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 – BrianFM, 1XX, BOP and CFM to name just a few. My particular case study today is CFM – owned & run by John & Lynda Grant – Radio Coromandel Limited.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
The Lost Spring is returning magic to the lives of many and we are driven by a commitment to excellence
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.
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.
After commencing my involvement with the CFM in January 2019. (different blog post)
John & Lynda invited me to discover Whitianga, New Zealand for my first time… and to fill in for Casey (Production & Onair) while she went on holidays. I was also tasked with setting up some Production processes and mentoring Casey in her role of Commercial Producer. I arranged for two weeks leave from the day job; flying out of Toowoomba via Syndey to Auckland, Thursday June 6, 2019 – returning Wednesday 19 June. Thursday 20th; back to USQ as Acting Associate Director, Media Design & Development. The following blog post was written for family in aussie (lacking detail). Keep Reading