Joe has been doing radio for 32 years and teams with Ramonski Luv for "The Real Show" week-day evenings on V-103. He also does the "Back in the Day" show on Saturday evenings from 5 to10pm.
He is a native Chicagoan who graduated from Farragut High School on the West-side and Daley College on the South-side where he received his Associate of Arts Degree. Joe then moved to DeKalb where he earned his Bachelors in Radio, Television and Film at Northern Illinois University.
Joe has been married to wife Darlene for 18 years. They have 2 daughters and a son. Sonia, Samantha and Sonny. They also have 2 dogs. Katie and BJ.
Aside from his family and radio, baseball is his passion. He plays for The Yankees of The Roy Hobbs League. He has won National Championships with teams out of Dallas and Memphis.
Joe teaches Announcing and History of Radio at Kennedy King College. He is also the Lector Coordinator at St. Leonard's Church in Berwyn, Illinois.
Joe's favorite movie is The Godfather. His favorite sports team is the Chicago Cubs. His favorite musical groups are Santana and Steely Dan and his favorite color is blue. He's also quite fond of leopard print.
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A lot happened in Chicago while thousands of workers constructed a new Wacker Drive.
But the massive $303 million project, the one Gov. Pat Quinn called “Herculean” will finally be finished come Friday.
The pedestrians at 57 high-rise buildings who depend on Wacker Drive for access won’t have to use temporary sidewalks. And the 65,000 vehicles that travel daily on upper and lower Wacker Drive will be free to roam once again — even those 11 CTA bus routes that were rerouted during construction.
On Friday, the Wacker-Van Buren intersection, the Congress Parkway interchange and the entire length of Upper and Lower Wacker Drive will open, as the $303 million project takes its bow.
The newly reconstructed intersection of Jackson at Wacker reopened Nov. 15.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said a revamped Wacker Drive is “essential for the city’s economic growth.”
“Just take a look, there are about 60,000 vehicles that use Upper Wacker on a daily basis, about 75,000 on Congress, and about 150,000 pedestrians who walk across Wacker Drive every day, so modernizing it to move goods and services efficiently and effectively thus far is essential,” Emanuel said.
The new Lower Wacker Drive features a separate service drive area from the main road so local traffic can move freely without delivery trucks getting in the way.
Emanuel compared it to streets in New York: “If a bus or truck stops to deliver a product, that street is down to a one lane. That’s not true in Chicago.”
The project began in April 2010. It included reconstructing Upper and Lower Wacker Drive from Randolph to Congress, and reconfiguring the Congress Parkway interchange. The east-west section of Wacker Drive from Michigan to Randolph was renovated in a $223 million project in 2001-2002.
Other key additions include extra lighting and the elimination of some unsafe turns. The ceiling on the widened Lower Wacker was raised and sidewalks were widened on Upper Wacker. Also, ramps along the Congress Interchange are now partially underground with a three-acre park above.