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CDOT’s ‘On-the-Go’ radio information returns

Staff report

The Colorado Department of Transportation is expanding its live-streaming Mountain Travel Radio service on COTrip.org as part of its Change Your Peak Drive winter-driving education campaign.

The service provides motorists with the most accurate and up-to-date travel information, road conditions and more. The live broadcast will regularly air Friday afternoons, on Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons, and on holiday Mondays.

Mountain Travel Radio debuted for the season Wednesday evening in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday, when an anticipated 40,000 vehicles travel the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.

"With major changes to the mountain corridor, namely the implementation of the Traction Law and the launch of the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, Mountain Travel Radio will be a key communications avenue for I-70 travelers to learn up-to-the-minute road conditions," CDOT said in a statement.

"Conditions along the I-70 mountain corridor change extremely quickly, and doing a live broadcast is one of the best ways to inform motorists and keep them updated with the most accurate info," said Amy Ford, director of communications for CDOT. "Mountain Travel Radio is the best distraction-free resource available to motorists."

Those tuning in on COTrip.org can expect to hear regular travel updates, event information and special "Peak Time Deals," which offer discounts for motorists who choose to stay off I-70 during the busiest travel times.

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Listeners can tune into the live broadcasts through COTrip.org by clicking the "On-Air" button.

Mountain Travel Radio will normally broadcast every Friday afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 2 to 7 p.m. throughout the winter, coinciding with peak travel times along I-70.

For the two popular long weekends in January and February, Mountain Travel Radio will broadcast on those holiday Mondays from 12 to 4 p.m.

Content will include live updates on the rapidly changing I-70 road, weather and traffic conditions as well as information about the Traction Law, the I-70 Mountain Express Lane and more.

Mountain Travel Radio also will provide information on events at ski resorts and mountain towns.

The live reports will be provided each weekend by Jim Hudson, Nia Bender and Jennifer So at CDOT's Traffic Operations Center each weekend.

Hudson and Bender return from last season to host the broadcasts. Hudson is a freelance voice talent and a 25-year broadcast veteran. Bender is a news anchor at NewsRadio 850 KOA and owner of The 4th-Estate, offering media services in the radio and TV industry.

So is the newest host, bringing four years experience with radio broadcasting, including her current show "On the Go With Jenn So" in Fort Morgan.

To learn more about the Change Your Peak Drive campaign and winter driving tips, visit http://winter.codot.gov.