Friday, July 27, 2012

Propulsion Hall of Fame Inductee #3: "QB Calls For A Free Month" for HBO (2000)

Who did HBO sign for a game-winning Hail Mary radio commercial to promote its line-up of shows back in 2000?  Its this Hall of Famer from Paul Turner Productions, where legendary programs like the Sopranos, Sex and The City and Arliss were “audibled” at the line of scrimmage by field general (and General Manager) Corey Dissin for this football-themed spot.  Talent #1 Lance H ran his voice “between the tackles” to tell the exciting story.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Interns: Where Are They Now? - Jake Tompkins

Our next Propulsion Media Labs former intern spotlight is on Jake Tompkins.  Jake interned with us in Spring 2009.

Jake describes his time at Propulsion as “challenging and rewarding.”  Jake and his fellow interns helped Propulsion drum up new business during a struggling economy.  He has fond memories of sneaking outside to play ball on sunny spring days with other staff members.  Jake had lots of hands-on experience shooting spots on location.  Of the skills he acquired while interning here, Jake says “The skills I learned at this office were invaluable and are skills I rely on every day in my career.”

Today Jake is the Lead Marketing Manager at the Wellness Learning Center in Atlanta, GA. He is responsible for deploying Shopify e-commerce storefronts for the sale of TWLC's various medical products, management of the company's social media profiles, and Apple in-office IT. His position is directly responsible for increasing and maintaining online sales for the office.

For more information on Jake check him out at

Friday, July 20, 2012

Propulsion Hall of Fame Inductee #2: "Green With Envy" for Victorville Motors (2006)

This not-so-typical auto dealer spot was produced in the spring of 2006 for Victorville Motors in Southern California, in which a certain green and muscular “avenging” superhero was kind enough to make a cameo. (Actually, we just told Propulsion GM Corey Dissin that we forgot his lunch order and then we threw him in the booth to play the part of the quick-tempered Bruce).

Voice credits go to #4 Lisa L. as the customer, #2 Doug T. as the salesman, and #26 Bud Z as the announcer. Lesson learned?  Don’t make Corey angry.  You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Interns: Where Are They Now? - Lauren Phillips

Our next Propulsion Media Labs former intern spotlight is on Lauren Phillips. Lauren interned with us from June 2008 to August 2008.

Lauren’s fondest memory during her internship with us was filming the “Rocky Donkey” video.

After interning at Propulsion, Lauren attending the Chicago Portfolio School for one year followed by six months of freelance copywriting.

Today Lauren works for Catapult RPM as a copywriter where she has written copy for Mars, Gerber, Kellogg's, Capri Sun, Mio, Uncle Ben's, and many other brands.

For more information on Lauren check her out at

Friday, July 13, 2012

Inductee #1: Philadelphia 76ers Announcing #1 Draft Pick Allen Iverson (1996)

With the NBA draft last month and pending blockbuster free-agent deals, we thought it was appropriate for our first Propulsion HOF inductee to pay homage to former #1 NBA draft pick Allen Iverson in this radio spot created back in 1996 shortly after he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Featuring Paul Turner as the announcer along with clips from Sixers play-by-play commentators Marc Zumoff and Tom McGinnis. This spot was produced pre-Pro Tools with the clunky and crash-prone Roland DM-80 digital workstation and was assembled just a few weeks after we (then called Paul Turner Productions) opened our doors of the Malvern facility after moving from Bala Cynwyd.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Introducing the Propulsion Hall Of Fame!

Before Facebook. . . Before Twitter. . . Before the internet was the internet as we now know it. . . Propulsion Media Labs was producing radio spots. And good ones, at that. We wish we could have shared them with as many of you back then as we can now, but that would have involved a room full of FedEx supplies and a few thousand cassette tapes. And back then you would have had to fax us your “Like”.
Now that media is a little more “social”, we’re digging in our archives and dusting off some of Propulsion’s golden oldies for induction into the Propulsion Hall of Fame. Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to some of the most note-worthy radio spots we’ve ever produced. You’ll hear spots for very well known brands, spots that feature A-list celebrities, and spots that we just think are pretty freakin cool. Heck, we’ll even dip into some stuff from the Paul Turner Productions era.

So stay tuned. . . and enjoy!

Interns: Where Are They Now? - Jonathan Boulton

Our next Propulsion Media Labs former intern spotlight is on Jonathan Boulton. Jonathan interned from July-September 2005.

His fondest memory was creating graphics for a water park spot.  Those graphics made the final cut and were aired on TV.  He says that was the first time anything he had personally worked on made it on TV and that gave him a feeling that has stayed with him even til this day!

Jonathan is the Videographer/Director of Photography at  He is responsible for shooting all video content for their website and social media oulets.  This includes product reviews, social videos, and event coverage.

“I started out as an editor and soon realized I wanted to be in the action so I started doing work as a shooter. Since then I've had the opportunity to work on some pretty radical stuff like a cannonball run style car rally, shooting aerial footage out of helicopters and shooting from boats. Having done all this has helped me become confident in my ability to shoot under pretty much any condition.” – Jonathan Boulton

For more information on Jon check him out at: