Episode 109: John Pleisse

The more I think that being north of 100 episodes means I’ll start to run out of BIG names to get on the show..the more I realize thats absurd. John Pleisse is a major player in the voiceover world especially when we talk in terms of Radio Imaging AND TV Affiliate work. He is heard…

Episode 108: Chris Ward

Chris Ward’s official title: Content Operations Director / Group Production Director for the Bauer City Network , Northern England & Scotland. That means he has his hands in dozens of stations and networks across the UK.  He is also part of the larger Bauer Media Group which, as I learned in the interview, is REALLY HUGE in…

Episode 107: Andrew Berger

Andrew Berger is the Imaging Director at POWER 106 in Los Angeles, CA.  Power is one of the longest running Hip Hop stations in America and one that has built genres and landscapes, waged battles and defined radio strategies for decades.  It has certainly evolved in different ways but to say it isn’t an EXTREMELY important station…

Episode 106: Justin Spencer Dove

Justin Spencer Dove is a rising star and has been for a solid decade or more.  I always know that if a guy’s name comes up many times, by many independent people consistently, I want to get him on my show.  AND he has one of the real nifty Imaging gigs out there too!  He’s…

Episode 105: Roger Rose

Roger Rose is one of the premier promo voices in America. While many people will know Roger, or at minimum his voice, from the Columbia Broadcasting System it might still be a surprise to find out on just how many venues he is heard. CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX – The Grammys, The Emmys, People’s Choice,…

Episode 104: Marc Vickers

“Tell us how you did it.” I should do this more often but I pulled a small, simple quote from the end of our interview because I think this is very important for new/young/budding talent to keep in mind. When applying for gigs and sending audio THAT is what Marc Vickers, Creative Director of Wisebuddah…

Episode 103: Ben Marks

That’s Ben marks!  Imaging Producer at Reel World Europe.  I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many people from their team and like everyone else – Ben exudes class, humility and TALENT. Check out the link below to Reel World’s Blog about the Radio 1 Extra project.  It should show you all you need…

Episode 102: Xavier Paul

Xavier Paul is a Voiceover Artist, Theater, TV and Film actor, Stand up comic, On Camera Host and a Musician. “HBO, THE NBA, CNN, THE WEATHER CHANNEL, MOVIE TRAILERS, CARTOONS, ANIMATION!” BUT when he breaks it down to the core:  he is a STORYTELLER.  We had a great chat, we got a little deep into…

EPISODE 100: THE 100TH SHOW

To celebrate the (official) 100th show of my now 8 year old podcast I set out to create the most International audio program about the current state of Radio Imaging.  I asked about 40 radio pros to talk about radio imaging. Simple right?  We discuss why we do it, the future of the industry, what we…

Episode 101: Denzil Lacey

Programming Note:  No, you did not miss Episode 100.  I had planned to line it up with my trip to Europe BUT I actually did a couple bonus episodes so I’ve brilliantly traveled forward to 101 today.  NEXT, in October, I will create and post a “100th Podcast Extravaganza Show” – and that will fittingly be titled…

Episode 99: Staxx Williams

It was not quite ONE year ago today when one of the highest profile Imaging jobs on earth opened up. Dave Foxx left iHeart/NYC – Z100 and KTU – after almost (or more than??) 30 years on the job.  I immediately started asking some friends on the inside (including Dave) who would, or could, take…

Episode 98: Chad Erickson

Another high level and still continually rising voice-talent is featured on the show. Chad Erickson is a big name in the world of Radio Imaging Voiceover but he is also found all over your TV box with promo work heard on CBS, Fox, CNN, ESPN College Basketball, Steve Harvey and many, MANY more. Chad is heard on…

Episode 97: Howard Cogan

I don’t like to label someone as “The guy from…” or  “The person you know as…” in reference to what they do – but in this case, as far as Radio Imaging Voices, Howard Cogan is as connected to ONE specific brand as anyone. Howard is the well known voice of the multi-national JACK FM Radio…

Episode 96: Miles Hlivko

The not so new Imaging Director (about 1 year in now) is Miles Hlivko. YEP…Another major talent to come out of Ohio, and more specifically, Cleveland. He was at WMMS for years elevating to APD in 2013.

Episode 95: Cowboy Kyle

CK, Kyle, Cowboy – whatever you call him – Cowboy Kyle is the Imaging Director at WUSY – US 101 in Chattanooga. CK also images over 20 country stations nationwide including New Orleans, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Augusta, Des Moines, Wichita, and several more. He KILLS it by knowing the audience, knowing how to write for…

Episode 94: Steven Lemmens

Creative Director at Studio Brussel in Belgium, part of VRT, Steven Lemmens has an outstanding mindset and skillsetfor radio creative and station branding. He specifically crafts the sound of Studio Brussel but works as part of a large team within the company where everyone is encouraged to wear many hats. Heck he is also the…

Episode 93: Larry MacInnis

Sometimes you just have a great chat with a great talent. Larry MacInnis has been at the center of some large scale creative.  In fact if you are in Canada you’ve heard of CHUM-FM, of course.  Or maybe specifically Toronto, you’ve heard the Al Palladini’s Pinetree Lincoln-Mercury spots?  Experience, skill, wisdom, NO hyperbole, creativity and INTERESTING…

Episode 92: ARN – Dubai

The guys from The Arabian Radio Network in Dubai took time out of their busy schedules to do a group interview. While there are many talented producers at ARN I spoke with three including AJ Traspaderme (originally from Canada), Vinay Rao (India) and Heinie Hartendorp (Philippines).  Because of the diversity on staff these three producers also represent…

Episode 91: Jeff Schmidt – Alien Imaging

Wow.  I use that expensive three-letter-public-college-degree-having word to start this post because Jeff DELIVERED.  First, Jeff Schmidt is a San Francisco based Imaging Producer and musician working at the station level, the national level, the service level and he is a highly skilled sound designer for radio, video, web AND Video Games. He is Alien-Imaging…

Episode 90: Scott Fisher

90th episode??  Damn.  Scott Fisher is one of the leading Radio Imaging Voice Talents in America.  He is heard on some of the largest stations in the largest markets. He is BIG-TIME.  It’s a shame that it’s taken me this long to have him on but I had to save some of the best… Scott is…

Episode 89: Dave Foxx

The first Three-Time guest on the show is (and should be) Dave Foxx.  In one of the major developments to round out 2015, Dave is now the EX-Creative Services Director for Z100 NYC. He was also involved in many other major iHeart Radio responsibilities in New York and other parts of the US.  Dave is also…

Episode 88: Chris Nicoll

A skilled talent in creative imaging and radio management/administration, and someone who I am lucky to call a friend, has left one of the top Imaging Gigs on EARTH to find greener pastures.  Chris Nicoll is (or was, depending on when you read this) Head of Production for Capital Radio, Capital Xtra, Capital TV, Capital Solar System…

Episode 87: George Taylor

Sorry for my extended time away!  I had some unexpected delays with 3 different guests but GEORGE TAYLOR made himself available quicker than I thought so he saved my schedule a little. George is the Imaging Director at IMGR and a writer at Wise Buddah.  He is extremely musical as an Imaging Producer but… also a…

Episode 86: Kelly Doherty 2015

It was high time I had another recorded conversation with Kelly Doherty.  Since we last spoke she moved across the country, twice, and elevated to what might be the most prominent imaging position in the U.S.  Kelly is the Vice President of iHeartMedia. Again, as would be expected with Kelly no holds barred content-wise and we…

Episode 85: Dom Nero 2015

Another installment of: “Get ready for The Imaging Days 2015!” and Let’s revisit with a superstar of radio imaging.  Dom Nero is Creative Services Director @ HOT 97 NYC (Emmis NY).  He has held down this iconic position for over 10 years now.  Seems like yesterday when I hopped in an unmarked town-car (of course, no…

Episode 84: John Frost 2015

Back again and not soon enough, John Frost. He is the demented mind behind Frostbytes and an imaging style oft-mimicked but rarely matched. After years of running the first online imaging service, creating the “World Famous” branding at KROQ L.A. and influencing countless stations and producers worldwide,  John has been invited to present at The Imaging Days in…

Episode 83: The Imaging Days 2015

Here is your Imaging Days 2015 Preview episode!  The show is just one month away.  October 5 and 6 in Haarlem, The Netherlands, about 15 minutes from Amsterdam.  Anthony Timmers, Creative Director of the show, joins me to chat about all things IMAGING DAYS.  We run down the the list of speakers, or most of…

Episode 82: Rachel McGrath

It’s been a long time coming but FINALLY Rachel McGrath jumps in and joins the show.  Rachel has certainly been building up her roster of amazing stations but as we will learn she has put in the work.  Years ago she simply got out there and started hustling to build her business and hasn’t shown…

Episode 81: Drew Hall

What doesn’t Drew do?  He is the Creative Dir. at WFLZ – Tampa.  This station, as most of you  know, is maybe most revered for its BRANDING than anything else.  It’s been a consistent leader for outstanding creative and a jump-off point for some truly legendary Imaging Talent over the years.  Aside from that Drew is the National…

Episode 80: Mitch Faulkner

The Original Voice of Urban Radio – not a self dubbed title but a view held by many in the format, Mitch Faulkner has been heard…everywhere!  I probably don’t really need to write much in the way of an intro ad he certainly doesn’t need any hype.  I’ll say this – I got as much…

Episode 79: Tom Cross and Adam Burgess – Imaging Blueprint

This time I feature two guys I respect AND am happy to call friends, or mates, or whatever you say wherever you are. They are the creative force behind Imaging Blueprint, Contraband Media and plenty of other past and present creative endeavors.

Episode 78: David Lee

Certainly a guest that needs very little introduction.  Even if you don’t know the name, once you hear him you will know him. David Lee is heard, well, everywhere and maybe most notably on motorsports commercials OR national sports broadcasts.  I know that when Howard Deneroff cast him as the signature voice of Westwood One…

Episode 77: Anthony Gay

This podcast has been extra “Britishy” lately and will continue to be for a little longer. (Soon we will get the chat completed with the guys from Imaging Blueprint in London and somewhere near Southampton – my second favorite EPL team) wow…I digress.  Anthony Gay is the guest this time and he is a big…

Episode 76: 360 Country Call – Artist Audio

This is another “Special” episode that runs across multiple platforms.  Personally I think it could or should be useful to anyone who produces imaging, in any format.  This is a Quarterly Conference Call for 360 Country Stations. We have a chat about the BEST ways to gather and utilize artist audio in the Country Format.…

EPISODE 75: DAVID WARTNABY & HOWARD RITCHIE

It’s a big kick off to 2015 for the Podcast.  I reached out to a couple of my favorite non-American voice talents and they agreed to be on the show, together. Howard Ritchie (Website) – the legendary voice of Capital in the UK and David Wartnaby (Website)- the legendary voice of Heart in the UK.…

Episode 74: Mike Kaminski

What a fun time it is having 30 different people on your show…in the form of one man: Mike Kaminski.  Actually. I suspect Mike could have brought triple digits if I let him.  But as for Character voices and Imitation specialists I have now interviewed one of the very best.  There is a radio imaging…

Episode 73: Jason Garte – The Mix Group

Jason Garte is the President/Big Boss over at The Mix Group. If you are not aware they do a lot in the world of radio imaging but primarily custom production and/or voiceover for radio stations everywhere.  I was familiar with them as a group and some of their talent but, full disclosure, I had NO…

Episode 72 – Steve Dubbz

Steve Dubbz does A LOT of stuff but when it comes to Urban Radio Imaging his name will be at or near the top of everyone’s list.  His skillz (I’ll try not use Z instead of S the whole time) are not limited to Urban Radio as he gets into HOT AC and CHR plenty.…

Episode 71 – FOXX – CHASE – Super Show

To celebrate the anniversary of the show I wanted to do something big for everyone.  To me that meant getting more than one guest and it meant getting the biggest names in the industry.  Based on feedback, listen counts of previous shows and just an overall feeling from industry pros, the two guests I have…

Episode 70 – Anthony Timmers – The Imaging Days 2014

September 8th and 9th of this year (2014) I will travel to Europe for the first time.  I am excited for many reasons: I am degreed in History so I love opportunities to see, smell, hear and touch historic places.  I am also taking part in a very special international event geared exclusively at the Radio Imaging…

Episode 69 – RJ Curtis – Country Battle Stations

OK.  Out of the gate, be aware this is NOT the typical episode.  I am doing this in conjunction with my Country Imaging service at TM Studios, 360 Country.  I do a quarterly conference call for affiliates where we discuss random topics related to branding and station positioning.  This particular episode deals with strategies when you find…

Episode 68 – Jeff Laurence

For this episode I FINALLY get to interview an old colleague and friend, Jeff Laurence.  Jeff is the voice of almost EVERYTHING!  Radio stations, TV Stations, Commercial, Industrial, infomercials, universities and the list rolls one.  Check out the show notes page for full length demos and some cool YouTube Vids.  I kept this one in one part…

Episode 67 – P1 – Capital FM/Network/XTRA/TV

I have been working to get this episode put together for months.  The team at Capital was so generous with their time and knowledge and a special thanks to Chris Nicoll, Head of Production, for lining everyone up.  Yes, this episode features about 5 of 8 producers who create for Capital FM, Capital Network, Capital…

Episode 67 – P2 – Capital FM/Network/XTRA/TV

Part 2 continues abruptly with me going on a sports tangent.  Leave it to me to talk American Football with 5 British people.  Then we get into a ton of great topics including the ever popular “Sound Gear” stuff and all the tools etc that go into branding one of the largest media properties on…

Episode 66 – P2 – George Whittam – VO Studio Tech

We continue with George Whittam and, based on the debate that rages across the web, I started with and got very in depth on the ISDN v SOURCE CONNECT v OTHERS debate.  I am not an expert in any way when it comes to these technologies but George is and he has very balanced, educated…

Episode 65 – P1 – Justin Case

Justin Case has a snappy name and a great set of chops when it comes to audio imaging production.  And now he also has a great title:  Director of Programming & Imaging at Benztown Branding.  I have had the BOSS’ from Benz on in the past but Justin brings a very fresh perspective to the…

Episode 65 – P2 – Justin Case

Reminder to check out all his great demos and sound at his Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/casemusic Here he is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csmayton

Episode 64: Joe Cipriano + CONTEST

Joe Cipriano is the author of Living On Air: Adventures in Broadcasting.  Joe is a well known voice artist specializing in  Network Promos (heard on NBC, Fox, CBS and many more) but as we learn in our first interview with him he has a long career in, and a deep passion for, Radio.  He is a guest…

Episode 63: Brian Cooney Part 1

Brian Cooney, requested multiple times, was a nice chat and very insightful on the voiceover world.  I really enjoyed his candor on certain topics like money, unions, competition and workloads. I have had multiple interviewees in the past tell me they prefered not to speak about one or more of these issues.  BUT we are…