Robb Mariani

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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Phone app for getting around GATS in Dallas next week

If you're saying "Man I sure could have used that last year," I can assure you you're not alone. The new Great American Trucking Show app for various smartphone platforms, put together by the show's owners (Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information, publishers of Overdrive) with Core Apps and sponsored the Cummins Engine Corp., puts an interactive, searchable map of the show floor at the Dallas convention center at your fingertips, as well as offering one-touch access to showgoer information ...

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Roadside Attractions

Robb Mariani will be one of the judges in the Custom Rigs Pride & Polish competition, make exercise your new normal, flooding creates hassles for drivers, spotting severe weather a truck gallery and other trucking news items are featured.

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Breaker-breaker: Thursday Channel 19 news round-up

Tonight on American Trucker on the Speed Channel: You The third episode of the second season of the American Trucker documentary show on the Speed Channel is called, simply, "Independent." It will explore, well, guess who? The episode runs at 10p.m. eastern time, with replays throughout the week. See the full schedule. Or if you've as yet missed it, click on the cover image here to read Truckers News editor Randy Grider's story about the ...

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Tonight on American Trucker — Gully Transportation’s antique trucks

Gully Transportation will be featured on tonight's edition of the American Trucker television show. The episode will air on the Speed Channel at 10 p.m. Eastern. The program will show the production of one of the Quincy, Ill.-based regional hauler's newest trucks – a 2011 Freightliner Cascadia – in the manufacturer's Cleveland, N.C., facility. “My father started the business with just one truck in 1947," says company vice president Michael Gully, "and in 1964 he purchased his first ...

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Getting around ‘Truckermageddon'; American Trucker season 2 ‘gets hardcore’

California 'Carmageddon' also a 'Truckermageddon'? NBC Los Angeles ran this report on truckers' plans for avoiding the I-405 shutdown this weekend -- the 405 will be shut down northbound in a 10-mile stretch between I-10 and U.S. 101. The southbound closure will begin at U.S. 101 and extend four miles to the Getty Center Drive ramps. On Friday, the closure will begin at certain on-ramps as early as 7 p.m., and closure of freeway lanes will ...

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American Trucker season opens with Joplin coverage

Later this season, Robb Mariani will tape an episode at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August.

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Final season one episode of American Trucker on Speed Channel this Thursday

If you missed the news two weeks back, the final episode of the first season of American Trucker on the Speed Channel will features the production crew's documentation of the last mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery and, more particularly, the trucks that are front and center in preparations for the journey. Among them are some that have been present at space missions since the beginning of the shuttle program -- like the walking-tall Peterbilt ...

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Kenworth T700 on Speed

We're talking the Speed Channel, of course. The aerodynamic Kenworth T700 (pictured), equipped with the fuel-efficient MX engine, will be featured at 9 p.m. Eastern on April 14, a Thursday, on the new Speedmakers television series on the Speed Channel. The one-hour program was filmed at the Kenworth plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, where Kenworth trucks are assembled. “Speed is a well-respected network that attracts significant interest from truckers and the trucking industry. The Speedmakers series is ...

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Diamond Heavy Haul rig/driver appearing on ‘American Trucker’ this week

When I interviewed the Speed Channel's 'American Trucker' program host Robb Mariani back in January, he was “on set” in the passenger seat of a Diamond Heavy Haul driver’s rig, hooked to a “huge electrical component” en route south across Ohio to an Ohio River port. “I think it’s probably the heaviest haul I could have imagined – the rig they have they build from scratch. It’s got 114 tires and is more than 250-ft. ...

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