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Joe Pags

Joseph John Pagliarulo (born August 1, 1966),[1] better known as Joe Pags, is an American, nationally syndicated, conservative TV/radio talk show host.


Born in Amityville, New York, Pagliarulo later lived in nearby Copiague, moved to Lake Worth, Florida at age seven, and graduated from Santaluces Community High School.[2][3] By 1988, Pagliarulo became a store president with Domino's Pizza.[2]

Pagliarulo began his radio career in 1989 in Palm Beach County, Florida, then worked primarily in television news, serving in many roles and eventually as the main anchor at WEYI-TV in Saginaw/Flint, Michigan (1994-1996), morning and noon anchor at WWMT in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Michigan (1996-1997), main anchor, managing editor and eventually news director at WLAJ in Lansing/Jackson, Michigan (1997-2002) and main anchor at WRGB in Schenectady, New York (2002-2005).[4][5] During and after his time at WRGB he also served as talk show host at WHAM in Rochester, New York and WXDX (now WDTW) in Detroit, Michigan.[3]

In 2005, Pagliarulo returned to talk radio and began his daily talk show titled The Joe Pags Show that was first heard on iHeartMedia's flagship talk radio station WOAI 1200 in San Antonio as well as KPRC-Houston, KEX-Portland, KHOW-Denver, and KTLK-Minneapolis. After Andy Dean's departure from America Now in 2014, Pagliarulo's daily show was broadcast to the 130 America Now affiliates for almost a year until a full-time replacement host was selected. After the America Now fill-in period ended, Pagliarulo's show began syndication through Compass Media Networks, and is now heard on over 90 stations as of May 2017.[6] His daily show is broadcast live from 6-9 PM EST and on tape delay in some of his syndicated markets.[5] He also hosts a weekend nationally syndicated radio talk show through Premiere Networks, titled The Weekend with Joe Pags.[7][8]

Pagliarulo has made many appearances on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC and previously served as a long-time frequent fill-in for Glenn Beck on Beck's television and radio programs. He has won multiple broadcasting awards from the Associated Press,[9] and his show is listed in the top 25 of Talkers Magazine's "Heavy Hundred"[10][11] and by Newsmax as one of the most influential talk shows in the country.[5][12]

Personal life

In May 2011, Pagliarulo underwent surgery for testicular cancer and has since reported a complete recovery.[13]

Pagliarulo and his wife Jenny live in Texas with their four daughters, one of whom, Jia, was adopted from China.[9]

On September 2, 2016, Pagliarulo reported on the air that his then-16-year-old daughter, Gabriella (aka "Gabby"), was missing since August 31.[14][15] His request for help was spread across news and social media sites including Facebook and Twitter, and she was recovered unhurt the next day in Mexico accompanied by a 29-year-old male named Christopher Lee Fretwell, who was arrested on multiple charges.[16][17] Fretwell was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison.[18] Pagliarulo promised on-air to assist with other missing and exploited persons, and has since made regular updates with the assistance of missing person agencies.


  1. ^ Deitz, Corey. "A Profile of Radio Host Joe Pags". Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Weddings/Anniversaries", Palm Beach Post, p. 15F, July 10, 1988
  3. ^ a b Kinosian, Mike (February 2, 2016). "sPAGtacular Success Didn't Occur Overnight". Talkers. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Joe Pagliarulo". WRGB. Archived from the original on November 29, 2004. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "The Joe Pags Show - Compass Media Networks". Compass Media Networks. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Joe Pags - Talk Radio Doesn't Have to Be Boring". The Joe Pags Show. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Kinosian, Mike (February 2, 2016). "sPAGtacular Success Didn't Occur Overnight". Talkers Magazine. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "The Weekend". Premiere Networks. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Meet Joe Pagliarulo". WOAI. August 9, 2005. Archived from the original on December 22, 2007.
  10. ^ "2016 Talkers Heavy Hundred 1-25". Talkers Magazine. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "2017 Talkers Heavy Hundred 1-25". Talkers Magazine. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Kettle, Theodore (June 30, 2015). "2015's Most Influential Local Talk Radio Shows in America: A Newsmax Top 50 List". Newsmax. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Jakle, Jeanne (May 25, 2011). "Radio host Joe 'Pags' uses humor to get through cancer". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Brennan, Christopher (September 4, 2016). "Radio host Joe Pags asks for help from public after 16-year-old daughter goes missing". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Beltran, Jacob (September 3, 2016). "Radio host Joe Pags pleads for help in finding missing 16-year-old daughter". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "Radio host Joe Pags announces his daughter has been found". KENS. September 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Vega, Melissa (September 7, 2016). "Investigators: Man charged in missing teen case in the process of being extradited back to". WOAI-TV. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Christopher Lee Fretwell | Texas Prison Inmates". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2019.

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