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Yes, news reporters talked that fast. They had to fill in the time.

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I wasn't referring to the speed. I'm talking about that familiar "old time accent" (or whatever sort of weird intonation that is) you hear from announcers, movie stars and news people from the 1930's/1940's. Im just wondering what the source of that accent is. Is it that people really spoke that way 70 years ago all across the US, or is it a Northeastern (New Yorker) accent since most media originated from New York City (Los Angeles/Calif wasn't as big back then as it is now). Or is it nothing more than low quality microphones that make everyone sound weird?
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