CBS 2 Launches Public Tryouts For New Traffic Reporter

CHICAGO (CBS) — CBS 2 is launching a contest for residents to become the station’s new morning traffic reporter.

The “CBS 2 Traffic Tryouts” began Monday and will end May 18, when one winner is awarded the job of on-air traffic reporter for the CBS 2 Morning News.

Applications for the CBS 2 Traffic Tryouts will be accepted online at Contestants must be over age 21 and legal residents who live within the CBS 2 viewing area.

Initially, the winner will receive a three-month contract that pays $25,000. At the end of three months, CBS 2 may offer up to three, three-month extensions, each paying an additional $25,000, for a total of $100,000 over the course of 12 months.

The new morning traffic reporter will work alongside anchors Steve Bartelstein and Susan Carlson and meteorologist Megan Glaros on the station’s early morning newscast, which airs weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Contestants will submit a 30-second video explaining why they should be the next CBS 2 traffic reporter.

The top 75 contestants will become CBS 2 Traffic Tryouts semifinalists and advance to the next phase of the contest – an on-screen audition at the CBS 2 Broadcast Center.

The Traffic Tryouts semifinalists will be invited to the Broadcast Center by the CBS 2 Morning News team for on-screen auditions on April 16. These 75 contestants will present an actual traffic report on camera and take a written test about Chicago commuter routes.

Ten contestants will become finalists for the position and advance to the final round of the contest.

The in-studio auditions for the 10 finalists will be posted online at Beginning April 21, viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestant using a virtual stoplight to indicate their preference. Vote totals will be a factor in the final judging.

From May 2 to May 16, each of the 10 finalists will be featured on separate morning show newscasts and tryout for the position of traffic reporter. In this final round, contestants will participate in an actual CBS 2 newscast, providing information on morning traffic conditions during the live broadcast.

The final judging will take place on May 16 and 17 when viewer online vote totals are combined with the evaluations of the CBS 2 Morning News team – anchors, reporters, producers and management.

On May 18, the winner of the contest will be announced during the CBS 2 Morning News.

The new reporter will be expected to start regular reporting duties on Monday, May 23.

The CBS 2 Traffic Tryouts is being sponsored by Walter E. Smithe, a local 60 year-old, four-generation, family owned-and-operated furniture business.

  • Jesus Gonzalez

    I have been told that I have a voice for radio, so I just figured to try out for this position. I worked for Ford Motor Company and retired in 2007, my health is great and I am willing to try something new in my life. As far as getting up early for work,piece of cake. All I need is a chance to prve myself.

    • Lisa Ladonski

      Good luck! I really hope you do try out, I’ll vote for you! :)

  • Bob Hamilton

    Good Morning everyone. There are a lot of cars on the road this morning, leave early, back to you, Steve and Susan.
    Traffic reports are totally useless and a huge waste of time and money. The only reason a station does them is because other stations do them. Management by sheep. It used to be just on the radio, now it’s on TV! For what? In case they want to drive the sofa to work? The same with evening traffic, if the people are at home watching, then they don’t need a traffic report!

    • randyT

      Bob, I would agree to most of what you said. I think a morning TV traffic report is helpful when something MAJOR is going to affect your commute and then offer commuters optional routes

  • J Student

    Journalism grads and students everywhere just collectively shook their head at this.

  • Mary Casey

    Where is Chris Habermehl going?

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  • KenFromChicago

    Kris Haubermehl isn’t going anywhere.. They just need an in-studio reporter to point out things on the green screen map like what Don Schwenneker and Susan Carlson (pre-Monsters & Money show) used to do. Kris is the eye in the sky Chopper 2 reporter. Hey CBS 2, would I be disqualified if I used any music from Gari’s CBS Enforcer music package in my video? haha.. The tip I would give anyone is to practice talking/reporting with Madonna’s Ray of Light song playing in the background (the looped music they use as traffic times background track) and listen to how you’d sound.

  • KenFromChicago

    And for the skeptics out there, this has been done before by other stations around the country and has been successful. Here’s an example from Philly:

  • Tina

    Vote for Nick DeGiorgio!!

  • Jeff

    He’s the best!!!!

  • JRB

    @ J student… my sentiments exactly!

  • George From the Chi

    This was one I saw that was very creative & funny! There are some great videos out there! Keep up the good work!

    • Mr. Chicago

      Yeah I though his was one of the best hands down.

    • Harvest

      This one was good…
      But it is 19 seconds too long…
      That is clearly breaking the rules…
      It should be disqualified.

  • George From the Chi

    Another great video!

  • Mr. Chicago

    I think she has a great personality!

  • Harvest

    This guy is EPIC….

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