I'll name Ira Glass (Gwass). Come on, I don't care how interesting some of those shows might be, a
guy who can't pronounce "L" correctly shouldn't be doing radio hosting. I agree about Scott Simon,
plus he sounds like he has bad dentures sometimes (strange whistling sounds in his mouth). And many
of their younger-sounding reporters talk in questions or talk in that "hipster" style of halting and
attempting to "dead-pan" everything. I think it's an attempt at irony. It's unamusing and
unprofessional, in my opinion.
What's really ironic is that NPR has worked very hard over the years, at least in their studios and
production venues, to perfect the recording and transmission of the human voice. When they have
someone with a beautiful voice -- as long as the local station isn't over-compressing so the
pronunciation dynamics are crunched -- it sounds really good. Now in this age of cutbacks at all the
for-profit news outlets (TV and radio), why can't NPR go out there and hire the very best voices.
One thing I will say about NPR, which is a definite plus over local TV news, cable TV news and some
of the network TV news people. NPR people can read their scripts clearly and with proper pacing and
rarely get tongue-tied or mis-read things. This used to be minimum industry standard in professional
electronic journalism, but that time is apparently long passed. Not only are local and cable TV news
people incapable of reading aloud, whoever writes their scripts often appear to be semi-literate. I
try to be amused because getting worked up about the unprofessionalism is akin to raging at the wind
or the moon.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:50 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Radio voices, was Toothpaste
> I'd b e curious which voices you mean. Is it beneath our dignity to name names?
> Scott Simon has always annoyed me, especially his laugh, such that I no longer listen to weekend
> The 2 new magazine programs in the mid-day are a sad replacement for the long form Talk of the
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> On Mar 12, 2014, at 4:42 AM, Carl Pultz wrote:
>> Regarding the basic suitability of voices for broadcasting, I'm flummoxed by some of the choices
>> NPR is making. I've never cared about beautiful voices, but in a visual culture that is so
>> concerned about just the right look, how is it that we are expected to accept aural ugliness? Ear
>> of the beholder? I'm too old to understand, but my guess is it's an immature, half-educated,
>> nitwit management who assume, naturally, what the ideal should be - people who sound just like
>> them. It's the dictatorship of the "creative class."