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, Senior, Teen, Young Adult
Cartoons, Documentaries, Internet, 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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Bill Kates: Characters and Animation Demo 2015B 1192 Listens
Classic Commercial Voiceover Demo 3072 Listens
Bill Kates Mostly Sirius XM Stuff 805 Listens
Audiobook/ Narration Demo 782 Listens
Yoko Ono: The Sun Is Down (Remix) 189 Listens
WBGO 182 Listens
Extraordinary and Ordinary Voicemail Demo 459 Listens
By The Time You Read This.... 87 Listens
Bill Kates: The Spirit of Radio 672 Listens
Bill Kates- Narration, Documentaries 298 Listens
Sara Thacher for Job #24984 Charles Herrold, early radio re-enactment Bill was a tremendous talent and worked with us to get just the right sound!Dec 13, 2011
Ezequiel G for Job #25822 animated short film 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.Sep 28, 2010
Colter Ripley for Job #25212 Red Hawk Survival Training You're the man Bill.
Can you email me so I have your contact information? I am sure I will have future jobs and your read was excellent.
If you don't want to, that's okay. I'll put it on here and invite you.Sep 13, 2010
Amy Schulz for Job #21895 Inertia Machine Bill was exactly what we need for our 'rock crushing video - voice over'. He was exceptionally speedy, professional and on-point with even the first take. Working with him was seamless and I'm quite pleased with our finished product.Jun 16, 2010
Jeebak Dasgupta for Job #21515 UHG Corporate AV Bill has been an absolute pleasure to work with.He looks at the job in totality and not just as a VO.His responses are very prompt and he puts his 100% into the job. The ability to record professionally and deliver on time really helps in having fast turnaround times. I look forward to working with him in the future.
CheersMay 25, 2010
Edo Segal for Job #10272 DeNiro Project Bill is a real Pro. A pleasure to work with. Not only is he 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 He an incredibly nice and patient guy.Nov 4, 2008
bob love for Job #7989 Character Voice Skit on Energy Independence Bill was excellent to work with , very professional & delivered high quality output as promised. Workmanship was excellentJun 20, 2008