Voices.com Member Bill Kates is Bringing Radio Theatre Back to the Masses

Top Quote Voice actor and voice over producer, Bill Kates, is helping radio theatre get a new lease on life. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 24, 2010 - Radio theatre is experiencing something of resurgence, thanks to people like Bill Kates, a 30 year veteran of the voice over industry. Kates comes from a storied background, having worked in radio imaging, production, and sound design for major market radio; from underground FM to Howard Stern's flagship station to years of satellite radio.

    Through his years in radio, theatre, film and television, Kates has always maintained a passion for radio theatre, and has been producing and performing in radio theatre productions since the late 70's. With the advent of on-line radio, radio theatre is streaming to a different kind of audience and new generations are getting in on the drama.

    "Radio theatre engages the imagination of the listener personally and directly, and actually can have a stronger emotional resonance than film or TV, because one makes the pictures in his or her own head. It's an ideal form for long car trips, or for any time you'd be listening to an audiobook." Kates explains, "Anyone who starts to explore radio theatre from, the 'Golden Age' classics of the 1930s-50s, to the modern masters of the practice, realizes what a blast it is... it's just a matter of spreading the word about it."

    Recently Kates completed a series of ten 'mini' radio plays by the author Ziv Navoth called "Nanotales" that will be launched on a special website coming soon.

    For a sneak peek of "Nanotales", go to,

    To listen to Kates, visit:

    About Bill Kates

    Bill Kates is a writer, vocal performer, musician, producer and director operating out of his studio in New York. He trained and worked as a professional actor in New York's Off Broadway world from the age of six through the age of twenty. He hit the ground running and began creating off-beat skits and parodies for the legendary WBCN in Boston, where he worked for twelve years. Kates went on to become production director at K-ROCK in New York with Howard Stern for 8 years, then ventured into public radio and eventually to (Sirius) XM Satellite as New York Director of Production. Bill's passion for radio theatre is evident in his other work, such as innovative sound design for an upcoming Official Star WarsŪ game, and the many vocal styles and characters his clients utilize him for in TV commercials. A recent Bill Kates project is this TV ad campaign for Emmy winning Voices.com clients Gil Seltzer and Christopher Hicken, in a bit of an homage to voiceover legend Jackson Beck: http://vimeo.com/13953431

    About Voices.com

    Based in London, Ontario, Canada; Voices.com provides a virtual exchange, facilitating business transactions between creative producers and voice-over professionals. Companies that have used Voices.com include NBC, ESPN, PBS, The History Channel, Reader's Digest, Comcast, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, ING, Western Union, Nortel, Ford, GM, the US Army, the US Government and more.

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