Thursday February 12, 2015
The whiteness of public radio: What qualifies as a "good" radio voice?
Does public radio sound too "white"? Do the CBC and other traditional broadcasters privilege one dominant style of speech and narration — one that is deemed "professional"' sounding? If so, should we consciously expand our definition of a "good" radio voice?
Guest host Sean Rameswaram tackles these questions with professor, hip hop artist and radio producer Chenjerai Kumanyika — whose recent post "Challenging the Whiteness of Public Radio" went viral.
He also checks in with CBC Producers Nick Davis and Mariel Borelli.
After receiving a flood of letters, comments, emails and tweets on this topic, q producer Rachel Matlow and guest host Sean Rameswaram read some feedback on air.