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March 2002
Nottingham's 'tram idol' is announced

the Nottingham tram needs a voice
After all the speculation our Nottingham 'tram idol' has been chosen.

Last month we brought you the six finalists.

The competition was closely fought but Wendy Smith is to be the 'voice of the tram'.

Now that her voice has been chosen to make announcements in a public place - it needs to be analysed by specialists to ensure it meets all the necessary requirements!

Wendy's voice will now be scientifically tested by experts to make sure it works in all kinds of situations!

For example, will it be clear enough for foreign visitors, and will it be easy for people with hearing difficulties to understand ?

We'll make sure the final results when they're announced!

Hear Wendy's audition to be the voice of the Nottingham tram:
Name: Wendy Smith
"I'd like to be the voice of the tram because... I think it would be a great honour to be able to make your mark on a lovely city like Nottingham."
audio Hear Wendy's announcement (28k)
  Wendy Smith

Trams are due to start running from November next year, and as well as electronic display boards indicating the next stop, there will be announcements over speakers on the new vehicles to make it as easy as possible for everyone to use them.

What the judges were looking for was "a warm, clean and friendly voice", according to Chris Theobold, a professional voiceover artist.

"Lots of visitors come to the city and we want people to feel welcomed", says NET's Stephen Barker.

Below you can hear the other five finalists:
Adrian Pickton   Name: Adrian Pickton
"I'd like to be the voice of the tram because... as a visually impaired person I feel the announcements are a really important aspect of the service."
audio Hear Adrian's announcement (28k)
Melvyn  Lewis   Name: Melvyn Lewis
"I'd like to be the voice of the tram wife didn't believe I could do it."
audio Hear Melvyn's announcement (28k)
Anthony Biggs   Name: Anthony Biggs
"I'd like to be the voice of the tram because... I'd be doing something for the city that I love."
audio Hear Anthony's announcement (28k)
Name: Maria Gabbitaz
"I'd like to be the voice of the tram because... I have a clear and friendly voice."
audio Hear Maria's announcement (28k)
  Maria Gabbitaz
Name: Janet Mayo
"I'd like to be the voice of the tram because... it would be a great honour to do something for the city in which I have worked for the last 15 years."
audio Hear Janet's announcement (28k)
  Janet Mayo

We'll keep you informed on how Wendy gets on with the voice tests.

However, you can catch up on the latest tram works in the city by visiting our travel section.

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Winner voice:
audio Wendy Smith (28k)
Contestants voices:
audio Anthony Biggs (28k)
audio Maria Gabbitaz (28k)
audio Adrian Pickton (28k)
audio Janet Mayo (28k)
audio Melvyn Lewis (28k)

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