A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 31, 2006
“Traffic and weather together” (on the “1s” or “8s")
The radio/television saying used to be just "traffic and weather every ten minutes." Somehow, some time, it became the rhyming "traffic and weather together."

Together forever? Like in Grease?

It also became "on the 8s" (for all news radio WCBS 880 AM) and "weather on the 1s" (for television's NY1 News). So the traffic and weather repeat at :01 and :11 and :21 and :31 and :41 and :51, for example. Channel 7 (ABC) has advertised "seven minutes" every morning -- not "on the 7s," but "traffic and weather together" every seven minutes.

It's the beat of New York! Other cities have copied the formula, of course.

11 April 1993, New York Times, pg. SM22:
It's the morning music of urban life. It's turning on the news and getting the world in 22 minutes and, along with the world, the traffic and weather together. And every now and then you actually hear the traffic report, the benignly vivid words used to describe events that have probably permanently changed people's lives or even ended them. The "rubbernecking delays" caused by the "fender bender" and invariably involving "jackknifed tractor-trailers." You begin to obsess about why there are so many jackknifes; you decide to investigate. -- ERIC P. NASH

(Google Groups)
Bahamas Trip -- Days 8 & 9
... of-the-earth Salt Cay Tuesday night, momentarily tuning in WCBS New York, my local all news station, and hearing the "traffic and weather together," report for ...
rec.aviation - Feb 19 1992, 11:26 pm by david.s.isenberg - 1 message - 1 author

(Google Groups)
Memorial Day Pike traffic
... Newsradio in NY is WCBS-AM 88, traffic and weather together on the 8's (12:08am + n * 10 minutes) which you can, and should, pick up soon after Hartford. ...
ne.transportation - May 22 1995, 11:04 pm by David Chesler - 17 messages - 12 authors

(Google Groups)
and they were poor too!
... the rain. It's a gimmick; not much different from "traffic and weather together" or "weather on the ones." Merely silly. What gets ...
alt.fan.cecil-adams - Jan 6 2005, 1:25 am by Larry Palletti - 79 messages - 36 authors

(Google)
CKWX (AM) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia News 1130 broadcasts Traffic and Weather Together on the Ones at :01, :11, :21:, :31, :41 and :51, with a traffic report followed immediately by weather. ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CKWX_(AM) - 11k - Cached - Similar pages

(Google)
WBAL Radio - Maryland's NEWS TALK SPORTS Station Traffic and Weather together on the 5's -- mornings and afternoons on WBAL Radio. More Local Forcasts. Annapolis · Frederick · Baltimore · Ocean City ...
http://www.wbal.com/weather/ - 33k - Cached - Similar pages

(Google)
620 ktar.com Phoenix Traffic KTAR's Traffic and Weather Together on the 6's now expands to midnight, seven days a week. KTAR's expanded traffic coverage will offer Valley residents four ...
http://www.620ktar.com/index.php?nid=15 - 28k - Cached - Similar pages

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Baltimore City Paper: COLUMNS On the eights, man ... traffic and weather together on the eights. ... How can I go on to trust your traffic and weather together? Goddamn new dollar coin. ...
http://www.citypaper.com/columns/story.asp?id=1729 - 20k - Cached - Similar pages

(Google)
KARN News Radio Traffic and Weather Together on the 9's Traffic and Weather Together on the 9's. KARN gives you more traffic and more weather than any other station with ...
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Posted by Barry Popik
Radio/Television • (0) Comments • Wednesday, May 31, 2006 • Permalink