humor http://michiganradio.org en Artist imagines the faces behind NPR voices http://michiganradio.org/post/artist-imagines-faces-behind-npr-voices <p>Who doesn&#39;t wonder what public radio hosts actually look like?</p><p>Gaelan Kelly, an artist, went ahead and took a stab at making portraits of various hosts.</p><p>Here&#39;s the description from <a href="http://www.gaelankelly.com/thoughts/2011/6/28/how-the-npr-voices-look-in-my-head.html">Kelly&#39;s website</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Well I&#39;m sure we all do this with the voices on the radio, we (for some reason or other) get a mental picture of that person and it sticks.</p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:09:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3077 at http://michiganradio.org Artist imagines the faces behind NPR voices In case you missed it... April Fools Edition http://michiganradio.org/post/case-you-missed-it-april-fools-edition <p>NPR has a tradition of releasing an April Fool&#39;s Day story every year.</p><p>They&#39;re not obvious about revealing the joke, so they end up fooling a fair number of people every year.</p><p><strong>Morning Edition goes 3-D</strong></p><p>Here&#39;s this morning story from &quot;Jen Sands-Windsor&quot; about people opting for eye surgery so they can improve their 3-D movie experience:</p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" base="http://www.npr.org" height="386" src="http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=135033545&amp;m=135033536&amp;t=audio" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400" wmode="opaque"></embed></p><p>People were definitely fooled.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Rina Miller said she was &quot;<span data-jsid="text">hollering while driving about that stupid woman risking her vision for the sake of 3-D movies. Got me!&quot;</span></p><p><span data-jsid="text">And <a href="http://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">Facebook</a> fan Barb said, &quot;</span>Boy, am I gullible! I was complaining to my husband about this crazy surgery. Guess I gotta keep my radar on today. :)&quot;</p><p>And Jim West wrote about it on his blog - telling people to check the story out as a sign of the times:</p><blockquote><p>When <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/01/135033545/3d-surgery">NPR</a> reported this today I thought for sure they would end it with &lsquo;April Fools!&rsquo;- but they didn&rsquo;t.&nbsp; Which can only mean that people are getting crazier by the minute...What craziness rules these days.</p></blockquote><p>Someone let Jim know it was a joke to which he responded, &quot;i had that feeling but since they never ended with &lsquo;april fools&rsquo; &hellip;. well, it&rsquo;s npr. i trust them. im gullible.&quot;</p><p><strong>Marketplace gets in the game</strong></p><p>Our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">Facebook</a> fan Brian W. pointed out another April Fools story from the <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/01/am-frances-new-measure-of-wellbeing-boredom/">Marketplace Morning Report</a>.</p><p>David Brancaccio brought us this report &quot;France&#39;s new measure of well-being: Boredom.&quot;</p><p>Brancaccio reported:</p><blockquote><p>In addition to new measures of well-being in his country, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said today there must be balance, calling for new, regular government surveys of public levels of &quot;ennui,&quot; or boredom. Sarkozy said the intention is to &quot;Keep France French&quot; by insuring that Anglo-American-style happiness does not get out of hand.</p></blockquote><p>Take a listen:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="83" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://minnesota.publicradio.org/www_publicradio/tools/media_player/syndicate.php?name=marketplace/morning_report/2011/04/01/marketplace_morning_report0450_20110401_64&amp;starttime=00:05:03.0&amp;endtime=00:07:03.0" title="marketplace_morning_report_2011_04_01_marketplace_morning_report0450_20110401_64s_player" type="text/html" width="319"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here &amp; Now producers get into the game with its <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2011/04/01/all-twitter-radio#disqus_thread"><em>Twitter Time</em></a> story</strong></p><p>The producers fooled host Robin Young with this fictitious story (it&#39;s wonderful to hear her surprise when she discovers the whole interview was a joke).</p><p>They set Young up to interview a radio station manager who was turning his airwaves over to Twitter as a way to attract a younger audience.</p><p>The Tweets, he tells Young, are converted to audio using special computer software.</p><p>Station Manager @smittyd tells Young it&#39;s &quot;a world that is happening right now, Robin - not however many hours ago as the traditional media might report it.&quot;</p><p>From the Here &amp; Now:</p><blockquote><p>A small public radio station on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is taking social media to the next level. The station, WAFD-FM, in Pocomoke, Md. has turned over its airwaves to Twitter.</p><p>From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on weekdays, listeners will hear a constant stream of &ldquo;tweets&rdquo; to the station.</p></blockquote><p>I hear Pocomoke is lovely this time of year.</p><p>Listen to Tweets turned to audio <a href="http://www.wbur.org/media-player?url=http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2011/04/01/all-twitter-radio/&amp;title=Social+Media+Experiment%3A+Twitter+Takes+Over+Radio+Airwaves&amp;segment=all-twitter-radio&amp;pubdate=2011-04-01&amp;source=hereandnow">here</a>. &quot;You gotta develop an ear for it.&quot;</p><p>You can also hear the bleeped out tweets. The offending words are replaced with &quot;NPR News.&quot;</p><p>On Here &amp; Now&#39;s comment section Jesse wrote:</p><blockquote><p>I&#39;m thinking, &quot;this is the dumbest idea I have ever heard.&quot; Then, boom! Ya got me!</p></blockquote><p><strong>NPR&#39;s True Gem</strong></p><h1>While we&#39;re at it, don&#39;t forget to pick up the wonderful <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125456925"><strong>40th Anniversary CD collection of NPR&#39;s best funding credits</strong></a>. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 18:49:05 +0000 Mark Brush 1885 at http://michiganradio.org In case you missed it... April Fools Edition