his radio career continued and flourished for many years as he worked for a number of stations including WUNI, Mel Tillis' WMML, WBCA, and 92Zew. At various times in his career Joe was news reporter/anchor, on-air talent, copywriter, production, music director, and program director. During this time his daughter Kellie was born.
After years of getting raises in the form of t-shirts and coffee mugs, his family decided he needed to get a "real" job so he enrolled at the University of South Alabama where he earned a degree in computer information systems and continues to work as a programmer to this day.
All during this time Joe fell in love with Alabama and its remarkable landscapes. His hiking continued and in 2000 a small publisher from Virginia, Beachway Press, gave him the opportunity to put his two favorite pasttimes together and was contracted to write the book, "Hike America: Alabama". Beachway was later purchased by Falcon Books. The company changed the title to "Hiking Alabama". The book is now in its fourth edition.
Joe has penned two other hiking books including "Hiking the Gulf Coast" (Falcon Guides) and "Hiking through History Alabama" (Falcon Guides, to be released September 2016).
Since that first contract Joe has written content for many online and print publications for DIY guru Danny Lipford , Monitoring Times magazine, the Alabama Department of Tourism, E Environmental News, and many others. He also continued his radio career with voice over work and penned several more books including "Paddling Alabama"(Falcon Books), "Baseball in Mobile" (Arcadia Publishing), and "Best Tent Camping Alabama"(Menasha Ridge Press).
Joe currently has three more manuscripts in the pipeline including a murder mystery, “Dead Air”, an historical look at the week when we first landed on the moon, “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon”, and the history of the songs that got the world through World War II, “GI Jive”.
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Glory Days: Joe in his younger (thinner) career at radio station WMML.
Joe was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and grew up in the north Jersey towns of Allendale and later Mahwah. It was during his years at Mahwah High School that several of his passions began to blossom - a love of writing, hiking, and the media.
During those years he wrote for the school newspaper and excelled in his creative writing class. It was immediately after graduation that his first book idea, “Living in a Banana Dream”, began to come together. He worked on honing the stories for the collection randomly throughout the years until the first edition of the book was released as an eBook in 2014. The book is currently making the rounds with publishers for possible trade publication.
Joe’s family lived on the side of a mountain in Mahwah, Houvenkopf Mountain. With the Ramapo Mountains and the legendary Harriman / Bear Mountain State Parks virtually his backyard playground it is easy to see how his love of hiking and the outdoors began.
After serving four years in the US Navy he married his wife Maggie and they moved back to New Jersey where Joe’s dream career began – radio broadcasting. He began by working part time as a late night news anchor and reporter of harness racing results from Monmouth Park Racetrack on WWUU (U107) in Long Branch on the Jersey shore.