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MEDIA RELEASE – O’Connell Communications, LLC to Operate Voice Over and Marketing Businesses

audio'connell Media Release

BUFFALO, New York, June 30, 2009 – – O’Connell Communications, LLC has been established to administer the operations of audio’connell Voice-Over Talent, International Voice Talents, Voice Over Workshop and O’Connell Marketing.

O'Connell Communications, LLC logo

The owner of these four companies, Peter K. O’Connell, will serve as chairman this new limited liability company. Each existing company will continue to maintain their current branding.

“It’s a small thing but it’s also a big thing,” noted O’Connell. “It’s a small thing mostly because it’s purely an administrative move to combine all the separate companies under one umbrella. It’s a big thing for the organization because it is a nice indicator of just how far we’ve come since 1982,” O’Connell continued.

Established in 1982, audio’connell Voice-Over Talent is a worldwide, English language-based voice talent organization. International Voice Talents is a company featuring professional foreign language male and female voice actors; it was formally launched in 2008. Both provide voice talent for commercials, animation, corporate narrations, documentaries, broadcast voice imaging, audio books, podcasts and messaging on-hold (MOH).

Voice Over Workshop was founded in 2008 and provides professional voice over training to novice and experienced voice talent world-wide.

Formed in 1995, O’Connell Marketing provides professional consultation focused on marketing, sales and media production.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Company Media Releases ON LINE:
http://www.audioconnell.com/media

Company Name Pronunciation:
au·dio·o’·con·nell (awe-de-oh-oh-kah-nel) or au·di-o’·con·nell (awe-de-oh-kah-nel)

Company Name Spelling:
Use lower case letters- audio’connell or audio’connell Voice-Over Talent

Company Web:
http://www.audioconnell.com

Company Blog:
http://www.voxmarketising.com

O’Connell Voice-Over Resume:
See resume here

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i am a bombastic, egotistical jerk

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So you think: “tell me something I didn’t know.”

Well, the thing is with the hullabaloo about the Facebook vanity URL and LinkedIn has their vanity URL thing, Twitter has theirs and Google has theirs, I wonder if I’m falling prey to the “me, me, me!” syndrome that can plague social media or if I am just doing the smart marketing thing?

Or can you not be a smart marketer within social media without being at least a little (or -God forbid- a lot) “me, me, me”? I’ve read the “me, me, me” ridiculing commentary of social media and it stings a bit because I wonder if that’s how it comes across to everyone.

Ick! I do not want to become that person. Or, because of my past and existing social media presence, is it too late?

My hope is that by asking the question, by examining my conscience on this odd matter, I may be a smart marketer plagued by a kind of slightly social media channels-forced behavior that a true egotist would never even bother to consider.

Has any of this ever occurred to you? Are you bothered by it or how do you deal with it? I want your opinions on the concept here, some street corner analysis – is social media merely a public exercise in vanity and narcissism?

hi-ooooh! so long friend

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Television has changed a lot since the day Ed McMahon first teamed up with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. Maybe they don’t make performers like Ed because no one makes as much room for them now.

That was one of the thoughts I had upon hearing that Ed McMahon had died overnight. I was sad for the loss of him, for the loss of his talents (as an announcer and performer) and for the loss of what he represented to broadcasting. Everything evolves so maybe we can’t have our Ed McMahons anymore. We’ll get someone new who puts their spin on the job.

But he sure was a talented guy who was too often underestimated by many….except for a guy named Johnny.

voice talents – show us your business cards

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OK gang, fun idea time!

As this blog is about voice over (vox), marketing (market) and advertising (tising) I thought we should have some summer fun here and combine all three into a voice talent business card gallery.

Simply email me a decent quality jpeg picture of your business card (front and back if you print on both sides) and we’ll show them here. Email peter (insert the at sign) audio’connell dot com and I’ll post all entries. Maybe we’ll have a card beauty contest and pick a winner….we’ll see first what kinda legs this idea has.

By the way, I’m not a pro at sizing these cards and images to fit the blog so some cards will be bigger and some will be smaller but size does not equal talent…at least in this effort.

Here’s mine to kick things off:

Peter K. O'Connell - audio'connell voice over talent (Card front)

Peter K. O'Connell - audio'connell voice over talent (Card front)

Peter K. O'Connell - audio'connell voice over talent (Card back)

Peter K. O'Connell - audio'connell voice over talent (Card back)

Amy Snively - Female Voice Talent

Amy Snively - Female Voice Talent

DB Cooper - Female Voice Talent

DB Cooper - Female Voice Talent

Jeffrey Kafer - Male Voice Talent

Jeffrey Kafer - Male Voice Talent

Liz de Nesnera - Female Voice Talent

Liz de Nesnera - Female Voice Talent

Dave Courvoisier - Male Voice Talent (Card Front)

Dave Courvoisier - Male Voice Talent (Card Front)

Dave Courvoisier - Male Voice Talent (Card Back)

Dave Courvoisier - Male Voice Talent (Card Back)

Karen Commins - A Voice Above The Crowd

Karen Commins - A Voice Above The Crowd

Doug Turkel - unnouncer (Card Front)

Doug Turkel - unnouncer (Card Front)

Doug Turkel - unnouncer (Card Back)

Doug Turkel - unnouncer (Card Back)

Jodi Krangle - Piece of Cake Voiceovers

Jodi Krangle - Piece of Cake Voiceovers

Michael J. Schoen Voiceover Services

Michael J. Schoen Voiceover Services

Scott Pollak - Voice by Scott

Scott Pollak - Voice by Scott

Tony Craine - Voice Talent at Work (Card Front)

Tony Craine - Voice Talent at Work (Card Front)

Tony Craine - Voice Talent at Work (Card Back)

Tony Craine - Voice Talent at Work (Card Back)

Veronica March - Female Voice Talent

Veronica March - Female Voice Talent

Dave DeAndrea - Male Voice Talent (Card Front)

Dave DeAndrea - Male Voice Talent (Card Front)

Dave DeAndrea - Male Voice Talent (Card Back)

Dave DeAndrea - Male Voice Talent (Card Back)

Don Goonan - Male Voice Talent

Don Goonan - Male Voice Talent

Kara Edwards - Female Voice Talent (Card Front)

Kara Edwards - Female Voice Talent (Card Front)

Kara Edwards - Female Voice Talent (Card Back)

Kara Edwards - Female Voice Talent (Card Back)

Sam Mowry - Male Voice Talent

Sam Mowry - Male Voice Talent

Eddie Eagle - Male Voice Talent

Eddie Eagle - Male Voice Talent

Chuck Brown - Male Voice Talent

Chuck Brown - Male Voice Talent

Bobbin Beam - Female Voice Talent

Bobbin Beam - Female Voice Talent

Bobbi Owens - Female Voice Talent

Bobbi Owens - Female Voice Talent

Chadd Pierce - Pierce Voice

Chadd Pierce - Pierce Voice

Mandy Nelson - Dandy Sound

Mandy Nelson - Dandy Sound

Derek Chappell - Male Voice Talent (Card Front)

Derek Chappell - Male Voice Talent (Card Front)

Derek Chappell - Male Voice Talent (Card Back)

Derek Chappell - Male Voice Talent (Card Back)

Rhonda Phillips - Female Voice Talent

Rhonda Phillips - Female Voice Talent

James Clamp - Male Voice Talent

James Clamp - Male Voice Talent

George McNerlin - Male Voice Talent

George McNerlin - Male Voice Talent

Tricia Basanyi - Female Voice Talent

Tricia Basanyi - Female Voice Talent

Barb Miller - Female Voice Talent (Card Front)

Barb Miller - Female Voice Talent (Card Front)

Barb Miller - Female Voice Talent (Card Back)

Barb Miller - Female Voice Talent (Card Back)

Roger Price - Male Voice Talent

Roger Price - Male Voice Talent

Philip Banks - Male Voice Talent

Philip Banks - Male Voice Talent

Louisa Gummer - Female Voice Talent (Card Front)

Louisa Gummer - Female Voice Talent (Card Front)

Louisa Gummer - Female Voice Talent (Card Back)

Louisa Gummer - Female Voice Talent (Card Back)

Dan Harder - Male Voice Talent

Dan Harder - Male Voice Talent

Terry Daniels - Male Voice Talent

Terry Daniels - Male Voice Talent

i-post – the i-phone’s new 3.0 OS

i-posts are short updates written on my i-phone using my wordpress blog app.

After about 8 tries last night I was able to download i-phone’s OS 3.0 last night around 10:30 p.m.

It was kinda funny because in my head I thought “I’ll just try one more time and if I get another error message, I’ll deal with this in the morning.” Then bingo…well not super fast bingo as the whole process took an hour in including about 45 minutes to download the 230MB+ file. That could have been Apple’s overloaded servers or my neighbors hogging our cable internet connection. Either way for me it was not unexpected for the first day of availability.

So far what I like best about the new version are two features that I always thought would have part of the first version only because they were on every other darn phone: cut & paste as well as a universal landscape key board.

Those were two reasons I haven’t done many i-posts, my thumbs made too many mistakes. It’s a little better now.

I’ll keep you posted.

today, what will you do to help?

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I was visiting LinkedIn and realized I hadn’t spent much time connect with folks within the groups to which I belong. Specifically, I was reading about folks in the two University of Dayton alumni groups on LinkedIn.

I’m from the UD class of 1986 which does not seem like twenty-three years, one wife, two kids and twenty five pounds ago, but it is.

While I guess it shouldn’t have surprised me – given the news for the past year – I was taken aback by all the UD graduates who are out of work…talented, experienced folks, not simply new graduates (who I’m sure are experiencing job search challenges too.

I’ve got very little to offer these University of Dayton folks who are out of a job right now, no magic pill or super advice.

But I do have my networks.

There’s my LinkedIn network, my Facebook, network, my extensive off-line professional network of colleagues, clients and friends. That’s another thing twenty-three years since graduating from college gets you.

So I posted in both University of Dayton LinkedIn groups the following:

Hi Folks:

I was reading through many of the LinkedIn bios of University of Dayton grads on both UD alumni groups and WOW, are a lot of alumni (talented, experienced UD grads) out of work. This sucks but I’m not willing to just ignore the problem without trying – even in a small way – to help.

I’m fortunate; my voiceover business is going well as is my marketing business. But I understand how hard lean times are so I’ll simply offer this:

IF any of you are in the fields of broadcasting, media, advertising, marketing or web and you want to connect with me, feel free. I’ll accept your connection – even if we never met on campus. You’re a UD grad and that’s good enough for me.

THEN if you need or want an introduction to anyone in my network, ask. I’ll set it up. I’ll open the door – your talent and knowledge will have to keep it open. But I am glad to help get you started.

If you’re in engineering or law (or some other major that didn’t mentioned), my connections simply aren’t as strong but if you think I can help…I will try.

I have no idea if this will work for you or not but the way I see it, it’s a start, it’s free and something good may come from it. In any event, I hope it helps.

Best always,
– Peter

I’ve already made one connection with a person looking for some help and if that’s the only success, then great.

It helped me remember that we are not helpless to help. We ALL have connections but we all don’t think about them and how they can help others (hey, all this just occurred to me today and we’ve been in an economic meltdown for more than a few months).

So my question to you is: what will you do to help? I don’t mean you helping UD grads, unless you want to. It can really be anybody.

But you have to reach out to them…they don’t know you can help. Sometimes, like in this example, it can be electronically by pressing a few buttons. You can find people to help at your school, your neighborhood, your church…or something else, you choose.

And it’s not a heavy load- all I promise is an introduction to someone in my network for people who have shared a common experience with me: we all graduated from the University of Dayton.

In this experience, all I needed to do was realize I could do something…and I did.

So can you, this is just a friendly reminder.