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Voice of the NY Subway system

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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:08 PM

The NY Times has a short feature about Bernie Wagenblast, whose voice is used as the announcer for closing doors, train ID, etc. Mr Wagenblast was the voice of Shadow Traffic in NY for many years.

Several readers offer comments about the announcements and the need for expanded use of "the next train to arrive" digital messages now being phased in. One expresses concern that the gender specific directives are offered in a female voice ("the next stop will be") while the male voice directs people to stop blocking the doors, etc.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:11 AM

A while ago, they did an article on the voice on the automatic train countdown announcements, like the ones you hear in the L stations. ("The next L train to arrive will be on the...8th Avenue-bound platform.") She lives up in Maine or New Hampshire and is also the "voice" for several airports' announcements.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:26 AM

They should get John Sterling to do the subway announcements. I can hear him now.

"Theeeeeee train is in!!!! Theeeeeee train is in!!!!"

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