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“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please”

April 11, 2013

Charlie Pellett is a veteran news anchor and reporter for Bloomberg Radio. He is also the voice of the New York City subway system. We sat down with Charlie recently to find out more about how this transpired. Below are some edited excerpts from the interview; for the full transcript click HERE

CHARLIE PELLETT |  “What an honor to be able to say, ‘Stand clear of the closing doors, please.’  To be able to say it every single day to millions of New Yorkers….I love New York City trains.  I love the subways.  When I first came to New York, I wanted a job as a subway motorman.  I applied, but they wouldn’t take me on a part-time basis.  I wanted to be in broadcasting part time and drive subway trains.  So 20 years later, to be the “Stand clear of the closing doors” guy, that’s pretty cool.”

CHARLIE PELLETT|  “Two former co-workers had the idea.  They talked to somebody who talked to somebody else.  Bottom line is, somebody at the Transit Authority, which is what it was called at the time said, ‘You know what?  Can you send us over some samples of who you’ve got?  And we’ll figure out if we can use it in our brand news trains that were coming out.'”

CHARLIE PELLETT|  “Funny story.  I was riding the train one day and there was (BACKGROUND VOICE) an announcement that had played a couple of times.  ‘Stand clear of the closing doors, please.’  ‘Stand clear of the closing doors, please.’  And there was a wise guy kid sitting there saying, ‘Shut up, Mr. North Dakota.’  And I’m thinking, ‘Mr. North Dakota?’  Now, I’ve lived in Brooklyn for 25 years.  I assure you, I am not from North Dakota. I wanted to say something, but I bit my tongue.”