Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

DIA's Voice-Over

Denver has a lot to do to get ready for the Democratic National Convention, including fixes both large and small that could help this city put its best foot forward.

First up: Going public with the fact that the anonymous voice that started sounding off on DIA trains last summer belongs to Mayor John Hickenlooper.

While former Mayor Wellington Webb had a big photo posted at DIA welcoming visitors to Denver, Hickenlooper didn't feel the need to go so public, and when the train announcements were replaced, he lent his voice -- but not his identity -- to the project. Still, there's modest, and then there's unnecessarily mysterious -- and with Alan Roach (former Rockies announcer) and Adele Arakawa (tough 9News anchor) already telling travelers where to go to get baggage or to quit "delaying the departure of this train," the third voice just seems redundant.

Unless, of course, you realize that it belongs to the mayor himself, who's welcoming you to his town.

And now word has it the Hickenlooper message will be re-recorded, so that the mayor IDs himself and offers a proper greeting to folks visiting Denver.

Hearing is believing.

-- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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