Best and Worst Broadcasters

Commentators and TV hosts with good voices and delivery: Among women, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Leslie Stahl, Cynthia McFadden, Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, Sue Simmons in New York. Men: Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Larry King.

What do they have in common? Soothing, pleasant voices, a sense of authority, and good delivery.  They pronounce well, exude an air of relaxed confidence, credibility and experience.  Their voices are pitched at a level that is easy to listen to, they make their listeners feel comfortable, and their pace of delivery makes it easy for the audience to understand what they’re saying.

Contrast these examples of excellent delivery with the shrill and whiney broadcasters  we hear on some of the Cable, sports and financial TV channels.  High-pitched nasal voices with “rapid fire” deliveries who talk so fast they actually swallow their words, and make it hard for listeners to follow them.  I won’t name the stations, but if you channel surf, you’ll easily spot them.

Tell us who you think is the best and worst broadcaster. Take our quick survey.

2 thoughts on “Best and Worst Broadcasters

  1. Please let us know the results of your survey. In my work as a Voice and Speech Coach who is also a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist I look for role models of healthy voices for my clients. Most of us have a biased opinion of what makes a desirable voice—and that may or may not be a healthy pattern for the long-term care of the vocal structures. (Think of the heavy metal singers who go for a raspy, edgy sound as their brand.)

    Kay B. Meyer, M.A., CCC-SLP

    • Thanks for your comment, Kay. I agree that that what makes a good-sounding voice is subjective, and probably also conditioned by someone’s environment. I’ve recevied some thoughtful comments to the survey, but would like to receive additional input before I release the results. So if you know anyone willing to take the survey, please direct them accordingly:

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