April 1980

WTAE Air Alert Traffic is heard Monday thru Friday 4 times hourly from 6:30 to 9:30am and 4:00 to 6:00 pm. WTAE's fulltime reporter/pilot Neal Spence, reports from the skies of Pittsburgh in "The Pathfinder", a fixed-wing Cessna 180. His clear concise reports include a broad overview of the entire metro area and specific traffic problems.


Neal is a Vietnam veteran with four years of service in the U.S. Air Force. He has been a licensed pilot since 1969 and his experience includes over 4,000 hours of flight time. Neal is certified for commercial, instrument and multi-engine aircraft and is a qualified flight instructor. He has flown over 29 different types of aircraft and his flight experience includes piloting charter craft, photographic flights, instructional flights and Air Alert Traffic Reports.

Neal came to WTAE from KQV/WDVE where he spent 2 1/2 years covering traffic. Including his daily flights in the WTAE "Pathfinder", Neal has delivered over 17,000 airborne reports including not only traffic coverage, but major news stories and football and baseball related coverage.

Neal's reports are accurate, complete and sprinkled with enough humor to ease Pittsburgh through the city's taxing traffic situations. Neal is particularly helpful to listeners because he is the only Pittsburgh traffic reporter who has the vantage point and the knowledge to suggest route alternatives in case of major tie-ups.

In addition to his traffic coverage duties, Neal also gives the WTAE news an extra "eye-in-the-sky" for major local news stories.

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