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 Angels (38's) and Braves (48's) 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.
You can also catch up with joe @ joesotov103 on Twitter and joesoto on Facebook.
It's time for "American Idol" to end, according to former contestant and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
While promoting her new movie "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," Hudson told Celebuzz that "Everything has its time."
Now in its twelfth season, "American Idol" has seen many judging panel changes anddeclining ratings. The show that produced chart-toppers and Hollywood successes such as Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, is now facing stiff competition in the reality singing competition from the likes of "The Voice" and "The X Factor."
However, Hudson -- who will soon appear on "Smash" Season 2 -- isn't ignoring what "American Idol" did for her career and for TV as a whole. "'American Idol' changed the face of television,” she said. “So, not everyone can say that. And, it’s always been a phenomenon. I’m proud to have come from 'American Idol,' so I just say, go out on top."
Hudson told MTV she hasn't tuned in to see how the new judges are doing. "I haven't really watched this season. Although I am in the wings, and I always try to peek in and check it out," she said. "I am curious to see the judges on the show, from Mariah [Carey] to Nicki [Minaj], and I'm not too familiar with anyone else, but I think the public is so used to seeing the faces of Simon [Cowell], Paula [Abdul] and Randy [Jackson]. It's kind of hard to adjust to new characters. So whatever they're doing, it's probably a good thing."
Hudson isn't the only former "Idol" contestant who has spoken out about the series recently. Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken said the show focuses too much on who the judges are -- new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey's interaction and subsequent feud have been plastered on headlines left and right -- and not the talent who are looking for their shot to make it big.
"Kelly [Clarkson] and Justin [Guarini] and Tamyra [Gray] and Nikki McKibbin, they were all the stars of the show," Aiken said. "And when I was on, Ruben [Studdard] and myself and Kimberly Locke were the stars of the show. Now 'Idol' is about the judges. I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore."
Hudson makes her "Smash" debut alongside another "American Idol" veteran, Katharine McPhee, on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.