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Inside the Mind of a Game Developer: John Staats and World of Warcraft

The cover of John Staat's book, The World of Warcraft Diary.
John Staats
The World of Warcraft Diary by John Staats helps to debunk popular myths about the gaming industry.

This week on Elevations, we interview former World of Warcraft game designer, John Staats. He is a Kent State alum and the author of The WoW Diary: A Journal of Computer Game Development.

Photo of John Staats.

The book offers a rare, unfiltered look inside the gaming industry and is taken from notes he took during the game's creation.

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Jon joined the station in September 2012 as a producer. He loves all the things he gets to do at the station; from assisting the news department with stories to meeting the interesting guests on Elevations, every day is a new adventure.
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.