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10 Guinness World Records that Relate to Voice Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 16, 2008

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Guinness_World_Records_2008.jpgTime to talk world records!

Here are 10 Guinness World Records from the 2008 edition that are related to voice over and voice acting.

I hope you'll find these particularly interesting.

Enjoy :)

1. COUNTRY WITH THE HIGHEST RATE OF TV VIEWING

Americans watch more hours of television per week than any other country in the world, watching 4 hours and 32 minutes per individual per day according to Nielsen Media research started tracking television viewing habits in the 1950s.


2. MOST EMMYS FOR A TV SERIES

The Emmy awards are US television's equivalent to the Oscars. As of May 2005, the most Emmys won by the same show is 101 by Sesame Street (PBS, USA).


3. LONGEST TIME PROMOTING ONE BRAND

Since 1991, Thomas Gottschalk (German) has been in every advertising promotion for candy manufacturer Haribo. In 14 years, he has appeared in 206 TV and 118 radio commercials for the company.


4. HIGHEST AD RATE (TV SERIES)

An average of $2 million per 30 seconds was paid by advertisers for slots during the hour-long, last-ever episode of Friends (NBC, USA). The show aired in the USA on May 6, 2004, and was seen by an estimated 51.1 million Americans.

The highest TV advertising rate ever was $2.4 million per 30 seconds for the NBC network during the transmission of Super Bowl XXXV on January 28, 2001.


5. LONGEST TV COMMERCIAL

A commercial advertising Lipton Ice Tea Green lasted for 24 minutes and was broadcast by the Yorin television channel acorss the Netherleands in March 2005.


6. SHORTEST TV COMMERCIAL

Shortest TV Commercial is half a frame and lasts just 1/60 of a second. Advertising MuchMusic (Canada), 12 versions of the commercial were produced, the first of which was aired on January 2, 2002.


7. MOST POSITIONS IN AN AUDIOBOOK CHART

Narrator Jim Dale (UK) occupied six positions in an audiobook chart when his readings of the Harry Potter books held the top six placed in Amazon's "Best-Selling Audiobooks of America" in August 2005.


8. MOST VOICES IN AN AUDIOBOOK

Jim Dale is the performer who brings J.K. Rowling's creations to life in the Harry Potter audiobooks. He secured a Guinness World Record for creating an incredible 134 voices for The Order of the Phoenix.


9. HIGHEST PAID RADIO HOST

The highest earning radio host in 2005 was Howard Stern who earned $31 million.


10. LARGEST MOVIE STUDIO

The largest movie studio in the world is Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, India which opened in 1996. It measured 1,666 acres, with 47 sound stages and permanent sets ranging from railroad stations to temples.


Do you know of any other world records that relate to voice over or voice acting?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

Related Topics: Amazon, Audiobooks, awards, German, Guinness Book of World Records, Harry Potter, Howard Stern, Jim Dale, Narrator, Radio, radio, Television, TV, Voice Over


Comments


    Stephanie,

    Great subject! Can't leave out John Moschitta, though - the World's Fastest Talker who did those Federal Express ads back in the '80s.

    Watch him in action here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeK5ZjtpO-M

    Scooter

    Posted by:

      Supposedly, this is the fastest talker ever!

      http://youtube.com/watch?v=aZb6iBmHqkY

      Posted by:
      • Robin Rowan
      • July 17, 2008 12:31 PM

        Hi Scott and Robin,

        Both very impressive videos! Thanks for sharing and commenting.

        I remember that one featuring Fran. I think she holds the current world record but I'd have to double check on that for being the fastest talker around today.

        Best,

        Stephanie

        Posted by:

          Rush Limbaugh just recently negotiated the "world's record" for talk show host with his $400 Million deal to extend to 2016 (That's $50 Million / year!).
          http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008031053_limbaugh03.html

          Posted by:
          • James Stevenson
          • July 18, 2008 12:20 PM

            Hello. I myself am a member of voices.com and i would like to correct you on one thing for the topic ..."10 Guinness World Records that Relate to Voice Overs"....In the 10th item of the list you have "LARGEST MOVIE STUDIO" and for that you gave the detail as
            Ramiji Film City, Hyderabad, India ....It is not Ramiji Film City. It is Ramoji Film City.

            Posted by:
            • Harsha Ramnani
            • October 19, 2008 12:44 PM

              Hi Harsha,

              Thanks for pointing that out :) I've made the change.

              Cheers,

              Stephanie

              Posted by:

                I am new to Voices.com but looking forward to using your site to find voice over job opportunities and interact with other voice talent.

                Your topic on Guinness World Records holds a special place in my heart because I am a record holder, or was, back in the 1980's. In 1982 I was working at a small radio station in northern Arizona and established a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous radio broadcast. My record was set at 373 hours 35 minutes, which ran from February 1 - 17, 1982. My record was first published in the 1983 Guinness World Record book and stood for approximately 6 or 7 years. I believe they eventually eliminated that category due to the danger it had on the human body. I received a very nice plaque from the Guinness World Record company, which still hangs on my wall to this day as a reminder that anything is possible.

                I was a young radio announcer at the time and had only a couple of years experience in broadcasting. Although I am no longer in radio, I have continued use my talent and training in the voice over industry.

                Thanks for letting me share my experience and a fond memory!

                Bruce "Smitty" Smith

                Posted by:
                • Bruce "Smitty" Smith
                • September 26, 2011 9:27 PM

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