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Dr. Utterback’s consulting company, Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D. & Associates, can provide speakers for workshops at your station, network, or business as well as voice work with a licensed speech-language pathologist. Listed below are Associates Dara Whitehead-Allen, Dave Cupp, Cathy Runnels and Dr. Sadhana Nayak in Mumbai, India. With the addition of Dr. Nayak, the company has expanded their international work.


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DARA WHITEHEAD-ALLEN, M.S., CCC-SLP helps professionals in the radio and television news industry find, free and develop their best voice. She works with clients from all over the United States and the major network affiliates, including NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, The Weather Channel, and AccuWeather. In addition to her work with broadcasters, Dara is owner of the Austin Voice Institute, where she offers services related to the management of voice and speech disorders, as well as presentation coaching. Dara is available for individual and group sessions in person, or via SKYPE. She can be reached at dara@broadcastvoicecoach.com.

Dara can help you or your team in the following areas:

  • Pitch
  • Breathing and Airflow
  • Vocal Quality
  • Volume/Projection
  • Articulation
  • Sounding Conversational
  • Care of the Professional Voice
  • Healing Damaged Voices
  • Storytelling and Delivery
  • Modification of a Regional Accent
  • Eliminating Vocal Fatigue and Strain
  • Stress Management
  • Overcoming Nerves and Stage Fright





Find Your Focus
Tune Your Tone
Sell Your Story

Bloated scripts, nasal voices and dull delivery drive listeners and viewers to their remote controls – where your competition is just a flick of the finger away. If your newscasters need to write tighter, sound more professional and be more compelling on-air, a workshop by Dave Cupp can help. For more than 25 years Dave not only ran the award-winning news department at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia but also served as a primary news anchor. He can help the members of your news team, whatever their needs.  You can reach Dave Cupp at:  dcupp@unc.edu

  • Writing Better
  • Interviewing Better
  • Breathing Better
  • Sounding Better
  • Looking Better
  • Marking Copy Better
  • Working Better With Or Without A Teleprompter
  • Connecting Better With Your Audience



Breath is the foundation
Voice is the sound
Articulation shapes sound
into words

The three elements of breathing, voicing and articulation must work in perfect synchrony in order to produce a clear message. Upper chest breathing, poor voice focus, mis-articulation of sounds may limit communication by diverting attention away from the message. Once diverted, the impact of the message is lost and attention to the broadcaster and possibly the station is jeopardized. Cathy Runnels, President of Accent On Speech, is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist and compliments Ann S. Utterback & Associates with her expertise in articulation, oral-motor functioning and voice analysis. Ms. Runnels received her masters degree at Syracuse University. Her practice is based in the Washington, D.C. metroplex.  You can reach Ms. Runnels at: accentonspeech@yahoo.com

Ms. Runnels can help the members of your news team in the following areas;

  • Breathing diaphragmatically
  • Determining vocal focus
  • Modifying regional dialects and foreign accents
  • Sounding Conversational
  • Adjusting reading/speaking pace
  • Improving vocal energy
  • Other vocal, speech, communication areas



Mumbai, India
There is no such thing as the perfect broadcast voice. It is all a matter of learning to use your voice, breath and body in a way that allows you to deliver your message in a conversational and relaxed yet authoritative and clear manner, which sounds ‘uniquely you’- qualities that the audience identifies in broadcasters they love and trust. Yes! How you use your voice, breath and body decides whether your audience will listen to your words or just switch off.

Dr. Sadhana Nayak is a vocal arts medicine specialist & voice performance consultant, with a multifaceted background in the field of voice and performance psychology. She has been a Visiting Fellow in ‘Care of the Professional Voice’ at The American Institute for Voice & Ear Research in Philadelphia. She has trained and treated vocal performers and professionals in the media and entertainment industry. Dr. Nayak has written widely on the voice and health related topics. Visit her website at www.drsadhananayak.com to read some of her writings.

Dr. Nayak offers one-on-one and personalized small group voice coaching on an ongoing basis in her office in Mumbai, India. For those who cannot see her in her office, she offers telephonic consultations and voice coaching. She also offers in-house seminars and workshops for news networks, television and radio stations, theater groups, film units, educational institutions, business, corporations and other organizations all over Asia and Europe.
She can help the members of your team in the following areas;

  • Connecting the breath to voice and speech
  • Developing vocal power, dynamic range & expressiveness,
  • Improving vocal energy and focus
  • Developing voice delivery skills
  • Sounding conversational
  • Speaking effectively and effortlessly
  • Reducing an undesirable accent
  • Enhancing on-camera presence
  • Reducing vocal fatigue & strain
  • Correcting vocal faults
  • Restoring a damaged or injured voice
  • Managing performance stress/relaxing under pressure


{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Chanel Monique January 5, 2014, 11:57 pm

    How are you? I hope all is well. I love your website and your success stories. I am truly inspired. I currently have an online radio show on blogtalkradio.com and taking steps towards having a career as a motivational speaker.
    I would love to work with you and your team. Where can I enroll in classes and the cost for classes with Dave Cupp, Cathy Runnel, and yourself?

    Thank you
    Chanel Monique

  • Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D. January 6, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Thanks for your comment. I’m so pleased you find my website helpful.
    I am no longer taking clients, but I recommend you reach out to either Ms. Runnels or Professor Cupp. Their contact information is on the Services pages (see link above).
    Best of luck with your future career!
    Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D.

  • Joseph January 6, 2016, 9:54 am

    Hi Dr. Utterback,

    Love the website. I’m looking for a personal coach, but I live in Miami, FL. Would you know any associates in this region who’d be willing to meet and coach in person? Hope to hear back soon!



  • Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D. January 6, 2016, 3:05 pm

    Thanks so much for your kind words about my website! I’m glad you find it useful.
    Unfortunately, I do not know of any voice coaches in the Miami area. Wish I could help, but you might contact some other stations there to see if anyone can recommend a coach.
    Good luck,
    Ann U.

  • Lea Sutton January 17, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Hi Anne,
    I worked with you when I was at KNSD. I’d like to get back in touch but I no longer have your phone number. Can we have a quick phone conversation in the next couple days to talk about setting up a few sessions with you?

  • Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D. January 18, 2016, 3:45 pm

    Hi Lea–
    Great to hear from you! I’ll send you an email.

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