Broadcaster - Actor - Voiceovers - TV/Radio/Film
Event Announcer - Audio Engineer/Production Services
Represented in NYC & LA by Castle-Hill Agency
OFFICIAL STATEMENT RE: PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION ANNOUNCER ASSIGNMENT:
"It was an absolute honor to be named by the Presidential Inauguration Committee. My personal goal for the Inauguration Parade was to make this about celebrating the seamless transition of power and moving past divisive partisanship. This is an apolitical position with the responsibility of not only entertaining attendees, but because of the unique advantage of the President's Announcer position across from the reviewing stand I am the eyes & ears of the First Family who are alerted to stand when certain military and Color Guard units approach. I'm taking this one parade at a time, but looking forward to streamlining and modernizing the presentation for many more to come."
For more than 40 years I have been involved in television, film and radio broadcasting, primarily as an audio engineer, actor, producer & voice talent at the major market, network & international level.
I'll be updating the site with both broadcast & acting resumes, as well as a photo gallery & links to video samples. Feel free to listen to my demos for a sample of my work.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
LINKED IN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smray
LATEST PROJECT NEWS - 2016/2017
PRINCIPAL CASTING & PROJECTS:
- Named "The President's Announcer" for the January 20, 2017 Inauguration Parade by the Presidential Inauguration Cmte. VOG/Live Announce White House reviewing stand at Lafayette Park, "Freedom Ball" inaugural Ball & announcing the "Voices of the People" Concert at the Lincoln Memorial on January 19, 2017.
- Live announce for Bill Hader appearance on the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor tribute to Bill Murray
- On Camera & VO for Capital One auto buying app thru Martini Media Solutions
- VOG/Live Announcer for 2017 Jefferson Awards for Public Service
- Directed & voiced EEOC training video on "Reasonable Accommodation for the Disabled"
- Directed and voiced FAA training video "Anti-Bullying in the Workplace"
- Directed a series of live events for the US NAVY on new service members & their families dealing with the impact of deployment, PTSD, stress and reintegration. .
- University of Maryland University College (UMUC) commercial now airing 2nd run
- Named Creative Director for Inalab Consulting Group an SBA 8A Certified Government producer of training videos & narrative films for the EEOC, TSA, FAA, US Navy and other agencies.
SELECTED PRODUCTION CREDITS:
Director - White House News Photographers Assn Annual Gala 2017
Producer/Audio Engineer - Vice President Joseph Biden “Biden’s Briefings” series
Director - FAA “Bullying in the Workplace”
Director - EEOC “Reasonable Accommodation/Americans with Disabilities Act Training”
Director - EEOC “Retaliation in the Workplace”
Director - “Rock Bottom” winner of 2016 Asian Pacific American Film “script to screen” contest
Assistant to Staging Dept. – 2015 & 2016 “Kennedy Center Honors”/CBS
Talent Department - 2016 & 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Audio Engineer - continuing government clients (FCC, Smithsonian, and FBI Training Academy)
Audio Engineer - DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment - Live sound for events (Emancipation Day concert & parade), music performances (“The 202”, “The Sound” & “We Are Washington”) and audio for the DC Mayor’s office CapStat meetings
Boom Operator/Sound Mixer – HBO/Herzog & Company – Los Angeles - Location sound for the pre-taped interviews with veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center featured on HBO’S “Concert for Valor”
Camera Dept. Asst. – Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City” (Phila & DC)/Comedy Central - series
Camera Dept./2nd Unit Camera Car - Blair Underwood's "GIVE" DC episode for NBC
2nd Unit Cameraman - "Yin & Yang" feature film directed by Dawn Douglas
Production Assistant – “In Performance at the White House”/PBS – Continuing series (2015, 2016)
Production Assistant – Capitol Concerts: Assisting in the production of the benchmark annual PBS special live events “National Memorial Day Concert” & “A Capitol Fourth” (2015, 2016, 2017)
Production Assistant – “Broadway at the White House”/TLC
Production Assistant – “Hotel Hell with Gordon Ramsey”/FOX – Local production/Season 3
Production Assistant – “NBC’s “The Voice”/Finnmax LLC – Local contestant bios
Production Assistant – Podium Arts Communications: Assisting production of live events
Boom Operator/Sound Mixer – Carrot Creative/NYC - Live Adidas spot NBA Washington Wizards star John Wall
Professional Background - Los Angeles, CA & Washington, DC
I have the benefit of having worked a dual track both behind & in front of the camera...starting way back in 1982 as an extra and being asked to wrangle background performers, leading to a path from 2nd AD to 1st AD specializing in working with first time directors & writers directing their own scripts. Since returning to Washington, DC I have been fortunate to be the TV & Radio Promo Voice for the first six seasons of the Washington Nationals and the Choral Arts Society of Washington among other V/O clients.
I have also had the pleasure of being associated with several professional sports teams as their Public Address Announcer, either as a Primary P.A. or Back-up P.A., as well as their commercial voice. Starting as the youngest P.A. Announcer at Summit Point Raceway for S.C.C.A., Trans-AM & IMSA events, I've had the honor of announcing the Congressional Hockey Challenge at the Verizon Center, along with games for the Washington Nationals and their minor league affiliate Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League).
Since August 1980 I have owned SR2 Entertainment LLC - A holding company for a variety of business, including film & television production under KING OF THUNDER FILMS, radio syndication, audio production services, voice overs, archival travel photography from the 1930's - 1970's, art prints and stock photography licensing & other services. Experience includes Unit Production Manager, 1st Asst. Director, 2nd A.D., Casting Asst., Audio Engineering for both studio/field sound for news outlets and government freelance clients.
KING OF THUNDER FILMS
46 year veteran MLB Scout Ron Rizzi ~ "After traveling the country visiting hundreds of ballparks, I'd say he is the best, most listenable P.A. Announcer in the minor leagues. A major team in any sport needs to bring Steve on board full time now."