The insurer Aflac has picked a new voice for its advertising icon, the duck that squawks "Aflac!," reports the New York Post’s Media Decoder blog. The selection comes after 12,500 people auditioned for the job online and through live auditions.
The company chose Dan McKeague, a sales manager for two Minneapolis FM radio stations who also performs voice-over work in commercials for local advertisers.
As previously reported, comic Gilbert Gottfried was fired as the voice of the duck after making jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a country that contributes about 75% of Aflac’s revenue.
McKeague’s voice is immediately being put to use, providing the duck’s voice for an ad called "Pigeon," which had earlier used Gottfried’s voice, the article says.
Aflac has aired 52 TV commercials starring the duck since 2000, as well as many additional radio ads. McKeague will reportedly be paid in the low six figures.