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    Happy Birthday To John!

    Dec/23/2010 | Posted by John Melley


    Don't tell John I'm doing this. It's a surprise!
    Today (December 23rd) is John's Birthday! Let's all surprise him and send him a Happy Birthday Wish.
    Send them to me here at:

    I'll collect them all and give them to The Lovely Ann before they go out to dinner tonight!

    Here's the Audio that Newsletter Subscriber Ed Tooma sent John for his Birthday!

    A BIG Thanks to Ed!

    Talk to you all real soon!

  • Happy Birthday John!
  • More Studio Nightmares

    Dec/20/2010 | Posted by John Melley

    Hi John,

    While working for a radio station in NH, I had a large client list.  I did the VO work for most of them, but occasionally would get a piece of production from one of the stations across town.  Such was the case with one particular client, whose spots always arrived at the last possible moment.  This same client was very picky about everything related to his account.  I had the spots scheduled to start the next morning.  After a long day on the road, I returned to the station about 6:30 PM, only to find not 2  or 3 but 9 spots on the computer which were to play in an even rotation!  As if that weren't enough, all nine were way over the 1:01 which is the maximum allowable time.  I spent the next FOUR HOURS editing out every possible breath between phrases, trying to make the edits as un-noticeable as possible, and somehow got them in.  So much for 9 to 5!

    Daryl Smith

    Recording Session Nightmares

    Dec/13/2010 | Posted by John Melley
    Last week I sent out an email to my newsletter subscribers and asked them to share some of their weirdest experiences, while recording or performing.

    The winner of the voted best story will win a $50 Starbucks gift card, or something of equal value if you're not a coffee drinker.

    I'm happy to say the stories I've received so far are great, so if you have a great recording session story, send me an email to: and share it with us. I'll post them and the story that receives the most votes will win the $50 Starbucks gift card, or something of equal value if you're not a coffee drinker.

    Read On!

    Hi John, good to hear from you

    I specialize in audiobook narration, and a big part of my enjoyment in doing this comes from volunteering at RFB&D.  I get to read/record all sorts of books for them, from technical instruction manuals, to medical textbooks, to fiction.  Recently I had a children's book by author Jon Seizka (sp?) called "Spaceheadz".  I was having great fun with it until I got to a chapter 4 pages long of the hamster speaking.  4 WHOLE PAGES of "eeek weeeeek eeeeek eeeeeee, weee eeek"! This one got me both laughing and out of breath.  I can now add a 3rd language to my capabilities..... hamster!

    Kind regards,


    Hey John,

    My nightmare has reoccurred a few times, recording my interviews over the phone and nothing on playback.

    Flipped the wrong switch.

    We’ve been caught saying some things with the mics open at the Meadowlands.

    Once I called an entire race with the mic off, or they didn’t record the race, so I had to improvise over the replay.

    Watched the replay show with bad edits inadvertently left in.

    I’ve done spots with the wrong dates or inserted words that weren’t in the script (Freudian slip)

    Ken Warkentin

    Dear John,

    The funniest and most embarrassing thing to ever happen to me was at a recording session in Berlin, Germany.  I was assigned to the American Forces Network and scheduled to do an interview with the incomparable Count Basie.   First of all, I was so doggone nervous meeting such a giant of a talent, and would you believe - the Count was in his
    underwear in his hotel room eating peanuts from a planters bag?

    He greeted me and asked me to take a seat.  In hooking up my Nagra Reel-to-Reel and plugging it into the wall socket as a safety precaution in case the battery failed I began my interview.  Half way through it, I happened to look down and notice that the mic cord was dangling.  The darn thing wasn't even connected to the recorder.  You talk about a red face. Whew!  By then Mr. Basie noticed it too and he began to laugh and laugh - then I began to laugh and laugh as tears rolled down my face.  Being the kind gentleman he was, he said don't worry sonny, we can start all over again whenever you're ready.

    Ed Tooma


    Hi John,

    About 25 years ago, I had a client who sounded like a sloth on downers, but insisted that he do his own tag line.  This was many years before digital manipulation would have allowed me to time compress him, so I used an old trick I learned years before.  Several wraps of tape around the capstan increased the speed of the tape slightly, speeding up the delivery but not so much that it distorted his voice.  Judicious splicing of the resulting tape made him sound a lot less like he was on Quaaludes.  What they say about multimedia these days was always true: it's all about the workarounds.

    Calvin B. Littlefield

    Dear John,

    Does singing the Ave Maria in church and swallowing a bug interest you?  I was singing a solo and straight out...... mouth open....bug in and gag, cough, gag! 

    It was difficult to explain to the congregation what had happened, so I continued and re-grouped. Maybe that's how you all got your show-biz genes.

    Elinor Melley A.K.A. “Mah!”

    So send YOUR  great recording session story to: and share it with us. I'll post them and the story that receives the most votes will win the $50 Starbucks gift card, or something of equal value if you're not a coffee drinker.

    Talk Like A Pirate Day

    Sep/16/2010 | Posted by John Melley
    Sunday, September 19th is National "Talk Like A Pirate Day"! Who Knew?

    What Voice Actor can't have some fun with this one. Fortunately, one of our advertisers is Pirate's Booty, a snack maker of healthy varieties of popcorn and chips, etc.

    I had the opportunity to put together a short 10 second promo for them to tie in "Talk Like A Pirate Day" with their brand. They loved it!

    The cool thing is they tied into a national "Awareness Day" and used it in their marketing efforts. As Robert Collier said, "Enter the conversation in your prospect's mind." I write about this frequently in my newsletter and each month provide you with a list of events and holidays to help you do so. It works!

    Here's the spot for your listening pleasure!

    Now go out and celebrate "Talk Like A Pirate Day"!

  • Talk Like A Pirate!
    Be sure to leave your feedback below, as well. I'd love to hear from you.

  • What a RUSH!

    Sep/16/2010 | Posted by John Melley
    Tuesday night I had an opportunity to meet 2 musicians I admire a great deal. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of my all time favorite band RUSH.

    I'm not the type of person who is into the celebrity for the sake of the celebrity, but rather I admire a person's talents, gifts and efforts. These two guys have serious chops and they've stayed true to their music. The band rocks! As a musician I've always admired their playing ability.

    I grew up playing music in bands and on my own playing the piano, clarinet and saxophone. And while I enjoy simply listening to their music, I've also studied it and picked it apart. And now I've started studying the drums. Learning how to play the drums has given me an even greater appreciation of what these guys are doing.

    Meeting them gave me an opportunity to thank them in person for all the great music they've performed over the years. It's been a huge part of the "music part" of my life. It was nice to be able to do so and I think they appreciated it.

    Here's a picture of me with them backstage before the show.

    September is National Voice Over Month

    Sep/01/2010 | Posted by John Melley
    September is National Voice Over Month!

    How are YOU going to celebrate National Voice Over month and share it with your clients?

    Watch the video below and then Share your ideas by sending me an email to

    I'll put all the ideas together and post them on my blog so we can use it as a shared resource to market our businesses!

    Join the celebration and I hope to hear your ideas!

    What I'm Reading/Listening To

    Jul/14/2010 | Posted by John Melley
    People ask me what I'm reading/Listening to.

    I just finished listening to Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" performed by the author himself. Interesting theory in that he believes successful people take advantage of opportunities presented to them, but that the opportunities are available to them as a result of a series of events that may not be available to everyone.

    One example he gives is that most Hockey players from Canada have birthdays in the first 3 months of the year. The cut off date to enter a league is December 31st. This results in the players born in the first part of the year having at least a 9 month head start over the players born in December and therefore better developed skills which allows them to advance to higher levels in various leagues. This in turn weeds out folks born in the latter part of the year. That's how you wind up with about 60% of the players in the NHL celebrating birthdays in Jan. Feb. and March.

    Who knew?

    His question is: If there was another cut-off date, say June 30th in addition to the December 31st date, would you double the talent pool available for selection and give more people a shot at higher levels of training. Are the man-made cutoff dates prohibiting other talents from developing? Perhaps hockey teams would be even more competitive and reache higher levels of proficiency if there was more talent to choose from instead of one so heavily weighted by birthday.

    He also explores the opportunities that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and the founder of Sun Microsystems enjoyed that propelled them to Billionaire status.

    I'm not sure I agree with all his theories, but there are some interesting questions raised.

    Now I'm listening to Harry Dent, Jr.'s "The Great Depression Ahead."

    This is a fascinating look at demographics, history and economic cycles. It may sound like dry stuff, but if you're a history buff in any way, you want to check this out. He does a nice job of presenting the information in an interesting way.

    Based on his theories that the largest sector of the Baby Boom Generation has shifted from Consumers to Savers since their kids have grown and they need to save for retirement he contends this last recession is nothing compared to what's ahead and the stimulus package just delayed the inevitable.

    He says watch for a major stock market crash later this month or by August/September this year. Yikes!

    I'm also reading a book about Walt Disney's life. More later.


    Voice Over Integrity

    Jun/28/2010 | Posted by John Melley
    Voice over is a fun business, but keep in mind YOU are an important part of making your clients' dreams come true! Honor them by giving them your best every time.

    Some thoughts.

    Ruben's Tube

    Jun/15/2010 | Posted by John Melley
    A friend of mine sent me this link. It's very cool. We've covered sound waves in some of my videos, but this is a whole new take. Check it out!

    How Did You Do That?

    Jun/08/2010 | Posted by John Melley
    Watch this short video, then click the link below the video for more information.

    Here's the link to get the the Video: How Did You Do That DVD and FREE Sound Effects CD! Thanks!