“I’ve been very fortunate in life. At a critical juncture in my early years, Christian Brothers Academy nurtured a mediocre student into a young man with a new found passion for learning. I left CBA for college determined to make something of my life. The fire was ignited while at CBA. I believe in the mission of the Christian Brothers. I am especially in awe of the college acceptance rate of 100% of CBA graduates for the past 34 years. Most of all, I want to help insure the future of this great institution that is Christian Brothers Academy.”
Joseph A. Reilly ’56 drew upon his CBA education to attend and graduate from Seton Hall University and follow his passion into the radio broadcasting business. After a great deal of success he retired as President and CEO of The New York State Broadcasters Association in 2011. In his post as chief spokesman and lobbyist, he advocated for the broadcast profession before state and federal legislative bodies and represented the Association throughout the nation. Not one to slow down, Joe is currently President and CEO of Empire Broadcasting Corporation with radio stations in Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga counties.
Joe’s education at CBA included the mission of the Christian Brothers to give back to your community and he serves on the boards of the Broadcasters Foundation of America; The Teresian House of Albany; Capital Bank and Trust Company; and the Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers Academy. He received his Doctor of Laws degree from Mount Saint Mary College. Awards for his outstanding accomplishments include Empire State Society of Association Executives “Distinguished Alumnus” award, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award, NY Chapter. Joe was inducted into the New York Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2007.Two hubs of Siena College’s broadcasting program were dedicated as the Joseph A. and Carol M. Reilly Broadcast Centers.