a real news voice over talent

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For decades, Bill Rice has been the voice of ABC News, going to back to when Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters had their ill-conceived and ill-fated on-air partnership.

Ever since, Bill’s steady voice has been heard as that news division covered some of the greatest tragedies in our history.

As the news divisions’ overnight program “World News Now” celebrates its 15th (now 16th I guess) anniversary, the show did a long over due piece on Bill Rice’s announcing work for ABC News and the ABC Television Network.

5 Responses to “a real news voice over talent”

  1. Now THAT’S a Voice for News!



  2. He reminds me so much of Doug Oliver who used to be an announcer and weatherman at Channel 8 in San Diego. Tall, lean, great pipes, very sweet, down-to-earth.


  3. Liz and Connie:

    You are both right on.

    I guess having spent a bit of time on the topic of news voice over, I find the longevity of these announcers fascinating – Fred Facey, Howard Reig, Bill Rice…all working for years at their respective jobs while most TV and Radio staff around them were constantly “moving on”.

    They must have realized how good they had it early on.

    Live staff announcers are going the way of the Edsel and while it’s a darn shame I understand why technology has made the position (and the cost) obsolete.

    But if broadcasting and especially television ever allowed itself one tradition – I wish the staff announcer was the tradition it kept.

    Best always,
    – Peter

  4. I saw that piece on the morning it aired. I too do voice work and agree with you on TV keeping that tradition. I noticed that NBC has Michael Douglas doing the vo for Nightly News, It’s just not the same without Howard.

  5. Ron:

    I couldn’t agree more.


    Best always,
    – Peter

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