Yesterday at 4:55am it was -8 degrees out so many schools were closed. Today, it's 10 above, yet still a lotta schools are closed. That makes three days in a row of school closings. That means that kids were off for two weeks over Christmas, then they came back for one or two days, and now they're offf again. Lots of frazzled moms, a ton of balogna sandwiches.
Which leaves me to talking to you while my car warms up. It's a decent wind (15mph or so) from the west, so there's some blowing snow around. A couple of WJOB heads who drive around all night have already texted me that although it's warmer this morning, the roads are worse than the past couple of days.
It's a Friday so that would usually mean that I have a week's worth of news to discuss, make jokes about. Hopefully that's how it goes. But since there's blowing snow, we may wind up like the past couple of days taking a bunch of calls about accidents on the roadways, especially the many Interstates that run through our paradise at the bottom of the lake.
What we do in bad weather is kinda unique in local radio. We're at the bottom of Lake Michigan, so to go across America on the north end you pretty much have to cut through the WJOB listening audience. Lots of trucks, tons of cars. And in bad weather, unfortunately, a lot of accidents. Yesterday and the day before, dozens of callers told of dozens of accidents. It's what we do, live traffic on the air. I use the punch line that we have our own CTA, that it's called the Citizens Traffic Authority. It's of course a play on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) across the state line.
But our CTA works. It's a community of commuters all on the lookout for delays, construction, accidents, stupid drivers. On some mornings, as in the past couple of days, we could take four or five traffic calls or more in a row. Yesterday the Borman had several accidents and that creates the most distress.
Enough. So a zillion kids around the Region will spend another day in the living room playing computer games. Some, since they're not in school, will not get fed. Mary and Johnny will argue - he's breathing loud again - and more than one mother wills quietly pray that it warms up by Monday.
Car's warm by now. See you on the air in 15 minutes.