People in broadcasting always tried to sound accentless (political reasons), and were paragons of accuracy. No longer. Some local TV people cannot even read well.
Mac, For shame. Southern accents are beautiful
but East Virginia accents are different from the accents of the deep South. When I took linguistics, we had to transcribe the IPA as an attempt to understand certain accents. There was no counterpart for the way that I pronounce "house", it's rather like Peter Jennings on ABC.
I love a British accent, however, and always will, be it London English or other areas of England.
Incidentally, Phoenix's accent is delightful