David Tyler (radio personality)
|Born||David Issa Boullata
October 25, 1965
|Alma mater||Concordia University|
|Occupation||Voice Actor, Radio Personality, Lecturer|
He immigrated to Canada with his family via Hartford, Connecticut at the age of 10 when his father accepted a teaching job at McGill University. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Concordia University which he attained in 1990.
Tyler began his radio career at CJFM-FM in Montreal in 1987 when it was known as FM96, an adult contemporary radio station, first as an overnight announcer and then in 1990 and 1991 as the evening then midday announcer respectively. In 2001 he moved to CFQR-FM (Q92) in Montreal where he spent 7 years before retiring from radio to focus on his voice over career. David can still be heard on the air in Montreal as an occasional guest announcer on CKBE-FM "The Beat of Montreal" and does one-on-one coaching with up-and-coming radio stars.
Voice over career
Tyler actually began his voice over career before his professional radio career. His career was born while studying at John Abbott College in the Creative Arts department and volunteering at the campus radio station Q-SKY (named after the famed radio station in the film FM), when he was approached by the McGill Dental School to play the animated "Mr. Mouth" in an educational video for children. To this day he continues to lend his voice to animated characters on TV in Arthur, Caillou, Mona the Vampire and others.
As a radio imaging voice, he can be heard worldwide in Japan (FM KENTO, FM KAGAWA, FM 76.8, FM KASHIMA, NBC Radio SAGA) in Thailand (PEAK FM), in France (HIT WEST), in Greece (RADIO ONE, GROOVY-FM), in the Caribbean (TRACE FM, NEXT-FM), in the U.S. (KKIQ, KOOL 102 Las Vegas, 104-9 The Surf, many others) and in Canada on (B100, The River, CHED, The Beach, KOOL-FM, MAGIC-FM others).
On May 13, 2013 David was hired as the national voice of CTV News (Canada). His duties include voicing intros and promos for each of the CTV Newscasts across Canada, Canada AM, CTV National News and the news program W5. Aside from his "TV promo" voice work which he continues to do on TV stations throughout Canada and the U.S., for a time he was an on-camera weather presenter on The Weather Network (1997–1998)
His primary focus as a lecturer is on "The Art of Communicating": helping radio stations and radio groups connect more effectively with their audiences and helping business leaders learn to use their voice more effectively when speaking in public. He has also begun touring The ULTIMATE Voice Over Guide, Live around Canada and hopes to launch an online version of this lecture for voice over artists in 2014-2015.
He began playing and performing music at 9 years of age playing the trumpet, then trombone, then piano and then settling on drums and percussion as his performance instrument. Classically trained to read and write music he began pursuing music professionally at the age of 13. Through his teens and early 20's he performed with rock bands, punk bands, jazz bands, big bands and orchestras. Working as a session drummer in and around Montreal he had the opportunity to experiment with many different styles of music.
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