Month: August 2017

Susan Bennett – The Original Voice Of Siri

Today we have a fascinating conversation with Susan Bennett, the original American voice of Siri. As well known as she is for that role, you’ve most likely heard her voice around Atlanta for decades. She was the voice of one of the first ATMs as “Tillie The All-Time Teller”, the “plane train” at Hartsfield International Airport, and the voice overheard at Delta terminals around the world. On top of discussion around how she became the voice of Siri, they discuss obtaining voice work, the advancement of AI, and how luck plays a part in life.

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Susan Bennett The Atlanta Podcast

“Tillie” on Wiki

Other Famous “Machine Voices:

Travel Voice

“Wait For The Tone” Woman

Mike Pniewski

One of Mike’s first big roles was ‘Gunner Major Asshole’ in Spaceballs. Pniewski is credited on over 130 projects on IMDB. Matt and Mike discuss everything from being star struck by Eddie Murphy to what it was like to be on The Sopranos, the show that MBD seems to bring up in almost every single episode of The Atlanta Podcast. They also talk about being “ahead of the curve” as an Atlanta based actor and some of the ups and downs of parenting.

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Spaceballs : Major Asshole

Mike’s super long IMDB credits

Random auction for clothing he wore during Law and Order: Criminal Intent


youthSpark is an organization based out of Atlanta that wants to stop youth exploitation and sex trafficking. They are also about educating the mostly ill informed public and empowering youth. Matt B. Davis talks to Renee Shelby and Jennifer Swain covering a multitude of topics about sexual abuse, and sex trafficking concerning underage victims. youthSpark not only tries to help the the young who are in trouble, but does extensive research on the “buyer side”. You may be surprised how wide spread this issue has become.

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youthSpark website

Demand Tracker

Nick Tapp

Many claim it, but Nick actually deserves the moniker of a “mover and a shaker” in Atlanta. He gets around and he’s been around. Everyone I have met, that knows him, loves him. For the last couple of years, Nick’s been The Director of Marketing for Creative Loafing, AKA The CL, AKA The Loaf.

Prior to that he was in Atlanta radio, helping launch stations like The Beat, 99X, and The River.

In this lengthy conversation we deep dive into Nick’s experiences in Atlanta radio, politics, and seeking therapy.

Nick also talks about the exciting changes coming to Creative Loafing that launch today.

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Creative Loafing’s big announcement

Nick on LinkedIn

An old blog about 99X




Dan Carroll

Dan is the “adult face” of DragonCon. Dan and Matt cover a variety of topics including 8 Tracks, favorite sitcoms, Matthew Perry, concerts, Cold War movies, and of course lots about DragonCon. DragonCon takes place every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta bringing in some 400 guests and 80,000 attendees.

In addition, Nikki makes her 3rd appearance on the show.

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5 Things To Know About This Year’s DragonCon

Official Website

Cold War Movies

Dan Carroll Dragon Con


Tim Mack

Tim Mack is a modern day renaissance dude. So yeah, not just a fancy mustache. Listen in as we learn how he got involved with the circus, what had him found his own circus, how he manages wacky/talented people, his very unique take on life and much more. There are also a few BeltLine guests, which are becoming a theme on this show, including Nikki making her second appearance. Nikki also provided us with the first ever The Atlanta Podcast bonus material, so check the video below.

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The Imperial Opa Circus

Amanda Avery

I walked by Amanda at the Terminus Festival back in June and said “I know you”. Turns out I had seen her with someone who works at Alkaloid, the wonderful co-working space that I work from. We had a brief chat about her most recent short film project and that led me to ask for this interview.

Amanda is a woman of many talents. Her past and present occupations include real estate agent, filmmaker, stripper, actor, and yoga instructor.

In a conversation that began shortly before we hit record, the subject of 12 step programs came up, so we continued right on into the podcast interview. We also discuss gender issues, racial tension in Atlanta, and much more.

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Terminus Conference

Amanda’s Website

Women In Film and Television