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MEDIA RELEASE – As Uncle Sam, O’Connell is a “Tops” Recruit

audio'connell Media Release

BUFFALO, New York, July 18, 2008 – – Tops Friendly Markets, a grocery chain with stores in Pennsylvania and New York State, secured the services of America’s favorite uncle, “Uncle Sam”, for a recent radio campaign. Voice actor and president of audio’connell Voice Over Talent Peter O’Connell was chosen as the voice of “Uncle Sam” for the campaign.


In the spots (which included a series of :60 second radio commercials) O’Connell’s “Uncle Sam” voice character encouraged Tops’ customers to utilize the chain’s Bonus Card reward program for extra savings on groceries and gasoline.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 71 full-service supermarkets and five franchise supermarkets. With over 10,000 associates, Tops is the leading full-service grocery retailer in Western New York, Central New York, including Rochester, and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

A professional voice over talent and audio producer for over 25 years, Peter O’Connell is president of audio’connell Voice Over Talent, a worldwide, English language-based voice talent company. He also operates International Voice Talents, featuring foreign language male and female voice actors.

Both organizations provide professional voice talent for commercials, animation, corporate narrations, documentaries, broadcast voice imaging, audio books, podcasts and messaging on-hold (MOH). Industries served by the two companies include advertising agencies, media and broadcast production companies as well as both large and small businesses around the world.

Mr. O’Connell also owns Voice Over Workshop, which provides professional voice over training to novice and experienced voice talent around the world.

The three businesses are all a part of O’Connell Companies.
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links (dead and otherwise)

Just finished going through the blog links on this blog (cast your eyes to the column on the right for a moment to see the list).

You’ll probably not notice that the list is shorter by two names of folks who’ve stopped publishing a blog or just haven’t written in a long, long, long (you get the idea) while. Not looking to punish anyone but if they’re not writing what’s the point of the link?

Writing a blog is tough and at least one voice talent who dropped off the blogosphere acknowledged that writing a blog just wasn’t for him. I say kudos…one should only keep a blog if they want to keep a blog…sure it’s a great optimization tool in many ways but if you’re not churning out content (and readable stuff at that) or worse don’t want to churn out content then spend you’re valuable time elsewhere.

So while we’re on the subject, please make sure you:

a. Have a link to this blog (and the audio’connell web site if you like)
b. Advise me if I am missing your voice over blog on my list (my apologizes)
c. Have freshened up your blog list too
d. Mow my lawn and wash my windows (just kidding, unless you really, you know, want to)

spraying manure with lysol

You’ll recall with some humor I hope (or lots of humor in my mind) the hubbub about the 2012 Olympics in London and how everyone hated their logo. Maybe not everyone, one assumes the designer thought the logo to be nifty so I shan’t generalize.

Well come to find out last June (yes it escaped my radar back then) the London organizers refreshed their brand’s logo a tad.

The outline of the logo mark remains the same (to my mind it’s primary design failing) but the coloring is made up primarily of the colors and shapes of Britain’s Union Jack flag (a flag I’ve always admired, by the way).

But my goodness, if you paint an outhouse a different color, isn’t it still an outhouse? And did anybody ask the Union Jack its opinion about being draped all over that illegible monstrosity of a logo? I say!

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those funny french

Rémi Gaillard is a fairly notorious French prankster . He gained a certain amount of attention in the French media after performing a well-documented series of pranks, including a famous appearance disguised as a Lorient football player in the 2002 Coupe de France final match where he would eventually take part on the celebrations and even greet the then president of France Jacques Chirac.

It turns out he is tremendously accurate with a soccer ball as well. Wow!

Day late with the honorary French post as Bastille Day was on the 14th. Oh well, better late than never.

Liz, you’ll have to translate some of the video text.

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myanmar is still a disaster

The tragedy in Myanmar (Burma) from the cyclones continues with this report being secretly produced and now broadcast globally by CNN. Like life itself sometimes, it’s tough to watch so be warned.

And you can still donate to UNICEF here to help families in Myanmar (Burma). Anything you can spare would go a long way for them.

peter o’connell’s new commercial demo

A unique title (not) because “my commercial voice over demo” sounded weird to me. Better I speak of myself in the third person like all the self-important pro athletes (not all just some). Mmmm, maybe not.

Anyway, this new voice talent demo was long over due and joins the political commercial demo, audiobook demo and the radio imaging demo as recently re-done.

Got some more work to do on the narration and character voice demos now.

More to come. Let me know what you think (good or bad). I’d rather you be honest. Enjoy