23 August 2008

Separated at Voice: Nancy vs. Cynthia

Nancy GraceSeems like I'm not the only one who hears the "Nancy Grace" in the voice of NBC Olympics diving commentator Cynthia Potter (whom I had to Google after wanting to 'mute-that-crap' even when it was actually what I wanted to watch!)

Cynthia PotterThere's no good image of her that I can find (Nancy Grace is ubiquitous online).

I've been enjoying the games, and especially the diving this week, but this commentator is my LEAST favorite.

See also: Separated at Voice: JK vs. Al.


mccrory said...

Thanks for linking to my blog post (the "the" from "not the only one"). The only issue I have with comparing Cynthia's voice to Nancy Grace (and I admit, their voices are similar) is that there is nothing particularly unique about either lady's voice, except for the fact that both talk a lot and are opinionated and outspoken.

So, having said that, this begs the question: do we really not want to hear southern accents on TV? I'm not being rhetorical or anything, but I think that we're all so used to hearing Californian accents on TV that, when someone with a southern accent is particularly vocal, we revert to labeling the person with the accent as annoying.

Bo said...

I don't think it's the southern accent. I think it's the lack of modulation. Everything either says is on full bore screech level. And the stridency. I know plenty of southerners, male and female, who have well-modulated voices. The drawl or twang isn't a problem.

(And thanks for the link!)