Big Joe Pesh’s Open Letter To West Michigan
Hello my name is Big Joe and I'm the host of the new morning show on Mix 95.7 "The Big Joe Show"
I'm a Michigan native and spent seven years working in Grand Rapids at a country radio station, not the one named after an insect but the one named after the sound lighting causes. When I worked there I was on the morning show and went by Flounder. During my time in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, I made so many lifelong friendships and I also met the love of my life Lindsey who is so excited to be back home in West Michigan, too.
So why did I leave Grand Rapids?
That's an easy question to answer, I left because my job was going to be eliminated and replaced with a syndicated morning show. Since I departed from Grand Rapids in 2012 I've worked at radio stations in Evansville, IN, Indianapolis, IN, and most recently San Antonio, TX.
How did you end up back in Grand Rapids?
I like many Americans lost my job in 2020 due to the pandemic. I felt scared and hopeless. Would I ever find a job again in radio? I prayed that someone would take a chance on me and a few days later I got a call to interview to be part of a morning show in San Antonio, TX. I thought San Antonio would be my home for a long time but recently I’ve felt a calling and a pull in a different direction that I had to follow. When I was 21 and first arrived in Grand Rapids I lost my dad, now I’m 35 and my mom and grandma’s health is on the decline so I made the tough decision to resign from my position and move back across the country to be closer to them.
I truly believe God has a plan for all of us and often look to Proverbs 3:5-6 that says
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
After Fish and Christine both decided they wanted to pursue new opportunities this job was presented to me and I just knew it was time to come home. Now my wife Lindsey and I get to be closer to family and friends and I get to wake West Michigan up every morning on Mix 95.7
Below is a photo gallery so you can get to know me a little better.