On today’s show, Jim Van Horne from Fanshawe College joins us to discuss how he developed his love for announcing, his journey in broadcast journalism, an overview of broadcast journalism over the decades (hear what a 1920s newscast might have sounded like!), what it takes to report the news and how you can be a great broadcast journalist in the 21st century.
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Hi there and welcome to Vox Talk, your weekly review from the world of voice over. I'm your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli from Voices. What does it take to be an announcer? Jim Van Horne joins me to discuss voicing as a broadcaster. Jim is the coordinator of the Broadcasting Journalism and TV News programs at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario where he has taught for nearly 20 years. When he's not at Fanshawe, Jim puts his voice to work as a radio analyst for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League on AM980. Welcome to the show, Jim!
How did you get started in broadcast journalism?
The role of the announcer: what an announcer is, what they do and who they are speaking to
What have you seen change over the years in broadcast from the announcer/presenter's point of view? (we'll play the London Tigers clip as part of the conversation)
Are there any vocal cliches/stereotypes that should be avoided?
What are some best practices for announcers to adopt?
What does it take to be a great broadcast journalist and presenter in the 21st century?
And that's the way we saw the world through the lens of voice over this week. Thanks again for being here and for listening to Vox Talk. A resounding thank you to our special guest, Jim Van Horne, for sharing his stories and insightful tips. If you found this episode helpful, share it with your friends. For Voices, I'm your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli. Vox Talk is produced by Geoff Bremner. On behalf of the team at Voices, we look forward to spending more time with you soon. See you next week!