Most US telephone customers are familiar with Jane Barbe
(pronounced "Barbie") (July 29, 1928—July 18,
2003). Even though few of us ever met her, we have all heard
her voice many times and know her as the "Telephone Lady" or the
"Time Lady." Jane Barbe was an American voice actress who did
the later voice recordings for the Bell System. Her voice is
heard by millions of people every day speaking for the telephone
networks (changed numbers, disconnects, circuits busy, etc.), Bell
Laboratory computers, The National Bureau of Standards, announcing
ETC's Audichron® (formerly Audichron Company
) time, temperature, and
weather services, and on many voice mail systems nation wide. Her
predecessor was Mary Moore, who was known for using a distinctive
pronunciation of 9 (Ny-un) and 5 (Fy-uv). The distintive
pronunciation was required because, on a poor quality line, "nine"
and "five" can sound very similar.
DJDeedle dedicates this Deedlecast to these telephonic
Just note. Those too young to remember who "Ma Bell" was may
be too young for some of the language in this podcast.