Today’s episode is an interview with Bill Larson: voiceover talent, announcer, and one of my accountability partners. I invited him on the show because he uses his voice to educate and entertain. His experience as a medical narrator, in particular, might be of interest to my listeners who are healthcare professionals.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Bill graduated from Columbia College Chicago with degrees in radio broadcasting and public relations. He began his audio career as on-air disc jockey at a rock music station in Chicago during his college years. Then, he became a producer for an AM Talk Radio station. After that, he worked in public relations and promotions in the movie business. He worked for 20th Century Fox, Loews Cineplex Theaters (now AMC Theaters) and, finally, for Walt Disney Pictures. Bill began his full-time voiceover career 10 years ago. Currently, he does a variety of VoiceOver work. He records voiceovers for commercials, e-learning projects, medical narration projects, and sleep stories. Bill records audiobooks too. Bill loves to help people and provides audio description for online streaming services to aide the visually impaired. Bill also does announcer work. He is one of the in-stadium announcers for the Philadelphia Eagles pro football team in the NFL here in the US. Bill is also an in-stadium announcer for the Trenton Thunder (AA affiliate of the New York Yankees). Bill is a busy voiceover professional, and I’m happy to call him a friend.
Social Media Links and products mentioned
LinkedIn Bill Larson
www.bearhugvo.com (COMING SOON!)
The WatchList with Pattie and Bill (podcast)
Electro-Voice RE320 Microphone
Audio-Technica ATR2100X-USB microphone
Highlights from the interview
After attending the American Council for the Blind Conference, Bill became interested in providing audio description. Bill genuinely enjoys helping others. Providing audio descriptions for the visually impaired is a something Bill enjoys.
Bill provides medical narration voiceovers. It combines two things that will help someone: narration and medical terminology. He enjoys the challenge of it and has clever ways of preparing for jobs and researching pronunciations.
Bill is known for audio description, general narration, medical narration, and sleep narration. He is available as an audiobook narrator also.
Working for the Philadelphia Eagles is a dream come true for Bill. He loves being an in-stadium announcer for them, and he has a Super Bowl Ring because he was part of the organization when they won a Super Bowl!
Bill and his friend Pattie have a podcast called The WatchList with Pattie and Bill. They talk about movies, TV shows, entertainment news, gaming, and more. It’s a fun show!
A stand-alone microphone and a pair of headphones are recommended for anyone who is on a podcast or wants to sound great on Skype, Zoom, and other online platforms.