Meet Your Team

Jeffrey Hedquist

(Our Founder and President) has attempted to combine his careers as a writer, poet, standup comic, singer/songwriter, public speaker, voice actor and organic farmer into one all-encompassing profession.

 The result?

Really funny musical poems that are easy to compost after singing them to your focus group.

 His voice has been heard on national commercials for Goodyear, Ford, American Heart Association, Sunbeam, Time-Life, HBO, Dutch Boy Paint, Cingular and Delta Airlines as well as the Chicken Soup for the Soul audiobooks.

They're all still trying to figure out how his voice got on there.

 He's presented hundreds of seminars to advertising clubs and broadcast groups worldwide as well as to the national conventions of the RAB, AAF, RAC and NAB on how to create outstanding radio. 

Despite strenuous objections from the security guards at each location.

He's a featured columnist for Radio Ink, Radio & Records, Radio And Production, Radio World, Small Market Radio Newsletter, and AllAboutCountry.

As a 50% owner of each publication, he's entitled.

And now, for broadcasters, production people and advertising creatives he's creating cool stuff like audio programs, workbooks, seminars, teleconferences and his free newsletter "Radio Hed Lines."

 We can't seem to shut this guy up!

Jay Mattsson

(Director of Casting and Client Services) is obsessed with listening to voices (no, not the ones in his head) on radio, TV and in the movies. He will truly enjoy listening to your voice on the telephone. But, if you show up at our studio in person, he will probably ask you to call him on your cell phone, because he does his best work over the telephone.

You should call him right now and get an estimate on your latest project and test him on the trivia imbedded in his neurons from 50 years of watching TV and movies. Really, call him now before those obscure cast credits totally evaporate from his aging brain cells and...what was the question again?

How in the world did he end up at Hedquist Productions? In March of 1998, Jay jumped at the chance to work for the most successful writer in Jefferson County. Years ago they met when Jeffrey Hedquist was a guest lecturer on radio advertising when Jay was getting his M.A. in Professional Writing.

Jay had been teaching school back in Minneapolis and other places, but stayed on in Iowa after grad school and worked in jobs having to do with writing and editing. He also stumbled into the world of radio, hosting a weekly interview show for a year and a half. 

Jay has been glued to the radio everyday since 1979 when he got addicted to listening to Garrison Keillor's morning show and Prairie Home Companion on Minnesota Public Radio.

One of the best ways Jay can help you is with our national talent pool.  He has instant access to over 6,000 voice talents in our private database. So, if you want casting, give him a call and tell him what type of voice you need. He can send you ideal samples from our hundreds of CDs, tapes and secret stuff.

Top 7.5 things Jay likes to hear on the phone:

1. Our client is trying to decide whether this spot will air for one year or for two.

2. Here's the PO number for this job.

3. Do you have anybody that sounds like a real person -- with a low-key approach that still sounds conversational after twelve takes?

4. Do you guys ever produce audiobooks?

5. Do you have any voices that have that sultry "Sally Kellerman-kind of-sound?"

6. The ten voice samples you sent us are just what we had in mind...please have these five audition.

7. Could you give me an estimate for Hedquist Productions writing and producing these four spots?

7.5  Sure, you can e-mail the invoice to me.

Andrew MacKenzie

(Producer, Recording Engineer, Multi-Faceted Voice Talent) has been at Hedquist Productions since 1985, and is hoping to be employed there someday.

A renowned ProTools maven, he has recorded, sliced, diced and pureed our award-winning work into ear-pleasing result-getting concoctions.

His two solo albums, Horizontal Program and Horizontal Dance Party, have sold well into the dozens and have been certified "Not Gold Or Platinum But Definitely Somewhere Between Aluminum And Styrofoam" by the RIAA.

His latest creation is an album called Mutation. It’s basically Andy playing Mad Audio Scientist with assorted Beatles recordings, using sampling, editing, effects processing and other studio finaglery to create something new from strands of classic Beatles DNA.

He has performed in many plays and musicals, and once entertained at a California guru's birthday party in the cast of Forever Plaid. He thinks the term "Professional Sports" is an oxymoron and has never intentionally watched a so-called game. Lately he is heard as the lead singer in the Beatles cover band Yellow Submarine.

He can recite the lyrics to any Beatles song and tell you which album, side, and track number it originally appeared on, in both the American and British pressings, along with a lot more even less interesting trivia.

He is incredibly talented, winningly self-effacing, and often writes about himself in the third person.

Who else do we have available for you?

• Some of the best agency and free-lance radio writers you've ever heard

• Hundreds of composers, arrangers, musicians, singers.

• 6,000+ voice actors

• Relationships with more than 80 recording studios throughout the world

Call us at 641-472-6708 or email

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