Jamie Dupree, Sarah, Adobe discussed on Atlanta's Morning News
My life so many thoughts, but I can't. The reaction. Is utter. Dejection. In. Gee. Two. Hugh talk, Jamie is married. Welcome to take your daughter and son to work. This is what it looks like stuffed up inside the US capitol building. What do you think with three kids? This is from twenty eleven I don't know how much news get covered today. But that's what looks like today. So hope you had your kids at work as well. Say goodbye. In that office. Jamie has heard thousands of speeches over the last thirty years. However, in spite of the severe health problem, but in two thousand seventeen Jamie has remained active. There was one about him Twitter and his news, blog Mr Speaker, Jamie Dupree is a perfect example of the positive role that devoted and professional journalists play in our free society, and I wish him and his family all the best during this most difficult time. Thank you, Jamie. Got speed retarded Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen that one minute on the house floor, which is what you do in the beginning of the day, you can talk about anything you want for literally, an exactly one minute, and I spoke about Jamie Dupree. I think it was really clear how much Jamie means to Capitol Hill, Washington producer Dory, shaima news that he had lost his voice kind of got out win congresswoman Ileana roughly men went to the house floor and talked about, Jamie. And not sparked a Washington Post piece and politico piece. And it really drew attention to what Jamie was going through that a lot of people even on Capitol Hill who saw him all the time, so day today didn't know that he was dealing with. Meanwhile, Jamie, Cox media group desperately sought a way to get him back on the air. I was thinking about Jamie. This is rob Yaron CMG's vice president of content strategy, and research, and I was thinking about how there must be a way to create a customized voice. And that was the key. That would take a human's voice into account. Countess Presley's WSB's director of community affairs. We knew with technology and artificial intelligence that there were companies out there that we're working on synthesizing the human voice, so that people who could not speak would get their voices bag. Adobe was working on a program, and we got all the way to this CMO the chief marketing officer at adobe, because we thought an amazing story this would be. For us to tell for adobe to tell about how they were able to help a radio quarter. Reclaim his voice only thing is once we got that point adobe scratched the project because they were concerned that the technology would be used for an toward means. And so we were like, oh, because we thought we had something and then we did. So then Marian Pittman who's on our executive leadership team. Pete's freaks program director and always has been a crate, fan and supporter of Jamie's work because she understands and appreciates. Great journalism Marian got her staff rolling on deepening, the search and being able to do it fulltime and, and be able to find someone who might be able to do this. And then might Lupo from Marion staff found Sarah proc in Scotland doing some online searching I ran. I discovered the video of the film critic Roger Ebert, who lost his voice to throat cancer, Sarah. Pock reassembled his. Voice reassembled as why some old tapes, and basically, gave him away, after many years. And I've emailed them and said, hey, let's talk about whether or not, you can do this for Jamie thirty year veteran with a great track record is journalist, and they were thrilled to do it. So we started meeting with Sarah Rockin. They what they do is they take samples of someone's voice, they kind of put it into the talk like a layman they put it into a big pot. They mix it all up and the consonants and syllables and the inflection all gets mixed up. And then when they when you type it in it seeks out the best example of that of putting words together, sometimes it's the entire word it may be that they have to connect different syllables to form words, the more content that you have that you can put into this, that it can pull from the better. I'm a woman of deepen abiding faith, so I'm just going to say right off the top that the syrup rock solution. In my view is a total. God thing they were very interested in working with Jamie and my goodness. We were thrilled have the opportunity to work with them said there was a problem. Normally we would record speaker. Maybe for thirty years in the studio Graham Leary, professional services with Sarah, but we didn't have the possibility James, James case q to Jamie's condition Abel's coming under court phonetically balanced grits. So what are we gonna do? We're thinking, God, this isn't gonna work that's going to work. Why because Jamie is the most thorough and organized. I may call them at audio order, but he has audio archives of his own reporting going back for decades, and we set Sarah rock two hundred and fifty three hundred samples of what Jamie sounded like when he was creating a report and from that they were able to recreate his voice April. V twenty first before we get to the agenda, the first planning call with syrup rock. Is there anything Jamie wants to say? Graham. You for your help. I look to. What is even more awesome than the fact that syrup rock? A wanted to work with us be was able to work with Jamie's archived audio files, and then see created his voice is that Cox was willing to pay for it. It was not it was not a project. Alex Taylor, Jamie was always a great reporter company president and CEO. They always has been he's always been a big hit on our radio stations. But he is more than just to reporters, a great teammate. He's a great collaborator. And so for us helping Jamie was never really a question. It's not like we evaluated the cost and decided. Yes or. No. I mean, there was never any question as to whether or not we were going to help them. He's part of the family. So in total. Two, maybe three months voice, because once have the transcriptions recordings of actually building the voices, Israel, typically. It's relatively quick, obviously at first, some phrases sounded better than others. But we felt strongly enough about it that we, we sort of committed even with version one that way, we would come up with a plan to debut it on all of our radio stations. Probably about three weeks. After that, June eighteenth. Free to Jamie.