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Todd Dills

Latest engine-brake quandary

| September 11, 2009

Engine brakes -- followed in a close second by idling -- might be the No. 1 bugaboo of localities around the nation when it comes to trucking. They're loud, residents say, a veritable scourge to ...

One truck cranks with football season

| September 08, 2009

The equipment truck for the University of Alabama football team, a 2004 International 9900 decked out with Crimson Tide insignia, triggered almost as much hoopla as a season-opening kickoff when it pulled into a dealership ...

Convoy for a Cure, across North America

| September 07, 2009

The Convoy for a Cure organization jumpstarted last year on the efforts of a Quebecker long-haul driver looking to raise money and awareness, respectively, for breast-cancer research and the challenges of its sufferers. The first, ...

Owner-operator couple raises money for breast cancer victims

| September 04, 2009

Owner-operators Tom and Debbie Berkel (pictured) had the only truck at the Great American Trucking Show festooned with hot pink roses and sugar-pink ribbons. The couple’s 1995 Kenworth W900L was a popular exhibit that ended ...

Learning to conduct — on the rail trail

| September 03, 2009

My "Learning to drive" post from last week about the then-upcoming Blueprint America series special on the rail/truck debate garnered thoughtful comments that, since the special's release, appear that much more prescient. "Little" David Obermark, ...

Behind the superhero — trucking minds at work

| September 02, 2009

Brothers Nick and James Ventrillo are a pair of former truckers -- they ran XX Trucking, out of Las Vegas, earlier this decade -- at opposite ends of the IQ spectrum. The longer-term hauler of ...

What do stimulus money and beef jerky have in common?

| August 31, 2009

We're not exactly sure of the answer to this pressing question here on the Channel 19 blog (other than, perhaps, that both come with a large dose of time in the preparation), but here's what ...

Trucks ‘Made of Gold’ by Hawaiian owner-operator

| August 27, 2009

When we wrote about country singer Leland Martin in July and his partnership with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association to raise money for care packages to send to U.S. troops stationed overseas, little did we ...

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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