hyperlocal

Although, I’m 18 months into my New Zealand radio journey; I’m still learning and getting to understand the many differences and similarities from my experiences of commercial radio in Australia.

One major similarity between the two countries – is the large amount of big-stakeholder radio ownership. ie: Southern Cross Austereo in Australia and the duopoly of MediaWorks and NZME in New Zealand – all with very sizeable radio holdings in Metro and Regional locations. Add to the mix the state run radio ABC (Australia) and RNZ (NZ) and then the smaller independents – BrianFM1XX, BOP and CFM to name just a few. My particular case study today is CFM – owned & run by John & Lynda Grant – Radio Coromandel Limited.

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know your working tools

Over the past 15 years, I have developed as a Voiceover Mentor; thanks largely to my academic colleagues – Dr Kate Foy, Dr Ashley Jones and Dr Bernadette Meenach; and also my peers – Sharyn Doolan, Reg Mowat and Marcus Oborn. The many conversations and time spent working with these people has rubbed off on me obviously. 

Since the early 90’s, I have considered myself a professional voice over person. Reflecting back; (as mentioned in a previous post) not only has my style and acting changed – but it seems the many years of just doing it, and soaking up knowledge from the afore mentioned people, has amounted to a lot of acquired knowledge, that just slips out sometimes.

In my last session with a mentee, I heard myself discussing how important it is as a voice actor, to understand the working tools of your trade. This has brought us to this post.

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vo style

Reflection on one’s style and technique is an imperative skill for a voice actor – to improve or progress you need to be able to critically listen to your work and offer yourself feedback. I find it fascinating how my own style has changed over the years, from that very forced ‘radio announcer’, to a casual more realistic human sound. Today I was writing and listening to the radio; and a couple of my own voiceovers jumped out at me.
I have read commercials for both of these clients, a number of times; I wonder if my read style has been influenced by a personal connection to the clients – both of whom I’ve enjoyed many glasses of wine with. Keep Reading

booth revision

For the past couple of years I’ve been using the CEntrance R4 audio interface in the booth and on the road. I’d been using the original CEntrance MicPortPro for many years, then the R4 replaced it – Clean pres with plenty of dynamic range, very clean phantom power and absolutely well built. When recently the R4S (Studio model without battery) was on sale – I decided to purchase a second unit. (One for the booth, one for mobile.) I also decided to splash out on a new set of headphones for Vo work – CEntrance Cerene db. It’s nice to have such a good set of headphones in the booth – controlled natural, transparent sound.

switchel

Switchel, switzel, swizzle, ginger-water or haymaker’s punch is a drink made of water mixed with vinegar and seasoned with ginger. It is usually sweetened with honey or maple syrup.
I like it, simple as that. So, here’s my recipe….

500ml water
Fresh Ginger – 2x 2inch pieces
80ml – Apple cider vinegar
50g [2 Tblsp] – Manuka Honey
Juice of one Citrus

Bring to boil 500 mil water with 2 nice pieces of loosely cut peeled ginger.
Let cool to below 30 degrees (to prevent killing all the good bacteria).
Combine ginger water with vinegar, honey and juice.
Shake well and leave in sealed bottle overnight, strain, then refrigerate.

To serve: 40ml in a glass topped up with sparking water.

…makes you think

For whatever reason, this article grabbed my attention and made me think. The beautifully academic and verbose language of the article surprisingly delivered a powerful message. A few days later, Ayana posted a Listener comment to CFM’s blog page…which made me want to share both.


Despite strong instincts to preserve the past, historian Dr Felicity Barnes explains why she won’t be sad to see monuments to our colonial legacy removed 

Dr Felicity Barnes is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Auckland
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astrophotography with hakan nedjat

On CFM recently, I spoke with local Coromandel Photographer, Hakan Nedjat about his Astrophotography. I originally discovered Hakan’s work on the Whiti ChitChat facebook group in early 2019. Upon looking into his work, I discovered Hakan is a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate – shooting with the Sony A7 series of cameras, which I was introduced to a few years ago by Cinematographer – Dr Daniel Maddock, endorsing its extraordinary low light ability. I have watched with interest Hakan’s work on the socials, so finally my curiosity got to the stage where I needed to have a chat to him and learn more… Keep Reading

it’s been a while

As an administrator in my day job, and a voice actor in the other part of my professional life; the opportunities to get back to my old days of radio imaging production have been fairly rare. So whilst taking a couple of days leave, I was inspired to give a little freshen up to some Request promos. Apparently, I’m not too bad at it after all this time.


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it’s about local

During the Covid-19 lockdown April 2020, I was asked to work on a series of radio promotional spots, pushing local. There were a number of scripts in the series, some got to air, some didn’t. As this particular script came together, I could really hear in my head how I wanted it to sound more than the others – and was glad when the client let me be the voice actor. Keep Reading

alan hopping

The Lost Spring is returning magic to the lives of many and we are driven by a commitment to excellence

www.thelostspring.co.nz

Following 50th birthday celebrations, I was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks working on air for Coromandel’s CFM. This was a wonderful opportunity to make some new stories and share them. My dear friend, Alan Hopping – is a passionate man who cares about our future, and who is going to be leading New Zealand in the future. Alan’s passion is infectious, hence my compulsion to share the story of the Ambassador Leadership Foundation. Alan Hopping is the creator and founder of The Lost Spring, Whitianga… one of my favourite places in the world.

Lost Spring
Alan and Jason chat about Ambassador Leadership Foundation on the Coromandel’s CFM

The story of The Lost Spring and Alan’s relentless pursuit of his dream of re-discovering the once-lost water source is a history that we cherish. Our heritage is woven into the fabric of The Lost Spring and makes it all the more rewarding for us to share this magical place with visitors. Alan now runs The Lost Spring alongside his daughter, Alanna, who grew up in Whitianga. 

 

te-whanganui-a-Hei

I decided to give the low light ability of the iPhone 11Pro a trial run. ~wedged in the sand – a 30sec shot of the full moon rise over Mercury Bay

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