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PBS and the Fred Rogers Company hope you like John Boswell's celebration of Fred Rogers' message.

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.

 VIDEO: Mister Rogers remixed by John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios.
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Liam Neeson, narrator, voice over actor

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

Bill Pheiffer, former WDEL Delaware announcer, dies

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:

Go Lester Holt...

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, Announcer on ‘Laugh-In,’ Dies at 80

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.


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. 

Bob Simon (May 29, 1941 – February 11, 2015) was a CBS News television correspondent.


 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.

F. Murray Abraham (born Murray Abraham October 24, 1939) is an American actor, voice over-narrator

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.


Joe Franklin, New York City Talk Show Pioneer, Dies at 88

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.

Roger Craig Smith (born August 11, 1975)[1] is an American voice actor

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... 

George Gray (born March 11, 1967) is an American game show host, announcer, and a comedian.

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.

WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: George Gray falls on a treadmill while running backwards on it. He doesn't miss a beat and even jokes about it.


Jay Olcutt Sanders (born April 16, 1953) is an American actor known for his work in theatre, film, and TV.

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".

ESPN's Stuart Scott dies after lengthy battle with cancer

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." ESPN

Peter Coyote (born Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon; October 10, 1941) is an American actor, author, director, screenwriter and narrator

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.


Edward Kirk Herrmann (July 21, 1943 – December 31, 2014) was an American actor and voice over artist.

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.


Clifton Garrick Utley (November 19, 1939 – February 20, 2014) was an American television journalist.

He established his career reporting about the Vietnam War and has the distinction of being the first full-time television correspondent covering the war on-site.


Bruce Alexander Morton (October 28, 1930 – September 5, 2014) was a television news correspondent for both CBS News and CNN in a career which spanned over 40 years.

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. WIKIPEDIA BIO

Richard C. Hottelet Is Dead at 97; CBS Correspondent Was Last of the ‘Murrow Boys’

Mr. Hottelet, only 26 when he was hired by Edward R. Murrow, covered the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge for CBS News.

NYTimes...|...WIKIPEDIA...|...CBS NEWS

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.

Hyman J. Averback, known as Hy Averback (October 21, 1920 – October 14, 1997) was an American radio, television, and film actor who eventually became a producer and director.

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

Win Elliot, (May 7, 1915 - September 17, 1998)

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

Mark Heller's WEMP-FM, Wisconsin on the air

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. Happy Holidays...racampbell

Stanley Tucci (/ˈtuːtʃi/; born November 11, 1960) is an American actor and voice over artist

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.


Jonathan Daniel "Jon" Hamm (born March 10, 1971) is an American actor, voice actor

In March 2010, Hamm was hired by Mercedes-Benz as their new voiceover for their campaign with the S400 Hybrid vehicle. Hamm replaced actor Richard Thomas.
Also, in 2013 American Airlines debuted a commercial titled "Change is in the Air" featuring Hamm as the voice-over.


Star Wars Force Awakens trailer voiced by actor Andy Serkis

Voice Over Actor Andy Serkis...|...more here

 Andrew Clement "Andy" Serkis (born 20 April 1964) is an English film actor, director and author. He is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as: Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), King Kong in the eponymous 2005 film, Caesar in Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2011, 2014) and Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin (2011). Serkis' film work in motion capture has been critically acclaimed, earning him recognition from many associations that do not traditionally recognise motion capture as "real acting". Serkis has received an Empire Award, a National Board of Review Award, two Saturn Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his motion capture work.WIKIPEDIA


David Ogden Stiers (born October 31, 1942) is an American actor, director, vocal actor

Most noted for his roles in Disney films, the television series M*A*S*H as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III and the science fiction drama The Dead Zone as Reverend Gene Purdy. He is also known for the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in the Perry Mason TV movies. Stiers has provided voice work for dozens of film and television projects. His first work was on one of George Lucas' earliest films, the critically acclaimed THX 1138, in which he was incorrectly billed as "David Ogden Steers". Stiers has voiced PBS documentary films such as Ric Burns' project New York: A Documentary Film, 2010 Peabody Award winner The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today and several episodes of the documentary television series The American Experience, including Ansel Adams (2002), also directed by Ric Burns.


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