A native Chicagoan, Joe Bartosch (better known to his loyal fans as Joe B.) grew up in near
north suburban Norridge where he slept with a transistor radio under his
pillow every night. He often fell asleep to the gentle sounds of "Kung Fu
Fighting" and Blue Swede’s "Hooked on a Feeling" (ooga-chaka-ooga-ooga). One of his favorite memories is saving
up 79 cents and going to the local drug store to buy the latest hit 45
from the wooden bin in the back aisle.
The decision to make radio (replacing
nuclear physics) a life choice came during his sophomore year of high
school when good ol’ Ridgewood High created a closed-circuit radio station
that was heard throughout the building and campus. Although this
ultimately caused him to flunk gym class, it was the start of a lifelong
During high school, Joe worked weekends
at WLTD in Evanston, IL as an engineer on such memorable shows as Manjit
Gil’s Indian Music Spectacular, The Jewish Community Hour, and the Li’l
Richard the Polka King Show. He also was granted a half hour each week to
"jam" tunes. He rocked out to such heavy-hitting faves as "The Last
Farewell" by Roger Whittaker.
Joe B.’s first full-time job was in 1979
at WGSB ("Where Good Sounds Begin") in St. Charles,
IL. Radio jobs in Waukegan, IL and
Aurora, IL followed, then a stint as an on-air personality and host at
Satellite Music Network. At Satellite, he also wrote, produced and
co-hosted the weekly oldies show, "Rock and Roll Saturday".
After working for Shadow Traffic in
Chicago for several years (or, in the words of 70's icon James Taylor, "Damn,
that traffic jam!"), Joe returned to music as morning host and music director
of a 60's/70's oldies station in Michigan. When the station was automated and the
humans were eliminated, he landed back in suburban Chicago as the morning guy on
radio station 96.7 I-ROCK (or, as Joe liked to say, "I Rock, You Rock, We All
Rock"). Despite Joe’s help, that station did not rock. And it did not last.
After that, Joe joined Chicago's WGN Radio in the spring of 1994 as a show host
and producer. Following several years at WGN Radio, other Chicagoland opportunities
ensued. Joe's career includes anchoring for Chicago's Sportsradio 670, WSCR, being the
principal local comedy writer for JACK-FM in Chicago, and working as the award-winning
production director of the nationally syndicated shows "Radio Health Journal"
In October 2006, Joe was honored by Ridgewood
High School, being elected to the school's
Alumni Hall Of Fame.
Joe was also the subject of an excellent in-depth interview
that can be found on Rick Kaempfer's Chicago Radio Spotlight blog.
Joe is currently a writer for CBS
Radio Chicago's Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM. He's also Senior Producer for Chicago
Bears football on WBBM and the Bears Radio Network.
"Super Groovy 70's" is his
favorite project, a culmination of many years of research, work, and his love for
the "Smile" decade.