His reports from Capitol Hill have been broadcast on Cox radio stations for 30 years, but in 2016 Jamie Dupree was attacked by a strange malady that took away his voice. CONTRIBUTED
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Jamie Dupree is back on air at WSB - with a twist

Originally posted Monday, June 11, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Jamie Dupree, the Cox Washington D.C. radio correspondent whose voice has sidelined him from News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB for two years due to a rare vocal condition, will be back on the air - with a twist.

Due to what is called tongue protrusion dystonia, his tongue gets in the way of him speaking normally. Unable to provide audio reports, he has continued to work online for the station. 

Dupree has sought medical solutions nationwide to no avail

Internally, Dupree’s employer Cox Media Group sought a technological solution and found a Scottish company called CereProc, which used years of archived Dupree audio and built a voice for him. When paired with a text-to-speech application, he will start providing audio stories next week to Cox radio stations.

As Dupree noted in his blog note today, it sounds a little robotic but it is his voice. He is facetiously dubbing it “Jamie Dupree 2.0.”

Dupree has been working for Cox for nearly 30 years. 

Read more details on Dupree’s blog.

Here’s Scott Slade’s announcement on WSB this morning:

And here’s a test of Dupree’s “new” voice:

Radio reporter Jamie Dupree, who has been covering Washington for 30 years, works at his tiny booth on the Senate side of Capitol Hill. PHOTO: COURTESY JAMIE DUPREE
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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.