A window on a special program – hear the owner-ops of the year, in their own words

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Updated Jan 13, 2022

Heading up this Overdrive Radio special edition are the words and guitar of none other than Guy Archer, a professional driver with Airgas who’s on his way to Nashville early next month for the recording session that was the prize for his big win last month in the 2021 Overdrive/Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search.

In today's podcast we're giving listeners the pleasure of running through the three Talent Search finalists’ excellent entries into that competition this year (the competition's 8th in existence). Before that, though, catch a window on a special program – the gala awards presentation at the Truckload Carriers Association’s Truckload 2021 conference out in Las Vegas last week.

It features introductions to the Company Driver of the Year with Overdrive sister publicationTruckers News, and our own Owner-Operator of the Year. The convention center ballroom setting – with a festive stage flanked by giant screens – saw each contender telling parts of their stories, in their own words, reflecting on the difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year plus, and much more. Take a listen: 

It’s a special program, ultimately, and one I'll join owner-operator Bryan Smith in encouraging you to take part in this year – the nomination period for Owner-Operator and Company Driver of the Year is open now through October 25. Independent and leased owner-operators – up to five trucks, where the owner still drives – can enter the next year's contest or nominate another owner or driver through October 25.