“Brooklyn’s Own” Joe Causi is among New York’s legendary disc jockeys. He has been a staple in New York radio since the early ’80’s.
Raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Causi can truly claim to be one of ‘Brooklyn’s Own.’ He takes what his hometown has given him from the street and shares it with his radio audience. Whether it is advertisers’ grand openings, dance clubs or concerts, Joe’s warm sense of humor and ability to relate to people has made him a favorite with his listeners.
Joe has been making people smile almost all his life. Always the class clown, he got his start by imitating people – teachers, movie stars and, ultimately, anything that made a sound! Impersonations developed into a natural talent and an effective entertaining tool coupled with his air personality.
A graduate of the College of Staten Island, where he majored in Electro-Mechanical Technology, Joe soon realized that music and performance were where his heart and talent were. After enrolling in the Announcer Training Broadcast Studios in New York City, Joe was selected from a group of 100 people to work as an in-store disc jockey at Jimmy’s Music World, a large record outlet in Times Square.
In March 1978, Joe joined a radio station in Hibbing, Minnesota where he rounded out his talent and experience working in production, hosting live remotes, sports casting and news. You can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take the Brooklyn out of the boy, and soon Joe was back in the metro area in Plainfield, NJ, where he produced the station’s commercials utilizing his vivid imagination. He then moved to Elizabeth, NJ for a midday on-air position.
Joe’s dreams of making it big in New York City came true after only a three-month stint in New Jersey when he received a call to audition for the legendary Disco 92 in New York City. He signed on as their morning personality and soon Joe Causi was the most listened to radio personality in the United States.
Joe received the honor of Grand Marshall of the Christopher Columbus Parade in Brooklyn from the Federation of Italian Americans as well as the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation and Grand Marshall of the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, NYC. Recently, Joe received the Lifetime Career Award from the Sons of Italy in Rockland County.
As a Sicilian-American, Joe says, “It just doesn’t get any better than that!”