Post by CDB
[journax abbreviax; Rand-Boy]
Post by Jerry Friedman Post by Peter T. Daniels
He has escaped the attention of Chuck Todd, Margaret Brennan,
Nina Totenberg, and NPR's new White House reporter, who
cultivates her AAVE accent.
Ayesha Rascoe. I was surprised to hear an only slightly toned-down
AAVE accent from an NPR reporter.
Anchorpeople of color whom I would never have guessed if they didn't
sometimes turn up on the Sunday morning shows include Audie Cornish
and Joshua Johnson of "1A" (out of WAMU in D.C., which we now get as
an alternative to Fresh Air at 2 on weekdays, so I switch to AM when
Terry is talking to a musician or novelist). And on WNYC, Jami Floyd,
who used to be a lawyer, then WNYC's legal analyst, and now ATC host.
Hunh. You think you so big. I didn't realise Chuck Berry was Black
until years after I started listening to him. All those Southerners
sounded alike to me.
Whereas Jerry Lee Lewis seems to be white. (He's the one who married his
cousin at 14.)
NPR has had one unmistakable Texan for decades, John Burnett. They used to
assign their reporters by region, so he would do all the Southwest stories.
He doesn't "sound black" (and isn't).
When I started listening to WBBM in Chicago (the transition from WCBS was
eased by having all the familiar CBS Radio network people, including
Charles Osgood), I somehow got the impression that their morning anchor,
Felicia Middlebrooks, was black, and eventually I figured out that I was
picking up on her devoicing of final stops. Years later I saw a photo of
their newsroom staff, and indeed she was; I posted to LINGUIST List (back when it was a forum for discussing linguistics and not just a commercial
outlet for publishers and meeting and job announcements) -- and got an
email from Felicia Middlebrooks! (She wanted to know what "final devoicing"
was.) Apparently she had a service that seined (can't say trolled any
more) the Net (mixed metaphor?) for mentions of celebrities' names.