Radio

My Favorite Radio Campaign

“Recycled Resumes” — One of my faves because the very idea that Dunwoody publishes its catalog on paper made from crappy recyled resumes …it made me laugh even before I could write the spot. (That’s usually a good sign.) Turn it up when you play it. The sfx help.

 

“Ditch Diggers” — When I was a kid, my mom always told be to do well in school or I’d “end up being a ditch digger.”

 

“Janitor” — This is the very first spot I did in the series. I like how whiney and wimpy the guy’s voice sounds. The first of many jabs and traditional “liberal arts” degrees.

 

“Fast Food Guy” — This time the voiceover is the guy at “Burgerland.” He’s bummed out, he’s got a shitty job, and he complains about it to you, the person in the car waiting for service. Note that we continue to have fun trashing liberal arts classes like “art appreciation” and “romance languages.”

 

“Near Bored-To-Death Experience” — This one is another guy with a crappy job talkin’ about why he shoulda gone to Dunwoody. Kudos to the actor. I think he really pulled it off.

 

“Hamster” — This spot is one of two on this list that were inspired by a sound effect. Sometimes a sound effect so captures what it is you are trying to make your listener feel, you can build a spot around it.

 

“Job Line” — Actress Phyllis Wright, an old friend from Minneapolis, makes this spot work. She’s doing the part of the lady on the “Job Line” who lists the horrible jobs you’ll have to settle for if you didn’t go to Dunwoody.

 

“Crickets” — This is the other spot built around a sound effect. Of all these Dunwoody spots, this is the only one that made it into a national show (One Show). Maybe that’s because they all suck, I don’t know. But I don’t care either. I stand by this campaign as the best one I ever wrote. I encourage you to adopt the same attitude with work you instinctively feel is right — put your head down, plow ye forth, and go with your gut. Also, it helps to have a great client. (Yeah, I know, they were a teeny client. No committees. No gauntlet. In fact, that may have been the key.)

Phillips Radio

“Phirrips” — Politically incorrect (in parts) and one of the best spots I’ve ever heard.

 

“No Point, No Point.” — An idiot tells a customer not to buy a Phillips VCR because all electronics will be obsolete within 2 weeks.

 

“Fake French.” — Oh, I forgot, this one has another politically incorrect bit. If that’s an issue with you, please contact my complaint desk at biteme.com.

 

“So Typical.” — A spot where the spokespeople seem to make fun of the client the entire time. God, I love Phillips for doing this.

 

“Expensive.” — A salesman beats around the bush about the price of a Phillips TV.

 

“Burglars” — Two burglars announce they’ll be stealing Phillips televisions exclusively.

 

“Laughter.” — Two Phillips spokesmen peal with evil laughter at their competitors’ sinking sales.

 

“What’s It” — Two guys talk about Phillips products for 60 seconds, never once mentioning what the brand is or the product is.

 

“You’re So Clever.” — It’s hard to describe how stupid and cool this one is.

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