A just-for-fun group for former radio announcers that have made the transition to full-time VO, leaving their DJ days behind. What we miss (and what we don't) about being on the air, and working in radio in general. Share your stories!
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I am a professional in every sense of the word and will recover very soon I am sure. :)
I Love this recovery stuff I feel better already.
I was accapella. The station was still using Shafer automation equipment (left over from an experiment in 1961) although manually. All the spots etc. were on a bank of Ampexes. A sreak of lightning hit the McAllister hotel..sent the Ampexes into rewind ON AIR..& there I was. Phones were working...so I took
calls for about 10 minutes 'till someone came up & alerted the chief engineer.
True baptism under fire.
I just turned 50 and have been pursuing v/o vigorously for almost 10 years! My biggest challenge in v/o has been losing the "radio voice" and becoming more natural with my reads. The pic of the studio above is very similar to the stduio
I worked in for several years! Radio was really fun "back then" before conolidation and consultants changed it forever! Not saying all consultants are bad but what's good for L.A. is not necessarrily what will work in a smaller market. Anyway, as much as I love radio, my passion for v/o is much greater!
It's really what I want to do the rest of my life! If that's your dream then I advise you to make as many good contacts within the industry as possible and don't give up or give in! Keep at it!
Ok, well I'm not in recovery, I'm still in radio.
I have enjoyed reading some of your stories... and well, I am in transition into this VO world! Very exciting I must say.
I'm still detaching from my "radio voice" to sounding natural with scripts. It hasn't been too hard and I'm having fun just playing with different attitudes in scripts.
I have tons of airchecks from the late 80's and 90s, all on cassette. I'll post some of them once I can transfer them to MP3.
I had a great call in for a request just the other day. It went something like this:
Ally: All Request Lunch Hour, what do you want to hear?
Male Listener: Feelin On Yo Booty by R Kelly
Ally: Great!! What lucky gal do you want to send that out to?
Male Listener: NO gal. I want to shout that out to my boyfriend.
Ally: Uh Uh..... Ok, you go that way. That's ok.. Here's your request.
I turned all shades of red after that call. It was the quickest on-air request you would ever hear. Next time, I'll never refer a dedication by gender.