Joe Burns is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He grew up listening to WMMS, 100.7 FM and playing a 1979 Morris cherry sunburst (note background picture) and hoping to be a musician.
Joe was going to go to California after high school to be a rock star, but his Mom stopped all that by bribing him with a '79 Chevy Camaro, white with powder blue interior. He went to college.
After almost failing his first semester as a business major, he discovered radio and they made a place on the Dean's List for him. For his entire Junior and Senior year, he ran the school's station, did a nightime gig at a second radio station and a weekend gig at a third. Sleep was not an option.
Joe figured, if he couldn't play the music himself, he'd play it on the radio.
Twelve years, seven stations and five states later, Joe was completely burned out. At his last station, Joe began taking Master's classes and slowly picked up the degree. When he couldn't get a job at a university, he quit radio alrogether and went after his Ph.D.
After a teaching position in Pennsylvania, Joe ended up at Southeastern Louisiana University, just outside of New Orleans, where he
currently resides. To hear him tell it, this is where he'll stay unless they fire him first.