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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

TV Trivia: "You've Got Mail" - The WKYC Connection

USA Today ran an article yesterday that hit home here at Channel 3...one of our very own was recognized for having uttered one of the top quotes of the last quarter century in USA's special 25th anniversary poll. (USA Today & WKYC are both owned by Gannett).

Elwood Edwards who is the Graphics Supervisor here at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center is the man whose voice you hear when you open your AOL account only to discover that "You've Got Mail" - the now famous phrase he first recorded in 1989. Edwards' wife overheard online service Q-Link CEO Steve Case describe how he wanted to add a voice to its user interface. That October Edwards' voice premiered on AOL's new program.

He is also recognized for other famous greetings like "Welcome," "You've got pictures," "File's done" and "Goodbye."

Elwood's voice has also appeared in an episode of "The Simpsons", where he provided the voice of a virtual doctor whose lines were: "You've got leprosy" and "Goodbye."

And if you ask him nicely - very nicely - when you take a tour of WKYC, he just may utter "the phrase" that pays for you!

Feel free to contact Elwood here at WKYC: eedwards@wkyc.com

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In case you've missed the list of the other top phrases... here are the top 5... Check out http://www.usatoday.com/ to read the rest.

Top 5 Quotes of the Last 25 years

1. "Let's roll." Todd Beamer, September 11, 2001, just before he and other passengers attacked
terrorists on United Flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
2. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." President Reagan, June 12, 1987, appealing to the
Soviet leader to remove the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany. It fell in 1989.
3. "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Defense attorney, Johnnie Cochran, September 27, 1995,
arguing that a glove used as murder evidence in the O.J. Simpson trial was too small.
4. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." President Clinton, January
26, 1998, at a White House news conference.
5. "You've got mail." America Online, 1989. The voice, which still greets users, is El Edwards, the husband of an AOL customer service representative.

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