I love hearing Lee Crooks.

If you watch TV or listen to the radio in the USA, you have probably heard Lee Crooks. As of this posting, you might hear him in national spots for  companies as diverse as Wrangler,  Argosy University, and Kohler in addition to narration on the Discovery Channel. Mr. Crooks also lent his voice to three Thomas the Tank Engine books.

If you live in Chicago or have used its public transit recently, you might also know Mr. Crooks best as the voice of the CTA. While I occasionally miss the old voice and style of the L announcements (watching tourists get a confused look as she announced, “This is Chicago” brought a few smiles to my face), Mr. Crooks isn’t too shabby. In fact, this video shows that he is a hard-working professional who loves his job. Plus, how great is it that the voice of the CTA actually rides the CTA?

I hope our trains will play his sonorous voice at every stop for many years.

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