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That Out-Of-This-World Voice Is Actually A San Antonian

Corene Dyer at Photography by Corene
Sandy Wood

Credit Chandra X-ray Observatory / Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution

You’ve heard this voice on Texas Public Radio for years, but you may not realize she lives here in the Alamo City.  It starts with that enticing, spacey music.  

[Editor's Note: hit "Listen" above to hear the music and Ms. Wood]

“Stardate April 9th…”

It’s the sounds of Stardate, and its on-air host.

“I’m Sandy Wood.”

Stardate is the daily 2-minute radio piece produced by the McDonald Observatory and broadcast on 300 NPR stations nationwide, detailing our galaxy and beyond. She’s been doing it for quite a while.

“Almost twenty-four years. I can’t believe I’ve managed to hold a job—one job—for twenty-four years.”

I asked “So by now with all those facts that you’ve delivered to intelligent audiences, you must have an astrophysicist’s knowledge of the universe.”

“Oh, I wish I did. I probably have a working knowledge of astronomy that most people don’t have.  But I’m certainly by no means an expert. I wish I were.”

I mentioned that it was her job to remind people that their day-to-day world, the stuff that they see with their own two eyes, is just a tiny part of what there actually is.

“Yeah, you know I think we take for granted the amazing planet we live on. It is truly miraculous. When you look up at the night sky, every night you will see something amazing.”

I asked if she were ever recognized just because of her voice. 

“It’s happened three times and it’s pretty fun when that does happen. The first time it happened I was buying a dress in Las Vegas, Nevada. I signed my name and the woman checking me out said ‘I knew I new your voice!’"

We’ve more about Stardate here.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii