Tuesday, 26 May 2020

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Repertoire of voices earns Coromandel radio presenter top award

His voice gets many on the Coromandel up in the morning and keeps them entertained on the drive to work.

Now Coromandel’s More FM presenter, Andy George, has been recognised on the national stage winning Best Voice Talent in the 2020 New Zealand Radio Awards. The accolades were announced online on Friday with no ceremony taking place due to Covid-19 restrictions, but this didn’t prevent the More FM Breakfast co-host from celebrating.

“It took a second to sink in and I was in complete disbelief,” Andy said. “I threw my arms up in the air and shouted quite loudly, followed by a celebratory kiss from my lovely wife and biggest supporter, Dayna, who is about to have our third baby. I think the heart rate went up a bit as it’s a very highly contested award and little old me won it.

“Dayna and I have a Zoom meeting with a group of friends every Friday night once the kids are in bed, so we all shared in a few bevvies over that. It was nice since we can’t do big gatherings at the moment.”
Andy’s love affair with radio began at a young age when living in the UK and it’s something he has gradually built into a fulltime career. “My first ever appearance in a studio was reading the weather on BBC Radio Wales in 1993 when I was 12. I still have cassette tapes with the recordings. I went home that day, found two tape decks and a microphone, and set up a little studio in my bedroom to make radio shows using my parents’ Elton John, Phil Collins and Tracey Chapman tape collection.” 

Six years volunteering at various stations in both the UK and New Zealand, while working other jobs as a cycle mechanic, a baker and a computer salesman to name a few, paved the way for a full-time role in May 2004, landing a breakfast show in South Canterbury. “I joined More FM in 2006, after being offered the Drive Show in Invercargill,” Andy said. “In 2009, I was hired by More FM Rotorua and in 2015, I had the amazing opportunity to move to Coromandel’s More FM.”

The inspiration for Andy’s voiceover work, for which he received the award, came from a man he heard on radio back in the UK. “He was amazing at character impressions and accents and it spurred me to practice accents and characters by mimicking the TV, radio or people I met and it just grew from there - talking to myself when driving, in the shower or in front of a mirror. Basically any sneaky chance I had, I’d practice voices. 

“Off the top of my head, I can do approximately 60 characters and 20 accents. My favourite characters to impersonate are John Campbell, SpongeBob SquarePants and Sir David Attenborough, and my favourite accent is Mexican. I once auditioned to be the American voice of a Nickelodeon trailer for SpongeBob SquarePants and I actually got the gig ahead of the real American voices who also auditioned.”
Andy was notified of his award nomination by email on 28 April. “To see my name in the top three was mind blowing as I was up there with an old workmate and friend, Paul Corbett, who in my eyes is a fantastic voiceover. Just to be there in top three was enough for me, but to take the win is mind-boggling and I’m still coming to grips with it. It’s still not feeling real and probably won’t until the certificate arrives.”

Pictured: Coromandel’s More FM presenter, Andy George, won Best Voice Talent at the 2020 New Zealand Radio Awards on Friday last week.

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