VO GYMDO records first radio ad ever produced
We had a fun class tonight for the VO GYMDO! We did a few new exercises to work on our articulation and strength of our voices. We practiced our KATAs - Euripides and Grip Top and did a quick VO battle with Kata One.
We read a bit of Edith Skinner and the poem, "Articulatory Agility" that appears in SPEAK WITH DISTINCTION.
We then recorded the first ad ever known to be produced for radio. It was for AT&T's WEAF radio and it was an ad for Hawthorne Court Apartments in Jackson Heights. It appeared for the first time on-air in 1922 and cost the company $50 for 10 minutes of air time (about $747.71 in 2018 dollars). AT&T later sold WEAF to NBC.
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO HEAR THE AD (and to download your files). Two of our VO GYMDO members recorded it. We did a few takes in a our natural voices, looking for a contemporary sound and we also tried it in a 1920's sound that broadcaster's would have used because of the way the microphones reproduced sound back then. It's a fun piece and I'm looking forward to hearing more people record it!
I'll see everyone tomorrow night for ONGOING SCENE STUDY for FILM & TV (those of you who have signed up) and the rest of you folks (those of you who have signed up) will be in the AUDITION MASTERY INTENSIVE this week from Wednesday through Friday, 7-9:30 pm.
Keep up the great work everyone!
Wayne Pyle is a SAG/AFTRA/AEA actor, acting coach and adventurer living and creating in the Hudson Valley and beyond. His extensive film & tv credits can be seen on IMDb by CLICKING HERE.