I am a sexist.
When it comes to listening, to someone deliver the news with authority on the radio or TV I prefer to hear a male with a medium range resonant voice. Someone with a bit of urgency that commands the listeners attention. A guy’s voice that cuts through the background noise. Someone you could easily hear on the radio while driving in traffic. Never mind my hearing loss. A female voice just does not have the frequency range that registers in my hearing devices. Yes devices. I have a bilateral cochlear implant. My processors just do not catch the female speaking range. Especially if she tends to speak softly.
I need Walter Cronkite or Chet Huntly or Dan Rather. Katie Couric never registered. She was more of a conversationalist not a news deliverer. Paul Harvey in his prime was perfect.
It also takes a bit of flair and panache. Peter Jennings of ABC news comes to mind. Robin McNeal on the PBS news hour was another.
There is this lady on NPR who presents the news during Morning Edition. Corva Coleman is her name. She comes pretty close to being a very good newscaster. Gets right in to the news without pretense of drama. However also on Morning Edition is a woman named Leila or Leala or Lulu. Not sure. I can barely understand her she has a very soft voice and ends of sentences seem to quickly fade. Leaving one to wonder what she just said. She is probably a very nice person and news writer but not a newscaster. NPR needs to put her somewhere else.
So there! I am a sexist. I have the right to be one. To prove my point, one would never expect Lady Gaga to become a Sumo wrestler. Right? So there.