‘Dan Rather Reports’ on trucking

| 11/10/2009

The cable audience got another look into the world of trucking on Tuesday, Nov. 10, when Dan Rather sat down to talk about the concerns of truckers and companies in today?s economy.

Photo by Norita Taylor

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer and OOIDA Life Member Miles Verhoef discuss trucking issues with Dan Rather during a forum that will air Tuesday, Nov. 10, on HDNET.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer and OOIDA Life Member Miles Verhoef were panelists in a trucking forum held at Willie’s Place Theater at Carl’s Corner, TX.

Topics from the forum aired on “Dan Rather Reports” at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern on HDNET.

“The format was wide open, and there were a number of issues discussed that are important to truckers,” Spencer said.

Research scientist and author Michael Belzer; Werner Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Derek Leathers; and long-time trucker and driver trainer Tim Dean joined Rather, Spencer and Verhoef on the panel.

“It was a great opportunity to discuss some of the economic issues in trucking,” Spencer said.

“Dan Rather Reports” conducted the forum as a follow-up to Episode 433, which aired three weeks ago, titled “Queen of the Road.” During that episode, trucker and OOIDA Member Desiree Wood along with other interviewees discussed driver training and the challenges and hardships of life on the road.

The 30-minute segment shed light on the number of drivers being herded through schools and into the cabs of commercial vehicles without adequate experience.

The episode from the forum was Episode 436, titled “Truck talk.”

Archived episodes are available for purchase on iTunes.

– By David Tanner, staff writer