About Chuck Whitaker – The Traffic Team U.S. Roster
From Johnny Unitas to Peyton Manning and Richard Nixon to Barack Obama – Chuck Whitaker has been helping America get to work, school, university, church and home again – one rush hour, one community at a time. (In the enclosed photograph – you can see Chuck as a toddler – holding his imaginary microphone – rehearsing for his future life! LOL!)
Beginning when he was 18 and riding shotgun with a microphone hanging out of traffic copters in the Baltimore-D.C. Beltway – on through to the present day when he and his team of News-Weather-Traffic Pros help commuters navigate throughways, surface streets and state roads throughout Florida, Baltimore-D.C. and the Southeast – Whitaker leads Traffic Team U.S. by bringing Best-In-Science Technology and a national presence to each locale we serve.
Up and down the Eastern Seaboard, across Florida through towns like Brooksville, Gainesville, Ocala, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Naples, Fort Myers, Bradenton and Sarasota – in near 50 markets and counting – Whitaker and his team provide the most current, real-time information in every radio and television format. Thanks to Whitaker’s leadership and team of technicians, Traffic Team U.S. is out front helping Police, Fire and Rescue get to an accident scene first.
And, thanks to his experience, superb on-air presence and broadcasting acumen – Chuck and his handpicked team of broadcasters ensconce themselves in the communities they’re privileged to serve – by providing great business content and connections, by driving community service efforts and by serving as a Central Beacon of “Town Criers” for nearly 2 million listeners every day.
“Traffic Team U.S. serves as groundzero in communities and mid-to-medium major markets that tend to be underserved,” Whitaker said. “We help unify the regular folks, the working day Americans if you will by helping them navigate ever changing traffic patterns, the storms that can come off of each coast and the natural and unnatural occurrences that can affect us all – right away and in real time. And, I’m happy to say that our team is the best in the business; we have fun doing what we do and bring unmatched credibility to this important task every day.”
Chuck began his career when he was 18 years old and has been a Traffic-News-and-Weather authority ever since – whether he was flying in a helicopter or navigating Satellite and GPS imagery for the entire network. Whitaker and his team are best-in-science at assessing and disseminating information in real-time, crystallizing alternate routes, working closely with authorities during disasters or national emergencies – and speaking authoritatively to its communities leveraging Traffic Team U.S.’ local presence with national command presence.
From 5:30 a.m. till 10 a.m. and again from 3 to 6:30 p.m. – Whitaker and his team are on the case, gauging Traffic Tie-Ups, road construction, fender benders and major incidents – providing alternative routes and warning of ever-changing weather situations in real-time.
“I became enamored with this business growing up in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area and once I got my shot, I’ve never looked back,” Whitaker said. “We enjoy and appreciate the privilege to play our part in the pop of daily life for so many people. And, included with the privilege to help people get around smooth and safe, we also get to inform them about great people and organizations that may be able to help them and the communities where they live, breathe and form a great village to raise families and enjoy life.
“Traffic Team U.S. is a team that does our part to connect us all, one drive, one rush hour and one sunny and rainy day at a time,” Whitaker said. Chuck makes his home in Spring Hill, FL – sharing life and love with his wife, Debbie and their college age son.
Bob Albert – Traffic Team North Central FL – Gainesville
Bob Albert brought 25 years of reporting, news, weather and traffic experience with him from stops at stations of most every format – be it rock, news-talk, sports-talk, country and pop. Bob has honed his craft in Atlanta, Chicago, Southern Georgia – as well as Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale along the way. He summarizes his key contributions for Traffic Team U.S. during his near 10 year run as follows…
“I make the news, traffic and weather information very clear and concise for our listeners,’ Albert said. “I picture my mother – or anyone’s mother – out there behind the wheel. They don’t need to be searching for a terminology dictionary or sorting through cute phrases to get where they need to go; if I want to let them know that it’s time to slow down – I make it clear and simple.”
Darryl Tharin – Tampa-Little Rock, Central FL & Arkansas
Darryl Tharin has been a fixture in Central Florida News Radio and Music Programming for nearly 30 years and counting. Tharin worked both in the Classic Rock and Country formats before focusing solely on Traffic-Weather-News and his duties at Traffic Team U.S. Darryl anchors key traffic and weather centers in the Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg areas as well as information reports for our 50,000 watt blowtorch news-talker in Little Rock, AK. Tharin is also listed as a key contributor to a recent Florida Department of Transportation Report on Central Florida and Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg traffic patterns and Integrated Transportation Information System.
“The job I do and the people I serve everyday are in my blood,” Tharin said. “Traffic Team U.S. offers a unique voice and key information that people need to have everyday, both to support their families and to get home to them safe and sound each and every night.”
Richard Andrei – Baltimore-D.C. Beltway
Richard brings over 20-years of News, Weather and Traffic On-Air Reporting experience to Traffic Team U.S. In his present role, Richard helps Chuck Whitaker manage the complexity of the Capital Beltway – covering all traffic from Baltimore, Maryland, parts of Virginia and the major throughways that take commuters toward Washington, D.C. – our nation’s capital.
Trevor Joe Lennon- TrafficTeam.US Sales Director
Trevor has worked as a morning drive radio personality, production coordinator and sales-marketing leader for radio stations throughout New York State, Daytona Beach, FL and most recently in the Tampa, FL marketplace. Presently, Lennon drives awareness and revenue-generating program solutions and sponsorship opportunities for TrafficTeam.US throughout Florida on up through the Baltimore-D.C. Capital Beltway. Trevor also produces commercial spots and can be heard on his own global web-radio program every morning from 9-to-11 a.m. at www.trevorjoelennon.com.
Jim Hebler – Traffic Team U.S. Writer – Editor – Consultant
Jim has worked for multiple daily newspapers and in the Editorial, Public Affairs, Marketing and Technology Solutions Sales Divisions for a myriad of major publications and Fortune 100 firms alike. During his near 20-year career, Jim has covered Business, Entertainment and Government Regulatory news, has worked directly for Public Affairs Divisions of Fortune 100 firms in industries ranging from Manufacturing, Distribution, Information Technology and Infrastructure as well as managed leadership and implementation roles at various Public Affairs, Strategic Marketing and Advertising Agencies.
Working closely with Chuck Whitaker and the team at Traffic Team U.S. – Jim oversees our Editorial, Channel Partner and Community Affairs efforts while being based both in New Tampa, FL and the Greater Midwest United States.