A radio reporter for more than 30 years with Cox Media Group, Dupree lost his voice in 2016 and was diagnosed with tongue protrusion dystonia, a rare neurological condition with no cure to date.
In 2018, Cox Media Group identified a new, pioneering approach to return Dupree’s voice to radio. Working with CereProc, Dupree and WSB Radio sent hours of his archived radio reports to Scotland where engineers and audio specialists digitized and recreated Dupree’s voice. Now when Dupree writes a script for a report the text is converted into an audio file that sounds nearly identical to his natuarl voice. WSB Radio and CMG refers to the computer synthesized version as Jamie Dupree 2.0.
“Our support for Jamie is unwavering,” says Marian Pittman, executive vice president of content, digital strategy, research and technology for Cox Media Group. “As we wait for a cure, CMG was delighted to partner with CereProc to return Jamie to radio with Jamie Dupree 2.0.”
“My health is fine, but my voice is not – and I honestly don’t know if I will ever speak normally again,” says Dupree. “I’ll be forever grateful to my WSB and CMG family for getting me back on the air with Jamie Dupree 2.0.”
View Dupree’s emotional journey with this new documentary can be viewed here. Voice of Reason was directed by WSB Radio Videographer Jesse Brooks and produced by Cox Media Group Digital Content Manager Zac Morgan.