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Gather ‘Round the Podcast

In the ‘Golden Age of Radio’ of the 30’s and 40’s, families gathered around the first radios that were more like pieces of furniture. Times were tough but through the big box came variety shows, music, news, and episodes like ‘Superman’ and ‘The Shadow’. Fast forward to today and we can still enjoy all that entertainment on the go, on myriad devices, and on no schedule but our own. This episode revisits that Golden Age, including a voice clip of broadcasting legend Edward R. Murrow.  Click Podcast and go to this episode.

July 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a Comment

A Voice for Freedom

On this 236th observance since Independence Day was established in the United States, this is appropriate, even as we prepare for our own Fourth of July party.  Today’s post celebrates the voice of courage belonging to one who made gut-wrenching decisions to keep the freedom in which we still live.  As a baby boomer, I remember well the words, and the sound, of John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address – “Ask not what your country can do for you . . . ”  But he also spoke these chilling words, addressing the nation in October 1962, in a standoff with Cuba and Russia:

 

Too Close for Comfort

This event marked the closest our nation came to the Cold War becoming a full blown nuclear disaster.  Cuba was at that time building bases with Russian missiles capable of striking targets in much of the continental United States.  A new generation has since witnessed a strike on home soil, September 11, 2001.  The potential of the Cuban missile crisis was arguably even more lethal, if that is possible.

The Kennedy Administration initiated a military blockade of arms shipments to Cuba which predictably escalated rhetoric coming from the Kremlin. It was through behind-the-scenes communications that same month, in cooperation with the United Nations Secretary General, that the then Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to begin dismantling nuclear hardware on the Cuban Island and crisis was averted.

It is at times like this when the voice of a leader can marshal the resolve of a nation, even in the face unthinkable prospects.  I remember the voice of President John F. Kennedy.

 

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July 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a Comment

Getting Your Voice Out There

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

   

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