It was just another newscast this morning for WSB Radio in Atlanta. It was just another newscast on WDBO in Orlando, WHIO in Dayton, WOKV in Jacksonville, and KRMG in Tulsa. But it was much more than that for me, as my voice – my new, computer generated voice – went on the air today, getting me back on the radio for the first time in two years, after my voice was taken away by an unknown neurological disorder.
I tuned in from home to see how it would sound. It all seemed so normal. The anchor reading the intro. “More from Jamie Dupree in Washington.” And then my story played on the radio, just like up until the spring of 2016.
A few hours later, I got to work, and there was breaking news from the Supreme Court, as the Justices sidestepped a ruling on two cases dealing with gerrymandering of legislative district lines.
It all felt so normal. I typed up my story, fed it out to my stations, and it hit the air.
At home it seemed normal. But at work in the Capitol, when it played out in real time – the moment hit home.
It’s hard to explain how difficult this past two years has been, both on a professional and personal level. I don’t know if I will ever speak normally again. I don’t if there will be a medical solution for the rare diagnosis that I have – “tongue protrusion dystonia.”
But I want to thank those people in my company who backed this effort to find a solution for my voice problems. And I want to thank the listeners. Your good vibes have made a difference.