Barry Shanley

honest, kind, friendly, yet authoritative

Voice Description

After 25 years as a main news anchor on network affiliates in my home area, and news, sports, talk, and voice work on commercials and promos in radio before that, my "voice" has been described as friendly, honest, kind. For most of my television career, market research always had me as "the most trusted" and "the most popular" regional television personality.

Now retired from that profession, (and coaching high school golf, and being a newspaper opinion columnist, I thought it would be fun and hopefully productive for clients and for me, to do voice work.

I have always wanted to do documentaries, audio books, etc., and consider other work a client might be interested in, and while I would not describe my voice as classic authoritative, I've always been told it's unique in a friendly, trustworthy, kind way. For instance, it's been 12 years since I left broadcasting, and my "looks" have changed but many people instantly know who I am when they hear my voice in person or on the phone.

In my home I do not have any equipment, but would be willing to consider it, if it could be explained what would be best to have.

Thank you VERY MUCH. Hopefully someone will be willing to give me an opportunity to help them. And me!

Barry Shanley

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Middle Age Male

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - USA and Canada

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• 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

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer


My Home Base

, Michigan, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Just a kind, friendly, honest, yet authoritative voice.
I don't do voices.

My Voice Experience

1966-1972 While in college worked at a local radio station in my hometown of South Haven, Michigan, doing rock and roll, (as a spoof on myself my on-air name was Manley Shanley). Hosted hundreds of dances during those years also. Eventually I shifted to news and sports.

Also during those years I went to colleges, including two terms in Oxford, England.

After getting my degree in Communications I got my first television job in Fort Myers, Florida. A few months later I was offered a bigger on-air job at a station in Panama City, Florida, where after a year I was named News Director and Anchor.
Two years later I came home to Michigan and a much bigger station in Grand Rapids, where in a couple of years I was made the main anchor.
Ten years later a competing station hired my boss, and me, and I became the main anchor there for ten years.

Besides anchoring, because of my voice and "image' I also did feature reporting that was positive. "Barry's Backroads", "Positively Michigan", and fun, spoof pieces where I would show people what they could do as a family on weekends. Those features were called "Send Shanley", and usually they were "reporter-involvement" stories where I would pretend to be doing the activity but never very well.

When I was going through a divorce, and with physical custody of my 4 children, I couldn't live that lifestyle of mostly second-shift work anymore. And wanted to be with my children.

Don't know if this is exactly what you wanted. It doesn't let you hear my voice, but gives you an understanding perhaps of the kind of work I did, largely because of my voice and personality.

People ALWAYS said they watched because I made them feel the world was not coming to an end that day at least.

Thanks for any consideration.

Barry Shanley

My Training

1965 Graduated from South Haven's L.C.Mohr High School
South Haven, Michigan

Between my junior and senior high school years, I
was one of 30 American students selected for the
Northwestern University High School Institute in

1966-1968 Hope College, Holland, MI. While there
worked at my hometown's radio station, first doing
on air disc jockey work, commercials, promos, m.c.
work at hundreds of dances. Later news and sports.

1968-1971 Shimer College, Mt. Carroll, Illinois, (now in

Summer 1969 chosen as U.S. Collegiate
representative to the United Nations International
Student Leadership Conference.

1969-1970 selected as one of 27 U.S. students
for a special study in Oxford, England.

1971-1972 Western Michigan University to get a
Communications Degree

1972- 3 months as t.v. reporter at WBBH-TV Fort Myers,
1972-1975 Reporter, then News Director and Main Anchor
at what is now WMBB-TV, Panama City, Florida.
1976-1986 Reporter, then main anchor at WZZM-TV, Grand
Rapids, MI.
1986-1997 Main anchor, feature reporter, WWMT-TV,
Kalamazoo, MI.
1997-present Opinion Columnist, Kalamazoo Gazette.

My Studio Equipment

None! Please let me know if there is work I can do, at first, by going to a studio, or some other means. THEN, if it's working-out, I could buy what you think I should have based on the work I am getting.

Also, I am willing to join a union if it would be helpful to more clients and to me.

While in radio, and in the earlier days of television, I did use equipment myself, from recording equipment to cameras, to editing equipment, (film and video.) And really enjoyed it.

Additional Skills

First, I always worked VERY well with photo journalists, editors and others out of mutual respect. The projects were always much better and more enjoyable because of it.

I've been fortunate to have held other positions, like school board member, high school golf coach, a member of my state's high school athletic golf board, etc.

Over the years I've given hundreds of speeches and made countless appearances.

Again, and I think largely because of my voice and my easy-going or more casual personality, market research showed me as the most trusted and popular in the market. One year the research company pointed-out there was not one negative response to me in their extensive survey. Creativity and humor helped me to have this image. Plus, I really cared about the people I was serving in the area where I grew-up.

Payment Methods Accepted

• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
• Wire transfers

Contact Information

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