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How A Broadcasting Legend Got His Voice Noticed

As a young boy in Tulsa, Oklahoma Paul Harvey made radio receivers, interestingly enough.  At the age of 14, a teacher of Harvey’s “was impressed with his voice”.  On her recommendation, he got a job at a local station cleaning up and eventually began reading commercials and the news.  Attending the University of Tulsa, he continued working at station KVOO as an announcer and then became program director.  He would go on to be one of the most recognizable voices in voice media, with masterful use of his signature pause and engaging stories. I can still hear him sign on with “Hello, America, this is Paul Harvey.” Who could resist staying tuned as he built the story and invited us back to hear “the REST of the story”?

Paul Harvey died in 2009 at 90 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Getting Your Voice Out There

The story of Paul Harvey’s introduction to the world of voice broadcasting is of interest to the point where I wonder, do voice talents still have ways to become known and get work without extraordinary investment?  I’m not in the market to promote my voice or get voice over work, but am pleased to see voice talent is among the categories of “remote” work for which a person can register for free at oDesk.com, for instance.  Those posting a “gig” and looking to hire you can also register free.  oDesk makes their money by way of 10% of payments from users who post jobs.

Becoming a broadcasting legend or recognized voice talent takes some doing.  But like me, perhaps you have received encouragement or notice of your voice out of the blue. Naturally those regularly finding a gig have an entry or two on their resume, but you have to start somewhere, even if to gain helpful feedback from an audition.  Google voice talent agencies; there are registration fees for some agencies.

Consider a Podcast to Get Your Voice Out There

A companion podcast is a nice feature of my favorite websites.  Many may be accessed directly on iTunes.  If an aspiring voice talent also has a website or blog, a podcast addition to your blog or site is a great way to gain exposure for your voice.  Here too is a free resource on the net.  Podbean.com is a site where voice talents or others can record and upload episodes of a “show”.  A free basic plan is offered as well as a paid upgrade for added bells and whistles and volume.  Many bloggers use them in connection with their websites to advertise and generate income.  I registered for my free account on Podbean.com as I worked on today’s post.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Who knows?  A podcast could very well show up on my page.  Stay tuned for “the REST of the story.

 

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

And that’s the way it is . . .

   Among voices I remember vividly from youth is that of CBS anchor Walter Cronkite.  His is one of those voices when heard, has instant recognition across generational lines, certainly among baby boomers.  In my case, his distinctive sound accompanied a course image on black and white televisions that were the norm until just about when I left home.

I did not always have this appreciation for “America’s most trusted news man”.  How my siblings and I would wage war when Dad exercised authority over viewing content, switching to the news from cartoon episodes we enjoyed. ( Those were the days when one actually walked across the room to change to one of the other FOUR channels, perhaps adjusting aluminum foil on the antennae. )  Nevertheless, this deep rich voice presided over breaking news now in history books.  I do remember a strangely different Walter Cronkite as he reported the surreal events around the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Cronkite’s report ended nightly with ” . . and that’s the way it is”.  He died at the age of 92 at his home in New York.

Indulging my passion for the world of spoken word, public speaking and voice talent,  there is not surprisingly a virtual avalanche of discovery on the world wide web.  Really overwhelmed, I had the good fortune to stumble upon terrific, practical how-to blog building content in Pat Flynn’s podcast on Smartpassiveincome.com  ( follow Pat on Twitter @PatFlynn )

Though not viewing Pat’s site content with the same game plan as much of his online community, I did get much needed organization tips and a jump start in the direction I want to take my blog.  It is so often in just knowing how to start.

And that’s the way it is . . .

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Just Saying . . .

So this is the inaugural post. And it didn’t come easy. I’m trusting this world of plug-ins, widgets, and one-click wonders will start to make some sense, and I just might have found the niche that excites and captures my imagination.

On varied occasions in recent years unsolicited, folks have commented (complimented) about my voice. I do public speaking regularly and had not given it much thought. The feedback’s been consistent and as I have suggested, out of the blue. Add to that my own passion for rich voices and quality oratory, and you have the makings of an interesting little blog. I sure hope so, anyway.

What follows then will be articles around voices of speakers, announcers, news anchors, celebrities, and journalists of note; the big “Winston Churchill” voices you just recognize with your eyes closed. I’ll delve in to the world of voice-over, technology, gadgets and look to even add companion voice recording of my own via podcast and YouTube.

Gosh. I just may have found my voice.

February 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

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