James has provided voice-overs for film, video, radio commercials, promos and even the odd telephone answering machine! He’s been the station voice for five different radio stations, and can also be heard on the electronic audio tourist guide to the town of Richmond in North Yorkshire. Latest projects include a voiceover for a Smartphone app recently featured on BBC TV.
Past work includes a half-hour promotional video for the Challenger II tank on behalf of Vickers Defence Systems, a video on the History of Skipton for a Leeds-based film and video company and a number of canoeing videos for specialist video producer Chrisfilm and Video. Projects also include a couple of videos for Britain in Bloom – one for the National awards, and another more recent one for Barnoldswick in Bloom, produced locally by the Reverb Factory.
As well as presenting shows on stations including Stray FM, Hambleton Radio, Harmony Radio and most recently community station Drystone Radio, James was head of news at national award winning Fresh Radio for 14 years, overseeing, sourcing and presenting bulletins during that period. He has also presented travel bulletins on northern regional and local BBC radio via the Roadwatch service.
Below you’ll find a few sample audio clips, which may open up in a new window when you click to play them, depending on your browser. To return to the website just click your Back button:
Not a good example to start, An appeal for potential new members to come forward, to join West Craven Warriors rugby team – recorded with a severe head cold!
Here’s number two, news bulletin for Sunshine 255, a radio station based in Shropshire and covering across into South Wales
Number three is a promo for an agricultural show, held annually in the valley of the river Aire just outside the town of Keighley
Number four is a recruitment drive for people to become members of the Special Constabulary, to serve in North Yorkshire
And number five is an advertisement for a building firm based near Keighley in West Yorkshire; this was mixed down with some appropriate effects
And finally, a little bit of broadcasting history. Once upon a time the Yorkshire Dales had a local radio station, but sadly no more. A group of colleagues and I set up Yorkshire Dales Radio – eventually to be re-branded as Fresh Radio – after Stray FM was taken over by a large national group. I was head of news for 14 years, and was a director until the station was itself eventually taken over. Right at the beginning Yorkshire Television sent in a camera crew to record a short feature about our efforts. Click PLAY to view the result!