Joe Hoppel - Inducted 2002

Joe Hoppel (born: Nicktown, PA) spent thirty seven years as the Country morning personality in Norfolk, Virginia. He began his broadcasting career at the age of fifteen as a part time air personality at WNCC Barnsboro, PA (1950-1952) and later worked at WLOW Porstmouth, VA (1952-1955) where he began playing Country music. He then joined Country formatted WCMS (1955-2003), where spent the majority of his career as the morning host. His many awards include Country Music Association Music Director of the Year, and an award from the CMA for 40 consecutive years in Country music broadcasting. Joe is notable for his community service which benefited organizations including The Rotary Club of Hampton Roads, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Virginia Beach Department of Social Services among many others. He created "Tell Someone They're Doing A Good Job" week, which is celebrated on the last full week before Christmas. He is known for collecting photographs of himself with Country performers putting him in a headlock. Joe Hoppel was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 2002. Joe currently presents traditional country and bluegrass favorites on KICK 106 (WKCK), Norfolk, Virginia.