Todd Dills

Counting down the hours to 2016: The Channel 19 year in review, part 1

We've got a full 14-hour clock's worth of on-duty time, and more, left yet, so check back tomorrow and on New Year's Eve for the second and third parts of this the annual year in review on the Channel 19 blog.

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Drivers’ Night Before Christmas — a tribute from a dispatcher

Chipman Relocations' Tina Pastore sends this poem out to all company employees and contracting owner-operators in advance of the Christmas holiday, a fitting driver tribute this time of year.

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Van spot market update — volume, rates relatively steady into holiday week

Van load availability slipped 5 percent last week and truck capacity edged up 1 percent, pushing the average load-to-truck ratio down from 1.7 to 1.6 loads per truck.

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‘Santa was a trucker’ — and more music for the Christmas holiday

A little music for the Christmas holiday -- including Erich McMann's new single, "Santa Was a Trucker" -- and readers' named top Christmas song.

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Heroes of the highway: Truckers just ‘awesome,’ says four-wheeler

A positive bit of news involving truckers Ken Lear, Jeff Norwood and a man and his dog came out of Mt. Laurel, N.J., last week.

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: Manufacture date or model year?

The short answer is that FMCSA intends to draw the line according to model year, not date of manufacture. The long answer is that mixing language on model year and date of manufacture only complicates things for operators, eventual enforcement...

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“God and God Alone”: Driver-songwriter Paul Marhoefer’s latest

The song has its roots in an accident that destroyed Marhoefer's Western Star in 2001 and nearly killed him, bringing on some tough times for the family. Hear it -- and more from his lately-released EP -- here.

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Mailbag: Answering a few ELD mandate questions, and more trucking views

In this Channel 19 edition of Overdrive Radio podcast edition a few ELD-mandate-related questions answered, and a round-up of ongoing commentary coming in on the podcast line...

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Van spot market update: Can you guess the worst-performing lanes of the week?

"What goes up must come down," says DAT's Ken Harper, who notes laws of gravity as a general rule might well be applied to "to truck loads and rates on the spot market," particularly as seen this past week.

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ELD mandate represents a ‘piece of freedom’ under threat, say readers

Audio: Three views of the ELD mandate show the strong opposition felt among many -- meantime, more debate on the pre-2000 model year exception and just who benefits most, by the numbers.

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