A feeling of community at MATS

| 3/19/2009

The Mid-America Trucking Show stirs feelings of homecoming and camaraderie among all the fancy chrome and swag.

Land Line Magazine and Land Line Now reporters and staff have begun to convey their impressions of the show and the people filing in on opening day Thursday, March 19.

Offerings in the online blog, the “Pork Chop Diaries,” have expanded to include those from Land Line Now Host Mark Reddig and the show’s production manager, Barry “The Iceman” Spillman. They share thoughts on the radio show’s booth location and what they are seeing – and hearing – so far at MATS.

Like truckers in a bad economy, Mark and Barry are making the most of their trip to Louisville.

MATS runs through Saturday, March 21, at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.

“I hope I see a crowd,” Mark stated in anticipation of opening day.

“Instead of four horsemen of an economic apocalypse, I’d love to see four signs of recovery. … I know a lot of truckers who have been through a lot of pain. And for them, no gift could be greater.”

Click here to read Mark and Barry’s offerings and to view a cool video clip of the new International LoneStar uploaded by Land Line Magazine Senior Editor Jami Jones.

Land Line Managing Editor Sandi Soendker introduces readers to people she has known for years, including a young man who is “all grown up now” and also is an OOIDA member who owns three trucks.

Land Line Senior Technical Editor Paul Abelson makes a grand entrance into this year’s “Pork Chop Diaries” with some industry news from Cummins – the manufacturer of the ISX engine.

Cummins says it will indeed use SCR – selective catalytic reduction – in its 2010 engines. Cummins previously said it could meet changing emissions standards without SCR in the equation.

If there was any calm before the storm as Jami Jones indicated on Wednesday evening, opening day sure took care of the storm part.

Check back in often to read more people and product stories in the “Pork Chop Diaries.” And be sure to tune in to Land Line Now at 7 p.m. Eastern and 11 p.m. Eastern on Sirius 147 and XM 171.

– By David Tanner, staff writer