Each week, for an hour, Ms. Hanks snuggles close to a microphone in a tiny soundproof closet, reading – and describing in great detail – portions of the latest Playboy issue for the blind.
"I don't have to try to read it sexy," laughs Hanks, one of about 200 volunteers at Houston-based Taping For The Blind, Inc. "I just read it, and I'm a woman, and that's pretty much sexy."
Hanks, a tall, blonde California native whose regular job is reading the news for a classic rock station in Houston, declined to disclose her age, but said she once "chickened out" of an offer to pose for Playboy for a feature on women in radio.
In a voice made for radio, she reads the articles and describes the photos without innuendo.
"I don't read it all cover-to-cover in order but I do read everything – all the articles, all the jokes, all the little cartoons, all the pictures, all the letters to the Advisor, all those things."