Joseph Edward White was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on June 7, 1937. He graduated from Spanish Fork High School in Spanish Fork, Utah and served an LDS mission in Australia. In 1963, he graduated from BYU with a BS in Dramatic Arts, which is now considered category:Communications. He also received an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.
While at BYU, he spent two summers building the KBYU-TV transmitter site in the Oquirrahs. He also signed KBYU-TV on the air, worked in television productions and programming, and later served as General Manager of KBYU-TV/FM. The station won a number of awards for programming during those years including a couple of regional Emmys. The first KBYU-TV programs to be broadcast nationally were produced during those years, and the first BYU satellite-connected programs were delivered during this time.
His latter years were spent in administrations of the technical side of BYU’s communication infrastructure. His work involved sound and video design and production, cable and satellite television services, classroom media technology, campus communication design and maintenance, building media design, and projects such as arena sound reinforcement and large-venue lighting. He also provided these services to BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, and LDS Business College.
In 2005, Joseph retired from BYU after 40 years of service. Also, there was recently a Theatre and Media Arts Professorship named after him in the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Joseph is enjoying his retirement in Provo, Utah.