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The voice needs to be serious and deep/resonating- not a character voice. We are looking for a narration that is straight forward with a bit of an edge. 2011-09-30 12:11:12 GMT 2011-10-04 12:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 1 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
The television event.
Before all of these memorable moments…
…there was Kefauver.
In the years after World War II, the American Mafia was at the height of its power. In response, the U.S. Senate launched the first major Federal investigation into organized crime in the spring of 1950.
The committee was led by Senator Estes Kefauver, a 47-year-old Democrat from Tennessee.
Throughout the summer and fall, his committee traveled to 14 different cities …and heard testimony from over 600 witnesses.
Kefauver uncovered little hard evidence of organized crime… repeatedly encountering vague answers and flat denials.
But on January 25, 1951, the tone of the proceedings would change. On that day, the committee agreed to let the hearings be televised, live.
In 1951, television was still brand-new. People were just buying their first T.V.’s, and daytime programming was wide open. Before long, the public was hooked on the hearings.
For many who knew nothing about the mob, it was a revelation.
Around the country, people became infatuated with the witnesses… the testimony… and the interrogation by Senators of these violent and mysterious villains.
“The U.S. adjusted itself,” Time Magazine wrote, “to Kefauver’s schedule.”
Some 20-30 million Americans tuned in to watch – making it the nation’s first television event. The climax was in mid-March, 1951, when the hearings came to New York City for eight days. The most anticipated witness was Frank Costello – the boss of the most powerful crime family in America.
He refused to appear if his face was televised, and the committee compromised, ordering cameras to focus only on his hands… creating one of the most memorable images in television history.
Only later did he consent to let his face be shown.
Estes Kefauver and his fellow senators tried to expose organized crime to the harsh light of public and legal scrutiny. While the hearings produced few indictments or arrests…they did bring the problem of organized crime to national consciousness.
Americans had invited the mob into their home…and they were not happy with what they had seen.
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