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WTOP News delivers the latest news, traffic, and weather information in the Washington, D.C. region through its website and radio channel. The company broadcasts radio news channel and offers news services such as local news, national, government, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, weather, and more. It is based in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Jim Russ, beloved Baltimore radio traffic reporter, dies

Aug 18, 2021

Jim Russ, beloved Baltimore radio traffic reporter, dies Aug 18, 2021 at 3:31 PM Jim Russ' radio career spanned 35 years, with traffic reporting jobs at WTOP News Radio in Washington, D.C., Metro Networks and WBAL News Radio. (COLBY WARE, BALTIMORE SUN) Jim Russ, the well-known traffic reporter for WBAL News Radio, died Wednesday morning of a heart attack. He would have turned 58 on Thursday. “No one loved the art of reporting traffic more than Jim,” said Cary Pahigian, president and general manager of WBAL News Radio. “He’s considered the dean of traffic reporters.” Advertisement Pahigian said WBAL received word from Russ’ family Wednesday morning, calling the news devastating. His colleagues considered him an “A+ professional, and a wonderful and kind friend,” Pahigian said. His death hasn’t yet sunk in, he noted. Advertisement Advertisement His radio career spanned 35 years, with traffic reporting jobs at WTOP News Radio in Washington, D.C. and Metro Networks. He returned to his hometown radio station in 2011 as a morning traffic anchor. “He really was a first-class journalist,” Pahigian said. “Every traffic report, he did to the highest level. ... This was a type of person who knew what was happening traffic-wise, whether it was on duty or off.” The Morning Sun Newsletter Daily Get your morning news in your e-mail inbox. Get all the top news and sports from the baltimoresun.com. Pahigian said Russ “defined the category of traffic reporting in Baltimore.” Russ would masterfully coordinate social media feeds, scanners, cameras and phone calls to present an organized traffic story, Pahigian said. “He had tentacles,” Pahigian said. “It was like he was conducting a symphony.” Advertisement Condolences poured out from colleagues, friends and listeners on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. “Jim Russ was a name you knew and a voice you most certainly heard on the airways throughout DC, MD and VA for many, many years,” Trenice Bishop, a traffic anchor for Fox43 in York, Pennsylvania, tweeted . “My deepest condolences to his family and friends.” Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. According to WBAL , Russ is survived by his daughter, Molly; his sister Cathy and her husband Jim Hergenroder; and his brother Tom and his partner Alice Young. Latest Obituaries

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