Michael Hancock's new DIA greeting begs for the sound of a cracking whip -- so we added one!

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It's become a rite of passage for Denver mayors to record a welcome greeting for Denver International Airport's underground train. John Hickenlooper started the trend; then came Bill Vidal's bilingual version. Now, Michael Hancock has gotten into the act with his own DIA train greeting -- but his version might risk going off the rails.

Hancock's greeting starts off in safe territory, but quickly takes a turn for the worse when the new mayor says - or rather hollers -- "Welcome to the MILE HIIIGH CITY!" with the twang of a rodeo announcer. Last weekend, the message caught several people riding the trains by surprise, with each of them looking like somebody had just poked them in the ear. All that's missing was a token "Yee-haw!" and the sound of cracking whip -- which we've added below, to give you a better idea of the effect.

Now, we understand Hancock's need to put his own spin on the train greeting, something that's not that easy to do when you only have a handful of basic words with which to get your brand across. But cowboy-speak? Really? Sorry, but most folks don't want to imagine themselves on a dude ranch when they're packed like sardines in an underground train after a four-hour red eye from Newark.

Maybe we're being too hard on Hancock. Maybe he really is just proud of the city and wants visitors to know about it. Still, we just wish somebody had explained to him the importance of using his inside voice.

Click below to whip it -- whip it good.

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Zach
Zach

Ummm, the mayor doesn't say, "Welcome to the MILE HIIIGH CITY!" He says, "Welcome to Denver - the mile high city." So you're quantifiably wrong about that. The "holler" thing is more subjective, but it doesn't sound like a holler to me.

SMH
SMH

This is ridiculous. He isn't yelling and he doesn't sound anything like a rodeo announcer. And it's not one whip crack, it goes over and over and over. That whip crack sounds more like you all stretching this to the breaking point.

JC
JC

Is there really a red-eye to Denver from Newark?

Joel Warner
Joel Warner

Hi folks, author of the post here. Just to clarify, when I heard the recording it reminded me of an awkward attempt at being Western - and in my head up popped the imagery of somebody yelling "Yee-haw!" and of a cowboy whip cracking. We're good, right?

Mckeem_2000
Mckeem_2000

Did I miss something here? Mayor Hancock's greeting sounded great to me. The ridicule in the article simply isn't supported at all by listening to the audio clip.

As someone else said, must be a slow news day at Westword.

Cookie Steen
Cookie Steen

Wow. Joel  - that was a stretch. Must be a slow news day. Perhaps you should check out Summerfest at GVR this weekend.

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