The Broadcast Voice, Volume 1

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Taylor & Francis, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 271 pages
Anyone working - or aspiring to work - as a radio or TV presenter will benefit from Jenni Mills' experience. This inspirational book and tutorial-packed CD provide unique access to the advice previously only available through her one-on-one coaching sessions.

Jenni teaches how to get the best from your voice in front of the microphone through techniques and exercises designed specifically for broadcasting. She covers both the physical aspects of voice production and the mind-set needed to broadcast with authority and warmth. Audio and video clips on the accompanying CD-Rom illustrate the dos and don'ts discussed in the book as well as demonstrating voice exercises.

* Features a CD-Rom packed with tailor-made examples and tutorials
* A unique voice coaching package tailored for broadcasters at any level of experience
* Written by an experienced presenter who has coached thousands of broadcast voices
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Are you sitting comfortably?
12
3 Who are you talking to?
37
4 Breathing easy
57
5 Pitching it right
78
6 Being conversational or trust me Im a broadcaster
100
7 Signposting the sense or how not to be a plonker
113
where intonation can go wrong
135
11 Right at first sight
181
12 Learning to love the microphone
191
13 Help
207
14 Does accent matter?
228
15 A question of style
237
16 Star quality
256
Bibliography
265
Index
267

9 The words and the pictures
147
10 Ad lib
164

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About the author (2004)

Jenni Mills has been involved in various aspects of presentation for over twenty-five years - as a presenter, as a radio producer and TV director, and for the last fouteen years as a voice coach. She started her career as a presenter in BBC local radio (music and magazine shows, phone-ins etc), then worked for many years as a presenter on BBC Radio Four. On network radio she has presented regular magazine format shows like You and Yours and Woman's Hour, documentary series like Never the Same Again and Famous For Fifteen Minutes, as well as many one-off features, live phone-ins, and outside broadcast debates. In television she presented current affairs programmes for HTV West, and still works as a voice-over artist on TV documentaries, as well as continuing to do some presentation on Radio Four programmes. Jenni has also worked extensively on the other side of the mic and camera, as a senior network radio producer with the BBC, and as a freelance television director, so she has a lot of experience of getting the best out of presenters. Presenters she has worked with as a producer/director include John Humphrys, Jenni Murray, and Time Team's Carenza Lewis. Over the last fourteen years she's also worked part-time as a broadcast voice trainer. Her clients range from students on the post-graduate broadcast journalism course at Cardiff University, through young reporters just beginning their careers, right up to some of the top presenters in British television and radio, with whom she holds "master classes". Past clients have presented Radio Four's Today programme, PM, You and Yours, The World Tonight, and Channel Four News. Others have worked in music radio, or on TV shows like 999.

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