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."