Ted Elliott (voice over)

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Ted Elliott (born 1953) is a UK-based voice-over artist and music presenter. He is best known for presenting music programmes on Mercia Sound, Xtra AM, Heart FM, The Arrow (radio) and Radio Caroline. He was also a continuity announcer for Central Television.

Early Life and Career[edit]

Ted was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex and attended Eastwood High School for Boys where he set up a small radio station in a stationary cupboard with the now BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright (DJ). The station was heard at lunchtimes over the schools PA system. After turning down the opportunity to become an assistant golf professional for a love of music, he left school at the age of 17 and joined Mother Mistro Music Publishers in London where he worked as a song plugger, securing airplay on artist releases. Following a short spell at Campbell Connelly publishers, he joined Carlin Music in 1973 (where he was known as Eddie Elliott), and achieved airplay and promotional success for many hit records including titles by Elvis Presley, The Three Degrees, Electric Light Orchestra and George Benson. His biggest success for Carlin came when he switched the B side of a Stylistics record to become the A side. Following massive airplay,‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’ reached number two in the UK singles chart in July 1974. In 1977 he was invited to join a new music division at Chappells Music Publishers and promoted the soundtracks of Saturday Night Fever and Grease, securing airplay, TV promotion and artist interviews.

Radio and TV[edit]

Having become a mobile DJ at weekends and keen to try his hand as a radio presenter, Ted joined cable station Radio Basildon in 1980 presenting a variety of programmes and providing voice-overs for commercials. This led to an invitation to join Chiltern Radio as Commercial Producer where he was responsible for writing and producing all local advertising. Ted then joined BRMB in Birmingham in a similar role before joining Mercia Sound in Coventry in a dual role as Commercial Production Manager and Presenter. When BRMB and Mercia jointly created a new medium wave station ‘Xtra AM,’ Ted was asked to present the night time show between 10pm and 1am as well as a specialist rock and roll show on Saturday afternoons. He also produced The Noddy Holder Show. Spin off work included shifts as a Continuity Announcer at Central Television, and Ted eventually left Xtra AM to take a full-time position with Central ITV. He also provided the voice-over announcements on the live Friday evening programme ‘Central Weekend’. During this period he wrote ‘Shapes ( An Introduction To Shaped Picture Disc Singles )’ which was published in 1993. In 1994 Ted joined the launch team of the regional station 100.7 Heart FM and presented the morning show between 10am and 1pm. In 2001 he joined a new rock station The Arrow (radio) which broadcast nationally on DAB digital radio and the Sky radio platform- and in 2009 he joined the legendary Radio Caroline. [1]

Voice-Overs and Production[edit]

Ted’s voice is heard throughout the UK, Europe and Middle East every day on a variety of radio and television commercials, documentaries and on-hold messages. He also continues to write and produce countless radio campaigns for many small advertisers and large brand names. He has written commercials for, recorded and produced many notable celebrities over the years including Frankie Howerd, Kenneth Williams, Alexei Sayle, Chris Tarrant and Sean Bean. Using his experience as a music publisher he has also negotiated and licensed many music tracks for advertisers including Unbelievable by EMF (The Hendy Group), Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) (Jessops, I’m Not Alone by Calvin Harris (Vauxhall Cars – McCann Erickson) and It's All About You by McFly (The Hendy Group)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ted Elliott". Presenters. Radio Caroline. 

Shapes (An introduction to shaped picture disc singles) Whitehouse Publications- ISBN 0-9522234-0-6

Steve Wright (DJ) / Eastwood High School - Horizon Magazine Article - Issue No 132 www.horizonmagazine.co.uk

Heart FM - Birmingham Evening Mail Thursday August 4, 1994 - page 5

Carlin Music - Music Week- November 27, 1976 - Carlin Music 10th Anniversary Chappell Music Publishers -http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WSQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT116&lpg=PT116&dq=Eddie+Elliott+Chappell&source=bl&ots=zntXXvnQ9C&sig=WUHMYDBqEIdySiUTbKf-o9rbM2E&hl=en&ei=RD6vTIbtAZiL4ga7ycTHBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Eddie%20Elliott%20Chappell&f=false

Central TV - Birmingham Evening Mail- Monday September 6, 1994

http://www.radiotalent.co.uk/profile_show.php?id=2117&usertype=Voiceovers

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