Today's read: radio traffic guru's 30th anniversary
Bob Marbourg steers listeners through traffic: Despite all the hardware, Marbourg will tell you that the greatest recent advance in traffic reporting is the cellphone. He has a network of dozens, maybe hundreds -- he's never really counted -- of commuters who phone in real-time tips about delays, accidents and the like. (Paul Farhi)
Marbourg's desk has banks of scanners and traffic camera displays. That's all backup. He spends the 10 minutes between traffic reports listening to drivers calling in from the roads. When he starts his report, he doesn't read from notes. He's got this road network in his mind. Marbourg says he knows more about the current condition of traffic from sitting in his studio and taking drivers' calls than he would have in the days when he was flying over the roads.
On Marbourg's station, WTOP, Adam Tuss has been doing a series of reports marking his three decades of traffic reporting. You'll find links to listen on this page.
November 20, 2009; 8:43 AM ET
Categories: Driving | Tags: Bob Marbourg, Dr. Gridlock, Today's Read
Save & Share: Previous: Accident Closes I-66 Lanes At Beltway
Next: The weekend and beyond
Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | November 20, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: newsie4 | November 20, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.