She’s the voice that’s been heard all round the world – everywhere from New York’s Kennedy Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport, and back to the New York Subway system. She’s happy to let you know what the local time is. And if you’ve ever been to Chicago’s Midway Airport she is the happy to brief you about the moving walkway with her friendly, yet authoritative, “Caution, the moving walkway … is ending” But who is she?
Her name is Carolyn Hopkins, and she turns 66 years old next month. And she is the voice heard in over 200 airports, and in major transit systems around the world. She was interviewed by National Public Radio in 2012, and asked if she changes her voice depending on where she will be heard. Carolyn Hopkins reply, “No. I try to keep a constant, level, Midwestern, somewhere-near-Cleveland kind of voice.”
Aaaah, Cleveland. Now we know where we’ve heard that voice before!