Category: Voiceover

Lisa Young Voiceover: Versatile, Warm and Friendly

Lisa Young is an up and coming voice artist native to New Zealand, versatile with a range of genres and over 2 years experience. Noted for her deep, friendly & warm personas. She is a highly versatile performer with multiple demos and accents in a variety of styles. She records from her home studio or on location in Auckland and other connected cities throughout New Zealand.

Lisa Young has a wide experience including radio, internet and phone.

Radio 

NZ Post / Dental World Henderson / Open doors / AB Insurance / Body Revolution / Christian Savings / Able Print and Promo /Christian Connection

Internet videos

Omega Plus Pet Food / Lincoln University / SCIS Australia Education Services / Holistic Hair / S&P Global / Ace & Tate Optometrists (Netherlands) / Tiburon Transmedia / Voyager Internet 

IVR / Phone

Foodery / Ativa Jewellery and Bellman Co

Listen to Lisa Young’s demo below and get in touch with Lisa by emailing to liselyoung at gmail.com

https://m.soundcloud.com/lisa-young-916755316

Splat! and Chloe Dolandis are radio imaging forces for USAFA Station’s 50th Year Relaunch

Splat! Radio Imaging, the world’s easy-to-use, library extensive, branding effective radio imaging service and Chloe Dolandis, versatile voice artist and Voice Arts Award nominee, teamed up for the United States Air Force Academy’s (USAFA) 50th Anniversary relaunch of 97.7 KAFA station.

“Rockin’ the controls in a production studio isn’t quite the same as manning the cockpit of a fighter jet, so this might be as close as we ever get!

USAFA recently commissioned SPLAT! to produce custom radio imaging and audio branding for the 50th anniversary relaunch of 97.7 KAFA, “The Academy.” Working on this project was a lot of fun and a real honor.

We love the energy and personality that voice talent Chloe Dolandis brought to the imaging.”

Splat! Radio Imaging Team

Below is a montage of the audio branding produced by Splat! Radio Imaging and voiceover and message from Chloe Dolandis.

2021 also marks the 20th anniversary of SPLAT! The company started with one small library on one small station. 20 years later they offer eight huge libraries, and SPLAT! has worked with more than 1,000 radio stations since then. The team also added custom production, commercial production, copywriting and other radio services to the SPLAT! line up.

This year Splat! will be launching three new libraries. To get that branding effective Splat! for your station and projects, contact the team via their website https://www.splatonline.com/contact-us

Harry Legg’s Multi-format Imaging Reel for Benztown 50

Harry Legg once again made the Sixth Annual 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices.

Honored to make the list of the Top 50 VO Talents in the USA & Canada. You’ll hear pieces from my clients around the world in this multi-format sample.

Harry Legg, visit HarryLegg.com

Harry is the signature voice of The NBC Sports Radio Network and regularly voices for TV networks and affiliates. He has a wide vocal range which serves clients in virtually every format – CHR, Urban, Country, News/Talk, Sports, Rock and AC.

Besides stations here in the States, Harry has a large international roster with stations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bonaire, Brazil, Canada, Cairo, Cape Town, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Jordan, Malta, Manila, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, and Val-d’Isère.

His career has taken him to legendary stations in the top 3 U.S. markets of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. He has held every programming post from Program Director/Music Director, Morning Show News Anchor to On-Air Talent with KIIS-FM Los Angeles, Kiss FM/Energy Chicago and many more. Other legendary stops include WLW and before stepping out on his own, Harry was an NYC award winning Image Voice and Creative Director at WKTU – The Beat of New York. Harry is also the voice of Benztown’s CHR service and Today in Rock feature.


The Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices is the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada. Benztown enlisted P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that was the foundation for the list. 

The Benztown 50 list for 2019 reflects increased industry participation and interest, with more than 300 U.S. and Canadian radio groups providing information for this prestigious annual list. The Benztown 50 was analyzed and evaluated by P1 Media Group’s proprietary algorithm, and is based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. This year, Benztown also recognizes six emerging imaging voices, who narrowly missed inclusion in the top 50 and continue to make significant gains in the space. 

Dave “Chachi” Denes, President of Benztown, said: “Six years ago, we launched the Benztown 50 to honor the top voiceover professionals in our industry and to showcase the great work that they do, driving home the important role that voiceover talent plays in building powerful audio brands. As an industry leader in producing high quality radio voiceover, imaging and audio branding, Benztown is proud to recognize our industry’s most accomplished voiceover talent across the U.S. and Canada. We congratulate the talented professionals who comprise this year’s Benztown 50, as well as the six emerging imaging pros we’ve identified, and celebrate their excellence and commitment to building unforgettable audio brands.” 

Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, added: “It is a pleasure for P1 to again partner with Benztown in honoring the industry’s biggest voices through the Benztown 50 annual listing. Great voiceover has never been more essential, as audio brands work to break through and connect with listeners in a distinctive way in an environment that is more competitive than ever. We applaud these high-performing VO talents and thank them for their contributions to our industry.”

The following voiceover professionals comprise this year’s Benztown 50 (in alphabetical order):


Ann DeWig
Austin Keyes
Beth Cameron
Blaze Berdahl
Brian Christopher
Brian Lee
Chad Erickson
Cousin Deke
Damon Oaks
Dave Foxx
Dave Kampel
David Kaye
Donna Frank
Dr. Dave Ferguson
Eric Gordon
Erin Setch
George Robinson
Harry Legg
Heather Walters
Jake Kaplan
Jeff Berlin
Jennifer Sweeney
Jim Cutler
Jim Merkel
Joanna Stadwiser
Joe Cipriano
John Reilly
John Willyard
Josh Goodman
Jude Corbett
Jules Riley
Kelly Doherty
Lisa Keys
Malcolm Ryker
Melody Sharp
Miles Hivko
Neil Wilson
Pat Garrett
Pete Gustin
Rachel McGrath
Rich Van Slyke
Roberta Solomon
Scott Fisher
Scott Matthews
Sean Caldwell
Steve Kamer
Steve Stone
Steve Taylor
Victor Lisle
Wendy K Gray

This year, Benztown also recognizes the following six emerging imaging voices: 

Gary McClenaghan, Amanda Madi, Staxx, Ron Tarrant, Bob Schmidt, and Oscar Vasquez

The 2019 Benztown 50 will be honored at a reception to be held at a later date. For more information about the Benztown 50, visit: https://www.benztown.com/50/2019

Benztown on Role of Voiceover Experts: Captivate, Excite, Hold Listeners @ BenztownRadio

Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, announces that it will release the sixth annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada. The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction. The list is currently in development and will be released to the industry in early February 2020. Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from Monday, December 2, 2019 through Friday, January 10, 2020, at: www.benztown.com/50.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “Amid the growing demand for great audio content, radio’s premier voiceover talent are more essential than ever in defining audio brands that break through an increasingly competitive listening environment. As a company committed to creating the highest quality audio content, we are proud to give these professionals and artists recognition for the important role they play in the health and growth of our industry. High-performing audio brands harness the power of voiceover experts to captivate, excite and hold listeners. We look forward to sharing the results of the Benztown 50 and invite all voiceover pros to apply for this exclusive recognition.”

Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group said: “Voiceover artists are an essential part of any radio station’s DNA, bringing a unique sound, personality and brand identity. It’s a pleasure to work with Benztown each year to identify and honor these all too familiar, yet nameless voices.”

For more information, visit www.benztown.com/50

Alyson Steel Radio Imaging Voice – What Separates Her Apart is Her Range @AlySteel

Alyson Steel CHR Voice Demo

Alyson Steel is a graduate of the “Famed” HS of Performing Arts in NYC. After graduating her MFA in Dramaturgy she moved to Los Angeles and began doing extensive Voice Over work.

Her voice has been described as having a lot of range being able to go from sounding like a teenager to a woman in her 40’s. Other descriptions such as Warm, sexy, smooth, hot, hip, retail, sultry, raspy, professional, fun, girl next door, conversational, upbeat, friendly, teen and mom.

Impersonations include an uncanny Fran Drescher as “The Nanny” many others. Dialects include New York, British, Italian, French and Light Southern. Alyson can be heard on various national and regional Campaigns for TV and Radio including Sears, KMART, Walmart, Guitar Center, Pajamagram and hundreds of others.

If you listen closely next time you are at a Walmart you can hear her doing In Store spots throughout the store. You can also hear her Image Rick Dee’s Syndicated Countdown show.

Currently Alyson is the Female Voice of OutSide TV Network, TVG Network and Universal Sports Network. If you live in LA you can hear her on commercials for KCRW. She has done Promos for “E”, FOX, ABC and Hallmark Channel and for 4 Years in a row she was the LIVE announcer for the Genesis Awards. Alyson has also narrated several TV shows including ‘Style Star’ on the Style and “E” Networks ,’Home Made Simple’ on TLC, Food Network shows and The DIY network among countless other narrations.

Living in LA, Alyson also auditions for On camera Commercials as well as TV and enjoys working in front of the camera when she gets the opportunity. She has 4 year old twins that keep her busy besides working as a full time Voice Over Artist and actor and practices yoga at least 5 days a week.

Get Alyson Steel to be your CHR station’s official voice, head on to https://www.benztown.com/brigade/alyson-steel

And learn more about Aly by visiting her official website at https://alysonsteel.com

World-class, Multi-awarded Voice Talent Harry Legg Headlines Theatrical Play at The Kennedy Center

World-class, multi-awarded voice talent Harry Legg will star in a one-of-a-kind play at The Kennedy Center dubbed Jailhouse Confessions, playing at the nation’s premiere cultural center on Saturday, August 31st at 8pm.

Harry Legg

Featuring humor, music, art and fashion from prison, Jailhouse Confessions is presented by Safe Streets Arts Foundation as part of The Kennedy Center’s page-to-stage festival.

Performing alongside Harry Legg, are Danyel Reid, Jossan Robinson and Christine Sloan Stoddard. The play is directed by Dennis Sobin and written by Tom Kropp (WAUPUN C.I.) and other imprisoned writers. Admission is free for general seating at Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Stage acting is one of Harry’s many talents and if he’s not in the studio doing radio imaging, he is also a Kung Fu expert.

Discipline, versatility, creativity and passion for performing, Harry Legg is committed in delivering quality voiceover whether it’s for radio or TV.

Listen to Harry’s works here and get in touch with him at harrylegg.com.

Randy Thomas Invites Voice Talents to VO Mastery

Calling all voice actors! If you are looking to take your career to the next level, join Randy Thomas’s VO Master Retreat this September 6th to 8th, 2019.

The best in the business are coming to work one on one with you.

The Voice Over Mastery Retreat is a rare educational and insightful weekend event with an elite group of voice over professionals who are in the unique position to share their experience and wisdom with you.

Proud sponsors are Dr Voice Vocal Remedies, Voicezam, Kaotica, BSW, JMC Demos, InQuality and Sunnabis.

The coaches are uniquely qualified to take you inside the world of real working actors and whose depth of knowledge will blow your mind.

Randy Thomas, the first woman to announce The Academy Awards, Emmys, SAG; Scott Rummell, heard on major TV networks and movie trailers; Melissa Disney, rewrote the rules on women voicing action movie trailers; David Alden, an insider in the world of network promo; and Brett Winn, partner and creative director at The Refinery AV: an award winning creative advertising for entertainment brands, products and services.

Register and find out more at https://randythomaspresents.com/

Harry Legg The Image Voice

Harry is the signature voice of The NBC Sports Radio Network and regularly voices for TV networks and affiliates.

He has a wide vocal range which serves clients in virtually every format – CHR, Urban, Country, News/Talk, Sports, Rock and AC. Besides stations here in the States, Harry has a large international roster with stations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bonaire, Brazil, Canada, Cairo, Cape Town, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Jordan, Malta, Manila, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, and Val-d’Isère. His career has taken him to legendary stations in the top 3 U.S. markets of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

He has held every programming post from Program Director/Music Director, Morning Show News Anchor to On-Air Talent with KIIS-FM Los Angeles, Kiss FM/Energy Chicago and many more.

Other legendary stops include WLW and before stepping out on his own, Harry was an NYC award winning Image Voice and Creative Director at WKTU – The Beat of New York. Harry is the voice of Benztown’s CHR service and Today in Rock feature.

Harry is a master of customer service, email him at harry [at] harrylegg.com

This guy brings ‘radio active’ sound to Rock Radio

Rob Reed, Imaging Voice

Rob Reed is not your everyday deep voice guy. ROB ROCKS the voiceover world with a Sam Elliott-ish swag and a bare-knuckle bad-assery. . .from radio imaging and documentary and corporate narrations. . . eLearning/Explainer Videos, to TV promos and auto dealer spots.

Bottom line: ROB ROCKS THE MIC and injects strength and a blue-collar confidence into every powerful read he performs.

Not “just” your everyday deep, BIG VOICE voice guy. Whether it’s a hard hitting, attention grabbing Voiceover you’re looking for, or a much softer, warmer approach. Documentary, Commercial Voice Over, Narration, Instructional, Radio/TV Imaging, Animated characters, Automotive Commercials, E-Learning Narration, Product Video Narration, Internet-Explainer Videos and much more.

I believe in RELATIONSHIPS, which means I have “Partners” not “Clients”. You and your product, or your service, is important to me. Your BRAND deserves to have a unique sound… so let’s create it together.

I’ve spent years building my home studio, which is complete with state of the art gear (without getting technical – it just makes your story sound really good), including broadcast quality, microphones, and is Source Connect ready. Having my own studio at home, allows me to quickly complete your project. One of the biggest compliments I receive, is “Thank you for your quick response, no matter what time of the day it is.”

From Rob Reed https://www.linkedin.com/in/robreedvo/
Rob Reed – Rock Radio Imaging Highlight

Rob’s versatile and unique sound is “Radio Active” Programming, production, on-air, sports… over his nearly 30 years in radio, he’s done a LOT of all of the above. His versatility in country, rock, sports, and AC formats serves him well in delivering the perfect sound to brand your radio station, big market or small. Rob’s Voiceover growing credits include commercial, promo, imaging and even animated comedies. He can be heard on Cumulus, Town Square Media, Bicoastal Media, and iHeart Media stations, as well as many others. One click on his demos, and you’ll be able to hear your radio station cut through the competition. Send him a sample or two of your copy, and he’ll provide you a sample just for fun!

Rob Reed is available via Benztown Voice-over services. https://www.benztown.com/brigade/rob-reed or visit robreedvo.com

If this guy walks in your door, he brings value to your company. Waste no time in doing business with him because it won’t be longbefore your competition does!

Gary Moore
Chief Operating Officer at Shasta Sports Network
Listen to more of Rob Reed

Mese Smith Voice Over

Mese Smith is a voice over actor, radio broadcaster, photographer, YouTuber, video creator, world traveler, and freeway baby, born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

In 2003 Mese began her journey to pursue her passion in Radio Broadcasting. After interning at 93.9 KZLA and Kost 103.5 she realized that she had another passion she wanted to pursue, which was voice over acting. It was in 2008 that Mese attended voice over school at Kalmenson & Kalmenson in Burbank.  After completing two classes she realized that this was what she wanted to do. So, she invested in her very own home studio and did some freelance work on the side. 

Working with Mese is a no brainier; She is sweet and courteous with a professional work ethic. TSM has used her for a variety of different projects. She has a general range as well as a unique niche vocally. The other thing was her punctuality and ability to handle timelines. Anytime I can I hire her, I do!
Jason Ross – C.E.O.
Trusun Media Inc. – TSM Studio


I worked with Mese on “Wroxer” an animated short I produced. Mese provided voice over for one of the characters and did a great job. She has a unique voice that is a good fit for animated characters. She is very professional, took direction well, and provided a quick turn-around. Mese was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her in a second!
Simon Edwards “Wroxer” co-creator


Mese is one of those rare finds in the industry that’s extremely easy to work with. Very reliable and very fast with her productions. She worked tirelessly on our radio and TV voice-overs, and I always knew where we stood as “lack of communication” was never even close to being an issue. Mese is an extremely talented professional with a drive and ambition that only stands to serve her clients.
Charles N. Black
Executive Director
Kansas Wildscape Foundation


Mese is a true professional. Very reliable with quick turnaround. We have asked for her vocal talents a few times and each time she puts in the effort and time to ensure we are satisfied with the final product. She cares, and that’s what sets her above the rest. I will always look to her for these projects, and would recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Russell Gordon
Sr. Director, Events & Venue Operations
Microsoft Theater LA LIVE

Mese Smith Voice Over Actor, Los Angeles, CA Non-Union Voice Over Actor, Jan 2009-Present

Visit http://mesesmith.com

• Represented by AB2 Talent & DeSanti Talent, Donna Baldwin Talent & works with Benztown Radio

• Home studio equipment: VocalBooth, Apollo Twin, Sennheiser 416 mic, iMac computer, Adobe Audition

This Is Why WJZQ Z93 Settled on this Iconic Radio Voice For Life

Harry’s iconic pipes power Benztown’s flagship CHR imaging library, and he has worked with some of the biggest media brands in the world including WJZQ Z93.

Harry’s fantastic. For the 9 years that we’ve been a radio station, we’ve had Harry Legg. The guy can do anything. When we need something sexy, edgy, warm, fun, or deeply serious Harry nails it every time!

When we need something fast, he sometimes gets it to us before l even leave the studio.

I can’t imagine Z93 ever having another radio station voice than Harry Legg.”


Ron Pritchard – PD/Mornings WJZQ

Visit HarryLegg.com for a custom demo now


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The Voice Guy Mike Bratton Is Your Radio Imaging Creative Partner

CHR Demo

Hot Country Demo

Hot AC Demo

Mike Bratton, Voice Guy is more than just “another voice.”

Fresh. Real. Authoritative. Now.

For most, they’re just buzzwords. For Mike, it’s just how he rolls.

You’re obviously searching for a new sound… don’t just hire “another voice.” Hire a partner in your creative process.

Mike Bratton, Voice Guy… when you need drama in the read, not in the talent.

Two Fully equipped digital studios with the highest audio quality.

ISDN / SourceConnect / ipDTL – whatever works for you, works for him.

Visit mwbproductions.com

No 1 for Radio 1: Harry Legg is the Voice Behind UAE’s Greatest Radio Network

Excellent copy writing and production skills, and best of all a phenomenal voice.

These are just few of the things the radio industry has to say about the award-winner and international voice talent Harry Legg.

He is heard here as the official voice of Radio 1 UAE – 104.1 Dubai & 100.5 Abu Dhabi.

With a career that spans almost three decades, he is a top choice of many remarkable people in radio broadcasting.

Blake Powers
98.7K-LUV/PM Drive Media Personality with Entercom Communications/Dallas

“Harry Legg! Take a g-o-o-d look at his resume’ and web site! … and listen! Phenom!

I have had pleasure of collaborating in-studio with Harry on a myriad of commercial and promotional projects. What sets Harry apart from m-a-n-y other voice-talents, are his ratings proven Radio skills. In addition to his excellent national and international voice work, his successful Radio Programming, on-air and production background, helps to quickly create a comfortable working relationship with Program Directors and Creative Service Directors, hence providing them the best product! Harry l-o-v-e-s what he does. This is why he does it s-o well!”

Roger Francis ,CFP®, CRPC®, APMA®
Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc

“Having consulted Harry’s finances it is clear that he keeps his clients happy and delivers a product that keeps them coming back for more. Contact Harry if you’re looking for one of the best in the voiceover and audio production business.”

Rich Pangilinan
Assistant Program Director / Music Director / On-Air Personality KROI 92.1 Radio Now Houston

“Harry made the imaging for my radio shows sound AMAZING.”

Don MacLeod
Integrated Marketing Executive Driving Results utilizing Digital, Radio, Events, and Video.

“Harry is an awesome talent. Not only having one of the best voices in the business, his copy writing and production skills are fantastic.”

Get in touch with Harry at harrylegg.com. Represented by Atlas Talent in NYC.

Dave Foxx Radio Imaging for Country Stations KSCS, KNUE

Dave Foxx is famously known as the voice of world class CHR stations. But Country format is also one of his expertise.

Heard here on stations 100.9 The Cat, 96.3 KSCS, KNUE, K92.3, a demo of his amazing works as a country radio voice talent.

Dave Foxx has worked with some of the best and remarkable individuals in radio industry.

Dave is not just great at what he does but considered by many, myself especially, as a mentor. I think anyone seeing this already knows what he can do in the world of creative but it is important to know the type of value he has and continues to have to folks like me who continue to build our skills and position in this business. It’s a good thing for me that there is a Dave Foxx

Ryan Drean, Creative Director TM Studios/WestwoodOne

Dave Foxx is a true legend. I first met Dave when I started my radio career in New York at WKTU in 1996. Dave is a true gentleman and one of the most talented Creative Services Directors and Voices I’ve ever heard. Not only is Dave brilliant at what he does, but he’s soft spoken, warm and encouraging. Dave is not only a mentor, but no one has ever had an unkind word to say about Dave Foxx and that is rare in the Radio Industry. Dave is truly one of the visionaries and experts in radio and also a great teacher and I would love the opportunity to work with him in the near future. Its an honor to recomend Dave Foxx and maybe one day take a trip in his plane…beside’s a radio God he’s also a pilot!

Diamond Boy Luis Torres
National Radio & TV Mega 92.9 PA, Mega 99.5 PA, Ritmo 96.9 DE, Ritmo 105.7 NJ, El Zol 99.9 Philly,Pulse 87NY & ABC 7-DC

Dave Foxx truly is THE Production Guru. With his years in the business, he is still cranking out promos that entertain, inform, and touch his listeners. And while change may come hard to some, Dave’s always actively searching for new ways to further perfect his work. But the best of Dave’s features is the fact that he loves to share his knowledge and ability with others – no matter their skillset. The joy he has in being at the top of his game is infectuous, and motivates you to become better. His praise for others’ work comes easy, and his criticism is always constructive. I am honored to be one of his “students,” and pleased to be one of his friends.

Chris Potter
Digital Media Producer at Cumulus Broadcasting

If you have turned on the radio in the last 20 years, then you’ve heard Dave Foxx. He has influenced the sound of radio in all formats all over the world. He’s also not afraid to pull back the curtain and show you his “secrets”. There were some secrets that I wish he had kept to himself, but that’s what you get with an open book. He really cares about what he does and always does things for the right reasons. Sure he makes stuff sound really cool, but he gets the message across in a way like no one else. I’m honored to consistently and blatantly plagiarize his work.

Allan Peck
Promo Voice at The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Get Dave Foxx to voice your station, country or any format.

Visit his website at https://www.davefoxx.com/contact. Globally represented by Atlas Talent Agency.

Who Will Be In The Top 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices 2017? @BenztownRadio

Reigning Benztown 50 Voice Talent – Jeff Berlin

Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, announces that it will release the fourth annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada.

The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market.

Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction.

The list is currently in development and will be released to the industry in early February 2018.

Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from now through December 1, 2017 at: www.benztown.com/50.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “To stand out in a media environment where there are more consumer choices than ever before, captivating, great sounding audio content is the single biggest driver of success.

Expert voiceover creates excitement and interest while defining brands in an instant.

As a company defined by the highest quality audio content and branding, we are proud to provide the quintessential platform for the industry’s biggest voices with the Benztown 50, giving these outstanding professionals and artists the credit they deserve. We look forward to sharing the results.”

Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group said: “P1 is proud to continue our partnership with Benztown to honor the amazing imaging voices heard on radio throughout the U.S. and Canada.

These voices fill the airwaves 24/7/365 and play a vital role delivering a unique audio signature.

We look forward to sharing the names of these all too familiar voices and providing them the recognition they truly deserve.”

Check out the existing results of Benztown 50

AUDIO: Slow Jams Top 40/Mainstream Version


Top 40 Mainstream Version: Think Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, 1D, Sam Smith, Weeknd, and Justin Timberlake! Today’s biggest love songs. Current and recurrent heavy, while we sprinkle in the best Slow Jams from back in the day–from artists like Brian McKnight, Usher and K-Ci and JoJo! Super mass appeal and NOT an “Urban” show. Even the v.o. IDs and jingles are “pop” flavored. This changes EVERYTHING you thought about “Slow Jams.”

Maurice Verschuuren of @SonicSpring Reveals The Magic Behind “KX Classics” Imaging Masterpiece

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Unique, exciting and unpredictable, this is the new KX Classics imaging package from Sonic Spring.

The station plays the classic hits from the 60s, 70s and the 80s and the team at Sonic Spring delivers a compelling sweeper package.

We recently chatted with Maurice Verschuuren, Creative Director at Sonic Spring and revealed the fascinating process of creating this classic hits imaging masterpiece.

RJP: Tell us about the project KX Classics, what was the directive or mission?

Maurice: They wanted to bring some life to the non-stop station by adding artist drops and quotes in the imaging. Also, the liners have to really tell the station’s story and what it’s about.

RJP: As this is apparently for a classics format, the expectation is that it should fit the sound, how was the process that the sweepers still stay true to the format?

Yes, It starts by choosing the right voice talent, the fx, EQ’s etc that compliment the music. Also it helps if you actually LOVE the music and let that inspire the production.

RJP: While understandably these are sweepers, with less emphasis on music beds, what was the process like in selecting the appropriate imaging FX, where these custom designed SFX?

I chose to use as many “old” fx libraries as I could find. So leaving out the harsh and short newer stuff, and going for longer stagers & hits from the late 80’s and early 90’s. I always select a specific sound for each project and stick with that the whole way thru.

RJP: Awesome! Of course, production is just one factor, with regards to the copy, who did the writing and what was the focus of the message?

Yes! Having the right ingredients (like copy, VO and audio elements) make up for 75% of the production. The basic copy was written by Rob Stenders who is founder of the project. Then we had some people rewrite the errors and finally Chris the VO guy can change anything he think needs changing as well.

RJP: Love the collaborative efforts in here. And yes, that powerful message can only be complimented with such a powerful voice, who is given the privilege here to voice the sweepers and how was the selection process?

Chris Ackerman of ackermanaudio.com. He’s such a nice guy to work with. A few years ago he actually flew to the Netherlands to do a couple of recordings here. I found him online and immediately fell in love his classic American voice that screams CHARACTER. He’s a huge hit with many of my clients in Europe that need a deep trailer voice as well.

RJP: How about the processing of the voice, was there specific technique(s) used to make it pop ?

Yes a good mic and a good voice is half the work., then the production magic comes into play. Chris runs thru a number of plugins and a little verb. I spend a lot of time tweaking and setting up the processing at the start of each project. Making sure the settings work with the specific VO and project.

RJP: Noticed the accentuating voice drops in some of the sweepers, but how do you think the drops help in hammering home the message of the brand.

In this case I took some quotes from iconic artists like Bowie and Jagger which immediately brings the whole production to life . When not immediately audible that the voice belongs to (for example) Jimi Hendrix, I add some of their music under it so people make the connection instantly.

RJP: What was the reaction from the station when they received the final product.

I got a text from Rob Stenders who was “crying like a little kid, so happy with his new toys”. They were thrilled. Me too, because giving birth to a package always takes time and excitement IMO. It requires your creative juices to flow a that moment which isn’t something you can always compel to do at any time. The time has to be right and you have to feel the excitement going. Then the magic happens.

RJP: What is your advise to classics stations regarding their imaging and how can Sonic Spring help them with their needs?

Be different, not only for Classic stations, but for any station. There’s so much stuff out there that sounds great, but is completely identical. I try to bring back some passion, character and see imaging as art, not as mass production.

Maurice Verschuuren

Maurice Verschuuren

Maurice is currently the Creative Director at Sonic Spring and is also a professional voice-over talent who is providing excellent services to big brands like Omroep Brabant, Media Markt and has worked with Syfy Universal, Q Music, Radio 10 and SBS Broadcasting among many others.

You can visit www.mauriceverschuuren.com

 

sonicspring-125x125SONIC SPRING is the world’s newest jingle company. Jingles and imaging for stations and brands that want to break away from the herd. Founded by Maurice Verschuuren. Over 15 years or experience with the world’s industry leaders. Spring has finally arrived to the jingle world.

Visit www.sonicspring.eu to listen to all their latest works and find out how they can help you with your station imaging.

WLS Voice Guy Topped 2015, Who Will Lead 2016’s Benztown50 @BenztownRadio

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Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company and one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S., announces that it will release the third annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada.

The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction.

The list is currently in development and will be released to the industry this fall. Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from now through October 21, 2016, at: www.benztown.com/50.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President said:

“More companies than ever before are working to attract and engage consumers with distinctive, great-sounding audio content. That means that outstanding VO professionals that define brands and create excitement and interest have never been more essential to our industry’s success than they are now. We’re proud to shine a bright light on our industry’s top VO talent and look forward to sharing the results.”

Ken Benson, President of Research for P1 Media Group said:

“P1 is proud to continue our partnership with Benztown in honoring the vital voices and considerable talent that play a critical role in today’s audio branding. Our proprietary algorithm will be evaluating a tremendous amount of data to determine 2016’s Benztown 50. We’re thrilled to work with Benztown again to honor the unsung heroes of our industry.”

For more information, visit www.benztown.com/50

@HarryLegg Voices Trailers for NYT Best-Sellers Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liane Moriarty and Lisa Scottoline

Award-winning voice talent Harry Legg voices the trailers of 3 newly released book by New York best-selling authors.

Dragonmark – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
Damaged – Lisa Scottoline

Harry is a NYC based Voice Talent for Radio & TV stations as well as commercials, trailers, narrations, documentaries and more. For samples, listen to the projects by visiting www.harrylegg.com.

[VIDEO] Getting Exposed To The Marketing Component of Voice Work

Bill DeWees has just shared an awesome resource on the marketing component for voice talents.

He is the trusted voice of the world’s most trusted brands. Credits include Disney, Chevy, AmEx, Microsoft, NBC U., Warner Bros, Coke, Bosch, Adidas, and PGA Tour.

Visit BillDeWees.com and http://www.vosuccessformula.com.

Jeffrey Machado says:

Bill, Lance…this is simply fascinating. Being exposed to the marketing component of voice work over the past few months (thanks to you, Bill!) has been like a lightning strike to my perception of what makes a successful VO business in this day and age. I finally get it: I can’t just be a voice actor, I have to be a marketer as well. I can’t tell you how empowering and energizing this knowledge is…it’s like I FINALLY see the path ahead. Thank you SO much for the education, guys!

Harry Legg Sizzles The Airwaves As Voice of The NBC Sports Radio Network, TV Affiliates and Radio Stations around the Globe

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Here in our side of the planet where the preferred voice talents, for radio particularly, are the baritone, voice of God skills and the typical hyped delivery, Harry Legg is an unconventional yet contemporary choice for voiceovers.

That’s because in today’s radio imaging landscape, personality is king.

Harry Legg, being in the industry for years now and having worked in the Top 3 US markets of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, knows much and understands the conventions. Here in my country particularly, the Philippines, there is a big preference for the baritone larynx and the “hyped” delivery. And we can understand that, our radio industry here has been influenced by the US since the 1920s. So listeners here are accustomed to the deep vocal fries and hard sells of radio personalities.

But just like in the commercial world, things in radio have evolved, especially in the imaging aspect. It’s not just about the thundering voice anymore, it’s about the personality and connection to the audience.

Now, this is not to bash a specific style of voice over, because different needs, require unique and special solutions.

In a video where Harry shared his beginnings in the biz, the 2-time Telly Award recipient said that the key is acting not just announcing. And when you act, you get to embody a character that the listener can relate to. (Harry Legg – How I got into Voiceover)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2ZQnk5BcDc

No wonder Harry Legg is the top choice for commercial brands, TV and radio networks. He has personality and he is king in his craft.

His recent works include voicing for the summer lineup on CBS TV affiliates and his most recent station signing (at the time of writing this article) is Mega Hit FM in Bonaire – an island municipality of the Netherlands.

Although Harry has crossed into voicing for TV, radio still remains a major part of Harry’s daily work and passion – having been in just about every format and nook of the business from On-Air Talent to Award Winning Creative Services Director to Program Director. Harry is also a shareholder in Benztown Branding – one of the largest and most successful radio and voiceover imaging companies in the world.

Here’s our interview with Harry Legg.

  • When you voice for a new station, what comes to your mind first? (Like I can imagine, there is this “muscle memory” that automatically kicks in when you read a certain copy, say for example “All of Today’s Best Music Radio Name Here”. I’m sure you have read hundreds of imaging scripts already, so you must have developed, I don’t know how you call it, but some sort of voiceover muscle memory so to speak.)

That’s funny, I never thought of it that way – as “muscle memory.” It’s true that there is a general vocal delivery that automatically comes to mind when asked to do VO for a particular format – but there are definitely different nuances for many of my clients. I have a CHR that really likes me sounding super friendly and casual instead of the typical sizzle and intensity that’s normally associated with the format. When I take on a new client, I prefer to have a good conversation with the PD and/or Creative Director so that I can get into their heads and understand their particular situation and station goals.

  • What do you do to make each project unique from others you have done or currently doing?

Keeping this answer to Station Imaging versus Commercial VO, Narration or Trailer VO, there are only so many ways you can say “All The Hits.” So, being unique is not exactly the task at hand for the vocal delivery on the majority of standard station phrases. The area where I get the chance to really play and have fun bringing the script to life is when there is creative writing and playfulness with the imaging that the listener might not expect to hear – that’s what I love. There is certainly the need to do the standard lines… “kickin’ off 20 minutes commercial free” and so on, but there should be so much more than that to really make your station engaging to the listeners. In my opinion, you need a VO Talent that has range and not just one sound for everything. I hope I am providing that flexibility to my clients.

  • In the video “How I Got Into Voiceover”, you mentioned about being coached to find your style, how do you describe your voice style or personality?

The coaching for me was more to beat the stereotypical radio dee-jay sound out of my delivery. Getting rid of that dee-jay sound was most important for commercial work and for TV VO. For Commercial VO you want to discover your signature voice – the one that will get you the most bookings and the one that you are most comfortable doing everyday. This also translates to having a wide range of vocal capability for the various radio formats. There’s a particular sound that I certainly enjoy the most – that’s the CHR sound or the intense sports delivery. But I also voice Jazz, Reggae, Soft AC, Rock, Country, and Hip Hop stations.

  • Is this style the same as you had before you became full time in voiceovers or is this style something you have discovered?

I fell in love with CHR radio as a kid and I’ve always leaned heavily toward that style – mostly because it was so much fun presentation-wise.

  • I mentioned earlier about style, but let’s talk about your niche or your strongest format, like which radio format do you think you excel at or most comfortable with: CHR, Hot AC, News, Rock?

I’m amazing at all of them! Hahaha! OK, back down to earth… The majority of my clients are in the CHR world or the sports world. The NBC Sports Radio Network is my largest client with hundreds of stations across the country. I also voice for the NPGL – a fairly new sports league in their 3rd year with games telecast on NBC Sports. Sports VO has really taken off for me but I really enjoy all the formats and don’t like to overly pigeonhole myself into a specific genre. Hopefully, the strategy continues to work. I know a lot of VO Talents that really specialize in a particular format and have a ton of success, too.

  • Okay, I wonder, as a world-class, in demand voice talent, is it possible to be a jack of all trades? Can you be good at everything, at least in radio, like can you be a master of all formats?

I don’t know about being a master of all but you can certainly have a very diverse roster of clients and be successful.

  • Was there a project, that required you to deliver a certain style that you weren’t, let’s say comfortable, or something new to you or challenging but you overcame and conquered?

Some of my international clients are the most fun and the most challenging. Having clients in the middle east has forced me to learn vocal sounds we would never make here in the US. I’ve had to say things in foreign languages simply by following the client’s mp3 examples. I just renewed for another year with Cork’s 96FM in Cork, Ireland. They enunciate their “T’s” way more than we do and that has made for some fun VO sessions.

  • I want to bring in the topic of streaming radio, it has reached more audience now than ever before. When you voice for an Internet radio, do you treat it differently than when you voice for a terrestrial radio? (Because Internet radio, at least here in our part of the globe, is not constrained to PPM, definitely depends on the copy, but surely there’s more leeway for style and delivery).

There isn’t anything particularly different in voicing for Internet stations. It all depends on the writing and level of creativity. There should be more room to play on the Internet but most stations seem to offer little as far as creative imaging – probably due to budget constraints.

  • Looking ahead, what do you see for the future of voiceovers and radio imaging.

I think we went through a period, at least in the US, where radio freaked-out and stripped stations of personality – both with the on-air talent and with imaging. I think it is crystal clear that an emotional bond between the listener and your station brand is crucial. Jukeboxes or iPods rarely remain at the top of the ratings heap. Obviously, you need to be smart and game the PPM methodology within reason – it’s the measurement tool in the biggest US markets. However, you can still do damn good radio. That involves more than your dee-jays constantly spouting station web addresses, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram verbiage to the point of tune out or lack of effectiveness. Entertain your audience. Imaging plays a vital role in your station’s personality – don’t neglect it.

As far as imaging voiceover goes, there will continue to be a ton of talents to choose from. Here are some things to consider before selecting a new station voice: Find out what their everyday demeanor is like with their clients. I unfortunately hear stories of talents who are difficult to deal with and won’t go the extra mile when a station gets in a bind. Do not hire a page counting cop. We have page counts in contracts to protect ourselves but a good talent will understand that this is radio and once in a while there’s an extra promotion or something that is needed. Hire someone with vocal range because hopefully you are going to have some fun and occasionally do off-the-wall things that will grab your listener’s attention – you will want a talent that can accommodate. New talents certainly deserve a chance but make sure their setup truly sounds good. They don’t have to have a three thousand dollar Neumann mic but they do need to have a good acoustic environment and a clean, consistent sound. Ask if the talent travels with a mic. While I’m fairly strict about respecting vacation time – weather disasters, shootings, iconic celebrities dying are all things that could warrant quickly jumping behind the mic from your hotel room to knock out a tribute or a few lines for your stations. A sports star broke his ankle and NBC Sports needed a few lines from me – I pulled over at a rest stop while on a road trip and plugged a mic into my iPhone and uploaded it to them in about 10 minutes. I was on vacation when Prince died but immediately knew upon getting the text alert on my iPhone that many of my stations would need something from me – I recorded lines that all my stations could use and sent them before many of them even asked. These are just some of the things that you might not think about when hiring a station voice talent. Your station voice should consider themselves a part of your extended team – keep them up to date on station ratings and invite them to your holiday parties and such – you never know, they might show up! Anyway, I hope I have helped provide some ideas to think about when choosing a VO talent or ideas for those who are aspiring to do this type of work. If anyone would like to reach me, I’m at harry@harrylegg.com Thank You!

Thanks a lot to Harry for this amazing interview. The takeaway is really is that there is so much to be excited about radio. Please do visit Harry’s website at www.harrylegg.com.

Check out his latest TV work:

Imaging:

http://www.benztown.com/brigade/harry-legg

CBS TV:

Trailers:

Commercials:

Narration: