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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Fox singing competition show was looking to drop the new coach for an old one in an effort to boost ratings.
Season 12 of "American Idol" saw Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban join longtime judge Randy Jackson on the judges panel. Though the season debuted strong, ratings have slid as the competition progressed. At one point, even a rerun of "The Big Bang Theory" beat out "Idol," a former ratings champ.
Carey has been criticized for not actually judging the contestants, even admitting on air that producers talked to her about it.
THR reports talks of replacing her with Lopez were quashed when Carey threatened legal action. Lopez left the series in 2012 after serving as a judge for two seasons alongside Jackson and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. "You don't want to shut the door completely," Lopez said when she confirmed her "Idol" exit to host Ryan Seacrest in July. "But you know the time has come." Read more by clicking link below.