“Dispatch Me Home

‘Shipping wars’ TV series starts tonight on A&E

The Austin American-Statesman reminds us that the latest in the phenomenon of truck-driving reality-TV series debuts tonight, with back-to-back half-hour episodes of 'Shipping Wars' occupying the 9 p.m. (ET and PT) hour on A&E. The debate over whether the show will be a boon to the image of drivers in the public imagination has already begun, as evidenced by comments on my previous post on the subject, from December. "I’ll definitely be checking it out on ...

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Modest proposal: ‘Let regulators have what they want’

Today, a dispatch from driver and radio host Big Al Weekley (pictured), the man behind the streaming Dispatch Me Home Radio Network site. It comes in response to Nabisco hauler Buddy Wenners' modest proposal to regulators to skip all the preamble and really just do what they really seem to want to do, "ban truck driving," posted to the blog here last Friday. While Weekley says he initially responded with plenty of empathy for the sentiment, ...

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Online trucker network launches Monday

The host of the online radio trucking  program “Dispatch Me Home” is starting an online network of the same name with additional music and other programming. It will launch at 10 a.m. CST Nov. 21, says host Big Al Weekley. The network is based at www.DispatchMeHomeRadio.com. Weekley produces the network with Bruce Wieser, known as “Mayor Bandit,” the founder of the social existing Dispatch Me Home trucker social website, www.DispatchMeHomeext.ning.com. The expanded format will include trucking news and ...

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Bob ‘Cowpoke’ Martin passes on

It is with sadness I bring news to you today of a longtime operator's passing. Though it's been years since I spoke to him -- and then only briefly -- the memory of the conversations I had with Indiana-based Bob Martin (on the occasion of his win of the 2007 $50,000 truck makeover on the occasion of the Shell SuperRigs event and associated calendar) is crystal clear in its essence. Martin could tell instantly how ...

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Truck Stop Missouri redux; American Trucker GATS episode tonight

Truck Stop Missouri a 'trucking ambassador' in reality? After my interview posted yesterday with Joe Bechtold, General Manager of the Midway Truck Stop and Travel Plaza that is the subject of the Truck Stop Missouri TV show on the Travel Channel, a longtime commenter on the Channel 19 blog took issue with Bechtold's characterization of the show as a positive for the image of the trucking industry generally -- and the American driver in particular. Bandit, ...

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Trucking advocate enjoyed Overdrive award

Bruce Wieser won a prize for the Native American-inspired message on his rig and now advocates for trucker heroes.

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