Joe Grande was born and raised in San Jose, California. He has always been outgoing with a love for entertaining. Throughout his school years Joe played a variety of sports; he wrestled, played baseball, basketball, and rugby. In high school, Joe was one of two students to represent the United States at a psycho synthesis leadership convention in London, England. He was ASB President, and not only announced the school’s daily agenda and news but also announced the home basketball games. Once he graduated from high school Joe transferred to San Jose State University where he majored in Radio, Television and Film, and minored in Sociology.
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He continued playing football throughout his college years and went on to play semi pro football. Joe also tried his hands in boxing, and true to his commitment to excel in everything he does he won all 8 of his 8 fights. While playing sports was a hobby of Joe’s, his enthusiasm lied in radio. Joe Grande’s radio career started while he attended San Jose State University. It was then he began working in promotions at Hot 97.7 radio as an intern. After only nine months, Joe became a part of the morning show called the “Dog House”, and took on the name of “Big Joe”. After one year in San Jose, the Dog House was picked up by San Francisco Radio Station Wild 94.9 and became the most popular morning radio show in Bay area history.
In 1999, Joe took a chance and moved to Los Angeles to be a part of Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Power 106. Catering to the demographics as well as to his culture, Big Joe became Joe Grande. With Joe being a part of Power 106 Big Boy’s neighborhood, it became the #1 morning show in Los Angeles.
Joe Grande moved on to join Ryan Seacrest on 102.7 KIIS FM only for him to see the show also grow to number one. Proving to be an asset to any radio show, Joe transitioned to sports radio and began working for Fox Sports. For four football seasons he co-hosted the Oakland Raiders pre-game show with A. Martinez and Christian Okoye. During his time on Fox Sports he also teamed up with Vic “The Brick” Jacobs for an LA Lakers basketball show called “Balling with Vic and Joe.”
Wanting to work full time, Joe joined AM 570 KLAC to do sports talk radio. He co-hosted a variety of shows including the afternoon drive from 4-7 pm and the Joe McDonnell Experience, which aired from 7-11pm. In addition to co-hosting, Joe had his own show on the weekends called the Joe Grande Weekend BBQ with Isaac Lowenkron. Being on local radio was great experience for Joe, preparing him for the national spotlight. Joe Grande joined the NBC Sports brand and began doing the National Sports updates for the network, being heard on over 450 stations across the country.
Joe Grande is now a well-known Los Angeles Radio Personality, named by the LA Times as one of the “best radio sports personality in Los Angeles”, and has had the privilege of hosting the California Sports Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony several years.
Joe decided to put the TV portion of his degree to use and began his on screen career with the HBO hit series ENTOURAGE. He appeared as himself in the comedy ‘Party Animalz’ and has acted in three movies, ‘Food Stamps’, ‘Unwelcome Strangers’, and ‘Blaxican Brothers, which he helped to direct and produce’. In addition to producing a movie, Joe has also assisted in the production of several music videos.
Today, Joe is happily married with 3 children. When he is not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys hiking, spinning, boxing, and playing golf (currently his favorite past time). He also continues to be socially conscious. Not only is he the spokesperson for the OBAND Center, leaders in healthy weight loss solutions; he continues to speak out against child bullying.
Noticing new social trends gravitating toward the cannabis industry with the passing of Proposition 64 in California, Joe got involved. He is now the VP of Sales for Merchant Club of America, a credit and debit-processing tool for professionals in the industry. It was his venture with MCA that led him to cross paths with Christopher Wright aka Blue and Marc and Craig Wasserman aka The Pot Brothers at Law. Joe went on the show, Cannabis Talk 101, to advertise the processing system. When they began the show, it was evident that the team would benefit with the addition of Joe Grande. Now together, they educate and advocate for professionals in the cannabis industry while creating an inclusive and entertaining atmosphere.
Joe appeared as himself in the comedy ‘Party Animalz’ and has acted in three movies, ‘Food Stamps’, ‘Unwelcome Strangers’, and ‘Blaxican Brothers, which he helped to direct and produce’. In addition to producing a movie, Joe has also assisted in the production of several music videos.