Someone You Should Know-Joe Bullard

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

There aren't many people that have the name recognition that Joe Bullard does.

He's been a fixture in the Capital City and is just one of those good guys that always makes you smile.

Joe Bullard has been doing it since 1972. His voice you know. 96.1 is the radio dial. He's an institution in Tallahassee, although he says it's just a presence. Even if you don't know Joe Bullard, more than likely, you've at least heard of him.

"Is that you? I didn't think you look like that. You should be older, you should have more hair. My momma talked about you, my daddy knew you," said Bullard.

Bullard spent 15 years on the air, then went to Columbia music for 14 and back again, ruling the Tallahassee airwaves ever since. He's met Mariah, Beyonce, Prince, you name it, they all know Joe. Especially at FAMU.

Since the dawn of time, or 1976, Joe has been the voice of the Marching 100. While he's a presence in the community, Joe is truly an institution on campus.

"It wouldn't be the same if we didn't hear the voice. There's something about that voice," said Carmen Cummings, "It's like silk. It's like magic that fuels the Marching 100."

"If you ask the question, who was the announcer before Joe Bullard, I don't think you'll get a name anymore," said Bullard.

The name was Tony Witman, and he too was good, but there's only one Joe Bullard. He's the voice of choice for thousands of listeners in Tallahassee whether it's leading the 100 or playing some smooth jazz.


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