Tuesday, January 10, 2006

"Theerzz Ulwees a Timptashun"

I was listening to Jennifer Napier-Pearce's (who is also on local public radio station KCPW who was formerly on KCPW but now is starting to do some work for KUER (see update)) Inside Utah podcast* and was amused by Lavar Webb's intrinsically Utah accent. It is not the broad accent so often lampooned (guilty) by Utahns, but a very tight and extremely non-hick-sounding accent--what I would tend to call "church" accent. Give it a listen*. I know several men who sound exactly like him--kind of strangely nasal and all the vowells are skewed. I bet he would say "Fridee" for Friday. It was nice hearing the accent on a quasi radio program. Even here in Utah the accent is rarely heard on TV or on the Radio. I don't think I've ever heard a newscaster, for example, who had the accent.

*You'll need a suitable program to use the XML file I linked; something like iTunes or whatever. If you don't want to install anything, try going to the Inside Utah site and you will find links for RealAudio streams. If you don't have RealAudio and don't want to install it either then you're shit out of luck my friend.

Update (4:27 pm):

I wrote to Jennifer Napier-Pearce to commend her on her podcast (I listened to all of the ones available and encourage you, kind reader, to do the same). JN-P has a knack for the interview and handles them quite deftly, I think. In any case, Ms. Napier- Pearce wrote to me and let me informed me of her current work:

i left KCPW last march. in fact, i'm starting to do some guest anchoring for KUER. it's not important other than to say i want to make clear my podcast is NOT a traditional broadcast product for either station. it's a creative interviewing outlet for me, which i enjoy doing and am glad others like, too.

She also called Signifying nothing "eclectic." I responded that one could call it that, but I think it is sometimes just a nightmare on the computer screen.


  1. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Jennifer Napier-Pearce was terrible at KCPW - never got any ratings, and I don't know why that will change now that she's with KUER.

  2. Anonymous4:33 PM

    And, her podcasts are really nothing special either.

    Who the heck wants news that's a week old from someone who doesn't further the story?

  3. Thanks for reminding me anonymous to turn anonymous comments off.

  4. "Inside Utah" fills a niche. From an interviewee's perspective, JNP's interviews are both professional and pleasant.

    We listen to her podcast every week.