Been hit hard by the recession? Jonesing for a steady income? Yearning to bid your woes adios and set out on the open road? Then you’ve logged onto the right edition of SoundBits. Because this week we’re turning the spot headlights on Allen Smith, host of The Truth About Trucking. And if anyone knows the truth about trucking, it’s Allen. Now 49, the Citrus Springs, Fla., resident began driving 26-foot moving vans in 1977, before ratcheting things up a notch by getting behind the wheel of a tractor trailer in 1986. Today he devotes much of his time helping newbie drivers steer clear of the many scams that infect his industry, while improving the quality of life for those who depend on it for their livelihood.
Give us a 15- second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?
Our show is straightforward and to the point when it comes to the truth about over-the-road trucking as a career. We do not sugarcoat the facts about OTR trucking. Yet we provide the best info available for students and new drivers in order to help them succeed in a trucking vocation.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
I have seven kids. That usually shocks them enough!
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
The late, great Paul Harvey.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
Willie Nelson. Not only is he a legend in the music industry, he also owns several truck stops across the country.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
My standard blue jeans, black shirt and tennis shoes.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
My wife Donna and I had a business trip to Tampa planned right after one show, so I was changing clothes during the final three to four minutes of the program.
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