Learn more about Rich Brennan, a male voice-over talent and owner of JustMyVoice Production, a radio commercial production company.
Hi, my name is Rich Brennan and here's a little info about me:
After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, in 1985, I was always told that I had one of those 'radio' type voices. Growing up in the New York City area (and still living here, today) I'm always asked: "Where are you from?" In 1987 (being a newlywed), I graduated from a Radio Announcer Production Program in New York City and had every intention on pursuing a career in the industry; however, over the course of the next 10 years I began a family; was hired (as an electrician) by a local commuter railroad, relocated from Brooklyn, NY to North Massapequa, NY (which is on Long Island); and returned to the ranks of the volunteer fire service- the whole 'radio-thing' was put on the back burner.
In March of 1997 I began an internship at a large-market radio station (WBAB/WGBB) in West Babylon, NY (Long Island); working in the production department is where I dug in. I took a real liking to production; so much so that a short time later I was hired part time (I was still working a full-time job). I remember the first time I heard my voice on the air it was a tag-line for Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizza. I was surprised with how I sounded (having never heard my voice on the air), but I got used to it. Within my first 6 months I was able to write a commercial, voice and produce it; get client approval and get it on the air. By the time I'd a year at the station I could be entrusted with running the department while the production director was out (at first for an hour, or so; then for the day and later on- for a week). During that time another station came into play (WBLI); and for a time we operated a 3-station cluster (WBAB/WBLI/WGBB). Needless to say, the work for the production department practically doubled.
Some time later I started picking up some side work; I remember the first one, a parking lot announcement for Splish Splash (a water park in Riverhead, NY). After doing a little research, in 2001, I started JustMyVoice Production. I had no equipment of my own so I operated out of the station. Later that year, I set up a studio in my basement so that I wouldn't have to rely on the radio station equipment; which turned out to be a good thing because in 2003, I left the station.
In August of 2012, I retired from my full-time job and concentrated on being listed as a male voice-over talent specializing in voice-overs/audio production. I've been compensated for over 4,000 recordings; amassed thousands of royalty free music files, tens-of-thousands of sound effects and have 40+ audiobooks to my credit: I'm a happy dude.
Questions are always welcome.