Cartoon Character Voice Overs Podcast Season 1 cartoon character voice overs Music Radio Creative

Mike Russell chats to J.R. Russ a man with much experience in the radio industry from being on the air in major US markets to management, consulting and voice over production.

Sung Intro Jingle

Did you notice the new sung radio jingle at the start of the podcast? More about that and details on how to get your own coming next week!

Competition Winner

I made a phone call to Ron Hancock of Shreveport,┬áLouisiana, USA the winner of July’s contest to win 6 fully produced radio jingles using any voice from Music Radio Creative. It was a pleasure talking to Ron about his online radio show Rock Remembered and he’s even written up a little bio for me (with a very old photo attached – I don’t look that young any more!) Ron was delighted to hear the news of his win and said some very kind words which you can listen to on the podcast.

At the end of the phone call I dissected it and gave you a demonstration of how radio stations ‘produce’ their callers to sound ‘over the moon’ about winning a competition. So the next time you hear a caller on the radio jumping up and down because they’ve won a CD you’ll know the trick radio producers sometimes pull to get that effect!

Mastering Character Voice Overs

Five times radio production director and experienced radio consultant J.R. Russ chats to me on this weeks podcast. You may know him as JR the cartoon character voice available to order online instantly for your radio jingles, sweepers, intros and commercials.

He tells us that what you can now get for a couple hundred dollars (Adobe Audition, Pro Tools) is like a 50,000 dollar studio setup of the past – anyone can now be a radio producer, voice over or audio content creator from the comfort of their own home. On the podcast, JR answers these questions:

  • Is it easy to be a voice over artist?
  • How do you get voice over jobs?
  • Are there voices that you especially enjoy emulating?
  • How do you start voice impersonating a new character?

JR also goes on to offer advice on new starters in the radio industry with a warning that there are less jobs and more people who want those jobs. Traditional radio over recent years in the USA and UK seems to have become less creative and it’s difficult to start out in a local radio job when most radio stations today are networked.

The way forward, JR suggests, is to get into podcasting, creating a talk show or online radio station. The internet is providing a platform for people who want to broadcast. You can listen to JR’s own online radio station Movie Ticket Radio and I want to invite him back on a future podcast to talk more about it and find out how to set up an internet radio station.

How to Record a Podcast with Guests in Multiple Locations

The straight forward answer is to connect using Skype but how do you post edit an interview and make it sound like the guests are in the same room. I give a short tutorial on how I do it in my latest YouTube video. Remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more tutorials like this in the future.

Sung Jingles Next Week

Download the podcast next week for a sung radio jingles fest. If you’ve heard the new podcast intro on this episode and would like one yourself you cannot afford to miss next week’s episode with all the details on how to get in on our first ever jingle singing session. Subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already as places will be limited!


4 Responses

  1. Entertaining podcast! JR is such a talent and, although I don’t speak Portuguese, Eduardo sounds fantastic to me! I bit of a push back to J.R.’s comment about voice overs being easy, however. I do agree that finding the work is the most difficult part. But, when you’re staring into the face of 75 pages of narration for an audio book or training video you learn exactly how hard voice over can be physically and mentally. Stamina is the key!!!

    1. Thanks for the comment Rachael! I agree – stamina, tenacity and a large glass of water with a slice of lemon are required for those long reads.

  2. Great job with JR. He is very talented. The podcast was assembled well. Very informative & entertaining. I enjoyed it very much!!

    1. Thank you for your kind feedback. We have a very talented team at Music Radio Creative. Stay subscribed – more interviews to come soon!

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