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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Houston traffic radio reporting pioneer Marty Ambrose dies

Heard the sad news on the radio that recent 88.7 KUHF All Things Considered traffic reporter Marty Ambrose has passed away after battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Ambrose was considered a pioneer of the Houston traffic scene. According to KUHF:

While at the American Automobile Association in 1975, he volunteered to sit in for the resident traffic reporter on occasion, and after the ammonia truck disaster 1976, co-founded the area's first network traffic reporting service, Houston Traffic Central. In 1989 he joined Metro Networks, where he stayed as senior anchor and director of community relations until 2003.

Ambrose was 69.

I met Ambrose last year when I taped my appearance on KUHT 8's Houston 8 (both stations are in the same building). He seemed like a really nice, well-liked person. COMMENT: Click to leave your thoughts on this post here