Not surprisingly, Miles has talents above and beyond his unseen airwave work. He's currently starring in the much-extended run of Guv: The Musical, Mill Avenue Theatre's lampoon of Arizona politics. He helped found the theatre about three years ago. Before these recent career turns, Miles worked in local radio, as a jock at KRIZ, KNIX, KBBC and others. In addition to his work for Berge Ford, the lottery and the zoo, Miles has done several national commercials, including one for the Visa credit card.
Miles has a reputation for being eminently directable. Alone in the booth, trying to sweat out thirty seconds of copy, voice-over pros hear all kinds of interesting directions from the folks gathered on the other side of the mixing board. Miles' favorite: "Can you be a little more relaxed? And can I hear some more excitement in your voice?"
TONY EVANS Evans has been Channel 3's promotional voice for ten years. His commercial work can be heard for clients like Five Star Ford, Mega Foods, Little Caesars Pizza, and Hi-Health stores. His announcing style is breezy and upbeat.
Evans also works a midday shift on "classic-rock" KSLX, where he can be heard on many of the station's commercials as well. Four or five recording sessions are not an unusual weekly load, he says. Even though KSLX's commercial studio is several giant steps down a hallway from the control board, Evans has been known to cut spots during his air shift. "I like to be versatile," he says. "The boss likes to watch me fly along the tile."
Like many of the voice-over experts, Evans started as a kid. "I remember at seven years old playing disc jockey in the house," Evans says, "playing the music through the air vents to my parents." Evans was a wizened fifteen when he got his first real radio job, spinning records at KDOT in Scottsdale.
His reputation is considerable and long-standing. Unlike most local vocalizers, Evans doesn't shop a demo tape around town. "I don't look for work," he says in a matter-of-fact way that can't be categorized as bragging. "It comes to me."
They can be heard in industrial films, in airplane cockpits and during scary rides in big theme parks.
In some airplane cockpits, his is the calm-but-concerned voice of a built-in warning system. "Dive! Dive now!"
"I liked commercials when I was a kid. I drove my parents nuts on car trips, reciting commercials I'd seen on TV."
"It's just me and the copy and the voice. No memorizing, no marks to hit, no hair blowing in the wind. It's me and the words."
His crocodile had to speak with an Australian accent.
"Can you be a little more relaxed? And can I hear some more excitement in your voice?"
"You can really do this," he told her. "Do you want to?