Featured Voices: Jeff Bordner


Continued Super Bowl Sunday voice-related coverage…

Salt Lake City’s KSL.com has an interview with Jeff Bordner, who won the audition as the announcer for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VI.

“I love what I do. My work is play,” he tells KSL.com. “My commute consists of a cup of coffee and negotiating the steps downstairs in my power suit, which is my bathrobe.”

Bordner, who also voices promos for ESPN, NBC, CBS and FOX, says of the VO industry: “I don’t know of another business that is this competitive. I’m very fortunate and I’m very blessed. Every type of voice brings with it some kind of positive thing, some kind of hook that advertisers are looking for. Whether it’s comedic or intense, or whether it’s just a regular guy. I’ve learned it’s not the voice, it’s the performance. You are voice acting. It is acting.”

You can learn more about Bordner’s work on his official site: NationalVoiceover.com.

Bordner replaces the late Harry Kalas, who served as announcer for Puppy Bowls I-V. Kalas, who passed away April 13, 2009, was the beloved voice of the Philadelphia Phillies and narrator for NFL Films. Look for a memorial tribute to Kalas here in April, 2010.

Related post: 2.07.2010 — Super Bowl Sunday VO

National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2009 Inductees


A hearty congratulations to voice actor/producer Dick Orkin and Dementia Music guru Dr. Demento on their nominations for “National – Pioneer” for the 2009 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees.

Dick Orkin is the creator of the infamous “Chickenman” radio comedy series, and Dr. Demento (aka Barry Hansen) has voiced cameos on such cartoons as Bobby’s World and The Simpsons and is credited with introducing the world to Weird Al Yankovic (and the genre of funny/odd music is named “Dementia” in his honor as well).

Other nominees/inductees of note:

Suspense, the classic CBS radio series, which featured the voices of Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Jack Benny, Phil Harris, and many other Old Time Radio stars.
Harry Kalas, Philadelphia radio icon and voice of NFL Films.

The National Radio Hall of Fame inductions will take place during a live national radio broadcast from Chicago on Saturday, November 7. Premiere Radio Networks will produce and distribute the one-hour broadcast at 10 p.m. EST. View the full list of nominees and inductees at radiohof.org.