Joe Lanham began his broadcasting career in 1998, when he joined the administrative staff of WTSB-FM as it first community service director, becoming the staff's youngest member at the age of 16. One year later, he was promoted to director of traffic and continuity. He also filled in for the station's weather director, Bob Long, when Long was away on vacation or remote broadcasts. He left the station in the summer of 2000.
Lanham was also an on-air personality during his two-and-a-half years at WSTB. He was known for his trademark playing of the song "The End" by The Doors at the end of each of his on-air shifts. He briefly co-hosted the popular "Joe and Strong Show" on Monday nights, and also served as co-host for the station's Friday all-request show.
After leaving WSTB, Lanham founded an internet radio station known as J-ROCK (the J standing for Joe, his name) in the spring of 2002. The station's format consisted mainly of a mix between classic and modern rock, with heavily rotated artists including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, and Tool.  As the station's only staff member, the work load proved to be too much for him to handle by himself. The station was on-the-air briefly following its founding, but only lasted a couple of months. Lanham revived the station in the autumn of 2002, however the station left the internet airwaves once again in the beginning of 2004, and has yet to return.
Lanham earned a bachelor's degree in political science from The Ohio State University in 2004, and a Master of Business Administration from Tiffin University in 2010. He currently resides in Powell, Ohio, and is married with no children. He has expressed no interest in returning to a broadcasting career.
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