By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 8, 2011
Last weekend we had the privilege of hosting Don Brown, CBC veteran producer and director of 40+ years, at the Voices.com offices during one of Voice Over London's events.
Over the course of the afternoon, Don shared a wealth of tips regarding voice production and speech, including the one thing he'd improve if he could for on-air talent!
Hear more in today's VOX Daily.
While trends, broadcast personalities and stations may come and go, two things that don't change drastically over the years are voice production and speech. Retired Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) producer/director Don Brown was our special guest presenter this past month at Voices.com's London, Ontario-based Voice Over London discussing voice production and speech.
Don's interest in voice production and speech correction started at Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts where he graduated in 1949. He was a Producer/Director at CBC in Toronto for 40+ years. When he retired, Don and his wife Marilyn moved to London, commuting for a few years as a freelance Director at CBC. The Browns have been married now for 60 years!
During Don Brown's CBC days, he taught at Ryerson, Seneca and later, when he moved to London, at UWO. It was a privilege to have his experienced ears in the room in an age where voice production and speech correction are definitely needed.
In his nearly 82 years of life, the Simcoe, Ontario native has seen everything from World War II, rationing and wool blankets being a luxury to leading the exciting life of a CBC producer and director in Toronto responsible for high profile programs such as Front Page Challenge which he produced for 10 years (1963-1973) before resigning from the show which featured celebrities the likes of Zsa Zsa Gabor, did a daily show with Juliette, plus other assignments, then ventured into more film production with a mini-series on the ladies who brought Ballet to Canada, a documentary on the Fortress of Louisburg and another on the United Empire Loyalists.
I managed to catch some sound bites for you as captured via my Twitter account @stephciccarelli.
* Number 1 tip for broadcasters from Don Brown!
The role of grammar has changed in our schools over the years and not for the better.
There are words mispronounced now that weren't so even ten years ago. Even the names of prominent cities are being mangled to a degree! According to Don, some of the many words mispronounced today include: recognized, Toronto, Aylmer, temperature, twenty, February, veterinarian, and Internet.
In our city of London, ON a number of street names are mispronounced. One of the most common ones is Highbury Avenue. Many people say Highberry instead of Highbury. Imagine if you were to book a gig for the world renowned chocolate company Cadbury and call them Cadberry? That wouldn't fly, would it?
Don stressed that teachers, the clergy and public speakers need to be especially aware of proper speech because they are in a position to influence others and need to project a professional image.
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