Radio traffic reports actually are actually providing a service to commuters by explaining where traffic jams are. That way, they can avoid taking those paths and expedite their commute.
I don’t really know what I used to think about traffic reports, now that I really consider it. I guess part of me just thought it was an extremist form of gossip news. A car crash where? A bikini-car wash is causing rubber necking where? My heavens.
Mostly, I think I just considered it a nearly-comical audio-play that parodied a by-gone era of radio. A man speaks very quickly in an auctioneer-like voice, citing off obscure code names for roads like Hodar (Howard/Dan Ryan, but also a fitting barbarian name) and naming random directions. It’s not particularly funny, because most things on the news aren’t.
More quaint really, than anything.