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Zonk! Productions

ZONK! currently produces 26 episodes a year of “Napa’s North to Alaska” airing on the NBC Sports Outdoors Network every Sunday evening @ 8:30 pm, EST!


 

Together, Larry Csonka and Audrey Bradshaw have either hosted and/or produced three nationaly-broadcast outdoor series on ESPN, espn2, TNN and NBC Sports Outdoors including; “North to Alaska,” “Csonka Outdoors” and “Suzuki Great Outdoors.”

 
 

The ZONK! crew are experienced professionals!  Our crew has muscled cameras throughout Alaska’s vast wilderness, all 50 U.S. states and to exotic locations including Costa Rica, Mexico, South America, Caribbean Islands and beyond. Each of our cameramen has more than 25 years experience in both studio and outdoor adventure videography.

 
Crew Bios
Larry Csonka
Executive Producer & Host

Larry currently hosts and produces the  "NAPA's North To Alaska" outdoor adventure series which airs on the VERSUS HD Network. These programs showcase ALL that the Last Frontier has to offer - adventure, wildlife, culture, history, some of the world's best fishing and hunting and Larry's great enthusiasm for outdoor sports and conservation.

Csonka also travels the country visiting various clubs and corporations as a Sports Humor/Motivational Speaker, operating within his own company, Csonka Promotions, Inc. His speeches are laced with humor and dramatic personal experiences, and have been well received by some of the nation's top companies.

Csonka is an Alaska resident. He and long time partner, Audrey Bradshaw, also maintain a home in Florida and a farm in Ohio.  In Florida, Larry maintains the Goodrich Seafood House where guides depart daily with clients fishing the famous Mosquito Lagoon for redfish and trout.  Other interest include travel, working outdoors on his Ohio farm, old  pickup trucks and working with their yellow lab, Lace.

Learn more about Larry... check out his BIO page at LarryCsonka.com

 
Audrey Bradshaw
Executive Producer & Co-Host

Audrey is a native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Her love of the outdoors began with childhood family camping trips with her mom, dad and sisters, and her love of fishing with instruction from her grandfather. She was attending Jacksonville University in 1984 when she was presented with an opportunity to work for the Jacksonville Bulls, a franchise in the newly formed USFL football league. It was there she met Larry Csonka who eventually became General Manager for the Jacksonville Bulls. During this time, Audrey and Larry began working together to promote Larry's sports humor/motivational speaking career.

For several years Audrey and Larry continued to build the successful speaking business, along with several other business ventures. They became interested in outdoor programming in the early 1990's when contacted by various outdoor fishing shows interested in booking Larry as a celebrity guest. They also made several personal trips to Alaska during this time and dreamed of producing an outdoor adventure series of their own. In 1997 the dream became a reality and "North to Alaska" was produced.

Audrey loves the challenge of producing outdoor adventure programs and the opportunity to share a dream with viewers. She encourages couples and families to enjoy the outdoors together!

 
"SmokeeJo"
Joe Barkoskie "Camp Cook"

Joe and Larry Csonka have been family friends for a long, long time. After 5 years of appearing on "Csonka Outdoors" as host of his Cooking with SmokeeJo segment and Larry's favorite "camp cook," Joe has moved his popular segment to Larry's "Napa's North to Alaska" series. While Joe will continue to provide us with unique and easy ways to prepare fish and game from Alaska, he'll also make occasional guest appearances in the shows - experiencing first hand some Alaskan adventures for himself. He'll also provide some creative tips for making the most of camp ingredients! An AVID outdoorsman, Joe finds it hard to describe Alaska's wilderness, fishing and hunting opportunities. He says, "it's beyond words, you just have to experience it for yourself!"

Joe is a lifelong native of Northeast Florida. He grew up in Palm Valley, a rural area roughly 20 miles north of St. Augustine.  From the time he was big enough to cast a rod or fire a gun he hunted and fished the local woods and waterways with his father.  It was in those early days, helping his dad prepare and cook the game for the family meal, that Joe became interested in cooking.

Joe’s parents also managed the “Palm Valley Fish Camp” where Joe would listen to the customers tell their fish stories and give their insight into cooking and seasoning.  Many years have passed since then and Joe has honed his skills in his own kitchen, taking recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation and experimenting with his own spices and sauces.

Today Joe is heralded throughout the area as the host of hosts and his parties are not to be missed. You can always count on a good time and plenty of good eatin’ at SmokeeJo’s!

 
Pat Smith
Field Producer & Cameraman

Born in Stuttgart , Germany, Pat grew up on US Army bases in Germany, Missouri, North Carolina, France, and Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Pat worked as a photographer and cinematographer for the Georgia Agriculture department. A freelancer since 1988, Pat started sharing tents in good and bad weather with Larry while shooting for ESPN's Suzuki's Great Outdoors. He followed Larry to Alaska in the second season of "North to Alaska," and has been working with Zonk! Productions ever since. An avid harmonica player, Pat is great to have around the campfire.

patsmithproductions.com

 
John Dietrich
Cameraman

John Dietrich was born in California. He moved to Las Vegas at a young age and started working in television at KVVU TV5 in 1980 at age 19. After 20 years with TV5 he left the station in 2000 to pursue other, more fulfilling opportunities as a full-time cameraman on  ZONK! Productions shoots.  John currently does freelance work in Las Vegas in between shoots for ZONK!.

 
Betsy England
Office Assistant / Csonka Gear Service

Betsy grew up in Ohio with a love of the outdoors, but never experienced the "great outdoors" until seeing Alaska in 2008.  Here, she caught her first fish on the Susitna River with her husband Bill, some of the ZONK! crew, and River Guide Ron Wilson. As office assistant, she now has a new appreciation for what it takes to make every episode of North to Alaska!  

 
Abigail Foster
Finance Manager

 Like her husband, Dan, Abby was born and raised not far from Larry's farm in Lisbon, Ohio. She loved the outdoors, but never dreamed she would one day be helping to produce one of the BEST outdoor adventure shows on television!

She has now been a part of the ZONK! crew for 10 years. First as Office Assistant, and now as Manager of Finances.  Abby's attention to detail and love of nature make her a perfect fit at ZONK!