With his warm and friendly baritone voice and his distinctive logo, Joe “Zunardo” Jankowski opened JoeKat Voice-over LLC for business in June 2016, quickly establishing a reputation as a reliable independent non-union voice actor who delivers professional results in a timely manner.
Based in the Columbus/central Ohio area, Joe “Zunardo” uses the Harlan Hogan VO-1 microphone, running through an Aphex Channel pre-amp and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface. He works in a dedicated studio room built with insulated walls and ceiling and carpeted floor, greatly reducing outside noise. The inside walls of the studio are covered with Auralex acoustic foam tiles, which allows him to produce excellent audio quality, free of echoes.
Following a 10-year dream of becoming a voice artist, a chance conversation with a co-worker at the post office led Joe to seek out Ron Allan, one of the most respected VO coaches and artists in the industry. With Ron as his coach and mentor, Joe completed a rigorous 22-week Voiceover Pro training program, graduating in August 2016. By that time, Joe had established a portfolio of 10 radio and TV commercials he had voiced for broadcast through Ron Allan’s Big Voice Productions studio. Since then Joe has voiced over 20 commercials for TV, radio, and Internet broadcast, and has also been hired to voice eLearning courses and on-hold phone messaging for several companies.
Joe began developing his natural vocal skills with over 25 years experience as a public speaker, special-events emcee, and classroom facilitator for the U.S. Postal Service, where he retired in 2016. He recently spent 5 months as a weather forecaster on RadioForecastNetwork.com, doing daily forecasts for over 20 radio stations in the U.S, and still fills in when needed. He’s currently a volunteer reader with the VoiceCorps.org reading service for the blind, recording a weekly one-hour program for the past 3 years.
in addition, Joe is a well-known public-address announcer in the central Ohio area for college and high school sports, with over 21 years experience announcing football, basketball, cross-country, track and field, and softball. Joe trained with Bob Kennedy, the long-time Ohio State University football announcer, and has worked the microphone for several NJCAA college tournaments events in men’s and women’s basketball and women’s softball, a Columbus City league high school men’s basketball championship, and one OHSAA state semi-final football contest.
Joe and his wife Kathy (the “Kat” in JoeKat Voice-over) were married in 1989 and have raised two sons. Besides his family, Joe’s passions include using his talent and training to the best of his ability in order to honor God. He also enjoys reading, watching high school sports, listening to live jazz and blues music, and playing drums.
NOTE: “Zunardo” is Joe’s alter ego (Zunardo says it’s the other way around). The legend of Zunardo began in 1973 at Hamilton Township High School (Columbus OH), when Phil Argento arrived as the new boys basketball coach. Coach Argento, a huge competitor himself as well as being an All-American at the University of Kentucky in the late 1960’s, not only built a highly competitive team at Hamilton Township, he inspired the student body to generate more school spirit by creating a legendary (and notorious) cheering section known as The Zoo. Those dedicated students were led by a student chosen by Coach Argento to wear a gorilla costume, and “Zunardo” has been a part of Joe’s personality ever since.