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Joe Escalante is the host of the syndicated entertainment legal advice radio call-in program “Barely Legal Radio.” Since its genesis at Indie 1031 in Los Angeles in 2005, the station Rolling Stone called “The best Radio station in American, Escalante took a turn as the morning drive time host of the station and later branched out to host a nationally syndicated Catholic Radio program on EWTN.
Escalante received his B.A. from UCLA (Emphasis on Old Norse) and his J.D from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he specialized in anti-trust litigation. He is published in the field. Upon graduation in 1992, Escalante immediately took a job in the with business affairs for the CBS Television Network as a talent and program negotiator. In 1996, Escalante left CBS to tour full time with his suddenly popular band The Vandals and founded Kung Fu Records.
To fund the label, Escalante opened up a law practice and gradually built a roster of entertainment clients. The Vandals now call Kung Fu Records their home and perform regularly, schedule permitting, around the world including performances in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan for the U.S. troops.
Escalante remains an active member of the California State Bar and serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.
Although Escalante’s personal and business interests are varied, he is probably best known for his years as the indie rock morning host on Indie 1031 FM where he assembled a cast of characters that included avant-garde director David Lynch as the daily weatherman, and heartthrob actor Timothy Olyphant with daily sports.
An American of Mexican and Irish descent, Escalante lives with his wife Sandra in Seal Beach, CA. He is an avid stand-up paddle surfer and enjoys the distinction of being one of only a handful of U.S. citizens trained as an amateur bullfighter.