Two-time Marconi Radio Awards Nominee, Joe Condon has been broadcasting in the Capital Region market for 49 consecutive years. In his junior year at Cardinal McCloskey High School, Albany, Condon began broadcasting weekends on “Top-40”, WTRY-980-AM, with offices and studios located in Troy’s historic Proctor’s Theatre building.
In 1967, he joined Channel 13 Television, Albany, where he did the weather and announcing on weekends. At this time, he was hired by WABY Radio to do late afternoon and evening broadcasts.
Just before graduation, from Siena College in 1969, Mr. Condon joined Capital Cities Broadcasting. He was hired at, then Capital Cities stations WTEN-TV/WROW-AM/WROW-FM (now WYJB-FM). In 1999, Condon switched to doing weekends only at WROW-AM and WYJB-FM to devote fulltime to creating Top-40 “Internet Only” radio station Radioalbany.com and its low power AM radio station. He sold those radio stations in 2004.
Mr. Condon also hosts, for ION television, the weekly Public Affairs Program “The Subject Matters”. This weekly program airs on ION Television stations in the Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo markets. ION Television currently has made Mr. Condon’s television programs available for viewing on You Tube.
Joe also served in the New York Army National Guard for several years. During this time Mr. Condon narrated “Training Films” on life in Viet Nam for United States soldiers headed to Viet Nam. He was also newspaper reporter for the Fort Drum Sentinel newspaper.
During the 1980’s, Mr. Condon served as a Northeast reporter for the United State Government’s “Voice of America” shortwave radio network. Joe has been the recipient of many awards. Listed in “Who’s Who in America” Mr. Condon is the recipient of 18 New York State Broadcasters Association’s “Excellence in Broadcasting” awards, two National Association of Community Broadcaster Awards, one Associated Press award and two National Silver Microphone Awards.
In 1995, The City of Albany issued a proclamation honoring Mr. Condon as one of the “Rock and Roll Radio Greats”, in the Albany, Schenectady, Troy market. He was also honored the same year by the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center for his broadcast documentary on the Holocaust.
In 1999, the New York State Legislature issued a proclamation honoring Mr. Condon’s broadcast career. In 2003, Mr. Condon was awarded the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s National “Danny Thomas Huminatarian Award” and in 2004, Mr. Condon was named one of Hudson Valley Community College’s 50 Distinguished Graduates.
In 2005, Mr. Condon was nominated to the New York State Broadcasters’s “Broadcaster Hall of Fame”. In 2006, Mr. Condon, along with State Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Teresi, was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” of Bishop Maginn High School, Albany, New York. In 2008, Condon’s life became the subject of a chapter in national author Nancy Bruno’s book “Genuine Men: Journeys in Stories and Stills”. Published by Bridgeway Books, of Austin, Texas.
In 2011, Mr. Condon was presented the Mental Health Association of New York State’s “Electronic Media” award. The award was presented to Mr. Condon by Peter Yarrow, of “Peter, Paul, and Mary”.
A native of Albany, Mr. Condon is a graduate of Cardinal McCloskey High School, Albany, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, Siena College, Loudonville, the Public Relations Institute of Albany Business College and the Television Production School of the United States Army, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
He is a member of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago, Broadcast Pioneers, the Museum of Television and Radio, New York City, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, and SAG-AFTRA “Association of Artistes of America/AFL-CIO. Mr. Condon resides in the Village of Menands with his wife Kathleen, who is President of Condon Communications Public Relations and Advertising, Albany. He is the proud father of Albany Police Officer Daniel J. Condon.
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