Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The evolution of Carl Kassel's voice

The iconic NPR newsreader and scorekeeper of Wait!Wait! has sounded different lately, no? In the last week that I've been listening, his distinct baritone drone has sounded higher in pitch, less resonant, more pinched. He almost comes across as a younger, less assured Kassel. Indeed, I first noticed the change when I didn't recognize the man on the radio, then thought it might be a son, then realized that it was, in fact, Carl Kassel.

Anyone with a clue about what's happened ? Or am I just, ahem, hearing things?

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