Duke Morgan voice over talent from Las Vegas is on the first in a two part podcast about getting started in radio, voice over and breaking radio rules!
Getting Started With Voice Overs
Duke got hooked on holding and using a microphone from junior high school when he asked the principle if he could read the morning announcements. It developed from straight forward announcements into a mini radio show for the school – the rest is history. Duke talks about feeling an ‘electricity and vibe’ when he walked into his first radio station where he started out as a gopher (go for this, go for that!) There is nothing better than gaining experience in a real environment.
Duke talks in the podcast about starting out in the news department, then became an on air personality and finally segued into audio production, voice over and watched the transition from reel to reel editing to CD and then finally to mp3 and digital audio.
Duke Morgan Voice Over Discussion
We chat about how voice over casting has changed and the fact that the internet has completely changed the game for voice over talent. Having a voice that sounds out from the crowd helps you to get work in today’s new voice over business. You can do many auditions and not hear anything back so you have to become your own marketer and constantly promote yourself.
Radio Is A Personal Experience
As an on air radio personality Duke always had a different idea on how radio should sound compared to the talent managers who would often stick safely to the ‘radio rule book’. He believes that radio should be a personal experience and that you should become the listeners’ friend. Radio bosses would always instruct personalities to play the music, keep the music going and don’t interrupt the music but Duke has always believed in the power of telling stories on the air.
Listeners like your music but they tune in for personalities. The radio landscape is changing now as the younger generation have so much choice and the ability to skip from channel to channel and even listen to their own music.
The Future Of Radio
In next week’s podcast episode I’ll chat to Duke Morgan further and dig deep into the question, “what is the future of radio?” Make sure you’re subscribed as it’s going to be a great episode. Find Duke Morgan’s website and connect with him here.