Meet the Voice Behind the Book

19 Nov

Narrator Mike Jones

Michael Jones, the voice behind Lust, Violence and Religion: Life in Historic Waco, is a man of many, and varied, talents.  While in his native New Mexico, Jones was a successful Albuquerque radio personality, and earned his bachelor’s degree in theater in 1976 and a master’s degree in speech communication in 1977. While at college, Jones found a passion for stage writing and electronic media.  After college, Jones continued his career in broadcasting, advertising and marketing for 25 years.  During this time, Jones was the recipient of 19 New Mexico “Addy” awards.

Jones continued to foster his love for playwriting.  He boasts a drawer full of mostly unproduced dramatic and comedy scripts for radio, television, film and live theater.  However, his plays Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls received several full stage productions in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Eventually, Jones’ path brought him to Waco, Texas, where he started his second career as a writer and producer of student recruitment videos and other interactive and multimedia education programs for Texas State Technical College. In 2008, Jones retired but still works closely with TSTC Publishing. He has written two books in TSTC Publishing’s TechCareers series: the first, a complete student guide for those interested in pursuing careers in Wind Energy Technology, published the summer of 2010, and a second volume exploring career opportunities in advertising design and print technology.   As mentioned earlier, Michael also provided the narration for an audio book edition of a collection of essays for Lust, Violence, Religion: Life in Historic Waco.

The chance to work with Lust, Violence, Religion afforded Jones the opportunity to combine his passion for history with live theatre and to re-discover how much he enjoyed recording, editing, and mixing audio with music.

Although he is retired, Jones keeps himself busy. He enjoys spending time with his nephews. He also enjoys cooking, surfing the Internet, writing, watching (and critiquing) movies, television, and reading.  He especially enjoys the works of James Carroll, Cormac McCarthy and John Steinbeck, as well as many others.  As a student of history and literature, Jones also has a collection of heroes and role models, including Mother Theresa, Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. to Robin Williams, Anthony Hopkins, and Groucho Marx.

–      Stori

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