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Downton Abbey's Lady Mary is now the most in-demand British voice in America, new research has revealed.
Actress Michelle Dockery's cut glass English tones beat Hugh Grant and Daniel Craig to become the most requested UK accent for the US voiceover industry.
Voiceovers are big business in America covering everything from TV ads to recorded birthday greetings and at the moment famous British - and Irish - voices are particularly popular.
Dan Farrell, a photographer for The Daily News in New York known for his image of John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s coffin, died on Monday, 13 April 2015, in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He was 84.
The cause was pneumonia, NYTimes story
In 50 years at the newspaper, Mr. Farrell photographed the Beatles’ first American visit, Bing Crosby on the subway and President Jimmy Carter jumping a fence at La Guardia Airport.
But his most memorable image was of the president’s son.
PERSONAL OBSERVATION: The date was Nov. 25, 1963, three days after President Kennedy’s assassination. John Jr., known as John-John, was spending his third birthday attending his father’s funeral in Washington.
As a member of the Air Force military cordon, I was standing outside the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, as the procession passed by, John-John’s mother, Jacqueline Kennedy, whispered to him. The boy, in overcoat and shorts, standing in front of his uncle Robert F. Kennedy, raised his right hand in salute. I thought to myself if someone took a picture it would be historical. Farrell who was nearby got the picture as did a few other photographers. Something to tell my grandchildren about I was thinking.---RACampbell
Bob Schieffer, CBS chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation anchor, talks about his career and announces that he will retire this summer from CBS News after a 58 years in journalism. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
Bob Lloyd Schieffer (born February 25, 1937) is an American television journalist who has been with CBS News since 1969, serving 23 years as anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening
News from 1973 to 1996; chief Washington correspondent since 1982, moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation since 1991. From March 2005 to August 31, 2006, Schieffer was interim weekday anchor of the CBS Evening News. As of 2011, he is one of the primary substitutes for Scott Pelley.
Schieffer is one of the few journalists to have covered all four of the major Washington national assignments: the White House, the Pentagon, United States Department of State, and United States Congress. His career with CBS has almost exclusively dealt with national politics.
Freberg, who was called the father of the funny commercial, was a fount of irreverence and a purveyor of advertising sales pitches that employed extreme reverse psychology.NYTimes Obit
Stan Freberg (born Stanley Friberg; August 7, 1926 – April 7, 2015) was an American author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative director, whose career began in 1944. He remained active in the industry into his late 80s, more than 70 years after entering it.
Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.
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What better way to promote Ireland than by combining the dulcet tones of one of our most well-loved actors and breathtaking footage or our stunning landscape?
That's exactly what Tourism Ireland have done by enlisting Taken actor Liam Neeson to provide the voiceover to sixty seconds of pure Irish magic.
From freshly poured pints of Guinness to waves bashing against towering cliffs, not forgetting famous sights going green to commemorate St Patrick's Day - this clip is the perfect way to look forward to our national holiday.Irish Mirror
Long-time WDEL sports director Bill Pheiffer died Saturday morning, February 29, 2015, at his home at the age of 90.
Pheiffer was a native of Easton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Lafayette College
He began his radio and TV career in 1949, and worked at WDEL more than 30 years, as both news and sports director. For many years, starting in the 1960's, Pheiffer broadcast Salesianum football games on WDEL. He also worked with the late Bob Kelly broadcasting University of Delaware football and basketball games in the 1960's and 1980's....more: WDEL Radio
Born August 30, 1924, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. A Navy veteran of WWII, he served in the Pacific as a gunner on a torpedo bomber. After his discharge, Bill graduated from Lafayette College and began a career in television and radio in 1949. - See more at:
The NBC News division of Comcast-owned NBC/Universal had no choice but to appoint Lester Holt to replace the suspended Brian Williams on the top-rated “NBC Nightly News,” and by doing so it painted itself into the right corner...FORBES...|...WIKIPEDIA...|...GetReligion
Gary Owens, a television and radio announcer best known as the droll, deadpan voice of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” died on Thursday, 12 February 2015, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 80.
NYTimes Obit Gary Owens (May 10, 1934 – February 12, 2015) was an American disc jockey and voice actor. His polished baritone speaking voice generally offered deadpan recitations of total nonsense, which he frequently demonstrated as the announcer on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Owens was equally proficient in straight or silly assignments and was frequently heard in television, radio, and commercials. He was best known, aside from being the announcer on Laugh-In, for providing the voice of the titular superhero on Space Ghost. He also played himself in a cameo appearance on Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1998. Likewise, Owens provided the voice of Roger Ramjet on The Roger Ramjet Cartoons. He later served as voice of the over-the-air digital network Antenna TV.
WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Gary Owens is a voice that just about everyone has heard and knows, even if they don't know his name. From Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In to being the voice of Roger Ramjet, Space Ghost, and Powdered Toast Man, Gary's voice has been a guest in American living rooms for decades.
On February 11, 2015, Simon was killed in a car crash. He was a passenger in a livery cab which was involved in a collision with another car, and then in crashed into a median. Bob Simon went into cardiac arrest and later died at Bellevue hospital.
From 1964 to 1967, Simon served as an American Foreign Service officer and was a Fulbright Scholar in France and a Woodrow Wilson scholar. From 1969 to 1971, he served a tour in the CBS News London bureau. From 1971 to 1977, he was based in the London and Saigon bureaus, where he served as a Vietnam War correspondent. From 1977 to 1981, he was assigned to the CBS News Tel Aviv bureau.
From 1981 to 1982, he spent time in Washington, D.C., as the CBS News State Department correspondent. From 1982 to 1987, Simon served as a New York-based CBS News national correspondent. In 1987, Simon was named the CBS News Chief Middle Eastern correspondent. During the opening days of the Gulf War in January 1991, Simon and his CBS News team were captured by Iraqi forces and spent 40 days in Iraqi prisons; he later chronicled the experience in the book Forty Days.
In 1996, Simon joined 60 Minutes as a correspondent, and in 1998, he was named a 60 Minutes II correspondent.
He became widely known during the 1980s after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984). He has appeared in many roles, both leading and supporting, in films such as All the President's Men (1976), Scarface (1983), The Name of the Rose (1986), Finding Forrester (2000), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). He is also known for his television and theatre work and casted a regular performer on the award-winning TV series Homeland. Abraham made his screen debut as an usher in the George C. Scott comedy They Might Be Giants (1971). By the mid-'70s, Murray had steady employment as an actor, doing commercials and voice-overs. PBS Nature documentaries, 32 episodes spanning 2007–2010, are shown frequently on public television in the USA.
Franklin, one of New York Cities radio and television’s most enduring personalities, was on the air in New York from 1951 to 1993 as the host of a compellingly low-rent parade of has-beens and yet-to-bes. CNN Obit Joe Franklin (born Joseph Fortgang; March 9, 1926 - January 24, 2015) was an American radio and television host personality from New York City, best known for pioneering the television talk-and-variety show format that set the standard for television talk shows. His show began in 1950 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993. He interviewed over 300,000 guests during his 43 year television career. WIKIPEDIA
He is generally known as the current voice behind Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil series, as Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the Assassin's Creed games, as Deidara in the anime Naruto: Shippuden, the current voice of Steve Rogers/Captain America in Ultimate Spider-Man, the series Avengers Assemble, and Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Thomas in Regular Show, Percy and Belson in Clarence, and as the voice of Batman in the video games Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate.WIKIPEDIA
He is also the voice actor for Sonic the Hedgehog in the Sonic games, as well as its television adaptation, Sonic Boom.
Interview Exclusive with Roger Voice actor for Resident evil 5 also known as Chris Redfield...
Born in Ballwin, Missouri, Gray attended high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from the University of Arizona, during which time he played drums with local band The Reason Why with his two English buddies Tony Randall and Shane Lamont. After working as a sketch and stand-up comedian, Gray's first television hosting gig was for the Fox Movie Channel doing a show called FXM Friday Nights. He then appeared as co-host of the long-running series Movies For Guys Who Like Movies on TBS.
WIKIPEDIAVIDEO: George Gray falls on a treadmill while running backwards on it. He doesn't miss a beat and even jokes about it.
Sanders has had a long career in film and TV, but he is probably most recognized for his work in the blockbuster films The Day After Tomorrow and Green Lantern. Sanders is also noted for playing Mob lawyer character Steven Kordo in the 1986–88 NBC detective series Crime Story. VOICE OVERS...He is known as the narrator for the PBS series Wide Angle from 2002–2009 and has served as narrator for a number of Nova episodes starting in 2007. On stage, he has appeared on Broadway in Loose Ends, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Saint Joan, and Pygmalion. Off-Broadway, he appeared as George W. Bush in David Hare's Stuff Happens in 2006 and the title role in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. He has appeared in more shows at the Delacourte theater (Shakespeare in Central Park) than any other actor to date
Has narrated more than fifty audio-books over the years, including the best-selling "My Losing Season" by 'Pat Conroy' (qv) and 'Dean R. Koontz' (qv)'s "Dragon Tears" and "Mr. Murder". Popular novelists 'William Gibson (I)' (qv), 'Tony Hillerman' (qv), 'William Least- Heat Moon' and 'Joyce Carol Oates' (qv) are among his readings. He and his wife, 'Maryann Plunkett' (qv), did some storytelling together on 'Lawrence Sanders' (qv)' "Private Pleasures". They also appeared opposite each other on Broadway in the acclaimed 1993 production of 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv)'s "Saint Joan". WIKIPEDIA BIO
Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning January 4, 2015, at the age of 49.
Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man -- from his signature "Boo-Yah!" to "As cool as the other side of the pillow" to "He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school."
His voice work includes narrating the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics and Apple's iPad Retina Display campaign. He has also served as on-camera co-host of the 2000 Oscar telecasts. His speaking voice helped him win an Emmy Award in 1992 for narration of "The Meiji Revolution" episode of the PBS series The Pacific Century. He has often been compared with actor Henry Fonda.
He was best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayals of Franklin D. Roosevelt on television, Richard Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, a ubiquitous narrator for historical programs on the History Channel and in such PBS productions as Nova, and as a spokesman for Dodge automobiles in the 1990s.
Morton was born in Norwalk, Connecticut but grew up in Chicago. Morton graduated from Harvard University in 1952 and spent the next three years in the U.S. Army. While still at Harvard, he was a newscaster for a Boston radio station. After leaving the service, Morton went into television news, first as a behind-the-scenes assistant at New York City's WRCA-TV, then on air for a local station in Pittsburgh. He joined ABC News in 1962 as a London-based reporter. In 1964, he joined CBS News, where he would stay for the next 29 years. He was based in Washington, D.C., where he was a Congressional correspondent. During his tenure with CBS, he also co-anchored the CBS Morning News (with Hughes Rudd) from 1974 to 1977. Longtime CBS correspondent Roger Mudd, in his 2008 memoir The Place To Be, acknowledged Morton as the best writer in the CBS Washington Bureau during the years they worked together.
After leaving CBS in 1993, Morton went to work for CNN, where he stayed until his retirement in 2006. Continuing to be based in Washington, his title at CNN was national correspondent.
He died on September 5, 2014, at his home in Washington D.C., aged 83.
Hottelet was known as one of Murrow's Boys, an early team of broadcasters who pioneered the industry at the CBS Radio Network.
Later in his career, Hottelet was CBS News resident correspondent at the United Nations in New York, reporting on speeches given by world leaders in the General Assembly and current world events which were on the agenda of the Security Council.
The former CBS News correspondent was 97 and passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home early in the morning (17 DEC 20014) in Wilton, Conn.
Averback was an announcer in Hollywood before World War II. During the War, as part of the Armed Forces Radio Service, he entertained troops in the Pacific with his program of comedy and music, where he created the character of Tokyo Mose, a lampoon of Japan's Tokyo Rose. In the post-War years, he became the announcer for Bob Hope and Jack Paar on NBC and also announced for other NBC radio shows, The Sealtest Village Store and Let's Talk Hollywood.WIKIPEDIA
He was an American television and radio sportscaster and game show host who was best known for his long tenures as a play-by-play broadcaster of NHL New York Rangers and NBA New York Knicks games and host of Sports Central USA on the CBS Radio Network.
Born Irwin Elliot Shalek in Chelsea, Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Elliot did Rangers games through the 1950s and 60s, alternating with other announcers of the era, depending on what stations held rights and who sponsored the games.
Elliot broadcast boxing matches on the NBC radio network during the 1950s.
From 1947 to 1949, he was the emcee of Quick As a Flash, a radio quiz program which featured drama segments with guest actors from radio detective shows.
On TV, he replaced Jay Jackson as host of the nighttime version of the popular quiz show Tic-Tac-Dough, for the last 13 weeks of the show's nighttime run, before that program was taken off the air in the fallout from the quiz show scandals that had erupted not long before.
Elliot was also a guest host on other game shows, including Beat the Clock and Win with a Winner.
But Elliot became far better known as a sportscaster.WIKIPEDIA
Wisconsin has a station named “WEMP” again, and it’s not in Milwaukee, the historic home market for those calls. Mark Heller’s Metro North reserved the WEMP calls for a new Class A FM it finally put on the air at 98.9, licensed to north-of-Manitowoc Two Rivers. But NorthPine says the new soft oldies WEMP actually broadcasts from the tower of WLKN Cleveland, Wisconsin (98.1), south of Manitowoc. That yields a signal that’s heard down toward Sheboygan. NorthPine recalls that Heller began testing the 98.9 signal a year ago, so putting it on the air preserves the license. Starting next week, Metro North will simulcast WEMP on its currently-silent WLWB New Holstein (1530).
New station WEMP/98.9 (Two Rivers) is on the air carrying an Easy Listening/Soft Oldies format. The official sign-on came Sunday (12/7/14) at 4 p.m., a year after the station first conducted testing. WEMP uses 6kW/89m from the WLKN/98.1 (Cleveland) tower south of Manitowoc, with a main coverage area extending as far south as Sheboygan. It's owned by Heller's Metro North Communications. He plans to begin simulcasting WEMP's programming on WLWB/1530 (New Holstein) next week. He also owns Oldies-formatted WGBW/1590 (Denmark-Green Bay). The station features easy listening pioneer R Alan Campbell on the announcements. Campbell, veteran announcer of WDVR, Philadelphia, WBAL Baltimore, WQMR Washington DC and KUMU, Honolulu, also programs beautiful music segments for the stations. Sorry no Internet listen link at this time.
I'm sending voiceovers and music tracks via Internet Dropbox folders from Monterrey.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones (2009), and won an Emmy Award for his performance in Winchell. He also was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One And Only Shrek.
In July 2006, Tucci made an appearance on the USA Network TV series Monk, in a performance that earned him a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series. Tucci's TV series, the medical drama 3 lbs., debuted on CBS on November 14, 2006, but canceled that November 30 due to low ratings. He provides the voiceover in the AT&T Wireless "Raising the Bar" marketing campaign. In 2007, he had a recurring role in medical drama ER.