Metro-Shadow To Join AFTRA
June 19, 2008 at 5:30 PM (PT)
The 42 producers and announcers of WESTWOOD ONE's METRO-SHADOW "Shadow Traffic" division voted overwhelmingly last night to form a union with the AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS, a national labor union of over 70,000 actors, singers and recording artists, dancers, announcers and other broadcast talent performers, journalists, and other artists working in the entertainment and news media.
"We're very excited we can now have a voice in an industry that is changing every day," METRO-SHADOW employee ROD CARSON said. "Obviously economics are important but the real issue as professionals is having a say in the product that is put on the air. Standing together as AFTRA members will make a big difference in our jobs."
"The people who entertain and inform AMERICA are happy to welcome the broadcasters at Shadow Traffic as part of the growing AFTRA family," said AFTRA National Pres. ROBERTA REARDON. "We're moving forward together to provide the public with the information and entertainment they need--and also achieve fair wages, good benefits, and safe working conditions."
METRO-SHADOW has provided broadcast traffic reports in the PHILADELPHIA area and beyond for more than 20 years. The announcers can be heard on KYW, WMMR, WXTU, WIOQ and other stations.