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December 30, 2008

Voiceover Opportunites for the New Year


Report on the Voice Over Industry for 2009, from voices.com


David Ciccarelli of Voices.com has published Report on the Voice Over Industry : 2009, a comprehensive look at recent trends in media with an eye toward the upcoming effects --- and opportunities --- for the voiceover industry. It's a free PDF download, and it's highly recommended reading.


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Here's to 2009!




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December 24, 2008

A Last-Minute Gift


"Black River", by Dean Koontz. Audiobook narrated by Scott Brick



Online audiobook store Audible.com has partnered with Zune to make a terrific free gift available, for a limited time. Award-winning voice actor Scott Brick reads Dean Koontz' Black River, in a free audiobook download. (And don't worry, it's not just for the Zune; you can tailor your download for your iPod, PC, Mac, or other mobile audio device.)

Click on the image above, or go to this page to get started. Enjoy!


(Hat-tip to Jeffrey Kafer. Thanks!)

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December 22, 2008

To All of You

Season's Greetings from David Houston Voiceovers

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FNL: Background Report II - Update

If you're not the blinking type, you may have seen me on the most recent episode ("A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall") of Friday Night Lights:


David Houston (right) portrays a concerned parent at a school board meeting on TV's 'Friday Night Lights'. (Season 3, Episode 11 - "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall")

David Houston (right) portrays a concerned parent at a school board meeting on TV's 'Friday Night Lights'. (Season 3, Episode 11 - "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall")

David Houston (right) portrays a concerned parent at a school board meeting on TV's 'Friday Night Lights'. (Season 3, Episode 11 - "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall") 

David Houston (right) portrays a concerned parent at a school board meeting on TV's 'Friday Night Lights'. (Season 3, Episode 11 - "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall") 

David Houston (right) portrays a concerned parent at a school board meeting on TV's 'Friday Night Lights'. (Season 3, Episode 11 - "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall") 


Behind-the-scenes pics here.

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December 20, 2008

Doc? It Hurts When I Go "Void Where Prohibited".





(From The Yorkshire Post:)


A doctor was sent confidential voiceover scripts for a top TV show and Hollywood blockbusters after a bizarre e-mail mix-up.

The 57-year-old medic jokingly replied that he was more used to treating patients than providing the soundtrack to various shows but was astonished to receive further mails from X-Factor asking him to grandly announce "Attention X-Factor Fans".

Dr Dickson then realised that he was accidentally being sent a deluge of offers meant for professional voiceover artist Peter Dickson – the instantly recognisable deep voice who introduces the Saturday evening talent show and countless movie trailers.


Now I'm fearful that my voiceover scripts will be sent to Hulk Hogan's attorney by mistake...

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December 19, 2008

Voice Actor Injured in Mumbai Terror Attacks Returns Home

(From IGN)

Actor Michael Rudder, who was shot three times in the Mumbai terror attacks, returned home to Montreal yesterday:



Montreal actor Michael Rudder, who was shot in last month's attacks in Mumbai, returned home late Wednesday after spending several weeks in an Indian hospital, saying he received a "great gift" from his experience.

Rudder was greeted by a cheering crowd of friends, fellow actors and supporters as he arrived at Montreal's Pierre Trudeau International Airport after travelling with the assistance of a nurse.

Speaking to reporters from a wheelchair, he said he owed a debt of gratitude for the "enormous outpouring of love" he received from people all over the world after the attacks.

"I'm going to get a sign that says 'World's luckiest guy,'" a beaming Rudder said.

He also offered a prayer for the people of India still reeling from the deadly series of attacks that rocked the country's financial capital and left more than 170 people dead.

"I hope they're protected," he said.



Rudder has voiced characters in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and several other videogames. He's also a TV and film actor.

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December 18, 2008

Majel Barrett Roddenberry: R.I.P.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry
1932 - 2008

From roddenberry.com:

Majel Barrett Roddenberry passed away this morning, December 18, 2008, at 12:27 AM in her Bel Air home. She died peacefully, in her sleep, and was surrounded by family and loved ones.

"My mother truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that Star Trek fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away." - Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr.

Given her visibility as Nurse Chapel (on the original Star Trek series) and Lwaxana Troi (Star Trek: The Next Generation) It's likely that most people --- even those in Hollywood and the VO industry --- didn't necessarily consider Majel to be a voice actor. However, for decades, she also provided the voice for one of the most iconic characters in film and TV history: the starship Enterprise itself. For that reason, her contribution not only to the Trek franchise but to the whole of the entertainment world should be held in high esteem.

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December 16, 2008

The Santa Sessions

A lump? I think the director's getting the entire coal mine this year.

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December 14, 2008

New TV Spot

This one's for Right Wireless.

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December 07, 2008

Survey Says, Part 2

John Florian's VO survey has more info. Part 2 is called 172 Ways Voice Actors are Coping With Today’s Economic Conditions. Go forth once more and take a look...

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December 06, 2008

Narration: Dell Computer

I voiced these a little over a year ago, and was finally able to get them from the client.

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December 02, 2008

Survey Says...




John Florian at VoiceOverXtra has published the results of their “How’s Business Lately?” survey of voice talents, Conducted in late October 2008, the survey asked participants to compare their current job volume and income with what they experienced at the same time in 2007. 

There's a mixed bag of results, with many reporting an uptick in business but also expressing concerns about the future. Worth a look.


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Where It All Began

I fired up the scanner recently to get more of my old photos in digital format. A couple of them stood out; these are the production and on-air studios at KELI-FM radio in San Angelo, where I got my broadcasting feet wet:



KELI production studio, 1987




KELI on-air studio, 1987



Both are from 1987. (There! I dated myself.) It turned out to be an ideal place to learn about radio, from broadcasting to production and everything in between. I started out babysitting the semi-automated reel-to-reel machine, moved to doing top-of-the-hour news and weather, and got on the mic as much as possible without skewering the station's easy-listening format. I eventually took on production duties, and wrote ad copy as the Creative Services Director.

I went on to other air talent and production gigs at Top 40 and Country stations, but the above studios hold my fondest radio memories.

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December 01, 2008

Bill Drake: R.I.P.





Bill Drake, who helped revolutionize Top 40 radio and co-founded the radio syndication company Drake-Chenault, passed away on Saturday at the age of 71 from lung cancer. Drake (real name: Phillip Yarbrough) started in radio in the late '50's at WAKE/Atlanta, and ended up on the West Coast a few years later.

At KYNO/Fresno, Drake met Gene Chenault, and the pair helped create a tighter, more streamlined Top 40/CHR format, as well as the "Boss Jocks" and "Boss Radio" at KHJ/Los Angeles in the '60's. The programming pair brought more organization to on-air formatting, including tighter playlists of the current hits, less talk from jocks and musical production elements sung by the Johnny Mann Singers. Drake is credited as the first programmer to use market research as well. Drake and Chenault formed their own syndication company in the late '60's, which specialized in jingles and automated FM formats.

Drake also spent time in his career programming in San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Detroit Tulsa, Boston, Memphis and other markets.


(from FMBQ)

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