The Best Name In Public Radio: Mandalit del Barco

May 17, 2012

Congratulations, Mandalit del Barco, correspondent, national desk, NPR West. Our very important competition has determined yours to be the singular Best Name In Public Radio.

You must have a lot of Facebook friends or something because you turned in a handy whooping against your colleague Yuki Noguchi.

Mandalit del Barco – 89%
Yuki Noguchi – 11%

I’m still a little surprised Douali Xaykaothao exited the competition as early as she did. Still, I can see the appeal of Mandalit del Barco. Lots of syllables but rolls of the tongue easily. Sounds exotic and comfortable at the same time. And most important, it’s not Andrew Miller. (He’s a great guy, though.)

Unfortunately, there’s no prize to be awarded. Just pride, I suppose. And what the hell, if you’re ever in Minneapolis, I’ll buy you lunch.

[photo by Mark Finkenstaedt via]