About me

I’m Philip A. Thompsen, Ph.D. I’m a college professor, scholar of media and communication technology, advisor of student media, and voice talent. I currently hold the position of Professor of Media in the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Prior to my academic career, I was a professional broadcaster, working at over 20 radio and television stations. I continue to remain active as a voice talent, doing occasional voiceover work, working as a public address announcer, and reading the names of graduating students at our commencement ceremonies.

To learn more about my academic career, check out my vita. For more about my voice talent, listen to my demo, or visit my demo sites at voice123.com and voices.com.

A few highlights about me…

  • I regularly teach a course in broadcast performance, a large lecture course on mass communication, and other courses in media and communication technology.
  • I’ve advised all of the student media groups on campus, including student news service The Quad, student radio WCUR, student video magazine WCU Weekly, and student television WCU Studios.
  • I’m a scholar of media and communication technology. I’ve published numerous articles and book chapters, and have regularly presented my scholarship on panels at academic conferences and conventions. For a complete list of publications, please see my vita.
  • I’m author of the broadcast performance textbook On Air: Effective Announcing, published by Cognella Press.
  • I have been an active member of the Broadcast Education Association for over 30 years, and have served as Chair of that organization’s Student Media Adviser Division.
  • I’m an active member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
  • I’ve completed fellowships at KYW Television and NewsRadio in Philadelphia, C-SPAN in Washington, DC, and the Time Warner MediaLab.
  • I have served as a communication technology consultant for a number of businesses and organizations, including IkeaGenesis Health Care, and WKTO.
  • I regularly read the names of graduating students at commencement, and have served as the public address announcer at other university ceremonies.

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