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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.

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Erika may weaken to tropical depression by Saturday

UPDATE (5:00pm 8/28/15) -  The National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update shows Tropical Storm Erika moving at 21 mph with maximum wind speeds at 50 mph, but losing definition. According to the forecast, Erika is headed more westward as a much weaker cyclone and forecast to be a tropical depression ...

A security guard for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump removes Miami-based Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, left, from a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. Ramos stood up and began to ask Trump about his immigration proposal. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

"SIT DOWN" - Reporter an immigration activist, daughter works for Hillary

There's a fine line between heckling and questioning during a political campaign. Reporter/anchor/activist Jorge Ramos had a good view of that line Tuesday night in Iowa.  Ramos, a Miami-based anchor for Univision, stood during a news conference with GOP front-runner Donald Trump in Dubuque, Iowa, and challenged Trump on his ...

Danny now a major hurricane - Category 3

(Updated: Friday, 8/21/15, 200pm) NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT REPORTS THAT DANNY IS A MAJOR HURRICANE... Reports from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Danny is now a Category 3 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  The maximum winds are estimated to be 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher ...


School administrators to monitor students with new body cameras

As kids around the nation head back to school in the days ahead, some school districts are taking the lead of local police departments and outfitting their school administrators with small body cameras.  The hope with these cameras it to be able to capture both good behavior and bad behavior ...

Anti-gun group wants Apple to dump gun emoji

The activist group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence wants Apple to ditch the gun emoji and is asking people to tweet Apple CEO Tim Cook using the hashtag #DisarmTheiPhone to pressure him to remove it from the emoji catalog. The group's executive director, Leah Barrett, told Fast Company, "The iPhone ...

Anti-gun group wants Apple to dump gun emoji

The activist group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence wants Apple to ditch the gun emoji and is asking people to tweet Apple CEO Tim Cook using the hashtag #DisarmTheiPhone to pressure him to remove it from the emoji catalog. The group's executive director, Leah Barrett, told Fast Company, "The iPhone ...

Orlando Police officer injured in hit-and-run to come home today

Orlando Police Officer William Anderson is likely to return home today to continue his recovery after being run over during a traffic stop on July 13, 2015. An Orlando police officer who was run over by a car earlier this month is expected to return home Thursday. Officer William Anderson ...


Royal Caribbean ship from Port Canaveral catches fire in Jamaica

No injuries reported from a fire aboard Royal Carribean's Freedom of the Seas cruise ship in Jamaica this morning.  In a tweet, the parent company reported that the ship "experienced a fire this morning in a mechanical space. The fire was contained & extinguished, all systems are functioning." The Freedom of ...

Florida woman claims she got FBI to investigate Subway's Jared

A Sarasota, Florida, woman claims she's the reason the FBI is investigating Jared Fogle, the recently suspended long-time Subway spokesman.  The woman, who's only been identified as a former journalist from Sarasota, claims Fogle made inappropriate comments to her. Of Fogle, the unidentified woman said, "He said something to me ...




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