AudiO'Connell Holds 'Unofficial' NBC Voiceover Contest
January 3, 2008 at 10:46 AM (PT)
With over 60 nominations submitted by professional voice talents in just four days, AUDIO'CONNELL VOICEOVER TALENT President and professional voice over talent PETER K. O'CONNELL has opened to the public the voting process to select the "unofficial" winner for his company's completely unofficial auditions for the announcer's job on NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS.
O'CONNELL joined a chorus of voices on the web who were disappointed by the vocal performance of well-respected actor MICHAEL DOUGLAS, the network's new choice for the announcing position on the program.
Proposing a solution, O'CONNELL posted a completely unofficial open casting call on his voiceover company's blog. The call garnered over 60 submissions from voiceover talents around the globe, all reading the news program's introduction script with the show's theme music. Almost 100 responses/votes have been posted on the blog, including the donation of a new USB microphone as a prize by donor who requested anonymity.
The auditions can be heard on the AUDIO'CONNELL VOICEOVER TALENT's blog site -- www.voxmarketising.com -- or accessed through the company's website, www.audioconnell.com/NBC. Voters are requested to pick their top-three choices from the submitted auditions, ranked in order of preference. Complete rules are listed on the blog.
O'CONNELL had advised that the network "should probably take DOUGLAS back into the studio and try again. He's a very talented guy. But if NBC NEWS decides to make a change in announcers, we've got a bunch of great professional voices for them to choose from."