Joe always wanted to be in radio and the Air Force gave him that chance by assigning him to Armed Forces Radio and TV. After returning home from service, the Tampa native enrolled at the University of South Florida and became student program director of WUSF-FM. It was while there in 1963 that he landed a part-time weekend announcing position at Tampa’s WPKM-FM.
The following year, he heard that WDAE was looking for a part-time announcer, and applied with George Prescott, the first PD under its new “Sound of Music” format. Although Prescott hired him for weekends and fill-in work (as Jay Hart on the air), it eventually led to full-time when the station began 24-hour operation and he was put on overnights.
In late 1966, WSUN PD Ron Taylor hired him (as Joe Roberts) for the 6 to midnight shift. Then, a few years later, he was promoted to mornings. A couple weeks before Plough Broadcasting took over the station in 1973, he left WSUN and the radio business due to persistent voice problems, and took a job with the U.S. Postal Service as its Communications Director.
Joe retired in 2000 and today (2009), makes his home in Riverview with his wife, Susan.
1963 - 1973 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)