The whiteness of public radio: What qualifies as a "good" radio voice?

Should we consciously expand our definition of a "good" radio voice?
What does a "golden voice" really sound like? And who gets to decide? (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)
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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.

Your letters

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. 

Producer Rachel Matlow and guest host Sean Rameswaram read your letters about the kind of voices you want to hear on air. 6:28

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