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Burlington, VT based female voice-over talent Mary Catherine Jones welcomes visiting Buffalo, NY based voice talent Peter K. O'Connell to Vermont

Burlington, VT based female voice-over talent Mary Catherine Jones welcomes visiting Buffalo, NY based voice talent Peter K. O’Connell to Vermont

As you know, I was recently in Vermont. Burlington, VT to be specific and Vermont was my 34th state that I have stayed over night in to reach my goal of spending at least one overnight in each of the 50 United States.

And as with all these journeys, I try and connect with local voice-over talents. First it’s fun to visit with people who work in my industry and second, it’s nice to know at least one person in a town full of strangers.

Normally, I post about these visits right away and was planning to after the Vermont trip, except my blog broke and just got fixed today. So now I am playing catch up.

I found out on this trip that “Reliability Has a Voice” (and yes that tagline / slogan is now trademarked by Mary Catherine Jones).

Fellow Faffer and long time Burlington resident Mary Catherine Jones was so great about sharing her wonderful town with me. We met for lunch at a swell spot and she told me all about her voice-over career, the New England voice-over market as well as her husband and two great children.

She even told me she previously had tried to start a voice-over meet-up but that it didn’t come together. So let me put all the Vermont VO’s on notice – connect with Mary Catherine, who is super bright (Ivy League – unheard of in VO 馃槈 ) and really nice. Get your Vermont Voice-Over meet up group going like we have in Buffalo and you’ll be really glad you did.

Thank you Mary Catherine for sharing Burlington with me. It’s a really nice spot and I hope to get there again someday.

16 more states to go

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My challenge to stay over night in all 50 states continues!

Remember, the rule is you cannot just drive through the state, you have to have stayed over night.

So this month, I stayed overnight in Vermont (woot!) so now I am only 16 states away from my goal!

I have officially visited these states in my life:

1. Arizona
2. Arkansas
3. California
4. Colorado
5. Connecticut
6. Florida
7. Georgia
8. Illinois
9. Iowa
10. Kansas
12. Louisiana
12. Maine
13. Massachusetts
14. Maryland
15. Michigan
16. Minnesota
17. Missouri
18. Nebraska
19. Nevada
20. New Jersey
21. New York
22. North Carolina
23. Ohio
24. Pennsylvania
25. South Carolina
26. South Dakota
27. Tennessee
28. Texas
29. Utah
30. Vermont!!!
31. Virginia
32. Washington
33. West Virginia
34. Wisconsin

Thus, I am left with these states still to visit:

35. Alabama
36. Alaska
37. Delaware
38. Hawaii
39. Idaho
40. Indiana
41. Kentucky
42. Mississippi
43. Montana
44. New Hampshire
45. New Mexico
46. North Dakota
47. Oklahoma
48. Oregon
49. Rhode Island
50. Wyoming

It’s good to have goals :)

so, about dave….

 David Letterman announces his retirement Photo copyright Associated Press

David Letterman announces his retirement
Photo copyright Associated Press


As a broadcasting nut (mostly because of my personal and professional addiction) I have been fortunate enough to hear and see some amazing things on television. Each makes you feel something whether it was the horrible OSCAR telecast with Rob Lowe and Snow White, the Challenger Disaster which I watched live in my dorm room as it happened or even the final shows of countless TV programs that I used to watch.

Many of us watched the last Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (and Jay Leno – twice- and Conan O’Brien- also twice). Not so much for today’s generation but for mine, Late Night television has been something special (even when it was bad).

But Johnny- as great as the show was- was not of my generation. I caught that train somewhere in the late 70s when it was already established but still in its 90 minute format.

But then came this fellow that Carson mentored, David Letterman. I remember first seeing Dave on something like Don Kirschner’s Rock Concerts as a stand- up comedian. I didn’t think he was particularly funny.

Then somehow Letterman ended up with a morning show on NBC. I caught that for a while and just thought the whole episode was awkward, although towards the end some of the bits were funny because clearly they didn’t care any more.

But Carson decided he wanted Letterman as part of the new 12:30 am slot. Given lots of rules that would differentiate it from The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman debuted and television was not quite the same after that.

It was unique mostly because Late Night had to twist the talk show format to suit Carson. It was a wise move for Carson and ultimately for Late Night. Dave and his writers came into their own in a time slot where really nobody cared much about what you did as long as it didn’t mess with Johnny.

Elevator races, top 10 lists, viewer mail, Velcro suits and Larry Bud Melman soon became television staples. What today’s generation of late night viewers take as standard operating procedure was, at the time, an inventive and modern twist on what Steve Allen and a few others had done in television’s infancy. But Dave made it ours.

I was standing in my kitchen one Friday evening in the 80’s and The Tonight Show had ended another program. In a cold open, for the next show on NBC, we see a shot of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia in his dressing room with a guitar trying to play a song but not getting it. In walks David Letterman who reaches over, adjusts Jerry’s fingers on the guitar. After which Jerry proceeds to start strumming “Proud Mary”.

It was hysterical. I was hooked. I had MY Johnny.

Through college my roommates and I always watched Dave. The NBC debacle between Dave and Jay was high drama for me (for no good reason except my peculiar fascination with the situation) and I was so pleased when Dave got the CBS deal.

I have been to a taping of the original Arsenio Hall show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and even a rehearsal of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. But I never made it to the Ed Sullivan Theatre. I guess watching on the TV (and avoiding the cow herding aspects of being in a long studio audience waiting line) was good enough for me.

These final shows have been terrific mostly because Dave seems so relaxed that he’s almost like the old “Late Night” Dave. If you haven’t been watching them, you’re missing some great TV.

So far, this clip with George Clooney and Tom Waits with Dave (after Clooney handcuffed himself to Dave – hilarious because Dave was so uncomfortable – which makes him so funny) is my favorite for everyone’s great reactions and spontaneity. Watch this…

None the less, I’m watching these final shows with the kind of sadness I should reserve for people I know – and in spite of the TV relationship, I do not know any of these folks. But I’m sad for them and me none the less. It’s the kind of end of high school “we will never pass this way again” thing we’ve all been through.

I will be sadder than when I watched Johnny’s last show because Dave was my guy and he’s leaving. It may be time, but you never want to say goodbye even when you know you should.

So Dave, you’ll never read this, but thanks. You are a broadcaster’s broadcaster and an excellent entertainer in your own right.

Thanks for sharing your talents.

Good night!

MEDIA RELEASE – O鈥機onnell Transfers Voice To Western Union For Radio Campaign

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BUFFALO, NEW YORK, May 4, 2015 – – Mother鈥檚 Day is one of the busiest gift buying times of the year, with the National Retail Federation noting Mother鈥檚 Day as the 3rd largest in terms of consumer spending. One of the most popular gifts for Moms (and Dads too) is money. So this year Western Union, a leader in global payment services, crafted a national radio campaign to remind grown-up children about the best service to make sure money gets to Mom. America鈥檚 Friendly Neighborhood Voice-Over Talent, Peter K. O鈥機onnell, was secured as a voice talent for Western Union鈥檚 national radio campaign.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

About Peter K. O鈥機onnell

America鈥檚 Friendly, Neighborhood Voice-Over Talent, Peter K. O鈥機onnell, has worked with a wide variety of companies from around the world in addition to this most recent project for Western Union. Some of Peter鈥檚 clients include General Electric, Kraft Foods, PBS Television Network, Shell Oil, Pitney Bowes, Bacardi Rum, Highlights HIGH FIVE Magazine, Deloitte Canada, Rich Products, U.S. Army, Starz Cable Television Network, BlueCross BlueShield, SunSetter Awnings, Time Warner Cable, Harlequin Enterprises and Darien Lake Theme Park.

Described as a natural born storyteller, Peter K. O’Connell’s voice-over productions have been heard globally in radio and TV commercials, medical narrations, television infomercials, political commercial voice-overs, TV network promos, e-learning narration projects (computer-based training, internet-based training and web-based training), PSA鈥檚, message on-hold, as well as other video and media productions. Peter owns audio鈥檆onnell Voice Over Talent, a division of O鈥機onnell Communications, LLC and can be reached via audioconnell.com.
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audio’connell in washington, d.c.

David Goldberg, Bill Lord, Peter K. O'Connell, Joya Lord and Richard Corcoran at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.  for David's Winning Auditions Workshop

David Goldberg, Bill Lord, Peter K. O’Connell, Joya Lord and Richard Corcoran at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. for David’s Winning Auditions Workshop

So here’s one profitable use of social media for your voice-over business.

Next time you’re in Washington, D.C. for a quick family party trip, haphazardly go on social media, like Facebook, and stumble upon a post by voice talent Bill Lord. Bill’s post will tell you that David Goldberg from Edge Studios is hosting a voice-over workshop one Saturday morning at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Then just before all your family stuff starts for the day (which is the reason you’ve come to D.C. anyway) grab a cab from your hotel and go to the theatre and surprise the crap out of your voice-over friends attending the seminar. That sounds pretty profitable, right?

As nice as it was to see everyone, it was even better to see the looks of confusion and happiness at my pre-seminar surprise visit. I didn’t stay too long out of respect for their schedule and mine but for me it was a happy confluence of events that allowed me to stop by and say hi to help them begin what I am sure was a very educational AND profitable day.

audio’connell in raleigh, NC 2015

Voice-Over Talents Peter K. O'Connell, Debra Stamp and Rowell Gormon in Raleigh, NC April 2015

Voice-Over Talents Peter K. O’Connell, Debra Stamp and Rowell Gormon in Raleigh, NC April 2015

All I want to say about this dinner in Raleigh, NC with fellow Faffers Deb Stamp and Rowell Gormon is that we pretty much closed the place. And then kept talking in the parking lot.

A great night thanks to Deb and Rowell.