Getting Vocal

Eau Claire voice celebrity Tess Morgan

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

ABOVE: THE CLASSIC “HMM! HAA! EEE!” Local voice artist and radio personality Tess Morgan has worked for Whole Foods, Harley Davidson, Oscar Meyer, SC Johnson, Pandora, Target, Lincoln Center, Netflix, Paper Mate, Menards and, perhaps most notably, Oakwood Mall’s old in-store messages.
 
ABOVE: THE CLASSIC “HMM! HAA! EEE!” Local voice artist and radio personality
Tess Morgan has worked for Whole Foods, Harley Davidson, Oscar Meyer, SC Johnson,
Pandora, Target, Lincoln Center, Netflix, Paper Mate, Menards and, perhaps most
notably, Oakwood Mall’s old in-store messages.

Whether you know it or not, you’ve heard Tess Morgan. Probably in a radio ad, as she does the vast majority in our market. Likely in one of her many news broadcasts. Maybe as the national in-store voice for Menards. Possibly on the recently discontinued Mix 98 (WISM) show Jim & Tess in the Morning. Or any of the million-and-a-half other projects for which she has provided a voice. Regardless, the Eau Claire-based Clear Channel news anchor/director is a veteran in the world of vocal talent, and has become a nationally sought-after commodity.

“It’s acting. That’s what it’s considered. You’re playing a character. I don’t mean a mom or an office worker, but more of an image or idea.” – Eau Claire-based voice talent Tess Morgan

Tess came to Eau Claire in 1999 after radio stints in Rockford and Madison. The broadcast journalism graduate from Brown College (in Minneapolis) has done everything from commercials, promos, phone systems, and infomercials to news, TV voiceover, training videos, and product demos. Her clients have included: Harley Davidson, Oscar Meyer, SC Johnson, Pandora, Sub-Zero, Target, Viterbo University, Lincoln Center, Netflix, Paper Mate, Oakwood Mall’s old in-store messages, and Oprah’s satellite radio promos.

“I barely remember all this stuff,” she said. “I just do it, it’s out the door, and I don’t really think about it until someone says, ‘Was that you?’ ”

With Clear Channel having stations all over, Tess’ voice has appeared in markers around the nation and has led to deals like Whole Foods, for which she provides the radio ads for the West Coast and Arizona. She’s gotten similarly “big” in markets such as Lexington, Ken., Rochester, NY, and San Francisco. 

The reason her voice is sought after is its lack of accent and deeper female tone “that’s out of the ordinary.” This is the type of thing you’d expect in an ad for jewelry or a spa. But her versatility also sets her apart. Her website promises everything from “refined elegance to scorching sex appeal” and goofy little girl, girl next door, and the woman men fantasize about marrying.

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