Pete Tauriello has been 1010 WINS morning traffic anchor for an amazing 29 years. Pete began his radio career at Seton Hall University as a disc jockey on WSOU. Prior to becoming a traffic reporter, he spent time as morning man at WADB, Point Pleasant, New Jersey and as Program Director of both WBRW in Somerville and WERA Plainfield. Pete was also a disc jockey at WFAS AM/FM White Plains and served as a newsman at WPAT in Patterson, New Jersey.
“The last thing I ever expected to be was a traffic reporter,” he says. “I sort of fell into this job and then fell in love with it . . . so here I am 24 years later and lucky enough to be on the biggest radio station in the world!”
Pete has a BA in communications and has been married to his college sweetheart, Maureen, for 25 years. His 3 children, Sean 22, Kim 19 and Mark 14, keep him as busy off the air as he is during morning rush hour!
Ask him what his favorite jam cam is and he’ll tell you, “It has to be our East River camera. I’m a bridge freak and I get to look at these beautiful works or architecture all day at the touch of a button. I really can enjoy both of my passions . . . radio and beautiful bridges . . . and they pay me too. I ask you, does it get any better than that?”
As far as his favorite traffic story goes, “One day we had this gigantic water main break and the subway stations looked like waterfalls. I was called upon to do the story for our sister station in Chicago, WMAQ.” His biggest fear? “That all the traffic jams will one day be solved and I’ll be out of a job.”
Pete, don’t worry about it.