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Ty Ford
 

Ty Ford is a well-known name in Baltimore radio from the 70's and 80's. Ty Ford is a well-known voice in hundreds of commercials heard today around the world. The Baltimore resident trained for radio at the Grantham School in Washington DC in 1967, and after earning his FCC license (remember when we all had to do that?), Ford began that all too familiar journey into the 'biz'. Ty Ford jocked a lot of rock and roll in his day, but he eventually found his niche in audio production and voiceovers. As with anyone who has spent time in this industry, Ty has his share of stories. Like all of us, there are some that remain under wraps, as discretion is the better part of valor, or something like that. On the other hand, Ty shares some moments that do stand out. 'I once had to turn off the WNAV-FM (now WRNR in Annapolis) transmitter by grabbing a pair of fiber fuse pullers and clamping on to a nine inch metal probe. I touched the probe to the side (plate) of the final and swung the probe around to the side of the final cage. Large bang! Transmitter definitely off.' Thankfully the transmitter lost power and not Ty! Then. there is this precious memory: 'I locked myself out of WHFS one morning while putting a gas and electric bill in the apartment building mail shoot. I had to shoulder the front door open to get back in'. Okay, how about this one. 'The engineers at WBAL/WIYY had just about had it with my ability to hear things they couldn't. As Production Director of WIYY, I always tested the carts we used for spots and promos because there were so many bad ones. I was trying to improve the air sound. They saw it as me busting their chops. While on the air, I went into the newsroom to grab some copy. When I came back to the studio and put the cans on, the sound was really weird. I went running for engineering to get some help. Turns out one of them had put little pieces of paper inside the earcups to mess with me.' Yes, those engineers at WIYY don't mess around. In fact, one weekend in early 2004, someone dumped a soft drink into the control board. This made for a rather sticky situation, and as a result the entire Saturday/Sunday crew got the boot because no one apparently owned up to the diabolical deed. So in retrospect, Mr. Ford caught a break. Then, after moving up the ladder and meeting with the big boss at WIYY, Ty witnessed an embarassing situation caused by his employer's errant driving. 'I was the Operations Manager. GM Al Burk took me out to lunch....once. We went to the Belvedere Hotel, had a great lunch and felt each other out about the station. I thought it was going so well until we were leaving the garage. Al was driving, as he pulled up to the exit, his left side mirror rammed into the ticket box, completely destroying the mirror. I'm sure he was embarrassed. We never went to lunch again.' The Ty Ford radio career began at 900 AM WLMD in Laurel, Maryland (a town between Baltimore and Washington). He worked there from the Fall of '69 to the Spring of the following year. 'LMD was a daytimer, and a great place for aspiring radio stars like Ty Ford. In addition to playing 'middle of the road' tunes and handling afternoon news, Ford also hosted Irish and Polka shows on the weekend. Yes indeedy, those were the days. Then in March of 1970, Ty embarked on a year's sojourn at WNAV AM and FM in Annapolis. The format was Top 40, and Ford handled full-time airshifts, first midday and then evenings, as well as production for both stations. In 1972, Ty cracked his first Major Market gig, scoring a slot at Progressive Rock formatted 86 WAYE. That operation was destined to be a legendary station, featuring the likes of Ford, Chris Emry, and the redoubtable Marty ('The Mellow Morning Mama') McLean. After a year at WAYE, Ty moved to WHFS in Bethesda, Maryland. This rather strong FM signal served both Baltimore and Washington and Ty rocked out for 3 years starting in the Spring of '72. With his First Class FCC ticket, Ty was also Chief Engineer at 'HFS. From '75 thru '77, he worked briefly at WEAM in Washington and then went back to WLMD in Laurel for a second cup of coffee. It was in March of 1977 that Ty Ford landed the big one. Production Manager for both WIYY-FM and 50,000 watt WBAL-AM in Baltimore. He would remain there for the next 10 years. In 1986, after the better part of 2 decades on the air, Ty left the grind and carried his talents to freelance voiceovers and productions. He is one of the most successful VO guys in the business. After I "graduated" from the "Hearst School Of Broadcasting", I went from freelance, to self-employed, to private practice, running my own studio. I have clients all over the country and around the world. I do very little voicework for local clients, although I started doing mostly local radio and TV spots. I work long distance, using ISDN, VOIP and an FTP server.' Even though his production company commandeers his time, he will on occasion dabble with on-air guest appearances, and has never lost his passion for radio. Ty comments, 'Many radio folks think radio is an exceptionally crummy, backstabbing business. Having been in and out, I can attest that radio doesn't have an exclusive on BS'. Wanna know more about Ty Ford? Visit his website AND hear his fine work at www.tyford.com. Or email him at tyreeford@comcast.net.

  

 
     

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