Looking for some great trucking podcasts to listen to at the wheel? Lenay Ruhl of Big Rig Banter‘s got you covered…
In the transportation industry, there are so many awesome podcasts that are trucking through the airwaves. So, how do you choose which ones to tune into? We’re going to help you by narrowing down what we consider the top five trucking podcasts available right now.
But before we do that, let’s consider what makes a good podcast. For starters, the host has to be entertaining to listen to. If they’re not funny or personable, it’s hard to get into a podcast. The key ingredient for a successful podcast is to be relatable to the audience.
Secondly, the host has to know what they’re talking about. From there, it goes into sound quality, maintaining a consistent posting schedule, and improving user engagement.
Taking all that into consideration, here are the top five trucking podcasts that you should listen to!
Red Eye Radio Show
Although this show has “radio” in the title, listeners can stream it online.
What’s most unique about this podcast is that the hosts, Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, go live. This allows truckers to listen in real time, and they cover a variety of topics from news and weather to driver safety.
Anyone putting together a trucking podcast should listen to Red Eye Radio for pointers – they’ve been at it a long time. The show is recognized in the United States as the longest-running syndicated radio program targeting truck drivers.
The strength in Trucker Dump is that it’s a podcast for truckers, hosted by a trucker.
The host, Todd McCann, is consistent in posting episodes. He’s entertaining to listen to – he’s brutally honest when it comes to the good, bad, and ugly of the trucking industry. Most importantly, he knows what he’s talking about!
He receives raving reviews from listeners, and he maintains a strong social media presence, which keeps him engaged with his target audience.
An American Truck Driver
An American Truck Driver podcast is exactly what the title says. It’s an average American truck driver named Chris Polk who wanted his voice heard, so he turned to the internet.
Larry Long, the owner of Blue Ribbon Logistical Solutions, joins Chris on the podcast. Chris and Larry talk all things trucking, from topics as personal as self-accountability, to how to survive when rates are down.
This one's not technically a podcast, per se, but it is available online. Drivers Talk makes the list because they are informative and innovative.
Not only do they have lots of episodes, but they experiment with a variety of platforms to get their show heard. They go live, they create videos, and they do the traditional, conversational show.
Big Rig Banter
Big Rig Banter is a newer trucking podcast, but it is gaining in popularity. Although it’s a rookie in the trucking podcast industry, the sound quality is great, and they publish twice a month.
The hosts, Troy and Lenay, both have a background in journalism but work for AllTruckJobs.com. They analyze the trucking industry from a career perspective – how to find a trucking job, understanding pay, and then other lifestyle topics.
Their strength is in the interviews. They bring in a variety of people from the trucking industry, from charity organizers to truckers themselves.
This podcast is ideal for someone who is new to the trucking industry and wants to learn!
Looking Beyond Trucking Podcasts?
Hopefully these shows will have you raring to jump in the cab for your next shift. But maybe you'd like to mix your playlist up a little bit too?
And, if you've ever toyed with the idea of starting your own podcast, check out our step by step guide. It'll walk you through the entire process, from planning, to launch, and beyond!