March 10, 2004
Mr. Cooper is a good anchor, and itís because of his ear for tonal range. “To me, the important thing is to not cover the Grammys with the same sense of urgency” as the hard news, said Mr. Cooper. Itís the anchor pitfall — like the famously mocked “poetry voice,” there is anchor voice. While it may be as comforting as codeine cough syrup, eventually it becomes a sick stream of meaninglessness stridency, death made palatable over Americaís Lean Cuisine dinners.
I think that is the first time I’ve seen “anchor voice” — the worst! — described in print. I gotta watch this show and see if Cooper actually doesn’t use it.