“Here are 10 openers I’ve heard again and again from public radio producers and podcasters. They’re easy. They’re appealing. They’re overused.”
“You don’t want to sound like a reporter, you want to sound like a regular person. So use the word ‘like’, like… like a lot.”
“Come and get some lemonade!”
“Listeners have always complained about young women reporting on our show. They used to complain about reporters using the word like and about upspeak, which is when you put a question mark at the end of a sentence and talk like this. But we don’t get many emails like that anymore. People who don’t like listening to young women on the radio have moved on to vocal fry.”
For decades, the “radio voice” has belonged to baritone white men. Where does that leave women, accents, and people with speech impediments?
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