BILL FANTINI
Freelance Voice Talent, Narrator, Writer
 
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

FREE LANCE TALENT:  1970 to present.  Writing and production of podcasts, Internet programs, voice-overs, industrials, audio books, documentary & other narration, etc. Also, conducting public relations for select clients.

MODEL:  2010 to present.  Photo model for slide-show videos, advertising, brochures, and other print materials.

WRTI-FM Philadelphia: September 2015 to present as free lance news anchor for Temple University Public Radio. Had daily air shift October 2003 to May 2005 that also required production of public affairs programming and extensive editing & coaching of journalism interns. 

WALL STREET JOURNAL RADIO NETWORK: March 2005 to December 2014.  Free lance anchor.  Responsible for writing and delivery of consumer/business news on 600-station, national network.  Also was on staff April 2007 to December 2008 as producer/voice of daily tech news podcasts for WSJ.com and daily business reports for air on WABC New York and other affiliates.

WWIQ-FM Philadelphia: April 2012 to July 2012. News Director/Producer. Served briefly in this Merlin Media LLC “experiment,” until a change in format plans eliminated need for my position.

INSTRUCTOR and MENTOR: 1973 to present.  Teaching techniques and practices to aspiring broadcasters and journalists, and regular participant in intern programs. Includes: Workshops at Connecticut School of Broadcasting; teaching at the former American Academy of Broadcasting (see below); guest lecturer to related classes at area colleges and high schools. Participant in mentor program for journalism students at Camden County Community College.

LA SALLE UNIVERSITY Philadelphia: August 2003 to June 2004. Adjunct public speaking teacher.

WHYY Philadelphia: January 1999 to December 2002. Radio News Director/Anchor. Supervised a staff of about 20; including reporters, news anchors, and producers at this award-winning, public broadcasting news department. Launched and executive produced statewide syndicated reporting service. Anchored daily radio news casts. Hosted radio and television “town meetings.” Served affiliated television station with documentary narration and vacation relief as anchor of nightly news program, Delaware Tonight.

NEWSCHANNEL: April 1994 to October 1997. Associate Producer.
Performed story selection and writing, selection and cropping of illustrations, lay-out, voice over, and supervision of staff. This was an all-news cable television station presented in multimedia format.

ABC RADIO NETWORKS: December 1984 to February 1996.
News anchor responsible for writing and on-air delivery of broadcasts.

WABC New York: March 1991 to January 1992. Freelance news anchor.

ABC ROCK RADIO NETWORK: May 1982 to December 1984.
Independent producer of Lifelines; a daily, short-form, general-topic feature aired nationally on more than 70 radio stations. Conducted research, interviewed guests, wrote and voiced program.

NBC's THE SOURCE RADIO NETWORK: October 1979 to May 1982. Independent producer of The Rock Report; a daily music-news feature aired nationally on more than 200 radio stations. Conducted research, interviews, writing and voicing.

WYSP Philadelphia: November 1977 to January 1983. News & Public Affairs Director and anchor. Served as fully involved member of “morning show team.” Also, produced daily person-on-the-street interview feature and other special programs.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BROADCASTING: October 1978 to May 1979. Dean of Faculty and Teacher. Managed a staff of 28 at this 350-student vocational school. Also was responsible for course development and student counseling.

WIOQ Philadelphia: September 1971 to November 1977.
News & Operations Director, anchor, and music host.

WIFI, WPBS, & WWDB Philadelphia and WFMH & WKUL Cullman, Alabama: January 1967 to September 1971. On-air personality, news anchor, and advertising account executive.

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NOTABLE HONORS

  • Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Association -
    Public Affairs 2004, Human Trafficking
  • Public Radio News Directors Incorporated
    Best Newscast 2001
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Philadelphia Region
    Best Newscast 2001
  • Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Association
    Outstanding News Service 2000
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Philadelphia Region
    Public Service 1999, Welfare Reform
  • Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Association
    Public Affairs 1999, The Next Mayor
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MEMBERSHIPS

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists – inactive in good standing (which allows me to accept non-union projects for now).

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EDUCATION

Saint Bernard College, Cullman, Alabama. Graduated cum laude 1969. Bachelor of Arts in English with a heavy concentration of study in Education.

Temple University, Philadelphia. September 1965 to June 1966. Communications major - heavy involvement at university station WRTI.

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