Smooth jazz sounds came from a new station on the radio dial at 93.5-FM this morning, only to be interrupted by an interview with the city’s bus maintenance director during a segment called “Commuter Connections.” In these times of consolidation and sell-offs, the MTA is entering the radio market.
MTA officials say WTTZ is one of the country’s only FM radio stations operated by a transit agency in a major media market. They say it’s the first new Baltimore radio station to be introduced since 1988.
The music and mechanic talk help to keep the radio rolling all day, but the new station’s primary purpose is to provide traffic updates. The station will provide reports on highway traffic conditions and MTA-run trains, as well as info about BWI and the Port of Baltimore.
“This first-in-the-marketplace format has uniquely positioned the MTA to be the only source for a complete picture of what’s happening on the rails, roads and in the air,” MTA’s Paul Comfort said.
And don’t forget the smooth jazz. If you’re stuck in traffic, it could have a calming effect.
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