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Bye, Lisa. We'll miss you! 
17th-Feb-2011 12:30 pm
Lisa Baden, known for her cheery voice and whacky humor during the morning WTOP News traffic reports, will not be coming back on the air at that station.

She went off the air at the end of January. I patiently waited for her to get back from vacation. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, I started researching. Her name was gone from the traffic reporter line-up on the WTOP news pages. So I called the station and asked what was up. It turned out that WTOP has canceled their contracted reporting and brought all of their traffic service in-house.

I am sad. I miss Lisa. She's been my voice in the wilderness ever since I moved out to CK's house and started making the long trek inwards on the highways. She got me through the 4-miles-in-an-hour backup for four looooong years, then celebrated with us when the highway widening project finally finished.

And I'm sad for her too, because she is sad to leave WTOP. Exclusivity contracts suck.
17th-Feb-2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
I noticed that she was missing from the newscaster line-up on the WTOP site a few weeks ago. I always loved her quirky and off-beat traffic reports.
17th-Feb-2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh that sucks! This new Rita person's voice is annoying! I was about to call Bob Marburg and ask what was up. This makes me sad.
17th-Feb-2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
I recommend you let WTOP know that this was a poor management decision.
17th-Feb-2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
I did. I explained in great detail the grating quality of Rita's voice, and how when it modulates, it loses tonality and takes on a nasal quality that is not only distracting, it sends me diving for the channel changer. What good is traffic reporting if you're too busy wanting to give the reporter a tissue or a throat lozenge?
18th-Feb-2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Gah. Lisa had just, after X number of years, finally started reporting on the greenway and toll road on a regular basis, and now we're back to it never getting mentioned until there's a massive snafu. Plus, Lisa had every municipality's transportation department wrapped around her little finger - we once heard the MD Transportation Secretary call in and apologize on the air for a traffic signaling screwup they'd made.
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22nd-Feb-2011 02:22 am (UTC)
::laugh:: I'm glad that you can say that here. And I'm glad that someone (you) thinks her departure is a good thing.
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