EAtHamFinalWith politics dominating the headlines, and the odor of presidential stumping just to the south of us in nearby Iowa, it should have come as no surprise to anyone here this week when we were inadvertently drawn into a “Fisticuffs Of The Feast” imbroglio.

Ya see, Turkey is big business here in our fair state of Minnesota. And being sensible, practical and ever logical Midwesterners, we believe that eating leaner and healthier is a smart thing to do. Seriously, if you’ll pardon the observation – when we talk turkey, we put our money where our mouth is – especially at Thanksgiving.

Well as you can imagine, in a state with so many turkeys, and more than a few lawyers who have nothing to do (anybody put a call into Rachel Paulose?) somebody would hatch a turkey lobby. The movement, E.A.T.H.A.M. (Every American Turkey Has A Mother) is dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of turkeys and their preference that you consider ham for your holiday table (or any table, for that matter – but the movement is still young).

We were quick to realize that recording a turkey isn’t the easiest thing to do. If you put the copy stand right in front of them – they can’t see it, their snood gets tangled in the headphones, and the mere mention of using a shotgun mic just freaks ’em out like you wouldn’t believe.

(we were picking up feathers and droppings for days – and there’s a certain”funk” still in the air that’s…indescribable).

However, in the end, with the right sound design and much fussy editing (to get out all the occasional noises of ruffling feathers) the radio spot came out as well as one could expect. Here’s the radio spot, – Wattle We Do?

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Now, in the interest of fair play we will also share with you the angry rebuttal work of S.N.O.U.T. (Slaughter Not Our Underlings, Turkeys). This session was so filled with mud slinging, that we are unable to say much other than – have a listen for yourself….

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Happy Thanksgiving from the gang here at Babble-On Recording.