Joe has been interested in audio and music since he was a kid. What started as a fascination with his parents’ vinyl records and cassette tapes turned into a love of both performing and recording. He grew up in Elizabethtown, Pa. and moved to Pittsburgh in 1999 where he majored in Photography at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2004, he attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, AZ. He returned to Pittsburgh to work at a recording studio.
In 2008, Joe arrived at WITF, where his skills have found a good home as an on-air host, audio engineer and producer of WITF Music. In 2016, Joe earned a National Edward R. Murrow award for Best Use of Sound.
The Ken Burns documentary Country Music traces the genre’s history back to the time of the settlers and up to its current state as a major industry in American music. There were many contributions to country music coming from different places, and Pennsylvania has it’s own part of the story.
Country Music in Pennsylvania is a radio program that explores Pennsylvania’s connection to the history of country music and its contributions to the genre today. Discover the work of George Korson who collected and documented the folk songs of Pennsylvania’s miners. Listen to the songs and learn about how these songs shaped modern day country music. Hear from bluegrass artist Del McCoury about his Pennsylvania roots. Visit C.F. Martin & Company whose legendary guitars were the choice of many of country music’s biggest names. And meet some of our region’s country and bluegrass artists of today, including Ben Gallaher, Colebrook Road, Stephanie Grace and Al Shade.