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Jerry Edwards to join WAMU 88.5 morning newscasts as station’s traffic reporter

WAMU 88.5 announced today that veteran local traffic reporter Jerry Edwards will return to WAMU 88.5 as the station’s morning traffic reporter beginning Dec. 12.

Through partnership with Radiate Media, Edwards will be embedded at the station weekdays from 5 – 10 a.m., monitoring traffic on the roads in and around the District and the metro area, and delivering live, up-to-the-minute updates in studio with Morning Edition local host Matt McCleskey.

The arrangement will result in improved service for listeners, who will receive accurate, real-time information on accidents, congestion, road closures and other information affecting the morning commute. Listeners will also be able to report road conditions as they see them to Edwards via WAMU 88.5’s Traffic Tipline at (202) 885-8855.

Edwards has spent more than two decades reporting local traffic in the Baltimore-Washington region. He joined Metro Traffic in Baltimore as the midday anchor in 1984. He moved into the D.C. market shortly after and provided reports for several radio stations in the area, including WAMU 88.5, where he delivered traffic reports from 1984 until 2006. Edwards also spent more than 20 years reporting traffic on Washington’s NBC 4.

“I am thrilled to be back on WAMU 88.5, doing what I love: providing the best area traffic coverage available,” Edwards said.

American University’s radio station since 1961, WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington, D.C., area. With more than 740,000 listeners in the Washington-Baltimore region, WAMU 88.5 is where “the mind is our medium.” WAMU also broadcasts from 88.3 Ocean City on the Delmarva peninsula and in Washington on three HD channels — the flagship frequency at 88.5–1; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, a bluegrass and Americana station, at 105.5 FM in Bethesda, Md., and 88.5–2; and Intersection, at 88.5–3, a news and information station broadcasting international coverage from the BBC and offering public radio programs unavailable elsewhere in the Washington area. For more information, visit wamu.org.

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