It could be a drive like no other, if you adjust your settings to bring NBC’s Keith Morrison along for the ride with you.
The longtime correspondent for NBC’s Dateline crime series is a new voice to give directions for the Waze traffic app, joining other past notables including CBS’s Stephen Colbert, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, CP30 from Star Wars and Tyler Perry as his character Madea.
Morrison, who has built a cult following online with true crime fans, with social media feeds dedicated to his TV stance (@keithleansonthings) was a dedicated Google Maps user before NBC came to him to suggest the Waze cameo.
“I thought, you’re out of your mind,” says Morrison. “They can’t do that. It turns out they can. And it was kind of fun to do it.”
Waze sent him a long list of commands to record (“red light camera ahead” “you’ve reached your destination”) which he banked in a few hours.
Morrison recorded them in the same place where he voices the bulk of his Dateline voiceovers: in his home bedroom closet, from his iPhone.
“I do it in the closet because there’s lots of clothes in there, and no echo,” he says. “It’s the perfect recording studio.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jefferson Graham