Inside the WTOP Traffic Center
January 3, 2014

Curious how the team at WTOP churns out the amount of news it does on traffic?

It’s a combination of listening to the scanner, monitoring social media and reader tips, confirming through reporting and more, say the radio journalists who work at the DC-based WTOP Traffic Center, part of the CBS affiliate that covers news, traffic and weather for 103.5 FM and online at

Then, “You’ve got to decipher it, spit it out in the least amount of words that the listener would be able to understand it and move on to the next thing, because there’s never one thing going on, ever. There’s 50,” said Jack Taylor, a WTOP traffic reporter.

“Traffic is its own animal,” he said.


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