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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Highlights
Ed McMahon on what makes a good announcer
Don Pardo on advice to aspiring announcers
Fred Foy on the craft of announcing, on his technique and his voice
Don Pardo on his announcing style and keeping his voice in shape
Nick Clooney on problems he encountered in broadcasting because of his young looks and mature voice
Ed McMahon on how his role on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson expanded over the years, and on being considered Carson's "second banana"
Who talked about this profession

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on problems he encountered in broadcasting because of his young looks and mature voice

Ray Forrest

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Ray Forrest on his next step up at NBC after being a tour guide -- announcer
Ray Forrest on how senior radio announcers made money -- commercials -- and what "standby duty" was
Ray Forrest on how he finally got his start as a real radio announcer
Ray Forrest on his first job as a junior radio announcer and why he finally joined AFRA (the precursor to AFTRA)
Ray Forrest on his first job as a junior radio announcer at NBC and on why he changed his name from "Feurestein" to "Forrest"
Ray Forrest on the shows he worked on as a junior radio announcer at NBC
Ray Forrest on most early television announcers not being happy to leave radio - they made money from commercials and television did not have commercials until 1941
Ray Forrest on working with an assistant on live TV and dealing with "mic fright"
Ray Forrest on developing his personal style as an announcer, and on how television announcing differed from radio announcing
Ray Forrest on the importance of likeability in television success

Fred Foy

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Fred Foy on the craft of announcing, on his technique and his voice

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on how his role on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson expanded over the years, and on being considered Carson's "second banana"
Ed McMahon on what makes a good announcer

Don Pardo

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Don Pardo on his announcing style and keeping his voice in shape
Don Pardo on the announcer's role to the story on radio
Don Pardo on delivering a news announcement and having to double as an engineer
Don Pardo on the process of broadcasting early television as an announcer
Don Pardo on announcing a baseball game in 1946 on television
Don Pardo on advice to aspiring announcers
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