Joe GundermanStationality Coordinator
After a degree in broadcasting and theater from Bowling Green State University, Joe’s professional radio world commenced in Archbold, Ohio, in 1979, where he was the overnight deejay. In 1980 he transitioned to one of Ohio’s original radio stations, WSPD in Toledo. There he became a bona fide, multi-award winning production director, and began paying serious attention to voice.
In 1984 he came back to his hometown of Cleveland and became a full time freelance voice artist, doing work heard all over the country. It was during this time that he was hired as an actor once a month on the WKSU production, “Standing Rock Access,” which ran from 1984-85. The freelance voice work has continued for over 40 years.
In addition to the voice work, in 1986 Joe joined, as production director, the highly successful team at Lite Rock 106.5 WLTF-FM/WRMR-AM in Cleveland, which through ownership change became WLTF-FM/WWWE-AM in 1990.
He decided to fall back to just freelance voice work in 1995, until two years later when Jim Blum accosted him at a John Gorka concert. “We need a producer!” And so in 1997, Joe went to work for the kind of radio he most listened to (and was a member of): public radio.
As WKSU’s production coordinator, he was Ohio Educational Telecommunications’ “Producer of the Year” three times. Now, as Ideastream's stationality coordinator, he is responsible for much of what is prerecorded on Ideastream’s airwaves including promos and public service announcements.
He did extensive live classical music recording for WKSU. He produced the first several years of "Folk Alley" sessions, recording audio and also producing the videos of artists in the studio.
Joe’s most notable productions for WKSU were his radio/web version in 2020 of David Hassler's "May 4th Voices," drawn from the May 4 Oral History Project, featuring over 20 professional voices, which aired nationally. Also, "Holiday Stories from The Gundie Journal," two editions of hour long specials of original material by many writers. He also produced and co-created five versions of "Ornaments and Icing: Songs and Stories of the Holidays," between 1999 and 2007, distributed originally by NPR.
On the freelance voice side, Joe has been everything from the voice of American Greetings’ Creatacard machines to the national voice of NPR’s digital media underwriting from 2006 thru 2013.
He takes to the stage at irregular intervals, having appeared in a one-man show at Playhouse Square in the spring of 2004, at Beck Center that same year, and Dobama Theatre, Berea Summer Theatre and other stages. As an avocation, he is a rather serious photographer.
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In this episode, Earl Miller Ph.D. sheds light on how the brain works and what inner processes happen to allow our mind to function correctly. He is a pioneering researcher into the brain's neural basis of executive control which includes working memory, attention, decision making, and learning.
Dr. Michael Lehman talks about new facilities opening for the Brain Health Research Institute created by Kent State University, Akron Children's Hospital, NEOMED and Cleveland Clinic.
Ruslanas Iržikevičius is the Distinguished Humphrey Fellowship Program, in the Kent State School of Media and Journalism. He is a renowned journalist, the founder of the Lithuanian Tribune, and BaltoScandia Media. While here at Kent, Dean Amy Reynolds spoke with him about what he hopes to accomplish here in the United States, and about the value of independent journalism.
Covid-19 has been with us for more than a year and touched all aspects of public life, including that of students and staff at Kent State University. We spoke with Dr. Manfred Van Dulmen, an Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies at Kent State University to highlight the current safeguards and strategies that Kent State University has in place regarding the pandemic.
After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, WKSU's reporters and producers spoke with Northeast Ohioans about their reaction to the tragedy.
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