Tuesday, November 24, 2015

World on Fire

Image credit: Creative Commons  
World On Fire
Smoke clears, bodies lie, blood soaks the ground beneath the feet where millions have walked in the history of a thousand years where culture and art and gastronomy meld together, now meshed with the stench of the innocent dead. Now a continent is on lock down, in the name of religion.

Paris is burning.

Hot sands boil over as tensions that have simmered for millennia explode yet again with bombs, and bullets and bodies in the streets of the cradle of civilization as it rocks from side to side and not in a comforting or healing sort of way. Countries take sides, again. Coalitions they are called.

Syria is burning.

Fingers point, voices raised. Change for change sake demanded played out live somewhere in the 24 hour news cycle. Meanwhile a gunman takes a staggering female hostage, and shoots a hero who decided to actually do something about it. The cameras roll. The doctoral student lay bleeding on the street while the gunman again takes aim. Again the pulling of a trigger pointed at the hero’s head. Gun jams. A life spared due to a mechanical malfunction. There are no marches for the hero.

The US is burning.

All of this plays out in high definition on countless channels devoted to endless streams of content. No more warnings of "the following may be difficult to watch,” as they proceed to immediately show everything in graphic detail. Every pixel perpetually filled with hate from corner to corner. It doesn’t go very well with the veggie stuffed acorn squash as the nightly news drones on during dinner.

The media is burning.

It’s been said, that the best part of beating your own head against a brick wall is when you finally… stop.

When will we? We are all fragile.

We won’t.

While the World is on fire.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WANTING something, will not always GET you something, especially if there is only a want.

I don’t understand people sometimes.  They will say what they want, i.e…. in life, love, work or career etc… but rarely will they put in the effort to achieve that want.
Don't get me wrong, it's great to want something, but it never ceases to amaze me that when people like that fail to GET what they want they get all disappointed when it’s not handed to them on a silver platter. 

I mean, I’m all for The Secret and all, but it  NOT just about “the saying” of what it is you want in life.  There must be some “doing!”.  

That’s like me saying.. Man I really wish the communications tower at the front gate would move to the other side of the driveway…. Or hey we want a Tuscan Farm house like the ones we’ve seen on a trip we’ve taken to Italy, then get all disappointed when we didn’t get it or it didn’t happen. 
The fact is there’s hard work involved in every facet of life/love/carreer, as part of what you want.  There’s effort and planning involved.  There is determination involved.  There is follow through and goal setting and goal KEEPING involved.
Then and only then can you feel the satisfaction and reap the rewards of the ENTIRE process, period. 
The really funny thing, those people tend to be the ones that say… "wow Jimbo you work too much." Here’s a little secret bomb I’ll drop on those types, and this is the real Secret.  When you really love what you do, or the goal you are trying to achieve, the sacrifices one has made to make those dreams come true, it’s not work at all.  It’s joy.  It’s happiness. It’s beyond passion.  That, and only that is a true measure of any modicum of success.  And I guarantee you, you'll truly get back what you put in.

Monday, November 12, 2012

 The Death of Story,
…and how I combat it every day.
By: Jim Kipping

The art of storytelling is dying, which is sad for those of us in voice and creative.  Without story, what is left?  Just words. If you need proof, just listen to most creative copy being churned out in a number of broadcast stations or even ad agencies, just to get something on and fast. With today’s “GOT TO HAVE IT NOW” attitude, and get it in XXX characters, the story as we know it will no longer exist in the future.  That’s why almost every day before I start writing producing or voicing, I take a moment and write something in story form.  A goofy bit, a fictitious passage or as in this case, a vivid memory.  I will now always have this because it’s down in words.  I get numerous request from clients all over the country to help tell the story both in copy and voiced form, because I try and keep the art of “the story” alive. 
This is my warm up for today.


Drummer Boy:  I’m seven years old, at church with my family for Christmas eve mass on Army post at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Being winter, it’s dark and cold and there’s a light dusting of snow outside that crunches under my small feet as I carry my snare drum, stand and sticks with me into the chapel.  I’m so nervous.  The butterflies in my stomach feel like caged birds trying to escape, fluttering all the way up to the back of my throat. The Mass progresses in its regimented, structured path until the moment where I am asked to come out. It’s silent and all I hear is the noise my snare stand makes as I place it in the pre designated spot reserved for me. This is not what usually happens at this point in the service.  Every eye is on me and I am terrified. The lights in the chapel are dimmed and only the flood lights shine on the altar, the congregation in a silhouetted grey.   
The smell the ceremonial incense coming from the coals in the thurible to the right of me as the mulling sweet smoke licks though the tiny holes in the brass, filling the entire building with a type of foggy haze.  I see my mom and dad their eyes are proud as if to nudge and reassure me that it’s ok. I’ll be fine.  I in the middle of the alter, and Jim Reardon the leader of the folk group to the left of me, holding a well used six string Martin guitar. It was silent, with the only sound being the slight creaking, of people periodically shuffling  in the dark wooden pews.  He strums.  His voice is powerful and piercing, as he belts out the first words, and I play my small snare drum in time with his voice.   
Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum” I echo with the notes and sticking we practiced a few times before.  I’m doing it! The feeling is amazing, exhilarating and scary.  I remember seeing the look on mom and dad’s face, so happy. I remember hearing in my head my silent shouts, I’m actually doing this!!  
I played on… 

The story above is what I remember my first ever public performance and I can hear, smell and visually see it in my head as if was yesterday. Although I do still own a drum set, my voice is my instrument these days. The microphone picks up every sound. Every emotion. Every feeling, and as Don Lafontaine told me in an interview I had with him via ISDN a year before he died, all make up what you sound like. 
I try to use my voice for good. In my daily writing, I try to paint a picture with descriptive words and sounds to convey emotion.  I am here again, lucky enough to do what I love, warming up with a cup of coffee and a warm memory of the past.  All the while knowing my mom is watching.  Smiling. Doing my small part to keep the art of storytelling alive and to get clients results.  And every day I give thanks for the opportunity.  
I am actually doing this!!  

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Helping hand (SOUNDS) to Habitat

Today, during my lovely bride and my "staycation," (staying at home for a week to get things done while off work) I took a few hours to help out a cause that's near and dear to my heart. Habitat for Humanity. The Austin chapter was in need of a sound system to use when they do their home presentations. Today we made that a reality, and very happy to do so. It's a Karma thing. Also thanks to my friend Allen Kirsh at local music retailer Music Makers for helping keep the cost down. Allen is just a big of fan of Habitat as I am. Everyone wins. I will also donate my time to swing a hammer and lend a voice to them as well.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Somewhere, this spot is running. Love it.

We update my vo on this Netflix spot about every 6 months. Some form of this spot is running somewhere around the world. Get calls from friends everywhere that say they see it. Kinda funny. AND I subscribe. Loves me some streaming Netflix.. in fact, tonight even. Episode 9 of Carrier. Awesome show!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

All Access Guest blogger

(a post from guest blogger Jim Kipping)

...and make it creative. Four of the most vague and really cliché words in creative today. Make it creative. To whom? Who are we talking to? What is the outcome the client wants to see? Are they wanting to move product? Are they talking about general imaging and branding? Are we doing this to enter it in a contest to show how creative we can be without regard to the client's wishes?

Make it creative. That's enough to make any producer, sound designer or scriptwriter pull their hair out ... again! Oh, THAT'S why I see a lot of peers in the industry with no hair! I have known plenty of "creative spots" before, but the funky chinchilla puppets the sandwich shop Quizno's used in their campaign a few years back didn't make me want to go get a $6 sandwich.

Last April, Val Maki of Emmis asked if I was interested in sitting in on a national webinar series with a bunch of other creatives, to talk about making better creative commercial content. I was, of course, very honored to be asked to do so and proceeded to join the weekly class for six weeks. The webinar was graciously hosted by Jerry Lee, owner of B101/Philadelphia and a consummate radio creative advocate. It featured the likes of Dan Hill, author of an amazing read on advertising called Emotionomics. Dan is also President of Sensory Logic, Inc. (sensorylogic.com ), a company that pioneered the study of emotions and how to incorporate them into marketing and the decision-making process. Dan and his firm also consult Fox TV's "Lie To Me" series using their proprietary "facial coding" technique for determining true emotional response to various stimuli.

Let me just say without going into much detail on how the webinar series unfolded, it's amazing to realize that the face doesn't lie! That's why when people do business, the preferable method is belly to belly, looking into your client's eyes. This is no different when it comes to marketing, according to Hill. The basic idea is play a spot ... in this case, radio spots ... record the face while listening to it and through mapping the face and tracking the movements of each of the facial muscles, we can garner the true feelings of the listener by recording various peaks and valleys of their likes or dislikes. Instant results without having to "ask" what they thought of the spot, or having them turn a dial one way or another.

Being a stat-and-numbers guy, I instantly fell in love with the idea of data being collected just on mapping the human face and watching the reaction during a playback of a spot. Truly amazing! The weeks rolled by and we viewed many sessions that delved into many aspects of the data ... and what was and what wasn't a bad spot by way of "emotional" response both we, the webinar panel, and the test subjects displayed on each session. By the end, we were taken on an extensive journey into the minds of the listeners of our respective mediums. With that in mind, I asked about the makeup of us in the class -- 13 ad agency types and 3 of us from radio. I found this amazing, with the vast about of local direct business radio does that there weren't more of us.

Even before being asked to join the panel, I for one have always tried to play with emotions in my copy and spots. One that comes to mind is the smell spot I wrote for a car company a long time ago. "..as you sit in traffic today, like right now, take a good long ... sniff. (sniff sfx) ... how does your car smell? Does it smell like French fries the kids lost under the seat last week? Or the dirty, smelly gym bag in the hot, dark trunk? Wouldn't it be nice to have a new car with that new car smell? (sniff sfx). At XYZ Autoplex, we have over 300 new car smells to choose from." The script went on about the smell of each car they had on specials on the various "models" of smells, etc.

This is so far away from "ad speak" ads, which are so prevalent in that category, that it really freaked out a lot of clients because it wasn't "the norm." What norm? The norm of yelling at people to purchase a $25k+ car? It did generate great results for the one brave account that finally used it. It truly used EMOTION to sell something and not just bark a list of "Why we want to be the #1 new car dealer in Dallas!" Yeah? So? What's in it for me?

The six weeks spent with my fellow creatives and Dan Hill during the "Why and How Emotion Rules" seminar were indeed memorable and beneficial. It reinforced and bolstered my desire to help change the industry by selling with emotion ... and not just a laundry list of stuff in an ad. As a consumer, appeal to my emotions and you have made a sale. The one benefit of the shakeup of the automotive industry is we all have heard less and less "SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS" CAR ADS! and more one-on-one conversations with car listeners or potential buyers. For me? This sells. "There is nothing better getting into my new car with leather seats on a hot summer day. It's like driving my favorite leather couch, or pair of shoes. Yes, I like the new leather in my new Chevy ... it's like wearing an old friend, but it's new! ...."

"Creative" is subjective. It can be proven that you can get an emotional response from someone. The question is, does every response generate a sale for your client(s)? Does our industry on a local level leave adequate time to develop and use emotions in our ads? Or is it a rush to just get something on - and you promised your client you'll get something produced for tomorrow? THAT is not always a good thing. That's next time.

Jim "Jimbo" Kipping is Creative Services Director for the 6 station cluster for Emmis Broadcasting in Austin Texas, and heard on national campaigns for Netflix, Sunny D, Amtrak California, Kreg Tool Co, Gold's Gym, Geraldo at Large and hundreds of other regional and local spots in Austin and around world from his studio in the Texas Hill Country. He can be reached at jim@jimkipping.com.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Is the "Secret" a secret when it really works?

Here’s Proof positive you get what you think about. A couple of years ago, my wife Peggy and I started watching “Lidia’s Italy” on PBS as we have seen ALL of Mario Batali’s “Molto” show on the Food Network… and we just recently said to each other, “we need to get Lidia’s cook book for our Italian Kitchen.” <<poof>> I come in today and the morning show guy on our AAA radio station hands me Lidia’s NEW book that just came out about regional cooking in Bella Italia. Now, he had NO idea we were a fan of hers, but he know we loved everything Italian and when the publisher sent him two copies, he thought of my wife and I immediately. “This will look great in your kitchen” he says. I couldn’t believe it and just sat the slack-jawed with amazement. Thanks Mr. Bryan Beck on 107.1 KGSR!! This is very much appreciated!

Seriously, something as specific as this proves that you bring about what you think or talk about!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Building the Beast... (computer that is)

I haven't built a new audio/video production box in a while. It's like driving a car with a clutch. Once you know how to do it, it's easy from that point on. This will be one of the heaviest computers I have ever built! No plastic here, all steel... and ooooh so fast and functional too! Can't wait to power her up! Still waiting on a couple of boards for inside.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

That Magical time for Auditions!

Ok.. I'm a goofball when it comes to goofy Holiday stuff like this. But when Universal Studios audition comes in.. this just SCREAMS... "pssssst. ACT!" Enjoy. Click pic below to hear my submission.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Kreg Jig in action. VO for them, now work with it. AMAZING!

For over 2 years now I have been the VO guy for the national KREG JIG infomercial on TV. This past weekend, I finally put it to the test. Two words. 'Oh, my!' Really this was pretty dang easy and I am soooooooo glad I had this on hand when doing the shelves Mrs. Kipping want me to do in the Laundry room. Our home is authentic rustic Tuscan, and these shelves will come in quite handy for storage. When Mrs. K is happy, we ALL are happy. ;)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

OMG... FB is like crack.

Where have I been? Blame it on Facebook. It's taken over a lot of daily posting time so blogging has been, well back burner. Since my last post, some nice gigs and auditions have come. Netflix came knocking last week again for a pick up session. First ISDN shot from the new studio digs. LOOOOOVE the new studio. Very comfortable. I need to do some cleaning up of the junk that piles up while hooking all the gear all up... I'll post some pics shortly.

Had a very nice set of auditions recently for Hasbro/GI Joe, and the Espy's (award show) that is coming up. Welcome new agent in Dallas Joe Chavez at The Clutts AGY. Nice TruTV audition as soon as we chatted today.

Sorry, no pretty pics or links to auditions, just a note to say SORRY for not updating lately. No major construction projects for a while at the house will let me concentrate on landing some more national gigs here the rest of the year and I can post fun stuff here! HELLO! I'M BACK!



Monday, January 5, 2009

SORRY! Dec was a bugger.

Didn't have a chance to post much in December.. sorry for those that visit often. The last month of the year was a killer. Very busy at the office and at the home front. Did the Netflix session again, that should be hitting the airwaves here shortly. But it was also family time which was also fun. Also prepped and readied the home office/studio for wood floors.

I am taking vacation hours to finish the floors. Some action shots below. Or check out the progress at THIS LINK:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thank you, on Thanksgiving! :)

During this Thanksgiving day, just a note to say thank you for visiting my site and if you are a client of mine, thank you for yet another wonderful year! Here's hoping to a great 2009! I hope you are thankful for something special on this day! If your not a client yet, let me know how I can help you on your next project. (I'll thank you later for that!!)

I also just got word for a session on Monday for another year as the main Netflix voice for their testimonial campaign. Another thing to be thankful for on this special day.

Thank you again! Have a great Turkey Day! (uh.. I'm so stuffed!)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Interview with Radio Creative Land

Very cool site out there for creatives for all forms of media called Radio Creative Land. (http://www.radiocreativeland.com/) And Doug Zanger and I spoke about our industry, including success and challenges we face in the coming years. Very cool guy and love his enthusiasm for our industry. Click on pic below to hear entire interview.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

RBR Article - Success in Decision Making.

I had an article featured in this weeks RBR.com site, another industry trade publication that is viewed around the world. Click image below to read full article.

Peggy made simple.... actually "Home Made Simple" Audition

Casting people for Discovery Network, TLC's "Home Made Simple" came to audition us today to possibly appear on one of their upcoming episodes to be shot in January. It's a fun show where you have three "Mavens" that come in and help you do any number of things that need finishing up, fixed up, or created in the home to make life better. Kind of a cute show. We watched an episode before the producers came over. Here's Peggy below being asked questions. They shooed me away to ask her questions, then did the same to me and shooed Peggy away. Payback! :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

TXMPA - Friday Night.

Local Agents Liz and James of TAG Talent and a lot of our roster all got together at the Texas Motion Picture Alliance Spaghetti Western dinner and fund raiser! Fellow talent and friend Jeff Jordon and I hung out and networked. It was a great time to visit with a number of the other talents on the roster for a great cause! Lots of celebs, and casting agents including Diana Guthrie (that's Diana with Jeff and me above) on hand to relax and toast with a Shiner Bock. Shook the hands of Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) and Directors Richard Linklater, and Mike Judge (Pictured below). It was a fun night! Seeing how the house is wrapping up on the small projects, I am heading out and making more time to network with my fellow peeps.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Auditions.. nice ones too!

Oh to land a Superbowl gig... MMMMmmmmmmm the smell of Clydesdale's. I auditioned for Budweiser, Microsoft and... (wait for it) Wienerschnitzel! Yeaaaaaahhhhh! Oh the lengths we go to for our voice-over craft!

(Click on logo below to hear my auditions)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Creative Proof

A success story of a client at the station that was picked up by a new creative community I belong to: http://www.radiocreativeland.com/ . Already got a bounce back from the big guy at corporate. ;-) Nice.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Austin Wind Symphony - Live narration last Friday Night.

To boldly go, where Jimbo has not gone before..... in a long time!!! To stay up past his bed time! No really, last Friday night was a trip. I donated my voice and time to the Austin Wind Symphony for another fall concert. What fun! For those that came? Thanks! All went well until later in the show where I stared reaching that optimal sleeping temperature. ;) That 4AM wake up happens on weekends too. Just a couple of lost places in the script. But recovered ok. I did get to be Captain Kipping and be addressed by Captain Picard... Nice FX too. WAS is a class act group. The Pic below is of Conductor Patrick, VP Shelly and I after the "fitting" of the star fleet Captain's uniform. (I think I still have a stick pin somewhere I can't reach.. )

If you have never seen the Austin Wind Symphony, check them out. Their next concert is in March and will feature music from Video Games! Thanks all. Now back to the 4am grind. See you next time!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blogging on my voice and ... uh.. .blogging. ;) Sweet.

Blog on the Blog? Won't that mess up the space time continuum?

This Friday I am performing LIVE (and way past my bedtime!) with the Austin Wind Symphony. This very unique group, only performs music from TV and Film. This marks the second time they have asked me to join them to host and play along, this time for the STAR TREK themed show this Friday. Looks like a blog is covering the blog! Come join us Friday night at 8:00PM for the show. It's very high tech too! Come find out. (click picture below for a link to their blog)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Texas type auditions.... y'all !

This evening I did some auditions for the home state... TEXAS!
Click logo's below to hear auditions for each of these.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Who the...? Why would I get a hit from here?

After I blogged about the Kreg Jig infomercial I voiced for a national roll out that hit the air recently... I get a hit on the tracker. What a hoot. Look at the city and state! Now.. I love that you hit my site and blog but a question we, (meaning every American resident residing in the lower 48) has is uh.. how do I put this... THERE'S AN ACTUAL CORPORATE T1 THERE??? No s@#t? We can move there! But can you get ISDN!?! Hmmmm

(Click on image to make it larger)

Thanks for visiting Wasilla! Say hi to the Ruskies when you see 'em don'cha'noh. And yes order the Kreg Jig. I am getting one in the mail myself and can't wait! Their amazing!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kreg Tool Infomercial - Jimbo VO, just in!

I know this is already running, as I have recived hits on this blog from Google searches that point here. So.. here's a portion of that Kreg Tool Company show I voiced. The original show is 30 minutes. Of course just finishing building a house, WOW this would have come in handy! Dang! ;)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Amtrak, Feedback, Body by Jake!

Uh.. that sounded like a line from Billy Joel's "We didn't start the fire." Nope, just a day in the voice over fun! First the spots for Amtrak have been completed MINUS the local tags, it's amazing, 15 second spots. My part is just half of each of these: SPOT1, SPOT2, SPOT3. Short & sweet, and I get paid for this? Ok! Some nice feedback from Flannery at the ad agency, Glass McClure;
Matt, the copywriter, picked you because he liked the improv
bit at the beginning (showed an ability to be flexible) and felt that the range
you showed was much higher acting ability than any of the others we listened
to... And there were over 200.... we loved working with you! The
client is thrilled with the spots, and they will begin airing in a few

Today's Auditions included: BODY BY JAKE infomercial, and some sort of client that wants an Australian accent for a "high end" client. Oh, and no script.. so make it up. Quick, watch me pull a rabbit out of this hat! So this is my best sophisticated Crocodile Hunter. Oh, and some sort of VIDEO GAME bit. Whew.. busy afternoon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

2012 Audition Today and TQ's Memorial Service

Today was a busy day. NAB conference started today. Went to the hall and picked up show passes and sat in the Emmis job fair booth to talk to attendees. Also picked up Ted-Smith and took him with me to Tom Quarles' (TQ) service. Dusty Black did a wonderful job of putting together a fitting tribute to Tom. A veritable Who's Who from the Austin Media market were there. We all laughed and cried and laughed again. Exactly what TQ would have wanted. Austin radio veteran Bob Cole, Bamma Brown, and Cody Nichols were there to keep the festivities moving. Again, very moving. We'll all miss you Tom!!

Today also had a nice audition for a History Channel project: Nostradamus 2012. (Hear my aud HERE) Nothing like narration! Love that stuff! Tomorrow Amtrak California session and more NAB. Tonight will be a late one, NAB festivities will keep me out waaaaaaay past my bedtime. 4AM will not be pleasent tomorrow morning!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oklahoma Tourism - Travel OK... uh.. ok!

Nicer and nicer gigs have been coming down the pike here lately. These spots below are a good example. These were done for Oklahoma Tourism, and are high end shot on film, many helicopter shots too. All in all very nice campaign, and am very happy to be part of the final product. Thanks TAG Talent and Oklahoma! (where the wind goes......)

This first one above is for the entire state. There is a little wait before it fires off, but hang tight.

This one is Tulsa-centric. Again, very lush in colors and pacing.

This one is OK City-centric. Big and bold. Don Juntunen (good Oklahoman name.. right?) did an awesome job of putting these together at the agency Ackerman/McQueen. They can be found at http://www.am.com/. Thanks ya'll! (they hate that... tee hee)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Weekend Happenings - Singapore calling - Nerf too.

First off, the service for Tom Quarles (TQ) will be this Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ 2:30pm/Weed-Corley/N. Lamar. Wow.. I still can't believe he's gone. What a local legend and someone I looked up to. Gonna miss Tom.

In voicing news, Voices.com came through with a gig for Best Denki, a chain of electronics stores in Singapore. Makes a huge difference working with someone 13 hour difference in time. We're getting up while they are going to bed! This was a corporate video project that was a rush job. Of course I am coming off of some nasty cold/bug picked up from someone at the station!! Aaagh!! (snort, spit)

However one thing that does happen when a cold comes on, I can channel Don Lafontaine as I did in this audition for Nerf for VoiceCasting in Atlanta. Wow.. what a violent... toy? Listen to entire audition, it's kinda funny. Never voice angry..... or hyped up on antihistamines!! ;)

This week NAB Radio also hits town (That's David Rehr, NAB Pres above). I think he was against the bridge to no where from the beginning. ;) I will be attending the radio festivities, Tom's service, the Amtrak California session is also this week. Whew. Glad I can multi-task.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Another larger than life hero of mine leaves us.

It is with great sadness that another large figure in voice and production, Tom Quarles or TQ to most that remember him, passed away earlier this week. Tom and I shared the same positions, Creative Services Director, he at Clear Channel, me at Emmis. We spoke often, fighting the good fight to make better radio. TQ was Production Director prior to Frank Scales here when the company was simply LBJ Broadcasting back in the 80's, and prior to that was an on air personality back in the day before play lists and computer generated music logs. Little known fact, it was Tom that actually was the FIRST jock to play The Police on the air in the US and broke the band before any other station at KLBJ in Austin TX. Sting still credits "that station that was owned by a US President" for playing their record first. That was Tom. An incredible voice, fantastic sound designer, and impeccable writer. Couple that with he and his wife Bev's love of rescue dogs (cocker spaniels in particular at first - something close to my wife Peggy an my hearts) as well as his gift for cutting through the clutter of many times BAD radio and TV commercials... needless to say, there is a big hole in our hearts with his passing. I'll miss you Tom. I hope crossing the Rainbow Bridge is everything you thought it would be. ;) Please kiss Sassy for us! We'll see you again Pumpkin!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

ALLLLL ABOARD!!! Now landing in studio 1...

Ok.. for those of you that know about THE SECRET... it works.. that's all I have to say about that. (silly Forest Gump voice here) Today, as I was grocery shopping I thought to myself.. Hey.. self... what's the deal with the Amtrak audition I did (see Amtrak posting way below) a few weeks ago? Then did a call-back audition last Friday last minute. I called Becky at BigFishVoice.. Hey Becky whats with Amtrak? "I'm on it.." she says.... I get a message while I'm standing in fresh fruits and veggies isle about 10 minutes later (beep) "Hey Jimbo, Becky here.. no sooner did you hang up the phone with me, I get a call from the agency for Amtrak California.. you got the gig. I didn't even have a chance to call them.. they called me!" Seee? Attraction people, Attraction! How funny.
Wait, more potentially huge news, as I get home there is a very large audition for the new Harry Potter video game coming out. Let's just say this is wwwwaaaaaayyyyyyy huge..er. Of course I gave it the full treatment on the audition file to send in... hear THAT here. That and I get messages from three friends from high school I hadn't seen in 22 years?Strange. (I'm thinking of you right now!?!?! OOOoooooooooo)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Trade Pub... Pub.. Radio and Production Mag tease.

Jerry V at Radio and Production and I had a wonderful conversation about life, sound design, radio and building homes (my wife and I general contracted and lived IN my soon to be studio while building our house). The article hits this month's issue. Here is the tease that the publisher has on their site: http://www.rapmag.com/

Interview: Jim Kipping, Emmis Broadcasting, Austin, Texas
by Jerry Vigil

How many times have you said, “One of these days… I’m going to buy me a piece of land outside of town and build my dream home, with my dream studio”? That’s what Jim Kipping said some 9 years ago when we last interviewed him in May of 1999. In fact, he had just purchased 11 acres near Willie Nelson’s home outside of Austin, Texas. This month’s RAP Interview checks in on this dream, which is in the final stages of completion – a fabulous home he calls, Il Poggio Secco, Italian for “the dry hill.” Keeping with the Italian theme, the house features a tile roof, picturesque views from the windows overlooking the Texas Hill Country and the Pedernales River, ornate décor throughout, and of course, his soon-to-be dream studio. Did he hit the lottery? No. This is a simple story of vision and hard work, even while maintaining a demanding full-time job, which he still holds as Creative Services Director at Emmis Broadcasting’s Austin properties. An in his spare time, Jim has managed to cut his niche in the national voice-over business. Jim tells us what’s new at Emmis Austin, how he’s managed to grow his VO business, and what it has taken to bring his dream to fruition. Check out this month’s RAP CD for a sample of the excellent work his crew is churning out at the stations, and check out his website at
www.jimkipping.com for more on Il Poggio Secco.