Helping Out A Friend…

One of the many folks I’ve met on Twitter is a reporter.  On Twitter you can find him at @RickRake

He “grew up” working in traditional media, but has recently come to embrace Social Media.

He is working on a project and wanted some “station identification” sound byte promos.

I don’t particularly care for the way my voice sounds… I have always been aware that I have a tendancy towards SSSSSsssssibilance, and when I attempt to deepen my voice, in my head, I hear the dulcet tones of Sam the American Eagle, from The Muppet Show.  (And, as soon as I think about that, I start to get the giggles, and it devolves from there…)

Sam The American Eagle - The Muppet Show

So we had tentatively planned that we would get together with another friend (@OwenGreaves) who worked for years in Radio, and record these promos using his voice, in my Studio.

As I was working away, today, I was looking at the projects piled up, and the dwindling slots available in my schedule… and it wasn’t looking good… so I went ahead, and flew solo.

A couple of the voice bits, and just because I had all the machinery powered up, I threw together a “Weather Network” style musical blurb version.

The reason I’m posting these… (other than it is 2:30 in the morning, and I am unable to sleep…) is that we sometimes forget that the skills that we ourselves have, are not universal, and each of us brings different tools and skills to the table.  I have a small recording studio in my basement, and sound editing software on my computers, which apparently not everyone has.

The joy of Twitter, is that we were able to connect, and in a relatively short time, I threw together some preliminary promos, that will allow him to work and move forward on his project… (and after Christmas, can be replaced by professional vocal talent)

TNN Voice Promo

TNN Theme Musical Blurb

Again, I’m not expounding about how wonderful they are… for they are literally thrown together.  What I wish to draw attention to is that sometimes we forget that things that we do are different than things OTHERS are able to do… and folks don’t know we can do them, because we just don’t toot our own horns enough !!!

Beep Beep !!!