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Joe Kelley

Host of Orlando's Morning News

Joe Kelley has joined the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News.

Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions.

Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, and Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.

More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

Radio was a calling for Joe.


His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

“Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

Joe jumped at the chance.

For most people, opportunity knocks.

In Joe’s case, it called.

And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

On the personal side, Joe has been married to the woman of his dreams, Nicole, since 1996. Joe and Nicole were winners on TV’s “The Newlywed Game” later that year.

Nicole and Joe adopted an 11-year-old son from the state of Texas in 2001, after seeing his story on the Dallas TV news. Nicole gave birth in Dallas to their only daughter, Sierra, in 2003. The always-rambunctious Kelley twins, Hudson and Brooks, were born in Tulsa in 2006.

Joe and Nicole are thrilled to move the family to Orlando and are very excited about making new friends in their new home.

Latest from Joe Kelley

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The notorious former nuisance sex party house dubbed the “Sausage Castle” burned to the ground in St. Cloud Wednesday morning, officials said. The fire was reported early Wednesday at the property in the 3800 block of Hickory Tree Street. Firefighters were able to put out the fire, but the house ...

Teen found safe following AMBER alert in St. Johns County

Update: 16-year-old Marcus Hatch has been found in Jacksonville and is in good health. Investigators are working with him to gather more information about what happened. The suspects are still being sought. ================== Original Story: Detectives with the major crimes unit in St. Johns County are currently investigating a home invasion ...

Fund established to benefit family of slain Orlando police sergeant

The Orlando Police Department has given their endorsement for a single GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the family of slain OPD sergeant Debra Clayton. Click here to donate. (tweet) (tweet) (tweet) From the fund description: It is with a heavy heart that I share with you ...


Fugitive Markeith Loyd captured; he was wearing OPD handcuffs

BREAKING: Orlando Police reported tonight that they have captured fugitive murder suspect Markeith Loyd alive today. He was handcuffed and did not resist arrest. Police chief John Mina said Loyd was still wearing the handcuffs of slain Police Lt. Debra Clayton. She was killed Monday outside a Walmart on Princeton ...

Law enforcement officers hug as other officers, not seen, escort the body of the Orange County deputy that died in the line of duty on Monday to the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. The Orlando Police Department announced the death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton on its official Twitter account Monday morning. (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

MAP: See the locations related to the shooting death of an Orlando police sergeant

 A massive manhunt is ongoing for the "armed and dangerous" man accused of shooting and killing an Orlando police master sergeant, WFTV reports.   Debra Clayton, 42, died Monday morning at Orlando Regional Medical Center after Markeith Loyd shot her three times, police said. "We’re not going anywhere," Orlando police Chief John ...

House Speaker confused as teenager 'dabs' during swearing-in picture

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is said to be very wonky/brilliant about intricate budget issues and governance.  So perhaps he can be forgiven for not knowing a 'dab' when he sees it.  Speaker Ryan was confused by the teenaged son of a House member from Kansas during his ...

250 displaced by fire at Kissimmee hotel

Updated:  Kissimmee Fire Rescue first responded to a fire at the Unno Boutique Hotel on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway about 4:45 a.m. Friday.   Within a few hours, the blaze was upgraded to three alarms. The fire started in the back of the hotel in an area that was under ...

Electoral Vote: What happens if electors revolt and no one gets 270?

There's been much discussion since the stunning election upset in November in the U.S. presidential elections about what it takes to actually be elected President of the United States.  As we learned in middle school civics class, America does not directly elect the president.  Instead, we use a system of representatives ...

How to: Get tickets for President-elect Trump's Orlando rally

President-elect Donald Trump will bring his 'thank you' tour to Orlando Friday at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.  The gates open at 4:00pm for the 7:00pm event.  Get your free tickets while they last here.  Then-candidate Trump last spoke at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on November 2nd. During the campaign, Trump ...

Hollywood celebs record video urging Republican electors to vote against Trump

Martin Sheen, Debra Messing, James Cromwell, BD Wong and Noah Wyle were among the celebrities in the video, recorded for a group called "Unite for America."  While they urged Republican Electoral College voters to reject their pledge to vote for the Republican nominee, they do not ask them to vote ...




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