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Brian Merkel and Brian Shipper host conversations with people that drive for a living as they share their wild and crazy experiences from the road. Becoming stranded, bad storms, weird hitchhikers, saving someone from an accident, seeing UFOs, and so much more! If you've experienced it, Brian and Shipper want to talk about it!

Hammer Lane Legends Merkel Media

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    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

Brian Merkel and Brian Shipper host conversations with people that drive for a living as they share their wild and crazy experiences from the road. Becoming stranded, bad storms, weird hitchhikers, saving someone from an accident, seeing UFOs, and so much more! If you've experienced it, Brian and Shipper want to talk about it!

    BACK IT UP | 103: Delivering the Freshness

    BACK IT UP | 103: Delivering the Freshness

    In Episode 103: Delivering the Freshness, the guys have a chat with Kirk, a linen delivery man and an ex-podcaster. If I told you that linen delivery was a crazy experience, would you believe me? Kirk shared with us countless stories to prove that not only is the linen delivery game wild, it's really messy too. Buckle up and enjoy the freshness!

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    215: The Heart Of Trucking

    215: The Heart Of Trucking

    In this week's show, Brian and Shipper welcome back Olivia, Karen, and Cheryl for an engaging dive into their compelling stories of Olivia and Cheryl's father, Steve, a dedicated trucker since the 70s who persevered despite battling kidney disease. Karen opens up about her adventures driving alongside her husband and the hurdles of truck ownership.

    This episode captures the sacrifices, challenges, and unique memories of truckers and their families. They dive into the impact of autonomous trucks to the beloved tradition of driving stick shift vehicles. Karen also then has a nostalgic recount of a two-week truck journey to Florida, the joy of music on the road, and the quirks of a trucker's life. Tune in for a heartfelt, intriguing glimpse into life behind the wheel.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    BACK IT UP | 164: Father's Day Special!

    BACK IT UP | 164: Father's Day Special!

    In this week's show, Brian and Shipper are joined by Tony and Jack! For the first time in about a year, Tony joins the show and the guys were thrilled to have him. This episode went from on the rails, to off the rails, to losing the rails completely! However, it was such a good time regardless. They talk about Tony's time down in Tennessee thus far, as well as new industry updates, and AI's looming domination. Thanks for listening, and enjoy this episode!

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    214: High-Stakes Car Hauling

    214: High-Stakes Car Hauling

    In this week's episode, Brian and Shipper sit down with veteran truck driver Will to delve into the world of car hauling. Will shares his journey through the industry, highlighting the transition between different types of freight, the intricacies of handling vehicle damages, and the challenges of loading and unloading cars. He offers a fascinating look at the skills required for the job and the regional nature of his work.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    BACK IT UP | 120: The Third Dud

    BACK IT UP | 120: The Third Dud

    In Episode 120: The Third Dud, Shipper and Brian chat with Bob, whose career in driving spans decades and wars. Bob is a Vietnam War veteran, and in fact, that's how he learned to drive. When he entered the military, he was given the station of truck driver, and did he ever have some crazy experiences! The unbelievable things he's seen on the road are incredible to hear, so buckle up and get ready to listen to all of Bob's great stories!

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    213: Load Up On Leadership

    213: Load Up On Leadership

    In this week's show, Brian and Shipper are joined by John Malva, Vice President of Operations for the supply chain division at Pitt Ohio, who shares insights into his role managing third-party logistics, truckload shipments, and dedicated drivers.
    John emphasizes the importance of drivers roles, strong leadership, and open communication at Pitt Ohio. He discusses the company's commitment to integrity, highlighted by their decision to forgo a $1.1 million account due to employee mistreatment and their charitable donations. 

    The conversation also covers the expansion of Pitt Ohio's services, including freight forwarding, air freight, and international shipping. John highlights the importance of trust in relationships, mentoring young talent, and the growth of the supply chain division. He discusses the company's focus on customer service and industry challenges, such as the Francis Scott Key Bridge closure and developing international shipping capabilities. This was a great conversation, that allowed us to learn a lot about Pitt-Ohio. 

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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

iheardyah ,

Love the podcast!!

I love you guys! Being a bus driver myself, I know the frustrations that you go through. It’s tough some days not to want to clock someone up side the head and give them a shake. Keep up the great work Tony and Brian. You are awesome!!

doubble C ,

UNINFORMED AND UNPROFESSIONAL

As a 39 year veteran over the road truck driver I can tell you these people know little about the business. Act as though they know all, and are misinforming the general public about the profession. Hacks like this just reinforce old myths And hurt the industry. Pass on this one.

felsker ,

Top notch

Just like The Confessionals Podcast, this one doesn’t disappoint. Grew up with a trucker dad and done my fair share of it in my life too. Riveting episode of fuel tanker contractor in enemy territory. Just fantastic. Production is top notch and can’t wait to hear more. Much respect from Canada and keep up the good work.

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