Is it just me or does anyone else find the female voices in media hard to listen to? Whatever happened to professional delivery, modulation and enunciation? While everyone can’t sound like CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, I think a few lessons at the Lorne Green School of Broadcasting for some would be of great benefit. Like many Boomers, I now wear teeny tiny expensive hearing aids and the little-girl nasaly voices used by so many women in media hurts my ears and annoys me to no end.RCA dog

For example, Sirius satellite radio ( has a one-hour program on Canada Talks Channel 167 at 3:00 p.m. every afternoon called SpeakEasy hosted by Canadian Carla Collins who is actually in Los Angeles. Her voice is so easy to listen to. On the other hand, that program is preceded by “Ward and Al” and Al’s voice drives me up the wall. Although I love the show and enjoy Allison’s smart wit and intelligence it always sounds like she’s yelling from across the room. Ouch! I have to turn the volume on the radio down. Allison, get closer to the microphone, lower the timbre a bit and stop yelling – please! Less treble, more bass.

The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV ( often features Marilyn’s stylist, Alexis Honce, who also needs voice modification. Her nasal, thin delivery grates on my nerves. There are many more women in media who were hired for skills other than voice but a bit of attention to this issue would sure be appreciated. After all, my voice is perfection, particularly my singing – just ask my husband. On the other hand, better not.

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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