NEWSTALK 1010 Joins Waze for Broadcasters to Deliver Real-Time Traffic Updates to Torontonians

— September 5, 2018

– NEWSTALK 1010’s frequent traffic updates are now boosted by a suite of Waze Complete Traffic Intelligence tools, powered by the world’s largest community of drivers –

TORONTO (September 5, 2018) NEWSTALK 1010 today announced a new partnership with Waze, the real-time, crowdsourced navigation app backed by the world’s largest community of drivers. Through the partnership, NEWSTALK 1010 joins Waze for Broadcasters to deliver up-to-the-minute breaking news from the roads using Waze Complete Traffic Intelligence, a combination of historical and real-time traffic information sourced directly from local drivers. NEWSTALK 1010’s frequent traffic updates are now boosted by a suite of Waze Complete Traffic Intelligence tools, including the W on Air iPad app, optimized to supercharge on-air traffic reporting with real-time data powered by Waze’s 100+ million worldwide users. “Waze was founded on the belief that we can outsmart traffic together, and we are thrilled to partner with NEWSTALK 1010 to help inform their listeners in an effort to minimize traffic in and around Toronto,” said Mona Weng, Global Lead, Waze for Broadcasters. “Our Waze for Broadcasters program provides stations with up-to-date and accurate views of road conditions, which helps anchors deliver quicker routes, traffic alerts, real-time road closures, and emergency incidents that may impact local drivers’ commute times.” “This partnership with Waze for Broadcasters accelerates NEWSTALK 1010’s response time even further, allowing our anchors to deliver the most up-to-date and accurate traffic information from all over the GTA,” said Mike Bendixen, Program Director, NEWSTALK 1010. “We’re proud to work alongside Waze to enhance our information gathering systems and deliver traffic news to help drivers arrive at their destinations safely and on time.” Through Waze for Broadcasters, NEWSTALK 1010 anchors will gain access to:
  • Real-Time Traffic Insights, to instantly inform listeners of unusual traffic conditions and share Waze user photos, comments, and reports directly from the roads
  • Dynamic Routes, as well as drive times from any start point to any destination in a quick and visual way
  • Waze Teams, with a new NEWSTALK 1010-branded team within the Waze app, which listeners can join to contribute live traffic reports and photos to the station. All participating team members will carry the station’s logo on their Wazer image.
Live streaming of NEWSTALK 1010 is available through the iHeartRadio Canada app.

About Waze
Waze is where people and technology meet to solve transportation challenges. It’s a platform that empowers communities to contribute road data, edit Waze maps, and carpool to improve the way we move about the world. Thanks to its passionate community, Waze is able to partner with municipalities and transit authorities to reduce traffic and congestion – leveraging current infrastructure while impacting city planning. Waze also works closely with tech and automotive brands to reimagine what transportation looks like today. A world with better transportation doesn’t have to be in the distant future. By harnessing the power of community to reverse negative trends in transportation, Waze can create a world where traffic is history. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com

About Bell Media Radio
Bell Media Radio is Canada’s top-ranked radio broadcaster, with 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across Canada, including Virgin Radio, Canada’s #1 ranked contemporary hit radio network, along with top brands TSN, ÉNERGIE, CHUM 104.5, Rouge fm, and QMFM. Bell Media Radio stations are all part of iHeartRadio Canada, the company’s best-in-class customizable digital listening experience and live events brand. Recognizing the diversity of each market it serves, Bell Media Radio has a strong reputation for providing exemplary service to these communities and is a leader in innovative programming. In addition to music, news, weather, and sports, listeners also tune in for information on local politics, events, entertainment, and other community issues. Across Canada, Bell Media Radio is the largest radio provider and is ranked first in people reached and hours tuned.

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