TV reporter crams 17 Beyoncé references into traffic report

You’ve probably heard Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance at the club, at home, in the car and at your favorite restaurants. But did you expect to be referred to in the morning traffic report?

Sheila Watko, traffic and lifestyle reporter for NBC Philadelphia, paid her tribute to Queen Bey on Tuesday live on TV that mixes Beyoncé lyrics and titles with freeway congestion and road closures. In just the first 10 seconds, she crammed in four song titles, ranging from Beyonce’s latest album, Renaissance, to the classics.

“Thanks Bill, I always appreciate it when you ‘Say my name,'” Watko opened up. “If you’re just waking up, I hope you’ve had some ‘sweet dreams’ — I just heard a moan — but the traffic ‘heats up’ and it begins ‘Break My Soul’.”

Each song title appeared on screen as she said it would during the traffic bulletin, complete with appreciative tones from her colleagues. There is an audible chuckle as she mentions a “formation” of traffic cones, while Erin Coleman lets out an “ooooh” when Watko mentions the blocking of a left lane that is “kind of a ‘dividing wall'” with the right lane formed.

“She’s not writing a script, by the way, it’s all from the head,” added Keith Jones, co-host of Coleman, amazed at the end.

“If you got ‘Put a Ring on It,’ I would just… there’s no way you could get that in there,” Coleman quipped.

In the end, the number had increased to 17, with Coleman and Jones each adding their own reference.

“I’ve been planning this since Friday and then we had a big crash yesterday and I couldn’t make it,” Watko said added. “But we had to celebrate our girl Beyoncé’s new album.”

The report even caught the attention of Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, who posted the video to Instagram on Thursday.

“This is so cool!” she captioned the post. “All song [titles].”

Beyoncé’s latest album, Renaissance, is about to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. On its first day, the album racked up more than 50 million on-demand streams in the United States, according to Variety.

“For all its craftsmanship and know-how – there are tear-jerking transitions between songs here – ‘Renaissance’ is intense, almost overwhelmingly emotional, as Beyoncé finds the desire and satisfaction in her own life savoring those sentiments for people on the fringes while contemplating availability,” Times critic Mikael Wood wrote of Beyoncé’s seventh studio album.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-05/beyonce-traffic-report-renaissance-sheila-watko-tina-knowles TV reporter crams 17 Beyoncé references into traffic report

Sarah Ridley

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