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The Voice of APD to be Voice of Olympic Figure Skating

Mike Villani, aka “The Voice of APD,” is headed back to the Olympics. He will serve as a guest correspondent for the Daily Pilot newspaper in Newport Beach. Look for links here. Below is his first dispatch.

By Mike Villani

I don’t know a Biellmann spin from a Bracket turn, none-the-less, I’m heading to Vancouver, Canada  as the English venue announcer for figure skating during the Winter Olympics starting on the 12th of this month.

Mike Villani, The Voice of Anaheim PD

Following on the heels of my two previous career-highlight Olympic experiences in Greece in 2004 and China in 2008, this assignment may prove to be the most challenging, as I don’t know the first thing about figure skating other than I love watching it on TV.

It all started upon my return from China. I had heard that American producer Christy Nicolay was the Vice President of Sport Production and Victory Ceremonies for VANOC, the Vancouver Olympic Committee. Christy had hired me as the announcer for Indoor Volleyball in Athens, so I gave her a call.

She said she would love to have me on her staff but had been instructed to hire only Canadians. Well, that changed about a year ago when the Canadians realized there weren’t enough qualified countrymen to fill all the announcing positions.

Figure skating will take place at the Pacific Coliseum, former home of the Vancouver Canucks, in downtown Vancouver. I’ll be working with legendary figure skating coach and announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, PJ Kwong who was with me in Athens and Beijing.  She’s a dear friend who will do the French announcing and a majority of the English during the actual competition.

As most of my announcements are scripted and with PJ’s help guiding me through the intricacies of the sport I’m not too worried the fans will know I’m a rookie at this very popular Olympic venue.

So this Friday morning, very early to make a 7 am flight from LAX, Freestyle Skiing announcer Chris Ernst (or Uncle E as he’s known when broadcasting for ESPN) a resident of Mission Viejo, will swing by and pick me up as I make my way to an all new Olympic experience…and as I’ve done in the past will keep you updated as I again report from The Games.

Voice of APD to be Voice of CSI

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For 24 years, Mike Villani has played several roles as “The Voice of Anaheim PD.”

Retirement ceremony emcee. Medal of Valor event host. Training video star.

The voice-over specialist/actor/APD reservist has landed a new role: Guest on the hit CBS television show, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

The episode, which airs Thursday at 9 p.m., is called “Lover’s Lane” and involves a gruesome murder at a bowling alley. Villani plays the bowling alley announcer.

It’s the perfect show for a man with a passion for police work.

“I’ve been wanting to pursue more theatrical opportunities – and continue the voice-over work as my day job,” he says.

Earlier this year, Villani played a fire chief in rural Indiana searching for an arsonist on the show, “Criminal Minds.

“I had a great scene with Joe Mantegna where we were walking through a warehouse,” he said.

Mike Villani, The Voice of Anaheim PD

He has played a reporter in the movie, “Dreamgirls,” a newscaster in “Bruce Almighty” and a talk show host on “The Girl Next Door.” He has also starred in dozens of commercials for Dodge, Budweiser, Walt Disney, Di-Tech and others.

Sgt. Rick Martinez, a long-time friend and fan, said he’s thrilled that Villani’s star continues to rise.

“Mike has been an outstanding partner and valuable member of our team,” he said. “We’re very happy that he continues to serve our department and community. We especially appreciate his friendship.

Villani says no matter what happens in his career he will continue to serve Anaheim PD.

“I love my association with the department,” he says.