Chuck McKibben

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Charles "Chuck" McKibben (born February 1947 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American voice actor, broadcast producer/director, voice-over coach, audiobook narrator and author. McKibben uses the proper name of "Charles" for his more serious readings.

Voice-over piece of narration that is not accompanied by an image of the speaker

Voice-over is a production technique where a voice—that is not part of the narrative (non-diegetic)—is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations. The voice-over is read from a script and may be spoken by someone who appears elsewhere in the production or by a specialist voice talent. Synchronous dialogue, where the voice-over is narrating the action that is taking place at the same time, remains the most common technique in voice-overs. Asynchronous, however, is also used in cinema. It is usually prerecorded and placed over the top of a film or video and commonly used in documentaries or news reports to explain information. Voice-overs are used in video games and on-hold messages, as well as for announcements and information at events and tourist destinations. It may also be read live for events such as award presentations.

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Biography

Education

McKibben graduated in 1966 from Belmont High School, Dayton, Ohio. He also attended the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music, Broadcasting Division. [1]

The University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a performing arts college of the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Early radio career and association with Mel Blanc

McKibben began his career as an announcer on WING (AM) in Dayton, Ohio while still in high school. [2] [3] By his mid-20s, he had advanced from various radio positions, such as being the afternoon "drive time" host on Cincinnati station WSAI-FM, to becoming the personal recording engineer/producer and studio manager for "The Man of 1,000 Voices," Mel Blanc. [4] McKibben's daily responsibilities at Mel Blanc Audiomedia in Beverly Hills, California included recording Blanc himself (famed "voice" of a vast number of cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester and Tweety, etc.) for a variety of motion picture, advertising and theme park projects. In addition, McKibben conducted recording sessions for commercials and syndicated radio programs with many iconic performers, such as Academy Award-winning actors Kirk Douglas and Jack Palance, iconic comedian Jack Benny, Edgar Allan Poe "master interpreter" Vincent Price, Twilight Zone creator and host Rod Serling, plus major voice artists such as Ernie Anderson, "Pillsbury Doughboy" Paul Frees, American Top 40 radio program host Casey Kasem and Laugh In announcer Gary Owens.

WING commercial AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio

WING "ESPN 1410" is a commercial AM radio station in Dayton, Ohio operating with 5,000 watts at 1410 kHz with studios, offices and transmitter located on David Road in Kettering. It is the first full-time commercial radio station in Dayton. It is currently a local affiliate for ESPN Radio and the Ohio State IMG Sports Network, but is best known and remembered as Dayton's first Top 40-formatted station.

Cincinnati City in Ohio

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Mel Blanc American voice and comic actor

Melvin Jerome Blanc was an American voice actor and radio personality. After beginning his over-60-year career performing in radio, he became known for his work in animation as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and most of the other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons during the golden age of American animation.

Broadcasting career in New York City

McKibben's experience in Los Angeles was followed by a 30-year career (1976–2006) in New York City as the writer, producer, director and frequent "voice" of numerous radio and TV ads. Among his top producing credits were commercials that he created for the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Cadillac Dealer Association, filmed on New York's largest motion picture stages at both the Silvercup and Kauffman-Astoria studios. Although he worked primarily as the broadcast production director for two advertising agencies and received numerous industry awards for his creative efforts, he also enjoyed considerable acceptance as a freelance voice artist in the New York market and nationally.

Credits as a spokesperson and author

In the late 1980s McKibben was chosen to launch the "My First Sony" line of children's electronics as the sole national TV spokesperson, and through the 90's, he was a daily "presence" for New York viewers as the senior promo announcer for Time Warner Cable of New York City. Crain's New York Business magazine employed him as a radio spokesperson, starting with the publication's inception, for over 100 weekly commercials. McKibben's longest association as a TV spokesman for any advertiser was his 15-year run with Lexus of Smithtown (Long Island), completed just prior to his leaving New York.

My First Sony Series of electronics for kids made by Sony

My First Sony was a series of smaller-scale electronics made by Sony in the mid-late 1980s intended for use by children. They were made of brightly colored plastic, usually red, and large colorful buttons with simplified controls. My First Sony products included a Walkman, amplified microphone with tape deck, recording tape deck, Boom box, alarm clock, electronic sketch pad, and headset walkie talkies. New York-based voiceover artist Chuck McKibben was the network TV spokesman, accompanied by children singing a jingle that went "I like pizza pie, I like macaroni, but what I love is My First Sony!"

Time Warner Cable Former American cable telecommunications company

Time Warner Cable (TWC) was an American cable television company. Before it was purchased by Charter Communications on May 18, 2016, it was ranked the second largest cable company in the United States by revenue behind only Comcast, operating in 29 states. Its corporate headquarters were located in the Time Warner Center in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, with other corporate offices in Stamford, Connecticut; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Herndon, Virginia. From 1971 to 1981, Time Warner Cable, as Warner Cable, owned Dimension Pictures.

Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of the Japanese automaker Toyota. The Lexus brand is marketed in more than 70 countries and territories worldwide and has become Japan's largest-selling make of premium cars. It has ranked among the 10 largest Japanese global brands in market value. Lexus is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan. Operational centers are located in Brussels, Belgium and the U.S. in Plano, Texas.

McKibben is a published author of a book entitled "Mel Blanc, the Voice of Bugs Bunny…and Me: Inside the Studio with Hollywood’s Man of 1,000 Voices." Published as a Kindle e-book and audio book on Amazon in 2017, it is also available in print at www.thebookpatch.com (by searching for Mel Blanc). The book is a memoir of McKibben’s working with Mel Blanc. Mel’s son, Noel Blanc, contributed substantial commentary to it. McKibben has been interviewed twice on video about his career, first in 2011, then 2018. The videos can be viewed by typing his name as a search on YouTube.

Although he continues to record commercials and narration for clients as far away as Abu Dhabi, since January 2007 (when he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Chuck McKibben has concentrated on producing and narrating audiobooks distributed on Amazon.com, Audible.com and iTunes, and on teaching.

Abu Dhabi Capital of the United Arab Emirates

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Teaching

McKibben is a private instructor of voice-over skills for aspiring voice actors, and he produces demo recordings for them in his home studio. His name appears at www.harlanhogan.com in the list of recommended voice-over coaches on the East Coast.

Works

International Standard Book Number Unique numeric book identifier

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References

  1. http://www.clevelandschoolreunion.net/Class%20of%201962.html Archived 2009-02-20 at the Wayback Machine Cleveland H.S. Class of 1962 -- Class Photos page.
  2. The Dayton Daily News, July 29, 1967
  3. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/dale-huffman-former-wing-disc-jockey-made-a-name-for-himself--320091.html "Former WING Disk Jockey Made a Name for Himself"
  4. The Hollywood Reporter, section R5, November 29, 1972