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.