justin at kempton.com
Tue Jul 11 19:46:27 PDT 2006
Text to speech technology has come a long way in recent years, perhaps WBEZ can look into creating a database driven text announcement message. I know with the proper filtering, a smokey yet subtle ironic yet lyrical voice can be achieved. just a thought.
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> Subject: Re: [joe-frank-list] WBEZ
> Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 21:33:17 EDT
> I understand the WBEZ practice in the sense that most
> radio shows make a point of introducing themselves
> within the show. Le Show does this.
> In another sense, what a daunting task it would be to
> create an introduction to a Joe Frank episode! I don't
> think WBEZ talent is up to the task.
> Can you imagine the pressure that falls on the staffer
> who has to introduce Joe Frank, who typically just
> dives right into his material? Knowing that Frank's
> voice is rich and practiced, you'd have to be a
> gifted, experienced announcer to pull off an
> introduction that sounds right.
> You certainly don't want to introduce the show in the
> voice of Porgy Tirebiter.
> And if you are female and know what's coming up next,
> how do you approach an introduction? Do you use a
> voice like the See Clearly Method actress? Certainly
> you couldn't use your common voice, could you?
> So, at WBEZ they scrambled around looking for the
> person with the voice that can do justice by way of
> introducing Joe Frank. And their search yielded the
> only person on staff, the afternoon janitor, Raul,
> whose voice had just the right timbre and damage from
> smoking. They sat him in front of the mic and had him
> cut demo disks. Trouble was, he just couldn't get to
> the level of the accent-free announcement that
> English-only radio requires.
> So, they fired him and started their current practice.
> As a result, Raul now introduces Jose Franco episodes
> at the local Spanish-language station, to quite some
> Either that, or the station is just a tape-loading
> robot that tirelessly works through the day's
> playlist, and annoucements are mailed in from NYC.
> Not looking for introductions, just a short identifier. WBEZ always
> announced the name of the show before it started, to the effect of "up next,
> Frank. Tonight's program is xxxx." Simple, all of 4 seconds or so,
> providing a
> nice reference for those of us making note of the program perhaps to order
> them off his website, etc. About 4 or 5 weeks ago they stopped offering that
> simple courtesy.
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