National Broadcast Traffic Professional’s Day honors those in radio and television traffic departments. Each year, the observance takes place on November 2nd, unless that day falls on a weekend. Then it is observed on the following Monday. 

Broadcast traffic professionals schedule and work diligently with programs, announcements and much more, on our nation’s broadcast stations. Not only do they alert us to the snarls and jams along our routes, but they also entertain us and keep us informed along the way. 

The first commercial broadcast took place on KDKA radio out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 2, 1920.  The day is also known as National Traffic Directors Day or National Traffic Professional’s Day. It honors the thousands of professionals directors in broadcast media since that day who have worked behind the scenes keeping the entertainment, talk shows, news, and commercials flowing.  Through breaking news alerts, stormy weather, budgets, and differing personalities, these men and women maintain program development.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TrafficProfessionalsDay

Thank a traffic director and use #TrafficProfessionalsDay to post on social media.


While our research did not reveal the founder of National Broadcast Traffic Professional’s Day, the day commemorates the first commercial broadcast in the United States on November 2, 1920.  Also, the Traffic Directors Guild of America is a strong supporter of this annual celebration and recognizes traffic directors and their over 30 titles that are acknowledged in the business