Whimsial, Folksy, Guy Next Door
Whimsical and folksy. Intimate but not sexy. A molasses-tinctured baritone with overtones of Archie Andrews. A Mason Adams (Smuckers) style delivery: the voice that launched a thousand waffles. After a 30-year plus career as a studio mixer and announcer, I have a fondness for multi-character narration work. This after beginning an upload project for my own website. Just Google "Rob Hunter Reader." Give it a listen. The twenty-four tales are all of recent manufacture and should be a good indicator of where I am at today. I live in Maine, USA, on the Canadian border and travel to a state-of-the-art studio, Sound Expressions, in Lake Utopia, New Brunswick.
Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Male
Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:
• English - USA and Canada
I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes
Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)
• Non-Union Jobs
• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories
My Union Affiliations and Memberships
My Recording and Delivery Capabilities
• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have ISDN in my studio
• I have Phone Patch in my studio
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail
Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer
• I offer copywriting services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
My Home Base
, Maine, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Characters abound in the latest production: my story, "Mark Twain in Milan." I play two (2) women: a nineteenth century British noblewoman and a 21st century Manhattanite; three (3) men: Mark Twain with a Missouri accent filtered through Dale Robertson, Andy Saperstein, a Bay Ridge Brooklynite, and Giancarlo Pieranunzi, a 19th century math professor at the University of Turin.
In "An Unwarmed Fish" I play an Irish hitman, a Celtic goddess, and Kathleen Ferguson, a world-weary barroom proprietor. Note: my UK and Irish accents are burlesques and are as broad as they are shallow. They are serviceable, craftsmanlike, and drive the tale, but for authenticity you'd be better off looking elsewhere.
In "McMuckle Makes a Minyan" I am the voice of God (and everyone else).
My Voice Experience
At last, it happened. They said--oh, those many years ago--that the Marlboro Man pendulum would have to swing. Eventually. Those big, testosterone-clogged voices would, in the new millennium, become the spokesmen of yesterday. Hope it's not too late. (Cue white rabbit; check calendar. Rabbit consults large sliver pocket watch.)
But seriously now, folks. I have been talking, engineering and producing audio for decades. I think I'm pretty good--but it is your opinion that counts here. And thanks for listening.
Telegraph operator for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company.The Milwaukee Journal—where I was a copy boy for over two years and picked up fast two-finger typing and a deadly aim with a paper clip and rubber band. I pasted up the stock market pages for the last two years.
Masterpiece Recording (New York City) – studio technician.
WINS-Westinghouse Broadcasting (NYC) – Tape editor for Program P.M., an hour-and-a-half nightly magazine show.
WBAI, Pacifica Radio (NYC) – production manager, recording engineer, chief announcer. Handled traffic and produced the kids’ shows (Programs for Young People). We produced the first radio call-in show for kids in New York.
Over the next eight years either engineering or staff announcing at WWON, Woonsocket, Rhode Island; news reading/writing at WJAR, WXTR and Channel 10 (all in Providence, R.I.) and the morning shows at WSAR (Fall River, Mass.), WBT-AM (Charlotte, N.C.), ad WIVY(Jacksonville, Fla.). Program Director at WSAR for two years.
Back to New York City and my favorite people of all time—ServiSound, Inc. Our relationship over more than three decades had been audio work – scoring, cutting and mixing music and effects for clients as disparate as Prentice-Hall Learning Media, The Psychological Corporation, MTV (all their audio work to video before they built their own studios), Public Television – The Brain and Nature series, and overseeing ServiSound's high-speed cassette duplicating operation.
One of my perennial clients was Sherry Huber at Random House – over ten-plus years editing and mixing over fifty titles in Random House’s Audiobook series. Our Short Stories of Ray Bradbury got a 1987 Spoken Arts Grammy nomination. (We didn’t win.)
My Studio Equipment
I have a long-standing relationship with Sound Expressions, a state-of-the-art digital studio just over the border from me in Lake Utopia, New Brunswick, Canada. Chris Gay, the proprietor, has all the bells and whistles: phone patch (2-way communication during the session, with a hi-fi foldback to the producer) Proprietary music and/or sound effects--the customary "thousands of cues" the other guys talk about, a keyboardist, synthesizer rack on tap, on premises. New to the process? We'll walk you and your project through--every step of the way.
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