The previous thread "Most annoying NPR voice" reached 600 in May 2013. When it began in May 2010, Eleanor Beardsley got the most slams. Then Zoe Chace was hired by Planet Money. There were some really funny posts about the queen of vocal fry.
Eleanor Beardsley sounds like she really doesn't want to be doing the story, thinks it's boring, and is only doing it because it was assigned and she wants to get paid. She never seems to go beyond the basic story and never asks probing questions.
Steve Chiotakis is a news anchor on our local npr station (KCRW in LA) during All things considered, and I can't stand him and his "humor".
Ari Shapiro's voice is like nails on a chalkboard. He also seems 1 second away from launching into a campy cabaret act.
I can, um, no longer stand, um, Terry, um, Gross because of, um, the way she, conducts her sycophantic, um, interviews.
The answer is still...
Ofebia Quist-Arcton, DAKAR!
For me, Eleanor Beardsley and Chana Joffe-Walt still lead the pack, right behind the horrific Zoe Chace.
I just got "Beardsley'd" this morning with some terribly delivered news story for "Pahris". She sounds like she's so freakin' bored to be stationed there.
Sylvia Poggioli sounds like she's pissed whenever a story deadline interrupts her neverending Roman holiday.
Ari Shapiro from This American Urban Upper Middle Class Life.
Oh R5, really? Ofebia Quist-Arcton?
her voice is so lyrical. She always sounds engaged in the report or the two-way she does with a US-based host.
I love Ofebia.
Another Ofebia fan.
It was a joke reference to the previous thread. I just love writing/saying/conjuring her name. I think her voice is nice.
When NPR cancelled "Talk of the Nation," our NPR station replaced it with a different program each day. One of them is "On Being" with Krista Tippett, one of the dullest, most boring interviewers in the nation. As her guest speaks, her reaction to everything they say includes: "Mmmm," "ahhhh," (sigh), "Nnnnn" and "Hmmmmm." She never sounds interested in the topic. It's as if she was handed a list of questions and never thinks of a follow-up question for any reply from a guest. She sounds as if she's just half awake following a long nap.
On "Talk of the Nation," Neal Conan was always on top of the news, was clearly interested in many topics, and knew all the right questions AND follow-ups for all the guests.
R5, good to read... I don't know the reference from the other thread.
Another voice and I miss right now is David Greene. Why did NPR give the Morning Edition host seat back to Steve Inskeep? Inskeep's awful. He thinks he's funny, but just sounds childish. I've seen Steve speak once - the man loves himself.
I also L O A T H E with a passion, Kai Rysdal - oh God, fire him! He sounds bored, hurried, and cynical about everything.
Ari Shapiro usually has interesting news to deliver so I don't really notice his voice.
R7 - ROFL! So true - Sylvia always sounds like we're holding her up for some party she has to get to.
It totally is like her job is ruining her long extended vacation in Italy.
If any says Diane Rehm, I will track you down and beat you to a pulp!!
[quote]If any says Diane Rehm, I will track you down and beat you to a pulp!!
Says WHAT about Diane Rehm?
The thread is for both the "good" and the bad.
Diane Rehm has an illness that causes serious voice problems, but she sure as hell knows how to conduct an interview and won't let anyone get away with deliberate obfuscation. She'll come out with, "You still have not answered the question. Here it is again..." She's beyond fabulous!!!!!
Even though it's American Public Media (APM), "Marketplace's" Kai Ryssdal has classic "big dick voice." Every time I hear him speak I get horny, I just can't help it.
R oh my god I am so sorry!!!! I misread I adore her too!!!
She is the best. I listen to her every day and look forward to Fridays round up. She is the best thing in journalism EVER!
I meant I would kill anyone who said something about her!
[quote]I meant I would kill anyone who said something about her!
I said something about her. I said she's beyond fabulous.
 all right already, I would kill anyone who said anything bad about her.
You however, I would kill just for fun because you are a cunt.
Not NPR but Amy Goodman's vocal fry is awful. I love the content of her shows, and the topics she chooses but it's hard to listen to.
I'm not sure what I think of "Tell Me More's" Michel Martin. Sometimes she sounds cool, but sometimes she sounds annoying. Depends on the night.
I think Steve Chiotakis has a great voice. Smooth and sexy. Besides he's a cute bear cubbish guy...
[quote]Another voice and I miss right now is David Greene. Why did NPR give the Morning Edition host seat back to Steve Inskeep?
David Greene and Steve Inskeep were co-hosts this morning. Greene does an excellent job for sit-down interviews, but he can't deal with breaking news. He stutters and stammers more than Terry Gross.
R14 Is there such a thing as SMALL Dick Face?
I like how Tom Ashbrook says "Fank You".
I can't stand Windsor Johnston's voice. She sounds like a total cunt.
R31 Anyone with such a pretentious name would sort of have to be, no?
Scott Simon's fake guffaw makes me so embarrassed for him. His voice is fine but his theatrics make me cringe and turn the channel.
The over-the-top gravitas and somber tones ("Can you share with our listeners how you processed the death of your hydrangeas?") and the artificial giggles and huge burst of 3-second laughter over some vaguely humorous remark just ruins it for me.
His flared nostril dramatics and awful folksy schtick drive me nuts.
Steve Roberts who sometimes sits in for Diane Rehm has a great voice for radio.
Could not have put it better myself, R33. He is the worst.
[quote]Not NPR but Amy Goodman's vocal fry is awful. I love the content of her shows, and the topics she chooses but it's hard to listen to.
A few years ago her face was droopy from Bell's palsy. She soldiered on, but it was really hard to understand her.
Diane Rehm just returned from having some treatment on her medical problem. It really worked well because there's a vast improvement in her voice.
Didn't know about Amy Goodman's medical condition. I hope she's fully recovered. Still I wish she'd get a vocal coach to keep her out of the creaky register. She's capable of sounding quite professional and her material is good so I don't know why she does the vocal fry.
Teri Gross always sound so nervous and high strung. She gives me stress just listening to her. She needs to take a chill pill.
Love Ofeibea! Reporting from DAKAR! Love how when they introduce her she says GREETINGS! She's FEIBULOUS! I bet before cell phones she dialed with a pencil. They gave her an assignment once where they put her on a barge going up the Congo, stopping and picking up goats and stuff. Somehow I don't think she was too happy about that. Still, every time she reported in it was GREETINGS!
Robin Young of "Here and Now" can put you to sleep. She can have a fascinating guest but she's so dull and boring that you just tune out. Jeremy Hobson is the "Here and Now" co-host. He's okay, nothing great.
I miss "Talk of the Nation."
I hated Krista Tippet's book on religion, that she narrated herself. On the other hand, I loved Diane Rehm's memoir.
I turn to another station when Krista uh um ooo Tippet comes on.
I cannot stand listening to Windsor Johnston read the news. Should be Windsssssssor Johnsssssston. Here "s"'s are too sharp. She is close to sounding like one of those old Texas rednecks who whistles the letter S.
[Ari Shapiro from This American Urban Upper Middle Class Life.]
I'm guessing you meant Ira Glass, r8, who hosts and produces This American Life. (PRI Chicago, not NPR, whatever).
And yes, while the show itself can be kind of self-satisfied in a get-yourself-a four-dollar cup of coffee way, Ira Glass was an early gay-voice crush of mine.
I still can't quite accept him as married with child(ren)
[quote]Robin Young of "Here and Now" can put you to sleep.
Sacha Pfeiffer sat in for Robin Young today. What a difference!!! She sounds as if she has a real interest in the discussions, unlike R. Young.
Kai Ryssdal sounds like the world's slickest douchebag. UGH!
Although I like her interviews, I agree with [r39] about Terri Gross' vocal style... I kinda feel like Robin Young is a "Terri Gross" in training.
It's been mentioned before, but it's not just Terry Gross's hemming and hawing, but the stupid nervous machine-gun laugh that makes her so irritating.
His delivery is so fucking stilted, annoying, and affected. I HATE him. He's like, "listen to me, i'm super cool, but know about money, too. hey, let's have some rocker dude come on and talk about money -- not music. cuz i'm super cool like that. well rounded."
Ari Shapiro has departed the White House beat and will be reporting from London. He has a bit of whine in his voice but his content is always so good that you begin to forget the voice. Kai Ryssdal sounds like a slick used car salesman. Zoe Chace's voice causes a fast reach for the mute button.
After more than 30 years of his nasal drone, Frank Tavares retired as NPR's underwriter announcer. Good!
His replacement, Sabrina Farhi, sounds like some high school girl giving a speech at graduation ceremonies. Let's hope that she doesn't have a long-term contract.
Frank Tavares reads lines from Mommy Dearest, Casablanca, Guns n' Roses:
r52 she couldn't sound worse than Lorraine Mattox at WNYC in New York.
Why would anyone want that guy (Carl Castle?) to put his voice on your answering device.
R54, I agree, Lorraine is the worst! I'm a copywriter and often have to write those spots that she reads - I sit at my desk and have to imagine her droning her way through my copy.
[quote]Why would anyone want that guy (Carl Castle?) to put his voice on your answering device.
If I heard his voice on someone's answering machine, I would never be impressed by that voice and probably wouldn't even know I was listening to some radio guy delivering the message.
Lise Doucet used to be on NPR, but migrated to the BBC. Awful.
Terry Gross uses more uptalk? Than ever? Which undermines her authority? As an interviewer?
Zoe Chace sounds like a 14 year-old who is, like, so pissed that her mom won't let her text during dinner.
Maureen Corrigan sounds as if she's reading to pre-school children. When she's not doing book reviews on Terry Gross' Fresh Air, she's a lecturer at Georgetown University. One semester of listening to her would make you quit college.
The funniest uptalk is "I'm Melissa Block?" It sounds like she's not sure if she really is Melissa Block.
You mean you didn't enjoy Carl Kasell's announcing at the KenCen Honors?
"Ladies and gentlemen -- SNOOP DOGG!"
Arun Rath is the new host for the weekend version of "All Things Considered" broadcasting from NPR West. He has a great voice for radio - smooth and soothing. His interviews are excellent. No stutters like Terry Gross and David Greene.
Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's "Ask Me Another," is really annoying. She acts as if she doesn't need the answers to be printed on her question cards because she's the most intelligent person in the universe and knows all the answers.
Whenever a contestant gets an answer correct, Ophira replies with "Ig-zack-lee."
New Yorkers have received a New Year's present. Lorraine Mattox, WNYC's robotic voice
[quote]Lise Doucet used to be on NPR, but migrated to the BBC. Awful.
Disagree! She's from northern New Brunswick, and her super-strong Canadian accent is fascinating. She sounds almost Irish.
Plus her work as a journalist covering the Middle East and Central Asia is stellar.
Is Diane Rehm the lady that has, like, Parkinson's of the voice?
She is indeed a damn good interviewer.
Yes, Diane Rehm has a vocal problem. After periodic treatment, it gets better for awhile. She's an outstanding interviewer. It's one of the few places you'll hear, "But Senator, you said a lot, however you still haven't answered the question." Then she'll repeat the question.
Annie Bergen (WQXR New York) has hissing s's.
Zoe Chace and Chana Joffe-Walt are the absolute worst.
Eleanor Beardsley sounds like Bart Simpson with a cold.
Kai Ryssdal makes me want to kick myself in my non-existent nuts.
They don't put ugly faces on magazine covers, why do they allow ugly voices and ugly affects on the radio?
I STILL MISS BOB EDWARDS on Morning Edward. Steve Inskeep is too damn chipper -- okay, I will say it : Steve Inskeep is too perky for first thing in the morning. I do like David Greene (and he gets points for being a Steelers fan).
I wish I could sound like Wade Goodwin, NPR's Dallas correspondent.
Is David Malbus still with NPR.? He did a lot of great reporting from the South and has a great voice
I miss Guy Raz on Weekend All Things Considered. Arun is okay, but no Guy
Liane Hanson's departure from Weekend Edition Sunday made me smile
Whatever happened to Alex Chadwick, another great voice? I am glad to hear Daniel Zwertling's voice now and again.
I always liked the voice of Salt Lake City correspondent Howard Berkus.
[quote]Sacha Pfeiffer sat in for Robin Young today. What a difference!!! She sounds as if she has a real interest in the discussions, unlike R. Young.
Megan Chakrabarti is filling in for Young on Here and Now this week. She's right up there with Sacha Pfeiffer in keeping things moving and interesting. Robin Young is one big yawn.
Fred Child has a nice mellow voice for relating stories about classical composers on "Performance Today."
Terry Gross like says "like" too much...she sounds like a like teenager.
Today, Diane Rehm was like an umpire trying to stop a fight at a baseball game. Her guests were all doctors on different sides in the debate over annual mammogram screenings. The insults were flying all over the place.
Next Wednesday, on the Diane Rehm Show we'll be able to hear Diane's voice prior to her vocal illness. They are going to rebroadcast a 1988 interview she conducted with Shirley Temple.
WINDSOR JOHNSTON has far and away the worst, most self-satisfied voice anywhere. Even beats
S. Stamberg (sp.) and T. Gross. I have to turn off the radio when I hear Ms. Johnston. Seriously, what is Bob Edwards thinking ??
Windsor pronounces her name "Johnstin" and says she's reporting from "Washingtin."
Now that Ari Shapiro is a London correspondent for NPR, which queen takes precedence?
I listen to NPR and BBC news. Now that Ari Shapiro is in London, his reports are much more interesting and harder hitting than BBC people. He doesn't have a great voice but he really knows how to dig up fascinating news.
Diane Rehm is off for the next two weeks to get treatments for her voice.
Yes, Katty Kay is filling in for Diane Rehm tonight and she said she was "off getting treatment for her voice." Which sounded...I don't know...katty.
That's what Diane calls it - "I'll be off getting treatment for my voice." It's how she explained it on Wednesday.
Whatever happened to Daniel Zwertling? I like his delivery a lot.
Giles Snyder also has a great voice. I remember when he was the voice of West Virginia Public Radio.
I miss Corey Flintock (sorry about the spelling) delivering the news on the half hour. I wish he would return from Moscow.
I have always liked Don Gonyea (or however he spells his name) formerly of Detroit, now White House correspondent.
Tom Ashbrook can be a little to breathless, but I wish my local NPR station would carry On Point again
I hate the way Ashbrook says "Hi, I'm Tom Ashbrook and this is On Point?" Like it's a question. Dumbass.
Guy Raz has interesting guests and interviews on NPR's TED Radio Hour, but he goes into a vocal fry voice half the time. Trying to sound butch? When he gets deep into an interview, he forgets to do the vocal fry and talks in a normal voice.
I usually hit the mute when Eleanor Beardsley gives a report from France -- usually an awful pre-recorded reading of her news report.
Today, she's giving live reports from Kiev that have you almost sitting on the edge of your chair. What a difference! Her description of the audience at the opera house joining in a patriotic song (like the audience joining in Edelweiss in Sound of Music) was fantastic. A Broadway/movie moment suddenly happening in real life. She had taped the moment and it was chilling to hear the soaring voices of a thousand people with a symphony orchestra.
Eleanor Beardsley still doing live reports. Amazing difference from her awful reading on taped reports.
On "This American Life" with Ira Glass, is everyone told to sound dull and boring, no matter how exciting the topic may be?
Diane Rehm is due back tomorrow following several weeks of voice treatments.
Boy George will be a guest on Morning Edition tomorrow morning. He's telling how he was picked on in school.
Can anyone tell me who it is who had a combo of vocal fry, a lisp, and Lisa Simpson voice in a lower octave?
Her vocal tone was always smug/ironic and her attitude was casual but an annoying sort of poseur-hip-eccentric-nerd? She sounded about 14 but you knew she was twice that age.
She was a commentator and/ or regular guest on NPR (maybe weekend programming?) Sometimes she read her own essays, sometimes she was commenting on stories. Damn, I started reading this thread and her annoying voice came to mind - and then I got that annoying "WHAT was her name?!?!!" syndrome spinning around my head ad nauseum. Help make it go away! It's worse than Stuck Song Syndrome.
r90: Zoe Chace maybe? She's on Planet Money. She makes me want to tear my hair out.
Every once in awhile Zoe Chace has a report on NPR's Morning Edition or one of the weekend news programs. It's not just the vocal fry in her voice that's bad, but a really bizarro accent. You barely notice the topic she's discussing because her strange vocal gymnastics are so upfront. You wonder what kind of audition tape she submitted to get hired.
Zoe Chace and (I think) Chana Joffe Walt (both on Planet Money) are both Oberlin graduates as is Adam Davidson, who started and produces Planet Money. There are a few others from Oberlin on the NPR news staff as well. I'm guessing her Oberlin connections didn't hurt??
If you type Zoe Chace into Google, you get hits on voice and vocal fry, so people all over obviously can't stand her. Someone on PM's FB page wrote "I'd be willing to double my contributions if you'd promise to hire a voice coach for Zoe Chace."
R 90 here.
R 95 For the WIN. Sarah Vowell is the one.
I owe you a bottle of good (Ina Garten approved) champagne.
R 91 Sarah Vowell makes Zoe Chace sound relatively normal.
Here's Sarah on This Americam Life, episode 329 'Nice Work If You Can Get It.'
Chace did a report on the "inurnet" this morning.
R97, when typing a reply where you want to add a link, note the box that is located directly under the "Message" box.
David Greene had a great interview with Bette Midler last week but I was surprised to see his photo with her on the NPR FB page. He sounds sexy but he's obviously in need of a diet. His shirt buttons are ready to pop.
If two people of equal qualifications apply for a NPR journalist job and one is named John Davis and the other is Gordroshuba Shnorhugilya, which one will get the job?
r101, LoQueesha Sifillis Jones will get the job. NPR's policy is to meet EEO quotas.
Is Eleanor Beardsley from the planet Remulac? What a fucking awful voice!
When they switch over to BBC World Service and that annoying cunt Lucy Kelleway comes on. She thinks she's so witty, and she's not. She's trying too hard.
I agree. Lucy Kellaway is insufferable.
[quote]Is Eleanor Beardsley from the planet Remulac? What a fucking awful voice!
It's almost as if there are two Eleanor Beardsleys. There's the awful EB who reads a typed script in monotone and signs off as if she's glad to be done with it. Then there's the EB who gives a live report, answering questions from a host in DC and sounds interesting and upbeat.
Sara Vowell - NPR's weirdest most annoying voice ever.
Sarah Vowell seems like she's made a careful study of David Sedaris pacing, pitch and delivery, ergo, Ira Glass loves her and she was hired. IMO still no match for the chalk on a blackboard loathesomeness that is the voice of Zoe Chace.
From what I heave heard on the air there are two requirements to get a job at NPR:
a speech impediment and/or a fucked up name.
Nedda Oolaby. Sniktoprakosh. Peter Overbee.
Who cares if the names are spelled wrong?
Like it matters?
Have an exotic name. Lisp. Stutter. Be difficult to listen to. Hired!
Peter Overby sounds like Daffy Duck!
So glad Ari Shapiro is a rare threat now that he's been banished to London.
David Greene - clear smooth voice
Kai Ryssdal - makes business report interesting also like him on CNN
All-time favorite - Cathy Wurzer Minnesota Public Radio -Morning Report
host - She is real - diplomatic and pleasant but can tell by her voice she is wondering what is up.
I use to really like Scott Simon on Saturdays Morning Report but agree with earlier post he is really full of himself and don't like the false laughs
She seems a nice lady but Good God, NPR has to fire Diane Reehm. She sounds like a stroke victim.
Diane Rehm's voice problems can be overlooked since she rakes every Rethug over the coals when they attempt to lie or stretch the truth.
Come to L.A. Diane Rehm is not on the air here.
R115 If you WANT to listen to Diane in SoCal, she's on KVCR in San Bernardino. And I get her on SiriusXM.
She's not on KCRW or KPCC.
Ira Glass and Brian Lehrer's voices are unbearably pretentious.
Melissa Block and Windsor Johnston are people pleasers with obnoxious voices. (Especially Block)
I've stopped listening to NPR and listen only to BBC on XM. You don't realize how incomplete NPR news is until you look elsewhere. BBC is so informative without all this personality crap. And they don't go on telling the listener who the reporter is or what station they're from.
[quote]Ira Glass and Brian Lehrer's voices are unbearably pretentious.
Windsir Johnstin reports from Washingtin.
Anybody bedides me here think that Matt Laslo is as a voice as flat as a pancake.
Zoe Chace is all over NPR news today with reports on Alibaba. I keep hitting the mute button when the news comes on. She has the worst voice on NPR.
Schcott Schimon is a given, for all the reasons previous posters have given.
Ira Flatow sounds like a less competent Kermit the Frog.
Does anyone else love learning about word origins but is also disappointed in Way with Words? The way they cut and paste old questions into new shows or vice versa is pretty egregious. Even if the show format any good, which it isn't at all, Martha's too goofy and Grant is too smug. Wanted to like this show but I just hate it.
I love Diane Rheem.
I'm worried about Ofeibea Quist-Arcton in West Africa. I hope she doesn't get the Ebola!
I agree R125. It would be better if she just remained in Dakar and got her info by phone during this epidemic. The problem is that transportation facilities are so lacking in West African nations that you get stuck in situations where you're in very crowded situations on ferry boats and air terminals.
The same goes for NPR reporters in Europe who keep going to the front lines in Ukraine. I'm not a fan of the way Eleanor Beardsley reads her reports, but she was in Ukraine the other day when rockets began to explode all around the NPR crew. They were wearing flak jackets and helmets but we really don't need reporters to be there.
Jason Beaubien, NPR's Global Health Correspondent on the Science Desk is another person who should be recalled from West Africa during the Ebola epidemic.
I'm also tired of hearing public radio personalities say "Wait for it... WAAAIT for it..." I swear, I hear it once a day.
Similarly, I think it was Kai Ryssdal who a few weeks ago told someone talking about vegetable production that he couldn't stand kale and so it should be referred to as "the K-word", and he continued to refer to it as "the k word" throughout the segment. The other person slipped and called it kale, and they made a fucking to do about it. It was so distracting I missed the point of the story.
I generally like the show, but it's unbearable when they try too hard.
Peter Overbee sounds like Linus from the Charlie Brown specials, but grown up.
I like the no-nonsense reporting by Sylvia Poggioli from Italy. She doesn't switch back and forth between Italian pronunciation and U.S. English.
Eleanor Beardsley's wandering into French and Lourdes Garcia-Navarro doing the same with Spanish is annoying.