faffcon 8 is coming! oh no!

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As you may have heard, FaffCon 8 – presented by Edge Studios – is happening in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 26-28th. It’s a big deal for me because I had to miss FaffCon 7 because of one of my children’s birthdays. I never am away from home on my children’s birthdays. We had an awesome time at his birthday.

However, because of that experience (and having missed the first FaffCon because a similar reason) I know the frustration and sadness some of my voice-over friends are experiencing because they have either a conflict with the FaffCon 8 date, have different financial priorities at the moment and can’t attend or they didn’t get in via the FaffCon 8 registration queue.

All perfectly understandable reasons. Some folks aren’t going and some got wait-listed.

Voice Talents Peter K. O'Connell, Pam Tierney, Christian Johnson Taylor at FaffCon4 in Ventura, CAIn either case, it’s a tough feeling because of what an awesome professional and personal voice-over experience FaffCon has evolved into. In most cases, when people have attended FaffCon, they really want to go back. And when I’ve attended FaffCon, I’ve really missed seeing and learning from those folks who could not attend. The new people are terrific…but I’m greedy, I want all my smart (new and old) friends there. But the limit is there for a good reason.

When I’ve not been to a FaffCon, I find myself wondering what all the Faffers were doing at that very moment and what they were learning. While I only missed any FaffCon for family issues and never regretted my decision to stay home, at the same time I did so very often pine to be with my tribe. There’s no way they needed to be around me as much as I needed to be around them.

Life’s decisions aren’t easy ones all the time nor are the realities we are often presented with (like not getting in to FaffCon). It’s not the end of the world to miss a FaffCon but it’s also really no fun either – especially if you’ve attended previously.

I will only offer that at each FaffCon I HAVE attended, I find myself stopping to think about those folks who are not in attendance (and who I wish were in attendance) and try and keep a positive thought for them. For them, it’s not the same as being at FaffCon. For us, it’s not the same without them.

They are always missed.

peter k. o’connell new hot ac radio imaging data

Peter K. O'Connell Hot AC Radio Imaging Demo

As a guy who started (and pretty much finished) my radio career working in a Hot AC format, it was probably about time that I fired up the microphone and recorded my new Hot AC radio imaging demo.

LISTEN TO PETER K. O’CONNELL’S HOT AC RADIO IMAGING DEMO BY CLICKING HERE

Peter K. O'Connell Hot AC Radio ImagingPeople in radio are familiar with the term Hot AC (AC being Adult Contemporary). For those not so sure what the format includes, HOT AC plays most popular mix of music from the 90’s through today. The Hot AC format is most often music-intensive, Top 40 radio for adults, without so much rap or heavy metal/hard rock. And of course, it features a great station voice…ahem.

There are a ton of popular musicians featured in this format which includes but not limited to Adele, Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Pink and of course Taylor Swift.

The big names in Hot AC when I worked in radio included Michael Jackson, Hall & Oates, Kenny Loggins and Sade. Man, have things changed since the 80’s. But that’s as it should be.

Let me know if you’re a radio station General Manager, Program Director or Production Manager in need of a new station voice for a Hot AC station or any radio format. Cause I know a guy….

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where is peter off to now?

Where's Waldo or Where's Peter?

If you’ve followed this blog at all, you know that I am a bit of a traveler. I have happily visited my voice-over friends from around the United States (from Vermont to Seattle) and Canada (from Toronto to, um…Toronto).

I’ve even kept a running log of how many states I have stayed over night in all my life and have ONLY 13 more states to go before I will have stayed over night in every state in the Union!

But there is a trip planned for THIS summer that will be the biggest trip I’ve taken in decades!!!

I will be landing in a place that is familiar but still fairly unknown to me. I expect it will be, quite seriously, life changing.

Would you like to go on this journey with me?

Stay tuned to this blog all summer long for updates and visits that I will document along the way.

I won’t be so much ‘shaking it off’ as I will be shaking it up!

Stay tuned and enjoy the ride with me. As with most things I do, this will be fun!

MEDIA RELEASE – O’Connell Narrations Win National ‘Gold and Silver’

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BUFFALO, NY, May 26, 2016 – – Two unique video productions, narrated by national voice talent Peter K. O’Connell, have been awarded 1st and 2nd place by the National Auctioneers Association, in partnership with USA National Association of Auctioneers Marketing CompetitionToday. The annual National Auctioneers Association Marketing Competition awarded the top prizes to the O’Connell-narrated videos in the category of Best Auction Promotional Video from among scores of entries.

About National Auctioneers Association
Founded in 1949, the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to auction professionals. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., the NAA represents the interests of thousands of auction professionals in the U.S., Canada and across the world.

About Peter K. O’Connell
America’s Friendly, Neighborhood Voice-Over Talent, Peter K. O’Connell, has worked with a wide variety of companies from around the world in addition to these two videos awarded by the National Auctioneers Association. Some of Peter’s clients include General Electric, Kraft Foods, PBS Television Network, Shell Oil, Pitney Bowes, Western Union, 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.

A multi-award winning voice talent who is often 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’s, message on-hold, as well as other video and media productions. Peter owns audio’connell Voice Over Talent, a division of O’Connell Communications, LLC and can be reached via audioconnell.com.
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los angeles rams have no style

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Look at that.

The NFL’s St. Louis Rams are being hauled back to Los Angeles. The 2,000 or so old Los Angeles Rams fans from the original are very excited.

The millions of other Los Angelinos couldn’t give a ram’s ass. The reason?

It’s GOT to be the logo.

I only noticed it tonight after the NFL draft started (probably like thousands of others). Really, Los Angeles? Really?!

Bad enough the team got stuck with a crappy name like the Rams (only one worse would be The Bills). But to get a second chance at life in LA, having been stuck with questionable team colors (once yellow and blue now pukish gold and dark blue) you would think some great LA designer would have at the new logo and give it LA style.

No.

They are staying with the Rams name for heritage sake (again, WHAT heritage?!) and they took the old word mark and just slapped “Los Angeles” on it.

WTH?!

los angeles rams iconAnd who the heck is going to be scared of this Ram? Look at it! Oooo, I’m shaking.

This should be the logo of a Single A baseball team with a color-blind graphic designer, not an NFL franchise.

CFL maybe but not NFL.

Who wants to wear that stupid looking ram on a baseball cap or sweatshirt?

No the Rams will NOT be leading the NFL Merchandise sales in 2016.

They had a great branding opportunity and they blew it. New (kinda) city, new (kinda) team with a new (not really) logo.

If they win the Super Bowl, no one will care about the logo I guess. But nobody cares about the logo now either.

audio’connell in charleston, wv (again)

Voice Talents Peter K. O'Connell_Amie Breedlove_Charlie Cooper

The Cold Spot is a fun tavern in Charleston, West Virginia that my friend Charlie Cooper picked as the dinner site for our voice-over meet-up with he, me and and Amie Breedlove.

It was a nice place but the company was even nicer.

So often when I travel to cities, my trips are simply more enjoyable because I get to spend a little time with my voice-over friends. There’s a ton to talk about with people who get “the life”.

Very glad I got to see these folks again and I GREATLY appreciate them joining me for dinner.