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Holiday Hours

by Chris Porter on November 24, 2014

The ProComm Voices studios will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open and ready for your voiceover projects on Monday.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Remembering Russ Cassell

by John Brooks on October 21, 2014

If someone asked me what major events I remember from 1990 I’d be hard pressed to recall a specific national news story of historical importance. But there is one event that I’ll never forget––it was the day Russ Cassell joined the ProComm voice roster. It didn’t take long for Russ to be known as “Papa Bear” among the staff. His affable personality made him a pleasure to work with and fun to laugh with. Since his passing on Saturday, October 11th, I’ve thought a lot about what made Russ a great man and a dear friend and decided to write a few memories down as a salute and fond farewell to my friend.

Most of our voiceover sessions with Russ were from a distance via ISDN. But several times a month, he’d come to ProComm in person. Often, he’d bring his family with him. Russ loved his family…his wife, Robbie, his three daughters, and the two grandchildren. Russ so freely shared his family with us that we’ve always felt the entire Cassell family was part of the ProComm family.  They all  loved their trips to the mountains and then lunch at Tupelo Honey. Russ would even talk about the day he might even retire to Asheville. Wish that could have been, buddy.

Russ was the last person I know who still carried a “beeper”. When everyone else was moving to instant access via cell phones Russ still required we beep him for a session. I know Russ did have a cell phone, but I honestly think he was protecting his family time by not giving out his number. Russ didn’t care about instant access…he cared about people––especially his family.

The list of well-known advertisers that hired Russ is long and distinguished. But nowhere on the list will you find a political candidate––in spite of many that wanted him. There was a good reason for Russ’s decision to not promote political candidates. In addition to his impressive career as a voice talent, he also hosted a long-running morning talk show. On the air, Russ would voice his opinion on current events and politics. Russ made a decision years ago that he would no longer voice commercials for political candidates of any party for two reasons. First, he felt it was impossible to vet every candidate and know where they stood on current issues. And second, because of that,  Russ felt it might conflict with the views he expressed on his talk show. That decision cost Russ many thousands of dollars in lost revenue. But with Russ, his principles came first.

In 2002 Jeep became a ProComm client. They chose Russ to be their national voice, a sought-after gig that paid very well. That Christmas, Russ drove up to ProComm with a $400 gift card for each member of our staff. That’s twenty people! Russ was a generous man. He wanted to show his appreciation and to share his good fortune with the entire ProComm staff.  We were blown away by his kindness!

There are a few people in each of our lives that we put on a pedestal. People of character. We think to ourselves, “I want to be more like him.” That’s how I feel about Russ Cassell. I, along with the entire staff at ProComm, will always remember Papa Bear’s smile and spirit. I’m proud to call Russ Cassell my friend.

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Garth Smith named Senior Producer

March 11, 2014

ProComm Voices would like to congratulate Garth Smith on his new position as Senior Producer. Garth has been an important part of the ProComm production staff for over 15 years. He brings a vast amount of production experience and technical expertise to the position and will oversee the production department moving forward.

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A Holiday Recipe

December 11, 2013

ProComm Voices talent Russ Cassell recently helped Red C Advertising with their holiday greeting, a Christmas cake recipe the whole family will enjoy!

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Wintry Mix

December 9, 2013

We are happy and proud that two members of the ProComm Voices talent roster have joined other local musicians to create warm feelings for wintry nights. Anne Lalley and Whitney Moore are two of the performers on “Wintry Mix,” a CD of music for the season.

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ISDN Troubleshooting Tips: Configuring Musicam to Telos Connections

December 6, 2012
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Troubleshooting ISDN connection problems in a voice over session can be frustrating for voice talent and audio engineers alike. These tips will help you understand how to connect when dialing between Musicam and Telos codecs.

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8 Ways To Take Advantage Of Your Audio Engineer

November 27, 2012
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Creating great voice overs is a process. Your audio engineer can be a valuable asset in getting the final product just right. It’s up to you to take advantage of them in every way you can.

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The CALM Act: What You Need To Know

November 16, 2012
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Beginning next month, FCC guidelines will go into effect that regulate the loudness of commercials in relation to the programs they accompany. It’s called the CALM act and here’s what you need to know.

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Directing Voiceovers… Lend Me Your Words

October 4, 2012

Effectively communicating with a voiceover talent during a recording session can be a struggle for clients, or for many new directors. Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of the voice talent you have hired.

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Voice Talent Feature: Catherine Smith

September 6, 2012

With voice over credits from brands like Ford, Belk, and Bi-Lo, Catherine Smith is an accomplished voice actress. In spite of her busy schedule, she found a few moments to share her background in the voice over industry.

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