I Was Recently On The Radio To Talk About When I Was Trucking

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Steve C.'s Comment
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As you may or may not, I was once a truck driver and got my start on Trucking Truth. I loved the experience, but it ended up not working long term for me (I just needed to be home more often for personal reasons and was able to get a job in IT that worked for me). I have nothing bad to say about the experience or the company I drove for, and still think it's a great career path for some people. A local college radio station was doing an episode of their talk show called the Undercurrent (similar to This American Life if you are familiar) and this episode was called "On the Road." Because of this, they wanted to interview a former truck driver, and I was that former truck driver.

If you are interested in listening they put it up as a podcast after the fact here. The part I'm on that is about trucking begins at 18:45

The Undercurrent - s5e10 On The Road

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Steve C.'s Comment
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I should point out I realize I misspoke during the episode. Coleharbor is in North Dakota, though I said south. The population of Coleharbor is actually 79, not 20.

I guess there are reasons I'm not a professional talker. confused.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey man, I totally missed this message completely the first time through and just caught it now. I listened to that interview - pretty cool! It was pretty straightforward, which is good. There's never any telling what angle someone might have when wanting to interview a truck driver but that interview was certainly innocent enough. Good stuff.

Steve C.'s Comment
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Thanks Brett. I had a lot of fun doing it. When the reporter contacted me initially I was a bit weary, but he assured me the goal was just to give people a window into an aspect of life they may not otherwise know anything about. I think he did a very good job with that. He was certainly able to edit down a lot of my rambling in to a short piece that was interesting enough for radio.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, I thought it went very well. They seemed genuinely interested in learning a little bit about the lifestyle and everything you said was solid. I didn't have any concerns with any of it. I liked it.

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