TV

‘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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Webb Wheel on Motorhead Garage TV this morning

Looking for a little extra wheel maintenance know-how? Tune into Webb Wheel's television debut this morning during a Motorhead Garage TV episode on Fox Sports Network (FSN) Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m., re-airing Monday, Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m., all time zones. You'll recall prior appearances of fifth-wheel makers Jost as well as Hendrickson Suspensions, which I've written about on the blog. For this one, says Marshall Boheler, sales and marketing VP, he and product engineering ...

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‘Talented truckers’ TV show looking for … talented truckers

A television production company has a rather off-the-wall idea it's helping one of the major cable channels develop -- it wants to create a talent-competition-type series (a la American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, et al) that plays out on location at, well, a truck stop. And in the spirit of radio truck driver talent hours and other such showcases, they want  the crooners, musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers, you name it, among the nation's long- ...

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A trucking ambassador: Interviewing ‘Truck Stop Missouri’ star Joe Bechtold

The Truck Stop Missouri series on the Travel Channel has been running for a couple of months now, featuring the goings on in and around the 12 business that make up the Midway Travel Plaza between St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri, I-70 exit 121. Midway General Manager Joe Bechtold (pictured) has seen his expectations realized in many respects. "Has it brought in more business?" I asked him yesterday. "Yes. Definitely," he said, simply, as ...

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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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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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Mack CEO on ‘Undercover Boss’ this weekend; Overdrive editor on magazine’s 50th anniversary

Mack prez works from the trenches Class 8 trucks come to CBS reality-TV series Undercover Boss this weekend, featuring Mack Trucks President & CEO Denny Slagle. The broadcast will be from 9-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, Eastern and Pacific. In making the episode, as with others in the series, the company president went undercover to work side-by-side with Mack employees at the Macungie, Pa., plant that assembles every Mack truck sold in North America; the Hagerstown, Md., plant that ...

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Tow-truckers echo long-haulers on Discovery’s ‘Wreck Chasers’

In many ways, tow-truckers are the absolute opposites of long-haulers. The tow-truckers of the Discovery Channel's new "Wreck Chasers" series, on a three week trial run that began with two half-hour episodes Monday, are trying to beat their competitors to the sight of a wreck, of course. In Philadelphia, among whose tow-truckers the story is set, all still operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, making competition much fiercer than in most U.S. cities of comparable ...

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