Joe Battaglia is Executive Producer and General Manager of Keep the Faith Radio.
A well-known innovator and pioneer in the Christian music and broadcast industries, Joe Battaglia served on the board of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) for 19 years, and also serves on the board of the Walter Hoving Home. For 10 years, he was on the board of the Eastern Chapter of National Religious Broadcasters and for 14 years, he served as Chairman of the Steering Committee for the National Christian Radio Seminar (now renamed CMB), a division of the Gospel Music Association.
In 1992, Battaglia formed Renaissance Communications, a full service media agency specializing in strategic planning for organizations and gifted communicators of the faith & values message. Renaissance’ forte is consulting with clients on the most strategic ways to utilize Christian radio–whether by buying time, program production, or by creating promotions and unique, high profile events for national syndication.
Prior to forming Renaissance in 1992, Joe was vice-president of Communicom Corp. of America, the parent company of WWDJ/New York, WZZD/Philadelphia and KSLT/San Antonio. He was with Communicom for over 18 years, eight as General Manager of the flagship station WWDJ from 1982-1990. From 1979-1995, Battaglia also was a partner in Living Communications, parent company of WLIX, Long Island and WLVX, Hartford, CT.
Battaglia has conceptualized a string of “firsts” throughout his stellar career. He created the broadcast model and produced and syndicated the first live, nationally syndicated Promise Keepers program from Boulder, Colorado in 1993; produced the first live, national radio broadcast of the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards; created and produced the first live radio broadcast of a Concert of Prayer with David Bryant while at WWDJ, New York; created the first live national radio broadcast of the National Day of Prayer Concert of Prayer in 1994 from Moody Church in Chicago; and created and produced the first live, national radio broadcast for a VeggieTales© national release.
In a town where getting the Gospel message across can be one brick wall after another, Battaglia created and produced the first broadcast model for a live, weekly nationally broadcast Christian music concert from Times Square from The Lambs Theater in 1998. “Live From The Lambs” aired for three years 1998-2001, until the 9/11 tragedy required the use of the Lambs Theater as a venue for relief and outreach ministry to New Yorkers.
Joe attended Boston University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1972. Joe put his journalistic background to quick use by starting the first Christian publication in New York metro market in 1973, Alternatives Magazine, which he published until 1980. Joe is the author of A New Suit for Lazarus, published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN and currently writes a weekly blog for Beliefnet, “The Politically Correct Jesus.”
Battaglia is co-founder of CharityOne, in which he serves as board president. In addition, he is a partner at BigOyo, Inc., an intellectual property and content distribution company.
To contact Joe, email him at Joe@KeepTheFaith.com.