April 05, 2004

The Music of the News: The Spoken Song

Fascinating archive of broadcast news music jingles from stations across the country.

Of course, what they miss out on is the real music of the news: the musical way news anchors report the news, in happy sing-songy voices. Ever noticed it before? Listen to the BBC sometime. Then listen to the local happy-go-lucky newsteams in your city. Then listen to Dan Rather, Jim Lehrer, and the rest. They all have their own tune. There is a whole world out there of the true language of news reporters: it's not the spoken word, it's the spoken song. I wonder if anyone has ever done a study on the real music of the news...?

Posted by brian at April 5, 2004 10:24 AM

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