Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Thu Aug 10 20:25:13 UTC 2000

In fact, I also don't mind listening to Tom Brokaw in interview formats (as
in his recent talks about his WWII book), where he's much more relaxed and
less glottally-velar in his speech.

At 03:14 PM 8/10/00 -0400, you wrote:
>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."

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
Ph.: (740) 593-4568              Fax: (740) 593-2967

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