Though most all of us have said we “break our back” to do our job at one time or another, Mandye Thomas, Voice Talent and Creative Consultant for Spectrio/Phone On-Hold, took the phrase literally, as her future career came as a result of a tweaked back.
“I began treatment with a chiropractor who, for some reason, was intrigued with the fact that I was a DJ at a local roller rink. She mentioned that a local radio personality was a patient of hers and offered to introduce me—She thought that spinning records at a roller rink gave me street cred and experience to work at a radio station—Not!!” It turned out to be true, though, as Ms. Thomas, a native Californian, shelved a potential career as a nurse to begin an internship at Fresno’s KMGX/X-104 FM, which evolved into a regular shift and, eventually, two decades behind the microphone at KZOZ 93.3 in San Luis Obispo, KCAQ/Q105 in Oxnard-Ventura (where she did morning drive and was news director), a residency in the ‘Morning Nut Hut’ at KIOC 106.7 in Beaumont, TX, and a return to the Golden State and several jobs up and down the dial and the coast, most notably as Program Director at KKBE 105.5 Oxnard-Ventura and at KRUZ 103.3/97.5 in Santa Barbara.
With the loss of live, local radio to conglomerates and syndication, Ms. Thomas moved into the on-hold world, becoming a Voice Talent and Studio Engineer with Los Angeles-based Phone On-Hold Marketing Systems, which would eventually merge with Spectrio in 2013. After a brief return to radio proved to be too much of a juggling act, Ms. Thomas has found a home for her many talents. “Production came easy for me at Phone on Hold because I did a lot of it while I was in radio. I’ve always loved to write and have been good at it since I was in college. Also, the sales people were much harder to deal with in radio than they are in this business. I work very well with everyone!” And she keeps the ‘dulcet tones’ coming as one of Spectrio’s most in-demand voice talents, with a somewhat different approach than in her radio days; “I give a much more natural read. You can’t be over-the-top or you’ll scare the customers on hold!”
When away from the microphone, studio and computer, Mandye Thomas keeps busy in other ways; preparing for her upcoming wedding, listening to classic and alternative rock (favorite band: Matchbox 20) and indulging her love of cats and dogs—two of each…After all, you can’t have ‘Mandye’ without ‘many!’
Take a listen to Mandye's voice sample by clicking her name below, and if her style fits with your company's brand image, be sure to request her for your next on-hold production!