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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.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 20, 2009; 8:43 AM ET
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: Bob Marbourg, Dr. Gridlock, Today's Read  
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Marbourg may have been around for longer, but he is not top dog.

The only person in the DC area who can lay claim to the title of "traffic guru" is Lisa Baden. She has saved me several hundred hours of drive time. Bob? Not so much.

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | November 20, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Very classy of Dr. Gridlock to show props for Bob, who is afterall, a competitor of sorts. I like Lisa Baden, too and note that WTOP is the ONLY radio station around that takes traffic information seriously.
Dont know what we'd do without them!

Posted by: newsie4 | November 20, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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