Joe Vallee certainly never thought he’d have a career as a writer. After all, his dream was to have a successful career in sports talk radio. He hosted a radio show during his time spent at Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s University, so it was only natural that this would be a stepping stone for greater things.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t always turn out how you plan it, and after an internship fell through at a popular local sports station the summer before graduation, Joe picked up the pieces and continued working at Vallee and Bowe Cadillac and Oldsmobile in Woodbury, New Jersey—his family’s business. After graduating with a degree in English and a minor in Business from St. Joe’s the next year, Joe’s business acumen was put to the test when he joined the family business full-time. The decline of the motor vehicle industry culminated with the closing of Vallee and Bowe in 2006. Once again, Joe was faced with the task of having to start another career. After taking on several odd jobs too numerous to mention, Joe co-founded the Philadelphia-based website Philly2Philly.com, hoping to provide the chance for relative unknowns to showcase their talents in hopes of launching their careers—something that was denied to Joe just a decade earlier. Philly2Philly officially launched in June 2009, and reached more than one million views in just a year and a half. Joe, a former Philadelphia Phillies bat boy, was also the brainchild behind the book A Snowball’s Chance: Philly Fires Back Against the National Media, which he wrote along with several sports writers from Philly2Philly.com. The book was published in 2013 and was met with critical and commercial success. In 2016, Joe Vallee published his second book, co-authoring No Curveballs: My Greatest Sports Stories Never Told, the autobiography of long-time sports journalist Bill Werndl.
Joe has played a major role in the launch of the Rainbow Rabbit Anti-Bullying Educational Program, which he started with his family. The title character was created by Joe’s late grandfather, Arthur Vallee, who was one of Walt Disney’s first animators in the 1930s. The program is currently utilized by various educational institutions throughout the Tri-State area and beyond. Joe is also a musician, having played drums on two albums and an EP with multiple groups over the last 20 years. Joe was a contestant on 97.5 FM The Fanatic’s Dream Job contest, co-hosted the internet-based series What’s With You? with QVC personality Tiffany Bucciarelli, and has broadcast news segments for The Daily on the Apple iPad. Joe’s voice can also be heard on numerous KYW News Radio commercials, as well as spots for Activision and Potomac State University. He was also a sports contributor for FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, a writer/consultant for JerseyMan Magazine, and was the chief musical content writer/digital media manager for Philadelphia’s 98.1 WOGL – CBS Local website.
Joe Vallee currently resides in South Jersey.