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Listen: The Voice Of Metro Talks About The ‘Perks’ Of Being A D.C. Celebrity

The disembodied voice telling you to "step back, doors closing," belongs to Virginia resident Randi Miller.
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The disembodied voice telling you to "step back, doors closing," belongs to Virginia resident Randi Miller.

It's pretty safe to say you wouldn't recognize Randi Miller if you saw her on the street. But if she opened her mouth, you might hear something familiar in her voice, like perhaps you've heard it before.

In all likelihood, you've heard it hundreds of times, maybe thousands.

Yes, she is the "Voice of Metro." Take a couple minutes to listen to Miller explain the "perks" of being a D.C. celeb:

Miller has been the voice of Metro since 2006, after winning a WMATA talent search. Her "warm yet authoritative" tone warns riders of the closing doors and encourages them to move to the center of the car upon boarding. Miller beat out 1,258 other entrants for the gig, including her late father, Charlie, who had always wanted to be a voiceover artist.

Ironically, Miller doesn't ride Metro, since there isn't a line near her home in Woodbridge, Virginia, but she made an exception for us.


Mislabeled As A Memoirist, Author Asks: Whose Work Gets To Be Journalism?

Suki Kim wrote Without You, There Is No Us after working undercover as a teacher in North Korea. She says the response to her book is also a response to her identity as Korean and a woman.

In Prison, The Passion That Drove A Yogurt-Maker To Arson Still Burns

The yogurt entrepreneur who set fire to his factory remains in prison, but he's in better spirits now. "He's dreaming again," says his wife.
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The Politics Hour - July 1, 2016

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with D.C. Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo and Virginia Del. Marcus Simon (D-Fairfax).


After Deadly Crash, Safety Officials Will Examine Tesla's Autopilot Mode

The fatal crash of a Model S that was in autopilot when it collided with a truck in Florida is prompting a preliminary evaluation of the feature by the National Highway Transportation Safety Board.

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