When the animated character Becky Botsford isn't dealing with fifth-grade homework or her family, she turns into WordGirl and fights villains while correcting their vocabulary in the TV show of the same name.
The Scholastic Media production began its third season this week on PBS KIDS GO! It received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in Animation in 2008 and was nominated for three Emmy Awards this year. It has also received a Television Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Animation and a Gracie Award for its portrayal of a strong female character.
Voicing that role model for elementary-school-age kids is Glendale's own Dannah (pronounced Donna) Phirman. The voice of her dad is performed by Ryan Raddatz of Burbank.
The show is produced out of Boston, but the voice talent meets at a studio in Los Angeles.
Phirman originated the role of Becky/WordGirl and said starting the third season is nothing short of awesome.