Guinness_World_Records_2008.jpgTime to talk world records!

Here are 10 Guinness World Records from the 2008 edition that are related to voice over and voice acting.
I hope you’ll find these particularly interesting.
Enjoy 🙂

1. COUNTRY WITH THE HIGHEST RATE OF TV VIEWING

Americans watch more hours of television per week than any other country in the world, watching 4 hours and 32 minutes per individual per day according to Nielsen Media research started tracking television viewing habits in the 1950s.

2. MOST EMMYS FOR A TV SERIES

The Emmy awards are US television’s equivalent to the Oscars. As of May 2005, the most Emmys won by the same show is 101 by Sesame Street (PBS, USA).

3. LONGEST TIME PROMOTING ONE BRAND

Since 1991, Thomas Gottschalk (German) has been in every advertising promotion for candy manufacturer Haribo. In 14 years, he has appeared in 206 TV and 118 radio commercials for the company.

4. HIGHEST AD RATE (TV SERIES)

An average of $2 million per 30 seconds was paid by advertisers for slots during the hour-long, last-ever episode of Friends (NBC, USA). The show aired in the USA on May 6, 2004, and was seen by an estimated 51.1 million Americans.
The highest TV advertising rate ever was $2.4 million per 30 seconds for the NBC network during the transmission of Super Bowl XXXV on January 28, 2001.

5. LONGEST TV COMMERCIAL

A commercial advertising Lipton Ice Tea Green lasted for 24 minutes and was broadcast by the Yorin television channel acorss the Netherleands in March 2005.

6. SHORTEST TV COMMERCIAL

Shortest TV Commercial is half a frame and lasts just 1/60 of a second. Advertising MuchMusic (Canada), 12 versions of the commercial were produced, the first of which was aired on January 2, 2002.

7. MOST POSITIONS IN AN AUDIOBOOK CHART

Narrator Jim Dale (UK) occupied six positions in an audiobook chart when his readings of the Harry Potter books held the top six placed in Amazon’s “Best-Selling Audiobooks of America” in August 2005.

8. MOST VOICES IN AN AUDIOBOOK

Jim Dale is the performer who brings J.K. Rowling’s creations to life in the Harry Potter audiobooks. He secured a Guinness World Record for creating an incredible 134 voices for The Order of the Phoenix.

9. HIGHEST PAID RADIO HOST

The highest earning radio host in 2005 was Howard Stern who earned $31 million.

10. LARGEST MOVIE STUDIO

The largest movie studio in the world is Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, India which opened in 1996. It measured 1,666 acres, with 47 sound stages and permanent sets ranging from railroad stations to temples.

Do you know of any other world records that relate to voice over or voice acting?

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes,
Stephanie

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her blog serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling through the power of the human voice. Stephanie was recently listed on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Stephanie,
    Great subject! Can’t leave out John Moschitta, though – the World’s Fastest Talker who did those Federal Express ads back in the ’80s.
    Watch him in action here:



    Scooter

  2. Hi Scott and Robin,
    Both very impressive videos! Thanks for sharing and commenting.
    I remember that one featuring Fran. I think she holds the current world record but I’d have to double check on that for being the fastest talker around today.
    Best,
    Stephanie

  3. Hello. I myself am a member of voices.com and i would like to correct you on one thing for the topic …”10 Guinness World Records that Relate to Voice Overs”….In the 10th item of the list you have “LARGEST MOVIE STUDIO” and for that you gave the detail as
    Ramiji Film City, Hyderabad, India ….It is not Ramiji Film City. It is Ramoji Film City.

  4. I am new to Voices.com but looking forward to using your site to find voice over job opportunities and interact with other voice talent.
    Your topic on Guinness World Records holds a special place in my heart because I am a record holder, or was, back in the 1980’s. In 1982 I was working at a small radio station in northern Arizona and established a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous radio broadcast. My record was set at 373 hours 35 minutes, which ran from February 1 – 17, 1982. My record was first published in the 1983 Guinness World Record book and stood for approximately 6 or 7 years. I believe they eventually eliminated that category due to the danger it had on the human body. I received a very nice plaque from the Guinness World Record company, which still hangs on my wall to this day as a reminder that anything is possible.
    I was a young radio announcer at the time and had only a couple of years experience in broadcasting. Although I am no longer in radio, I have continued use my talent and training in the voice over industry.
    Thanks for letting me share my experience and a fond memory!
    Bruce “Smitty” Smith

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