Truckers for Troops challenges heating up

| 12/10/2009

It wouldn’t be the annual OOIDA Truckers for Troops Telethon if the challenges didn’t get tossed around. This year is certainly no exception.

Last year OOIDA employees fielding telethon calls started a new tradition for veterans joining or renewing memberships with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. They started keeping track of what branch of the military they belonged to.

That’s all it took. The challenge was announced on air and the trash talk started with a hash mark board collecting tally marks through the rest of the telethon. Army, in the end, was victorious in 2008.

The veteran challenge is alive and well this year. To up the ante a bit, Land Line Now staffers Reed Black and Jami Jones have sweetened the deal.

Black, who is an Army veteran, has proclaimed repeatedly during this year’s telethon that Army will win the challenge again. On tonight’s show Jones took exception to this and challenged vets of all the other branches to “prove Reed wrong.”

Of course that wasn’t the end of it. The challenge escalated to the point that if Army loses the challenge, Black will wear a T-shirt that says, “I was wrong.” If Army does win, Jones will have to sport a “Reed was right” T-shirt. Photos of the loser will be shared on

There are several ways to participate in the telethon – by joining the Association, renewing your membership or simply making a donation:

  • During business hours or during our early broadcast, call 800-444-5791, and ask for membership;
  • After business hours, call that same number, 800-444-5791. If you get our automated system, press 1; leave your name and phone number, and we’ll call you back;
  • Take part online by sending your dues and donation to OOIDA Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029; be sure to make your check “Troops, dues and donation” or “Troops, donation only”;
  • Or join online here – just put the word “troops” in the space for promo code.

Land Line Now airs on XM 171 and Sirius 147 at 7 p.m. Eastern time, with an encore broadcast at 11 p.m. Eastern.