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Comic Steve Byrne's Film "The Opening Act:" A Funny Look at Trying to be Funny

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Comic, actor, writer and film director Steve Byrne, also a graduate of Kent State, talks with Dean Amy Reynolds about his new film, "The Opening Act," about his start in comedy, about being an Asian American comic and life during the pandemic.
NOTE: This program aired in 2 episodes on WKSU. They are combined in the audio here.

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After a degree in broadcasting and theater from BGSU, 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 bone fide, mulit-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 30 years now. 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.