We knew we wanted something distinctive and memorable to make the opening to the Hidden Legal Figures podcast stand out. The podcast is all about hearing from the lawyers and judges who made a heroic and vital contribution to the American story. Our opening had to be catchy, something that would make you listen.
The voice in the intro is the Marshal of the United States Supreme Court. When the Court is in session, and as the Justices enter the courtroom at 10:00 a.m., the Marshall announces their arrival with the traditional greeting, “The Honorable, the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting. God save the United States and this Honorable Court!” We used the Oyez! phrase, which in Latin means Hear Ye – a most distinctive way of saying listen up – to announce our figures.
Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Now, that’s definitely worth listening to!
* Special thanks to PYC out of North Carolina for the theme music, Coffee Shop. This up-tempo jazzy riff would make Herb Alpert nod with approval. (Check out more of PYC at PYCMusic).