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Dave Nemo is quick to say how privileged he feels to be a pioneer in a radio revolution on XM Satellite Radio.
"Not many folks get the chance to stay in the same job for over 30 years, yet at the same time launch a 'new' career as exciting as this," says Nemo.
Nemo's Nashville studio is a familiar coffee stop for artists and songwriters where beloved country classics, Nashville's newest songs, and a steady stream of truckin' tunes become the musical core of his radio show. Adding conversations with America's truckers and industry leaders along with Interscan Weather, vital information, and "fun stuff" make it a favorite lifestyle program for those on the open road.
Nemo's radio career began in college and continued with the Armed Forces Korea Network (AFKN) in Seoul, South Korea. "It was incredible. My show was on from 6 PM to Midnight. We called it Nemo's Nitebeat. I learned so much from the guys there that I'm still using bits of knowledge that I picked up at AFKN." When he returned, Nemo joined Charlie Douglas on the legendary Road Gang Show.
Nemo was the only broadcaster to target West Memphis, Arkansas, during the devastating tornado of 1987. He received the key to the city during "Dave Nemo Day." He brought Salt Lake City's Primary Children's Medical Center fund raiser to national attention with great response from America's truckers. Nemo has also opened his booth to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Mid America Trucking Show. Most recently he gave his show over to Special Olympics to help raise needed funds. Again, truckers responded genorously.
"I've always believed that our truckers deserve the best," says Nemo. "And it doesn't get better than XM".
Dale "The Truckin' Bozo" Sommers began his radio career in 1959 as a 15 year-old high school student in Cincinnati, Ohio. But his truly "big break" came in 1977 when he went to work hosting an afternoon program for WDAF in Kansas City where Program Director Randy Michaels was very impressed by this talented young man. A few years later Sommers moved back home to Cincinnati where Michaels had taken over programming duties for WLW. Sommers was hired again by his mentor to launch a new all-night show targeted to truckers and on March 26, 1984, the "Truckin' Bozo" was born.
Sommers hosted his highly rated all-night program for over 20 years, but the intense pace eventually took its toll, and in April 2004 ill health forced him to leave his beloved network in the hands of his oldest son Steve. After taking five months off to get some rest and put his health back in order, the "Truckin' Bozo" has returned to the Open Road - XM 171 broadcasting a three-hour afternoon show from his home studio in Citrus Hills, Florida.
Mark Reddig first came to OOIDA in November of 2002 as a writer and editor at the association's publication, Land Line Magazine. A winner of several national awards for his work at the magazine, Reddig is a veteran journalist and member of the Truck Writers of North America, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas City Press Club.
He previously served as an editor for several local newspapers in Kansas and Missouri, and was editor of a website that covered the telecommunications industry. Mark grew up with connections to the trucking industry: As a teen-ager, he worked part-time for his father, who operated truck tire centers for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. Members of his extended family worked for White Truck.
Since 2005, Mark has hosted Land Line Now, America's FIRST daily news and information program for professional drivers. Land Line Now's team of experienced reporters and experts cover important trucking news and issues affecting both U.S. and Canadian drivers. The program airs exclusively on Open Road from 7:05-8PM ET and is replayed every morning from 6:05-7AM ET.
Phone: (800) 444-5791
Kevin Rutherford, a principal at ATBS, is a financial planner, business trainer, author of national articles on trucking and finance, small fleet owner and tax preparer.
He started his career as an owner-operator 20 years ago, running his one-truck operation with the sophistication of a much larger fleet of trucks. Over the years, his experience has evolved into a comprehensive slate of professional skills including operations, logistics, accounting and tax preparation, financial planning, driver recruiting and information technology systems. Today, Kevin is considered an expert on independent trucking and what it takes to succeed "on the road" or "behind the desk".
Kevin's contributions to Overdrive Magazine, Over The Road, Driving Force, Big Rig Owner, Pro Trucker and the widely recognized Randall Publishing Partners In Business series showcase Kevin's cutting edge grasp of the owner-operator success equation. He has authored several books on how to be successful as an owner-operator and has given seminars to thousands of owner-operators, drivers and fleet executives in the U.S. and Canada. He has also prepared thousands of federal and state tax returns for the owner-operators and company drivers. Kevin was also a member of the Florida Trucking Association "Road Team".
Kevin hosts ATBS Trucking Business & Beyond every day from 12Mid-1AM ET and Saturday and Sunday from 4-7PM ET. The program focuses on financial and tax advice, tires, engines, new technology and ways to put more money back into your pocket whether you’re an owner-operator or a company driver.
Phone: (303) 302-1234
Evan Lockridge anchors Sirius XM Trucking News at the top of every hour Monday through Friday plus at the bottom of the hour from 6am-11am ET.
Evan is a freelance trucking industry journalist and voice talent based in Birmingham, Alabama who has been covering the trucking business for 18 years, including working in satellite radio since 2003.
His previous credits include Newport Communications where he hosted and produced RoadStar Radio News, the nation's first daily-recorded, syndicated trucking news broadcast. During that time he also contributed news articles and features to Newport's RoadStar and Heavy Duty Trucking magazines as well as their web site TruckingInfo.com.
It was during this time Lockridge earned three Jesse H. Neal Awards, was a finalist for another Neal Award and received the coveted Grand Neal Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize for the nation’s business-to- business press. He also received honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and Alabama Media Professionals.
Prior to working with Newport he hosted and produced Overdrive Trucking News for and wrote for Overdrive magazine for several years and worked two years in television news as a reporter and photojournalist.
Evan's other work in radio has been at several commercial and public stations where he worked as a disc-jockey, news anchor/reporter, program director and other duties and contributed stories to National Public Radio and The Alabama Radio Network.
Evan has been married to Deborah Lockridge since 1992. She is also an multi-award winning freelance writer who writes for Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and is the editor of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Journal.