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Broadcast Voice Handbook Hardcover – November 17, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1566251532 ISBN-10: 1566251532 Edition: 3rd Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 3rd Edition edition (November 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566251532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566251532
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Karen Chung on June 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book came highly recommended over the Voice & Speech Trainers Association list, Vastavox, so it seemed like a pretty good bet.
It has turned out to be an extremely useful and practical guide for me not just in improving how I sound over the radio, but also in teaching oral presentation skills and phonetics to university-level EFL learners.
Utterback starts with the basics, namely, how to breathe correctly, i.e. with the diaphragm. From there she proceeds to health, diet and lifestyle issues, e.g. stay away from caffeine and cigarettes; don't strain your vocal cords by coughing, clearing your throat, or yelling at sports events; and don't ruin your voice by trying to artificially lower your pitch.
Next is resonance, how to improve it, and how to correct problems like nasality (a sticky issue for many of us Mid-Westerners). The chapter on articulation includes an introduction to basic articulatory phonetics, and word lists to identify problem areas, with suggestions on what to watch out for and how to fix it.
I especially appreciated the chapter on stress and intonation, since I feel this is at the heart of good speaking, whether in ordinary conversation, as an EFL learner, or when broadcasting over radio or TV. I am adopting the idea of script marking, which I had been doing to some extent anyway, in my teaching of EFL learners, who really need to pre-read a text before reading it aloud, or they will make all their same old habitual mistakes again and again.
The chapter on 'Sounding conversational' also provided an important direction to work on. I hear lots of broadcasters getting it right, i.e. reading prepared copy as though they were just ad libbing it to a friend, something much harder to do than one might think.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By david mccoy on November 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book that focuses on broadacst voice! Many reporters and prospective anchors have finished school with good writing skills, but they are not polished in vocal production or delivery. Utterback's book is a "must have" for journalism schools and news rooms throughout the country. If people are serious about getting into this profession, this book will be a resource for a lifetime. Whether it's proper breathing, script marking or delivery styles, Utterback's book enables journalists to master the skills of the craft.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2003
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The quality of the audio cassette I received was so bad I couldn't concentrate on the actual content. Ann moved back and forth from the microphone which, of course, increased and decreased the microphone's "pick up." In addition, it contained a countless number of popping "P"s. However, most annoying of all, the tape sounded as if it was recorded at the bottom of a large tin can -- the tape was very flat (mono). When paying forty dollars for a single cassette tape, I expect more than merely an amateur production; I expect and am entitled to a professional production. Very dissappointed.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1997
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September at this year's RTNDA convention. Ann S. Utterback, author
of the classic manual for on-air delivery, BROADCAST VOICE HANDBOOK,
has written a book for news directors, producers, GM's, on-air talent,
and all news professionals. Even though stress can be an ally when
you need that extra surge of adrenaline, the chronic stress of the
news business can also erode your health and your job performance.
BROADCASTER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE describes techniques to help everyone in
broadcasting recognize stresses and deal with them in healthy ways.
You'll also find a list of resources for additional help from
professionals. A book like this is long overdue for broadcasters.
Jeff Alan, News Director at WPTY in Memphis, sums it up: "Ann
Utterback knows broadcasters and the stresses we work under. She has
managed to package everything that broadcasters need to improve their
lives and performances in this one book. No one could ask for a
better tool."
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