The people of ep5
Natalie Gray has been performing since she was ten, appearing in dramas, comedies, musicals, children's theatre, and operas in Chicago and Los Angeles. Natalie now focuses exclusively on voice-over, working full-time from her broadcast quality home studio. (Boy, it's a rough commute!)
For fun, she runs trails and takes circus arts class. To learn more about Natalie, visit her website at www.voicebynatalie.com. In her day job, Natalie Gray records all manner of commercial voice-over work and has a large number of highly satisfied clients. For ep5, she has been the primary voice talent and is deeply appreciated.
One of the ep5 writers and one who records his own stories, Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of “Skeptical Inquirer” science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is author, co-author, or contributor to twenty books and has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, science literacy, investigation, and media literacy.
Radford is one of the world’s few science-based paranormal investigators and has spent fifteen years doing first-hand research into dozens of mysterious phenomena including psychics, ghosts, and haunted houses, as well as exorcisms, miracles, Bigfoot, stigmata, lake monsters, UFO sightings, reincarnation, near-death experiences, dowsing, crop circles, and other topics. He holds a Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo focusing on science literacy and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (magna cum laude) from the University of New Mexico. He is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
He is perhaps best known for solving the mysteries of the Santa Fe Courthouse Ghost in 2007, the Hispanic vampire, “el chupacabra”, in 2010, and several UFO videos in 2010. Radford is a regular columnist for Discovery News, Live-Science.com, “Skeptical Inquirer” magazine, and the “Skeptical Briefs” newsletter, and a contributor to many magazines. He is also co-host of the award-winning podcast, MonsterTalk, which interviews scientists and experts on the scientific analysis of monsters and animal oddities.
When asked to describe herself, Paula Reynolds relates, "I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I woo men with my sensuous and god-like trombone playing. I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I bake Thirty-Minute Brownies in 20 minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants.
"I play bluegrass cello...I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang-gliding. On Wednesdays, after work, I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire, I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. Last summer, I toured New Jersey with a travelling centrifugal force demonstration. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me. I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do, I sleep in a chair.
"While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me. I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago, I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four-course meals using only a cheese grater and a toaster oven. I breed prize-winning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open heart surgery, and I have channeled Elvis. But what I'd really like to do is speak on the radio." (from Hugh Gallagher)
Currently a practicing attorney and former magistrate, Julie Hewitt has taught writing at the college level. She completed her baccalaureate degree in English, minoring in American History, before earning her JD with honors.
As lead writer for the story of the Genesee Valley Canal, Ms Hewitt benefits from a strong personal interest in not only the history of the canal project but also the social, personal, and political dynamics that shaped its short and turbulent existence.
Jim Van Dusen
Jim Van Dusen has a long career in Canadian broadcasting and has been responsible for many productions on both public and commercial radio.
He has written and produced more than 15,000 radio commercials and promos, recorded over 7,500 radio commercials and promos, put in 12 years as a creative director and production manager, done 13 plays for Celebrations Dinner Theatre, logged some six years as both talent and writer for television, won numerous Crystal Awards, Signature Awards, and RAP Awards as writer, producer, and voice talent, created a variety of audio books, cartoons, and done many other voice-over and voice acting things! Don't you just hate over-achievers?
Frank Stecky, the trustworthy, versatile voice, with the talent to sound like a lazy Sunday afternoon or rinkside at a monster truck show. The ideal choice for television narratives, commercial reads, E-Learning, and corporate voice-overs. Flexible enough to create a number of character voices ranging from comical to convincingly evil. If you can write it, he can read it……perfectly! Like Jim Van Dusen, Frank lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (If you have to ask where Manitoba is, then shame on you!)
It is not altogether clear what role David Fisher fills at The ep5 Educational Broadcasting Foundation, but he seems content to play at being the executive producer. We aren’t certain just what that means, but it looks good on the foundation’s letterhead.
Mike “Bish” Bischetsreider
Now retired after working in the Hollywood movie studios and as a commercial photographer specializing in the glamor and automotive fields, “Bish” does selected stills photography for ep5 projects.
He's a master of the art of using Photoshop to make all manner of things look better than they really are. Mature women love him.
Jeff Hurd manages the long-distance transport aspects of ep5 projects. His extensive experience in both surface transportation and project management has long benefited us.
With an extensive background doing audio gigs, Stephen Hanning handles the more complex OB sound recording responsibilities.