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JoAnn Genette is a Chicago Radio personality that has worked in the Chicago Metro area since 1996. In her career she has held a variety of positions from News/ traffic, Co-Host, Morning Host of “The Big Morning Wake Up” at The Big 1280 AM. She is currently an on-air Anchor at Merlin Media's FM News 101.1 Chicago, Illinois and her features can be heard on 101.9 New York, New York.

History Born in Berwyn, Illinois, she spent most of her life in the Chicago area. She attended Illinois Center for Broadcasting, Lombard, where she interned for Kevin Matthews and for a brief time Danny Bonaduce at 97.9 The Loop.

After graduating from the Illinois Center for Broadcasting in 1994, she began working for 92.7 WCBR “The Bear” broadcasting from Arlington Heights.

Career When the station was taken over by Big City Radio in 1998, she was retained to work at the new station by then program director Judy McNutt.

In 1999 Big City Radio brought Robert Murphy to Chicago sister station 103.5 FM, where JoAnn landed the Co-Host spot. The station was formatted as “Chicago’s Heart and Soul” and played a format for Motown hits and blue eyed soul. It later became “The Eighties Channel” playing eighties hits and rotation of early MTV favorites.

In September 2001 she moved to WLIT 93.9 FM as Co-Host of the Morning Drive shift with Paul Peterson until 2002, when she moved to the newly formatted Clear Channel WKCS 103.5 KISS-FM.

She was originally added to bring localization to “Valentine in the Morning”, a morning show streamed in from Los Angles and broadcast in Chicago.

In 2003 KISS-FM decided to end the simulcasted Sean Valentine morning show. San Antonio host Kevin “Drex” Buchar became the morning drive host. JoAnn became the News and Traffic personality for the show. She also served as the News and Current Affairs Director for the station. Her work in Public Affairs for the station earned her the title of Honorary Board Member of the Sudden Death Infant Syndrome Services of Illinois She left the station in late 2008.

She has also made appearances on Tony Losanno’s “The Nude Hippo Show”.

JoAnn is currently Anchor at Merlin Media's FM News 101.1 Chicago, Illinois and her features can be heard on 101.9 New York.