I don’t expect this to get much interest–and if it does it’ll be negative, but around lunch time every day I’m usually driving and my default station on Sirius is always the public radio channel which typically airs Diane Rehm’s show around this time. She has interesting guests that discuss interesting topics, but the problem is Rehm has had some vocal problem for many years that means she speaks with a shaky, unsteady voice and takes forever to ask a question or say anything.
I feel bad that she has this problem, but this is radio. I wouldn’t expect to stay as a player on the New York Knicks if I became paralyzed from the waist down so I don’t really get why NPR keeps producing this show with a host that is frankly, horrible to listen to for any length of time. I typically always turn the channel to something else after a few minutes of her because I just can’t stand her voice. It’s reminiscent of my great-grandmother talking when we went to visit her in her nursing home 50 years ago in my childhood.
It just seems bizarre to me that in a field where your voice is supremely important, Rehm is still on the air. Are there actually people who like Rehm and have no problem with the fact that she can barely speak while on the air?