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Posts tagged ‘voiceovers’


A special week

I spent years in radio broadcasting, and the week of June 13-17, I’m heading to Dallas! For many years, I served as the morning host at KCBI Dallas, and with their host Jim Wilson taking a vacation, I’m going back to fill in.

Wonderful to see everyone again!  You can listen online if you’d like, from 6am – 8:30am Central time.  Just click here!

A special weekend – very special

This weekend, it’s Memorial Day across America.  It’s a very special weekend to many.  In this time of war, and in times of wars past, you don’t have to look far to find someone who has lost someone who gave it all for freedom.  Some people just have to look in the mirror.  Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and many others have fallen.

I remember once I was working as a producer for a radio station in Dallas.  Part of my job was to write copy for promos and imaging.  Each time a holiday came around, I would try to create unique audio elements that would connect with the listener in a special way.  One year, I was working at a station and was blessed to partner with radio voiceover pro Pete Bunch of Spoken Word Images in North Carolina.  Pete is one of the best in the business at interpreting copy down to its “deeper” level.  Memorial Day was approaching, and I had put together some nice liners and promos designed to connect the listener with the true meaning of the holiday.  Not cookouts, beaches, and a long weekend…but the deeper, more somber message that lies within the name of the Day itself – to remember.  Because of this, my copy did not contain the words “Happy Memorial Day!”  It’s not a happy day.  It’s a serious day of reflection to honor those who, as Billy Ray Cyrus puts it in the video above, “gave all.”  Real people with real families and real friends.  And as I expected, Pete nailed every read I wrote for him.
Pete Bunch told me that I would be stunned at how much Memorial Day copy he received from stations around the country replete with “happys,” and that he feared that we as a nation had really just forgotten; dumbed-down and distilled Memorial Day into just another reason to sleep in.
This is not to say that we don’t have much to celebrate, and I believe that if those whom we remember this weekend could speak, they would want us to enjoy the freedom for which they died.  But as we light the barbecue, take a dip in the pool, or crack open that cold one, let’s not forget why we’re doing it.  It’s the least we can do.

A terrific home studio project is completed

I’ve built a couple of home studios in the past, and to say the least they are always interesting and challenging projects.  I get a lot of questions about them.  Unfortunately, what I haven’t done well is carefully capture the planning and building processes for others to check out online.

Enter voiceover talent Paul Strikwerda – the “Nethervoice.”  Paul just completed his excellent studio project, and he did a wonderful job blogging it up.  Congratulations, Paul!

Working with Wayne!

I had the privilege to do some voiceovers for Wayne Shepherd recently.  Wayne is one of the most prolific and oft-heard personalities in Christian media.  He also hosts a recently-launched radio program called First Person with Wayne Shepherd!  Thanks, Wayne!


Don’t read…act!

Actors of all kinds would do well to remember this important reminder from the great Paul Alan Ruben.  Whether performing commercial copy, corporate narration, or narrating an audiobook, this lesson is dead-on.  It’s one of the major differences between a reader and an actor.  Thanks, Paul!


Itsy bitsy me

Itsy bitsy me

Recently, I gave my mouth – er – my voice a rest taking a cruise of the Mexican Riviera.  This was my 4th such cruise, but each and every time out, I’m always awestruck by the enormity of the sea.  Nothing can put your life into perspective like some quiet time on the ocean.  It quickly reminds me that we’re not so big after all!


Commercial Demo

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