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.
For example, Sirius satellite radio (siriuscanada.ca) 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 (marilyn.ca) 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.