For the first six years of the 1990’s, Joel Hixon was the voice of McDonald’s restaurants for the Southwest Region and the West Coast of the United States. Joel was also the international television voice for regional La-Z-Boy Showcase Shoppes, spanning 12 years (1984 to 1996). Joel’s voice is recognized in Canada, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. His voice and production skills can enhance your commercials and provide a lasting impression for your products and services.
Below is a timeline to help you understand some of the experience that has led Joel to become an award-winning voice-over artist.
- 1971 – Began radio broadcasting in Santa Fe, NM – KVSF-AM
- 1972-1974 – Morning show at KRSY-AM & KBIM-AM in Roswell, NM
- 1974-1978 – Became the voice for KOAT-TV Ch. 7 in Albuquerque, NM
- 1978-1979 – Began full time production at Lee Galles’ Competitive Edge, a full service advertising agency, specializing in broadcast advertising and commercial production for automobile Dealerships around the United States.
- 1979-1989 – Went back into radio at KKJY-FM in Albuquerque, starting as on-air personality; then to production manager to program director to operations manager ultimately to station manager.
- 1989-1996 – Began as production manager at KRST-FM in Albuquerque, NM; was the afternoon drive host; became #1 DJ in Albuquerque at KRST from 1992 to 1996; Named #10 most listened to afternoon personality in the U.S. by R & R Magazine.
- 1996-1998 – Moved to KTBL-FM, sister station to KRST, doing afternoons until…
- 1998-1999 – Relocated to the West Coast. Did morning show at KKJG-FM in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Missed NM, so,
- …..In September 1999, Joel came back to New Mexico and settled in Las Cruces, where he opened Ralph’s Doghouse Digital Audio Recording making radio commercials and television voice overs; Partnered with Mike McGuire, member of the top rated country music group, SHENANDOAH, starting AudioLogoZ, making commercial jingles.
- 2003 – Began a morning show at KGRT-FM;
- 2005 – Won the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Radio Commercial of the Year for Pancake Ally diner;
- 2006 & 2007 – Won the New Mexico Broadcasters Association DJ/Morning Show of the Year for KGRT-FM
At the end of 2007, Joel took a three-year hiatus from radio. In 2010, he returned to KGRT’s morning show along with Patricia Valencia and “Great Country Mornings with Joel and Patricia.”
In 2014, Joel finally retired from radio and decided it was time to resurrect Ralph’s Doghouse Audio Recording in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He then dropped the name Ralph and became just, Doghouse Recording. Once again, he began focusing on his commercial voice over career.