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Formerly known as The American Truck Driver Podcast, The Blue Ribbon Podcast is a show about how thrive and survive in the Trucking Industry as an Owner/Operator. Hosted by Larry W. Long and Chris Polk, this podcast will give you all the tools and information you need to become a successful Owner/Operator.

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Formerly known as The American Truck Driver Podcast, The Blue Ribbon Podcast is a show about how thrive and survive in the Trucking Industry as an Owner/Operator. Hosted by Larry W. Long and Chris Polk, this podcast will give you all the tools and information you need to become a successful Owner/Operator.

    Episode 64: Discussing Goals and Plans for the New Year

    Episode 64: Discussing Goals and Plans for the New Year

    In this episode we take a moment and reflect on 2019 and talk about things we're looking forward to in 2020.

    • 40 min
    Episode 63: Answering Listener Emails

    Episode 63: Answering Listener Emails

    We’re back with the first new episode of 2020 and we answer a couple of great emails we received from our listeners. The answers will cover what processes to use when you’re looking at a truck and also how to consider the value of one brand of truck over another.

    • 54 min
    Episode 62: #DecadeChallenge

    Episode 62: #DecadeChallenge

    I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media over the last couple weeks with the #DecadeChallenge hashtag. People would take a picture from 2009 and put it with a picture from 2019. It was an interesting contrast to see the difference in people’s lives over ten years in the social media age.

    We thought it would be fun to run through the years 2009-2019 and compare our own stories. Neither one of us saw the end of the episode coming together the way it did. It was, by far, the most fun and interesting episode we’ve done so far.

    You can also check out the Dissecting a Decade Series I did before Larry joined the show where I detailed the years 2009-2018 in my story of becoming (and failing) an Owner/Operator.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 61: Why Do You Want To Be An Owner/Operator

    Episode 61: Why Do You Want To Be An Owner/Operator

    DECEMBER 1, 2019

    Before you make the decision to become and Owner/Operator, it’s very important for you to ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” Owning and operating your own truck or trucking company can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. It can also be a nightmare. If you aren’t prepared with the right mindset and expectations, your journey to self-employment can be a very bumpy road.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 60: Dealing with the Fallout of California's AB5 Independent Contractor Law

    Episode 60: Dealing with the Fallout of California's AB5 Independent Contractor Law

    In the last week, Landstar has begun notifying its BCO's (Business Capacity Operators) that they can only continue to be leased to Landstar if they: move out of the state or accept that they cannot pick up any loads in the state where they reside. We took this opportunity to discuss the elements of this story that no one else is talking about - Where did this come from and where do we go from here? The peer-to-peer economy is here to stay. Uber and Lyft are just the beginning of a shift that is happening in the global economy. Everything is about to change and these independent contractor mis-classification laws are a distraction and and a last desperate attempt for the establishment to hold onto its waning power.

    • 53 min
    Episode 59: The Story of the Truck with an Illegal Engine

    Episode 59: The Story of the Truck with an Illegal Engine

    We have teased this story over the last few episodes. At the end of 2018, we came across a truck that we considered adding to the fleet. This would be the first truck we would buy together. We had to go through a lot to get this truck legal and operating. It’s been a great learning experience. Strap in and enjoy the ride!

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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Gold!

If you are wanting to up your game as a business owner, check these guys out. You won’t be sorry.

jethero boseen ,

Knowledge in life

Great podcast guys , common sense stuff that nobody sees. Larry and Chris bring a refreshing and humorous view of the American trucking business and and making wealth from it . I would love to work for these guys for a few years just to pick their brains daily , pretty sure they would make great teachers .

coffeypot76 ,

Great information to help us be the best we can be.

I love that you guys remind listeners that only we can be responsible for our own success or failure. I love listening and can not get enough. You touch on hot topics and state facts that you spend time researching and fact checking. Thank you for all your hard work. Please keep it up.

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