Vox Daily The Official Voices.com Blog

PromaxBDA Honors Joe Cipriano with Don LaFontaine Legacy Award


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 10, 2010

Comments (33)

Joe CiprianoPromaxBDA and Brief Magazine are proud to present the 2nd Annual Don LaFontaine Legacy Award to Joe Cipriano.

Created collectively by PromaxBDA, Rudy Gaskins and Anita LaFontaine to honor the name, memory and defining legacy of one of the world's most famous voices, the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award recognizes a voice of impact as determined by a specialized industry committee.

Through the criteria filter of character, longevity, talent, professionalism and the passion for giving back, this year's recipient embodies much of Don's defining legacy.

The award will be presented to Joe on June 24, 2010.

Congrats, Joe!

When I heard that our good friend Joe Cipriano won the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award this year, I nearly jumped out of my chair with joy! One of my producer friends, Rudy Gaskins of Push Creative (who is married to the beautiful and talented Joan Baker), was moved by Don's spirit and played an instrumental role in bringing this all about. During a period of time when all of us were wondering how best to honour Don, Rudy pitched Promax the idea for an award honouring Don and adding a voice over category last year.

Isn't it fitting that now the very award championed by someone whose heart is so close to voice talent is being given to a voice talent whose heart was so close to Don's?

I'm pleased to share the following about Joe on behalf of PromaxBDA.

Joe Cipriano has worked on the air for the NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS Television and Radio networks, and has been the live announcer at high profile events including the Grammy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards. Cipriano has more than 20 years of voice talent experience.

He is the co-founder of the newly launched Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab at the SAG Foundation Actors Center. The Lab and all of its programs, dedicated to educating and inspiring young up and coming voice over talent, will be offered free to the public.

Don LaFontaine, whose immediately recognizable voice was featured on more than 5000 promos and trailers over a period of more than 30 years, passed away September 1, 2008. Cipriano will accept the Award at the 2010 PromaxBDA Promotions and Marketing Awards scheduled for the final night of the three day PromaxBDA Conference.

The Don LaFontaine Legacy Award was introduced for the first time at the 2009 Promax Marketing & Promotion Awards celebration as part of the 54th annual PromaxBDA Conference. The PromaxBDA Awards competition is dedicated to celebrating excellence in marketing, design and creative content in the entertainment industry.

Joe, We Salute You!

If you have any words of congratulations or thoughts you would like to share, feel free to comment here on VOX Daily.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,


Related Topics: awards, Don LaFontaine, Don LaFontaine Legacy Award, industry, Joe Cipriano, PromaxBDA, radio, SAG, TV, voice actor


    Well deserved!:)

    Posted by:

      That is awesome. Congratulations!

      Posted by:
      • Rose Lamoureux
      • June 10, 2010 7:35 PM

        I was beyond thrilled to hear of this year's recipient for the PromaxBDA award. I've listened to Joe's voice for years over the networks, and just a few days ago, had the honor of meeting him in the real world at Voice 2010. He hosted a panel discussion, but more importantly, took the time to mingle in a casual setting afterwards. His graciousness, humility, and sheer joy of living in the moment was one of the many highlights of my recent trip to LA. His dedication to the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab was showcased at the conference as a way to give back to new and future voice over talents. I am so pleased to hear this happy news!

        Posted by:

          Great news. Joe is a class act. A few years ago I contacted him about being a guest on my Trafcom News Podcast. He agreed, and that episode is one of the most popular of the nearly 100 I've recorded.

          Posted by:
          • Donna Papacosta
          • June 10, 2010 7:44 PM

            I couldn't think of a better choice! Keep up the great work Joe, and Congratulations! I'm sure Don would be proud!

            Posted by:
            • Jeff Gelder
            • June 10, 2010 8:21 PM

              There couldn't be anyone more deserving. Congratulations, Joe!

              Posted by:
              • Larry White
              • June 10, 2010 8:21 PM

                Congratulations Joe!

                Posted by:
                • Diane Merritt
                • June 10, 2010 8:35 PM

                  Thank you guys! It's an amazing honor and quite a shock as well :-)

                  Posted by:

                    Congrats! :)

                    Posted by:


                      Posted by:
                      • James Anthony
                      • June 10, 2010 8:43 PM

                        Wonderful news!

                        Posted by:


                          Posted by:
                          • Claudia Alvarez
                          • June 10, 2010 10:37 PM

                            Well, I can't think of anyone else!

                            Posted by:

                              Not only the best talent but the coolest nicest person. Congrats

                              Posted by:

                                Congratulations Joe.. what a super honor!

                                Posted by:

                                  Hope to be friends with someone who would be awarded with this distinction in the future...

                                  Posted by:
                                  • Indi Singh
                                  • June 10, 2010 10:47 PM

                                    Congrats, Joe...You da BEST!

                                    Posted by:

                                      Perfect! Joe is such a talented and generous man!

                                      Posted by:

                                        Joe obviously has a heart as big as his voice.

                                        Posted by:
                                        • Dale Leopold
                                        • June 11, 2010 9:57 AM

                                          Good for you, Joe!

                                          Posted by:

                                            Way to go, Joe!

                                            Posted by:

                                              Nice !!!! Congratulations Joe!

                                              Posted by:
                                              • Mark V. Stewart
                                              • June 11, 2010 9:58 AM

                                                Congratulations and felicitations, Joe! An honor richly deserved.

                                                Posted by:
                                                • Larry Culley
                                                • June 11, 2010 10:11 AM

                                                  From one JC....
                                                  to another...

                                                  Congratulations, Joe!
                                                  In this wacky world of voice over...you're everything I strive to be!

                                                  Posted by:


                                                    Posted by:

                                                      Congrats Joe!

                                                      Posted by:

                                                        BIG congrats Joe. Don would be proud.

                                                        Now don't be like the guy at church... They gave him a badge for being the "Most Humble"....but they had to take it away because he kept wearing it all the time. '-)

                                                        Posted by:

                                                          Congratulations they picked the best.

                                                          Posted by:

                                                            We're so happy for you! Congrats!

                                                            Posted by:
                                                            • Michelle Kennedy
                                                            • June 11, 2010 2:01 PM

                                                              You deserve it Joe

                                                              Posted by:

                                                                Congrats, Joe!

                                                                Posted by:
                                                                • Shawn Maroney
                                                                • June 11, 2010 6:36 PM

                                                                  Jolly good, old boy!

                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                  • Rajiv Hasan
                                                                  • June 11, 2010 6:37 PM

                                                                    A well deserved congratulations to you Joe!

                                                                    Posted by:

Leave a Comment

Recent Articles

Does Practice Make Perfect? 4 Steps You'll Want to Follow!

Be Our Guest! Unless You Can't Make It - How to Record as if Your Co-Stars Are in the Room

Want to Create Sound? Check out some Foley in Zootopia!

New Features! File Management Made Easier at Voices.com

3 Common (Yet Avoidable) Audio Editing Oversights

Is the Role Right for You? 6 Ways to Know.

Want to Get Noticed? 3 Tips for Featuring Your Vocal Talent

5 Ways to Maximize Your Voice Acting Auditions

What's the #1 Secret Ingredient for Box Office Success?

How To Use Storytelling to Make Science More Accessible