Monday, February 29, 2016

Advanced Power Searching challenge: mimicking presidential voices.

Challenge 1: mimicking presidential voices
"I was asked recently to find reputable sources for the following statement: 'During the glory days of radio, it was illegal to mimic the voice of the US president.' Was there actually a law prohibiting that? Or was just a White House policy and not a legal issue. Was it law or policy?" Answer: restrictions on impersonating the president voice was policy.

First, let's establish some clear parameters for a search. We need one reputable source, either a primary document from a government source or an academic article from a peer-reviewed journal. Though asked to come up with several, one is sufficient. If it's a government document attesting to law, federal mandate or policy decision than anything else would be overkill. If the source is an academic article then contained within should be citations to continue a spirted search.

I tried US president voice mimic radio and US president voice impersonation radio on Google scholar. With the latter search query about 22400 results were generated. The high majority of search results sampled from the first 100 yielded nothing to answer this question. However, there was one search result that met our parameters to close this challenge, an academic article describing the Kennedy administration's response to a comedy album.


Cull, Nicholas J. "No Laughing Matter: Vaughn Meader, the Kennedy administration, and presidential impersonations on radio." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 17, no. 3 (1997): 383-399.

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