Ross in 2007
31 May 1977
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
|Occupation||Radio DJ, Television presenter|
|Employer||Heart North West|
Joel Ross (born Joel Hogg in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 31 May 1977) is a British multi award winning radio DJ and television presenter. He is best known for his work with co-host Jason King (known on-air as JK).
Early radio presenter
Joel Ross started out in radio as a presenter on his hometown station Yorkshire Coast Radio in 1993, at the age of 16, presenting the evening show and Nothing But the 90s.
JK and Joel
He joined Viking FM in 1996, starting on the nightshift. He worked his way up to the late show, off-air breakfast producer, evening show host and afternoon show presenter. He was then offered the chance to pair up with JK (a long-time colleague and socialising partner) on the breakfast show, which JK had hosted alone for the previous year.
Initially, the arrangement was just for Ross to earn some overtime from his afternoon shift by reading JK's travel reports; but instantly it became clear that the pair had a natural broadcasting rapport as well as great ability to communicate with the audience, and so Ross was relieved of his afternoon duties and elevated to the role of breakfast co-host. Together, they won two Gold Sony Radio Academy Awards for 'Breakfast Show Of The Year' and a Silver for 'Entertainment Show'.
This success led to the pair working together on many other projects in radio and television, until going their separate ways in 2013.
In 2011 Ross became the host of Wrestle Talk TV. Originally a YouTube-based show talking about the recent wrestling action as well as interviews with both WWE and TNA wrestlers. The show debuted on Challenge on 26 August 2012. Ross was fired in March 2014 for making comments on social media which WTTV deemed "unacceptable".
In January 2013, Ross joined Heart West Midlands, presenting local weekend shows. He has also covered for Neil 'Roberto' Williams on the networked evening show and the weekday breakfast show in the West Midlands. He joined Heart North West on 6 May 2014 as the station's breakfast show co-host, alongside Lorna Bancroft.
He co-hosts The Sun's WrestleCast with journalist Simon 'LilsBoy' Rothstein, interviewing WWE and TNA wrestlers. In 2014, it won AudioWrestling.com's "Male Interview Of The Year" and "Editor's Choice Male Interview Of The Year".
Ross's passions away from radio include the television soap opera Prisoner: Cell Block H, as well as a love for professional wrestling. He is a sports fan, supporter of Manchester United and a horse racing fanatic. His dream is to work in the USA full-time and be involved with wrestling in some writing/broadcasting capacity.
- "Official Statement regarding Wrestle Talk TV and Joel Ross". WrestleTalkTV. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- "Joel Ross joins Heart 100.7 for weekends". Radio Today. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- "Joel Ross and Lorna Bancroft to host new-look Heart Radio breakfast show in Manchester". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "Top Award Nods for SunSport's WrestleCast Podcast". The Sun. Retrieved 27 April 2014.