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Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s Tour Truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Idella M. Hansen Petro in North Little Rock, Ark. That’s located at Exit 161 off Interstate 40. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule. Air date: Oct. 17, 2017.

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Before you know it, the networks will be out with their Fall TV lineups. Insiders tell me to expect blockbuster ratings for these new programs:
  • American Idle – the heroic story of one courageous trucker’s struggle to stay warm in Northern California without an APU. Peter Bilt stars as Chatter N. Teethe.
  • Dancing With The Cars – the harrowing saga of trucker Dodge M. Barely coping with cars that hang in the blind spot, cut back in way too close after passing, or abruptly pull out from side streets allowing zero braking distance.
  • (FM)CSA Miami – a knee-slapping comedy featuring two hapless federal regulators who impose new hours-of-service rules on truckers – 2 hours on, 2 off, 1 on, 3 off, 4 on, 5 off, 4 on, 3 off.
  • America’s Next Top Model—an exciting audience participation show that pits models like the Freightliner Cascadia against the International Lone Star. Weekly winners are decided by an applause-o-meter.
  • Nip Truck—(PG) the steamy drama of an unemployed plastic surgeon who pays thousands to a truck driving school because they told him, “The companies are hiring.”
These are just a few of the great shows I’ve heard will premiere this Fall. If you know of others, please feel free to add them to the list. Land Line Magazine copy editor Elizabeth Andersen offers two more:
  • Dipstick Jungle is a dramedy that follows the professional and personal lives of three best friends, all of whom are top professionals. These three powerful truckers are always there to support one another and navigate the crazy and sometimes scary world that is the National Highway System.
  • Skin and Bones was inspired by real-life meetings of the Medical Review Board. Sleep expert Dr. Temperance BMI has an uncanny ability to detect CPAP non-adherence and addiction to Biggie-Sized Value Meals. She tracks down truckers and hounds them so relentlessly that their gross weight plummets. 
 

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