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Subject: gravelly vocalizations
Question: Sue and I are in our late 70's and suddenly realize that almost all
NPR's female announcers speak with a gravelly tone. How and when
and why did this transition occur? Thank you! Richard Gross

Reply: I believe you are referring to what is variously called “vocal fry”, “creaky voice” or “glottalisation”.
It seems to be a recent trend/fashion among (young) females and, to my knowledge, it has been reported/studied mostly among English-speakers, whether in Britain, the US or Australia.

These reports have more on this topic.
From the UK:

From the US:

From Australia:

Reply From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira      click here to access email
Date: 11-Jan-2014

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