This all boggles my mind. When radio (and television) are in the business of communication, I find it hard to imagine why we have all these new voices who cannot talk. It is not just the mispronunciation of local names (La Cholla was mentioned!), but the fact that Mr. Weaver slurs his words, drops syllables (road "maintance"), and has a sing-song quality like the old DJ's of my teenage years! There are other people in addition to Mr. Weaver who are now on the air who step on the NPR commentators, drop timing and leave dead air, etc., etc., etc. The professionalism of the new folks is sorely inadequate. I sincerely hope they have come cheap, because I see that one other respondent has mentioned dropping his pledge, and I am planning to drop mine. After 20 years of enjoyable listening, I am now streaming directly from national NPR.
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