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Todd Dills

Meredith Ochs talks big trucks on NPR

| December 26, 2008

Meredith Ochs, known best for her cohosting slot with Chris T. on Sirius Road Dog’s “Freewheelin'” show, talked a bit about her love of rolling in rigs on NPR’s Fall Music Preview back in September. (We’ve gotten behind a bit on our All Songs Considered free podcast subscription, sorry.) She and Chris have in fact broadcast their show live from big rigs in the past. In the Fall Music Preview show, she had this to say of rolling in a big truck: “>Man, you get addicted to it. You’re high up off the highway, you see everything. Man, it’s just really fun.”

Perhaps an odd duck to be hosting a trucking show, perhaps not, the New York City resident splits her time, according to her website, between “>the garden at the Noguchi … walking her foster Westie in central park … [and] eating pakistani food at a downtown hole-in-the-wall where only cabbies dine.”> With an eclectic taste in music, though, she’s always a refreshing voice on public radio — here’s her Best of 2007 CD list. Keep an eye out for 2008.
br Truckers News wrote about Ochs and Chris T. the July 2007 trucking radio round-up that was that issue’s cover story. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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