Grammy’s Live Announcer

by | Feb 11, 2013 | Careers, People | 6 comments

grammyDuring the Grammy’s last night I spent more than hour on the web seeking the name of the (obviously accomplished) live female announcer on CBS for the big show.

The frustrating search turned up nothing (and I’m pretty good at this).

I checked all over…CBS sites, Grammy sites, LA Times, Huffington Post, Entertainment sites.  I did advanced searches, Boolean searches. No mention no where. This is the business we work in.  Apparently we’re the only ones who care or notice.

Finally, I launched the question on FaceBook.

Interestingly, other Voice Actors were thinking the same thing, and a healthy thread got going.  Randy Thomas‘ name came up first, but in the end the defnitive answer came from ellen kMelanie Haynes, who (living in a different time zone) was able to fast forward her TIVO recording to the credits rolling at the end, and saw the listing for the announcer:  Ellen K.

Here is Ellen K’s IMDb.

Here is a webpage extolling her appearance as the announcer on the 2012 Grammys. (2012, not 2013)

Here are my unadorned observations about this whole experience:

1) I’ve never heard of Ellen K…but apparently that only shows my own (a) seclusion (b) stupidity (c) pop culture ignorance (d) lack of sophistication.
2) Do announcers from Dallas or Des Moines ever get these gigs? Certainly there are qualified talent all over the US.  Hollywood helps its own (or they’re too lazy to search, or Ellen has a great agent, or proximity really does count).
3) Is the identity of the live announcer for one of the most-watched shows on the year’s TV schedule so insignificant that even Google’s best search bots can’t find it (see #4)
4) …which means Ellen K’s publicist should be fired if the most recent  Ellen K hype is from LAST YEAR’S Grammy’s.
5)  Stop telling me radio is not a gateway to Voice Over jobs.  Even if it WAS Randy Thomas, or Beau Weaver, or Joe Cipriano (I could go on)…all of them made their name FIRST in radio.  (Ellen K is Ryan Seacrest’s sidekick on KIIS’s morning show in LA’s radio scene).
6) If being a voice actor making the really good coin, and it means EVERYTHING to you…move to LA or NYC.  Apparently proximity DOES count.

People finding fault with #6 above will quickly point out that certain high-earning talent (like Randy Thomas) no longer live in either of those cities.  Right.  But they moved only AFTER making it big in the big city.

Congrats Ellen K.  Good to meet you, and nice going on the Grammy’s last night!




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  1. Fo

    While watching the grammy’s I recognized her voice because it is pretty unique, the first thing that I said to myself was, “That’s Rick Dees’ chick”. Ellen K was Rick Dees co-host on KIIS FM in LA. She does lots of awards live announcements, and her voice is the best and most appropriate for it.

    • CourVO


      It’s just that I happen to think that MY voice is best and most appropriate for it. ;-}

      Come back soon!

      Dave C

  2. Marc Scott

    When I worked in radio, I used to listen to Ellen K almsot every morning. One of the perks of the 3 hour time difference. Back then she was co-hosting with Rick Dees, but still at KIIS-FM. Very talented broadcaster and a great voice too!

    • CourVO

      Thanks, Marc for stopping by.

      Yes, she’s obviously good. Just too bad no one tooted her horn more.


      Dave C

      • jennifer dixon

        Perhaps she preferred it that way? Anyway she got the job and as Shakespeare said “a good wine needs no bush”. When advertising good wine in his day a bush was depicted in the sign above the Tavern for all to see. So what he meant was that if you are good you do not need advertising–word of mouth does the trick—no pun intended in this case!!

        • CourVO

          Thanks, Jennifer….I appreciate that point of view…and thanks for stopping by to contribute.

          Dave Courvoisier


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