Caption: Host Pam McKissick
Host Pam McKissick 

Pam McKissick Without Reserve: The Auctioneer's Chant

From: Auction Network Productions
Series: Pam McKissick Without Reserve
Length: 01:36:23

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Host Pam McKissick and her special guests take listeners inside the mysterious world of the Auctioneer's chant and explore the fascinating profession of Auctioneering.

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If you listen you can still hear the Auctioneer selling in fields and fairgrounds and front lawns, in ballrooms, cattle barns and on courthouse steps, their chant ringing out in varying cadences across the country, as they sell purebred cattle, real estate, classic autos, heavy equipment and thoroughbred horses.  The Auctioneer's chant focuses the crowd, captivates them and, in some instances, evokes memories of industries long departed, like the melodic chant of the Tobacco Auctioneer.  Very few professions capitivate people's imaginations like that of the Auctioneer.  

In this two-part, mini-series of "Pam McKissick Without Reserve", McKissick takes listeners inside the mysterious world of the Auctioneer’s chant and explores the fascinating profession of Auctioneering.  A trained Auctioneer herself and the co-owner and CEO of one of the world’s most respected auction firms, Williams & Williams Auction, McKissick leverages her insider access to reveal the art, science and mastery of the chant as shared by a selection of the country’s top auctioneers.  

In a world that is in a constant state of evolution and reinvention, live Auctioneering has the rare distinction of a trade that continues to play a significant role in the sale of goods for thousands of years.  Across the country, in French, German, English or Spanish, the Auctioneer moves automobiles, real estate, heavy equipment, livestock, wine, and, once, tobacco.  And, the Auctioneer's chant is America's music. 

The speed, rhythm and excitement of the Auctioneer’s chant leaves its indelible mark.  But why is it so memorable?  How is the rhythm created?  How can you become an auctioneer? McKissick and her special guests provide answers to these questions and more while they each share their one-of-a-kind, well-perfected and melodic Auctioneer's chant.

Piece Description

If you listen you can still hear the Auctioneer selling in fields and fairgrounds and front lawns, in ballrooms, cattle barns and on courthouse steps, their chant ringing out in varying cadences across the country, as they sell purebred cattle, real estate, classic autos, heavy equipment and thoroughbred horses.  The Auctioneer's chant focuses the crowd, captivates them and, in some instances, evokes memories of industries long departed, like the melodic chant of the Tobacco Auctioneer.  Very few professions capitivate people's imaginations like that of the Auctioneer.  

In this two-part, mini-series of "Pam McKissick Without Reserve", McKissick takes listeners inside the mysterious world of the Auctioneer’s chant and explores the fascinating profession of Auctioneering.  A trained Auctioneer herself and the co-owner and CEO of one of the world’s most respected auction firms, Williams & Williams Auction, McKissick leverages her insider access to reveal the art, science and mastery of the chant as shared by a selection of the country’s top auctioneers.  

In a world that is in a constant state of evolution and reinvention, live Auctioneering has the rare distinction of a trade that continues to play a significant role in the sale of goods for thousands of years.  Across the country, in French, German, English or Spanish, the Auctioneer moves automobiles, real estate, heavy equipment, livestock, wine, and, once, tobacco.  And, the Auctioneer's chant is America's music. 

The speed, rhythm and excitement of the Auctioneer’s chant leaves its indelible mark.  But why is it so memorable?  How is the rhythm created?  How can you become an auctioneer? McKissick and her special guests provide answers to these questions and more while they each share their one-of-a-kind, well-perfected and melodic Auctioneer's chant.

Timing and Cues

The formatting of each show in this two-part series is consistent with the NPR News "Special Programming" clock. Each show is split into three segments with holes for news and billboards.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Next up is Pam McKissick Without Reserve and the topic today is auctioneers and their enchanting chant.

OUTRO:

You've been listening to Pam McKissick Without Reserve, unique commentary on the world at large

Additional Credits

Executive Producer and Host Pam McKissick; Paul Lawson, Producer

Related Website

www.pammckissick.com