Bob Haas highbob at MINDSPRING.COM
Thu Aug 10 19:14:05 UTC 2000

To be fair to Rather, I have noticed that in the past few years (good grief,
he's been at the anchor desk for CBS for 20 years) Dan's become a bit more
relaxed, but only a bit, as he reads the news.  I enjoy watching him on
Letterman cause there his Texas really does come out.  I wish he offer more
of that during news time.  Is anyone out there familiar with CBS reporter
Fred Graham.  I don't know where he's from, but his voice is full o' twang.
It's shockingly different from most of the bland voices you hear on
television news, but that's what makes it so sweet.

> From: Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU>
> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 12:36:39 -0400
> Subject: Re: broadcasters
> I agree with you; I don't want "flawless" English either.  In fact, I
> usually watch Dan Rather, who speaks (SE?) Texas English.  I don't care
> what English the newscaster speaks; with regard to Brokaw, it's strictly a
> matter of personal (dis)taste--maybe it's his speed and glibness that turns
> me off.  Jennings to me sounds "wooden" and pompous; Rather seems "down home."

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