terracinque: (bridesmaid revisited)
1. In commercial radio, the men have distinctive voices while the women all sound interchangeable. On NPR the reverse is true: I can tell when I'm listening to Snigdha Prakash or Jacki Lyden or Sylvia Poggioli. But can anyone really tell the difference between Robert Siegel, Noah Adams or Bob Edwards? I ask you!

2. The exceptions to the above are Scott Simon, who has the friendliest, most soothing voice ever, and Ira Glass, who sounds like the kind of guy who was beaten up frequently in high school.

3. I despise the self-important Susan Stamberg. When she interviews an artist you learn MUCH more about Stamberg's opinions of the artist's work than you learn from the artist himself. And she's made disparaging remarks about tequila. And she has that awful, barking, Grimms-fairy-tale-crone laugh.

4. Oftener and oftener, NPR concludes a story by directing the listener to NPR's website for additional material, including photographs. This seems wrong to me. Radio should be radio.

5. At this point in my life, Tom and Ray Magliozzi irritate me at least as much as they amuse me.

6. When Mara Liasson finishes her stories, the way she says her name sounds like a declaration: "I'm Mara Liasson." As if she's daring us to say she's not.

7. When I think about an NPR story I usually have no idea whether I heard it on Morning Edition or on All Things Considered. The content of the two shows is interchangeable in my mind.

8. This is not the case with Weekend Edition Saturday, which has a distinctive style. I particularly like Elvis Mitchell's movie reviews and discussions with Scott Simon, and when Scott and Daniel Pinkwater read a children's book together.

9. Baxter Black isn't half as funny as most people seem to think.

10. Bailey White sounds like she's in her 80s. She's really only in her 50s.

July 2010

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