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One of the First Traffic Condition Reports from the Skies (August 10, 1935)
August 10, 1935

Moment 43: One of the First Traffic Condition Reports from the Skies

It wasn’t long after the first radios were installed in automobiles that the radio traffic report was born. One of the first stations to report on traffic conditions was WINS in New York City. On Aug. 10, 1935, Police Deputy Commander Harold Fowler flew over the city’s main traffic arteries in a Goodyear blimp, informing motorists about the least congested routes. Curiously, these first broadcasts were made only on the weekends.

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