Bill's award-winning voice has been referred to as "ridiculously flexible", and the most common thing he hears from those new to his work is "wait, THAT'S him, too?". With decades of experience in radio imaging, production and sound design for US major market radio, theater and film, from underground FM to Howard Stern's flagship station to years of satellite radio, television and now hit internet games, iPhone/iPad apps and more, his youthful yet classically masculine style is ageless. Bill can fulfill your need for characters, "straight" announcers, jingles, nerdy, goofy, dramatic, or musical pieces. From completely serious to completely off the wall, Bill consistently applies platinum-level professionalism to every job he takes on.
English, English (North American)
British, North American, US General American (GenAm)
Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-35)
Animation, Documentaries, Internet Video, Jingles, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames
2008- Ongoing: Independent VoiceOver Productions, Sound Design, Three-Dimensional photography.
2011 was a stunning year for many of us. Check out this dazzling look back on the revolutions in Mobile Technology in '11 he voiced here: (Website hidden)
Bill recently did the sound design and voice coaching for the latest official Star Wars iphone game app. (Website hidden)/
Recent spots online include this one, produced and directed by by the Emmy winning team of Gil Seltzer and Christopher Hicken. (Website hidden)/(Phone hidden)
Some first rate Machinima by Spanish animation genius Ezequiel Guerisoli, vox by Bill. (This made the folks at Rockstar hire Ezequiel and move him from Spain to NY).
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Additionally, Bill has authored and produced ringtones for hahaas productions, other iphone game apps, and much more. His 3D photo work and sound design also can be enjoyed on the Hasbro my3D viewer/ iPhone app and others.
2001- 2008: Senior Production Director for XM Satellite Radio/ SIrius XM Radio, New York Division. Tasks included imaging, interviews, program hosting and assembly of programs for multiple radio channels, coordination of facilities, and more.
1998- 2001: Production Director, WBGO, Newark Public Radio, Newark, NJ.
1988- 1996: Production Director, air talent, WXRK (92-3 K-Rock), New York City
1976- 1988: Producer, air talent, WBCN, Boston.
Emerson College, Boston, MA
Computer & Software
ProTools 10, vintage Ampeg compressor
Email, DropBox, file servers, FTP, ISDN, FedEx, UPS and Express Mail
2 to 24 hours for most jobs
With over twenty years of top market broadcast and production experience, Bill is a full service, one man band in the true Renaissance sense of the word. He writes, produces, mixes and masters full length commercial recordings, film and television soundtracks, promos, radio and television jingles, public service announcements, videos, and more. He produces, modifies, enhances and amends all formats and types of audio, with full transfer and conversion capabilities. Professional video editing and production now available. Location and music recording and production also a specialty. Quick turnaround. Expedited services available on request.
What can I say about Bill Kates? Firstly, when I am concocting a new idea that has anything to do with fooling the public's perception, vis-a-vis some audio shenanigans, I call on Bill to bounce my ideas off of. Secondly, I will, more often than not, convince him to join me in said adventure and thirdly, rely on him to help me make it sound great. He has the imagination and experience it takes to pull it off.Grammy Winning Producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Patti Smith etc)
-Jack Douglas, Producer, Engineer, and Arranger
John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Patti Smith
Bill Kates is pretty fearless. That's tough to come by these days, no? Guys who are actually willing to take the time to brainstorm, lay it down, give things a try, and actually succeed in the mission? Think about it - not too many folks like that around anymore. Bill, thankfully, is one of them. Bill's as professional as they come, and his versatility is an absolute strength.Sirius XM Radio - Paul Bachman, Senior Director, Programming/ Promotions, On-Air Talent
- Paul Bachman
Senior Director, Programming Promotions/On-Air Talent,Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Bill is one of the most versatile and creative voiceover artists working today. His ability to do numerous voices and his sound editing skills are great assets to any production. I've worked on several projects with Bill and I'm always pleased and amazed at what he comes up with.ABC Sports, PeeWee's Playhouse
-Alex Aurichio, Cinematographer
ABC Sports, PeeWee's Playhouse
Think of Bill as the Swiss Army knife of sound - from voiceovers, sourcing talent, managing talent, to recording, to editing, mixing, adding special effects and just about anything you'll ever need in the world of sound - he can do it, on time, on budget and on spec.Futurity Ventures, BMuse Productions
-Ziv Navoth, Author and Producer
Futurity Ventures, BMuse Productions
He surprised me and made the project better than I expected. He is very talented and fast too. I am extremely happy with the results.Rockstar Games - Ezequiel Q., Animator
Bill is an excellent writer and possesses almost magical production skills as well... I think he's enchanted.The Firesign Theatre - Phil Proctor
Bill is a real Pro. A pleasure to work with. Not only is he an exceptionally talented voice actor, he is also a one man production studio, with abilities that extend far beyond voice talent. Finally, I found him to be an incredibly nice and patient guy.bMuse Productions - Edo Segal
Voice Over Clients
Futurity Ventures/ Holopad, Lucasfilms/ Lucas Arts, Hasbro Games, Harper Collins Publishing/ Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures/TrStar/ Terry Gilliam, Sirius XM Radio, CBS Radio, U2/ Principal Management, Comedy Central, Sony/ Columbia Records, Vertigore Games, bMuse Productions, iStrategy Labs/ MobileFuture, (Website hidden),The Album Network, United Stations/ Dick Clark Productions
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