The Norm +1 with Jean-Jacques Taylor this morning has been a really good show. They make a very listenable team. The best I've heard JJT yet.
However, he presents Ticket engineers with a serious problem.
Norm, like most of the Ticket hosts, has a voice that pierces the spitguard and gets clearly into the mic in all registers. This is a matter partly of his voice's natural timbre, and partly a matter of projection. Which is to say that Norm, like pretty much every one of the Ticket hosts, has a natural talent for the medium, and devotes professional attention to the sound of his voice.
JJT, through no fault of his own, is not a radio talent and doesn't have the training to project his voice. In fact, his voice is "soft," comes from back in his mouth and arrives at his lips somewhat muffled.
He also frequently speaks way too quickly, spitting out short syllables and then drawing out certain vowel sounds.
The result is that when you have Norm tuned in at a volume that is pleasant to the ear, JJT cannot be heard or clearly understood. This isn't a problem when you're listening with phones or in a quiet room, but it's a real problem when the Ticket is on in the background or in a vehicle. (This isn't just a Norm problem -- it was also a problem when JJT was on with Donovan and Rich, and it's a problem on the Sunday morning showgram.) This may just be a matter of level -- "more Jean-Jacques," as it were.
This is not discretionary -- The Ticket may have scored a real coup in retaining JJT's services -- I need to hear more but so far I'm liking it -- but the station absolutely must find a way to make him audible and understandable at normal listening levels.