By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 27, 2011
Have you noticed any landmarks relating to voice over or audio production?
I happened to see this image on a friend's Facebook page and decided to learn a bit more about it.
Microphone Bicycle Rack in Nashville, TN
According to RoadsideAmerica.com, this intriguing landmark pictured above (a giant microphone) is located on the outside of the "Musica" round-about that appears to double as a bike rack, and a life-size bronze sculpture of Owen Bradley sitting at a piano. Bradley built the first music business on Nashville's now-famous Music Row. He became an architect of the Nashville Sound through his work with country hit makers Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells.
This image ties in nicely with the human voice, amplification and audio recording in general.
Jack Brickhouse Monument in Chicago, IL
Over the years, I've seen a number of cool monuments and landmarks that relate to various forms of audio production and voicing. A neat monument I'd like to draw attention to is one located in Chicago, IL dedicated to Hall of Fame broadcaster, Jack Brickhouse (1916-1998). He was inducted into the Media Wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. Brickhouse served as announcer for the Chicago Cubs (40 years), the Chicago White Sox (27 years) and the Chicago Bears (24 years).
Brickhouse was also the first TV announcer for the Chicago Bulls among other firsts and honors. The monument shows Jack from the bust up sitting at an announcers desk. While on a family trip to Chicago, David snapped some shots of the Jack Brickhouse monument for me as I anticipated that they might come in handy someday. Fancy that!
This image relates directly to live announce and broadcast.
Walt Disney Monument in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
This image comes to you from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney (1901-1966) is the visionary pioneer and talent chiefly responsible for our amazing heritage in the realm of animated film and voice over in animation. Disney did not live to see Walt Disney World, however, his presence is felt most keenly thanks to his brother and business partner, Roy Disney.
I've also included images from Disney including Donald Duck, Pinocchio and a filmmaker from the golden years of film.
Do You Know Of Other Audio Monuments or Landmarks?
If so, I'd love to hear from you! Be sure to send them to me via email at stephanie(at)voices.com and I'll update this post to include more treasures such as these.
Microphone Bicycle Rack photo courtesy Diane Merritt
Jack Brickhouse Monument photo courtesy David Ciccarelli
Walt Disney World photos courtesy David Ciccarelli