OOIDA hosts Truckers for Troops Telethon

| 11/30/2007

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is helping Santa during the holiday season with a special gift to those who serve our country. OOIDA will conduct its first ever membership radio telethon, and 10 percent of the membership fees collected will be matched by the Association to pay for care packages to be sent to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

The campaign is set for next week, Monday through Friday, Dec. 3-7. Members who are renewing and new members can join the Association anytime during the entire week by calling toll free to 1-800-444-5791. During the membership drive, Association dues will be discounted from their normal $45 to only $25 for an annual membership.

On Monday and Tuesday, “Land Line Now,” the Association’s radio show on XM Satellite Radio Channel 171, will promote the membership drive during its regularly scheduled broadcast, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

“It’s a great way to encourage participation and make sure our troops get taken care of,” said OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston. “We know that many of our members have family serving overseas.”

During the radio telethon and membership drive, 10 percent of all membership dues collected will go toward the troops’ care packages. The Association will match that money dollar for dollar.

OOIDA’s switchboard operators will be on hand for a limited time after regular business hours. However, some callers may be directed to a special voicemail extension and asked to leave a detailed message to cover the volume of calls.

After the telethon, OOIDA will arrange and coordinate shipping the care packages, which should be delivered to troops sometime in early January. “The Truckin’ Bozo” radio show will also help promote the campaign with interviews and several on-air mentions during the week of the campaign drive.

“Land Line Now” is America’s first daily one-hour news program produced exclusively for the professional truck driver. The show is created every day at the headquarters of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in Grain Valley, MO.