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September 14, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

National Watermelon Day reveals the voice behind Melony Mellon from Stern's Whoa Nellie pinball

Melony Mellon cardboard stand-up Last Fall we wrote an article about Stern Pinball's partnership with Whizbang to create a unique pinball table called Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons. It's a cool blend of old and new tech in an electro-mechanical style table.

This past August, I heard about National Watermelon Day (Aug. 3) and used it's hashtag, on Twitter, to promote our article and this really slick pinball game. I have no idea how these "holidays" are created, but I saw it as a nice tie-in with Whoa Nellie.

An interesting thing happened yesterday... I got a response to my watermelon tweet! Combined with a Watermelon emoji, there was something about this tweet that demanded further investigation.

A Tweet from the real Melony Mellon Who is Jess? A Stern employee? A pinball fanatic? A melon farmer? It only took me 2 clicks to realize she's actually the voice of Melony Mellon from the pinball game! How cool is that!?!

Aside from celebrity voice-overs in movies and commercials, I often lose sight of how much talent is behind the scenes adding a richness to media. As a retro gamer, I'm accustomed to gaming sounds and voices being computer-generated, but that hasn't been the case for a long time. Voice-over is a huge field.

As it turns out Jess is a radio broadcaster with a resume full of voice-over work. The game designers went with an audio company that reached out to her boss, in the radio industry, seeking a "female voice". She wound up getting the gig. Coincidentally, she also runs her own audio production company, JG Productions.

The Life of the Party

I'm not one to tell others how to live their lives... but if I were Jess, I'd drag out this story at every party I attend! Her voice will be heard in bars, arcades, and homes for decades to come. She's Melony Mellon! I'd milk that for all it's worth! After years in radio, I'm sure she's accustomed to hearing her voice in a variety of product scenarios, but as a gamer, I thinks it's pretty awesome and I'd be telling everyone about it for years. :)

Jess - the real Melony Mellon If you haven't seen a Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons pinball game and are curious about the voice of Melony, you can listen to these Whoa Nellie! MP3 files.

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