Podcasts for Truckers
Driving on the road can get, frankly, boring. Podcasts, episodic talk shows, can help mitigate that boredom and even make driving across the country fun. Here are our top picks of podcasts to help truckers get to point B.
Podcasts About Trucking
It is important to stay up to date within the trucking industry.
Allen Smith has been hosting his podcast since 2008, talking about changes in technology and regulations, and how they impact you. With over 275 episodes averaging ninety minutes each, there is plenty of content to take with you. If episodes from half a decade ago do not interest you, you can always call in and ask him questions live, every Thursday at 6 PM Eastern.
Chris Polk is a down-to-earth trucker who gives his views on anything his mind comes across that day. Having owned his own trucking business since 2011, he wishes to use the power of modern media to provide his own experiences in order to impart wisdom on other truckers throughout the nation. His topics range from self improvement to parking. It’s clear that he tries to consistently update but life gets in the way, leading to occasional breaks that last over five months.
Todd McCain talks about the trucker life, ranging, as he says, “from trucking regulations, to driver safety, driver etiquette, cool apps and services for truckers.” As a trucker with over two decades of experience, the only downside to this podcast is its inconsistency: it regularly updates about once a month, and Todd is currently on hiatus.
Podcasts About News For Truckers
For the trucker who wants to stay updated on going-ons in the world.
Updated daily, PBS News Hour condenses daily news into an audio track approximately thirty to sixty minutes long. An easy way to knock out fifty-five miles while staying up to date on current events regarding politics, education, entertainment, and more.
When it comes to public media, the British Broadcasting Corporation holds the crown (pun intended). Updated at least once a day, BBC Global News provides updates around the world.
Five minute news bytes, updated hourly. Best for drivers who want a quick break from listening to whatever it was they were listening to before.
Entertainment Podcasts for Truckers
Want to make the trip seem shorter? Listen to these podcasts to help make time fly by.
While individual sports may have their own dedicated podcasts, a person looking for general sports news need not go any further than Golic and Wingo. From the NFL to the NBA, Golic and Wingo update their sports coverage every day. Not interested in a particular sport? Episodes are spliced by sport covered each day, allowing you to skip ones that do not interest you.
Horror stories are all the scarier when true. Lore provides chilling readings of historical tales of woe. Episodes are both self-contained and timeless, allowing listeners to listen to them in any order. Averaging forty minutes per episode at over 125 episodes, there are over 83 hours of chilling audio. Try listening to it when driving at night!
Being unable to watch video while driving, listening to voices is king of the road. Rob Paulsen, an acclaimed voice actor with over three decades and hundreds of roles in his resumé, interviews voice actors from cartoon, video game, live-action CGI, and commercial roles. Things get especially hectic when the voice actors say things in character voices that they would never say in the usual context: in one episode, Chris Griffin (Seth Green) from Family Guy plays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, screaming about the power of the Dark Side in his shrill, teenager voice. With new voice actors each episode, it is an almost certainty you will recognize a character or two.
Bill Burr talks about anything and everything (each episode title starts with “Bill rambles”) in a way only a comedian can. His blatant disregard for political correctness told with the slightest hint of a Boston twang, is sure to make any trucker laugh. Episodes cover timely events as well as general nonsense, so even episodes talking about Thanksgiving are worth a listen when Bill starts talking about visiting remote islands. Updates twice a week with about an hour per update.
Money and Business Podcasts for Truckers
Money makes the world go around. For the astute trucker who dreams big.
If you are a trucker who spends less than he makes and wants advice on where to park your excess income to have it work for you, Listen Money Matters is for you. The podcast advertises itself as “…not your father’s boring money show”, with the two hosts, Andrew Fiebert and Thomas Frank, giving straight advice both in general and to specific questions fans call in. At the very least, hearing other people’s financial woes may make you feel better about yourself.
Paula Pat has used her resources to escape the daily rat race, and created a podcast to help other people use their time, energy, and money better in order to truly live their best lives. While mostly talking about money, she sometimes talks about personal improvement. Updates once to twice weekly, depending on how she feels.
For the trucker who already has money invested in financial markets and institutions, Money for the Rest of Us gives listeners a weekly update about changes in financial markets and how the changes impact the little guy.
Political Podcasts for Truckers
Friends that want to stay friends don’t discuss politics. Fortunately, you are in your truck and likely listening by yourself. We’ve researched political podcasts from various perspectives, making sure you can find one you enjoy.
Best of the Left (obviously) compiles information from various liberal news sources and brings it in an easily digestible format, seventy-five minutes an episode, two episodes a week.
A podcast that recently went daily, NPR Politics Podcast tries its hardest to maintain a fair perspective on the news of the most recent twenty-four hours, whatever that news may be.
A politically conservative podcast, the Ben Shapiro Show provides news and commentary with a tight, sardonic wit. Updates five times a week with an hour per episode.
Music Podcasts for Truckers
When not listening to music, why not listen about music?
Pat Francis hosts a relatively comedic podcast talking about a variety of music, from classic 60s rock to the occasional modern pop. Updating weekly, they are almost certain to have discussed or will discuss a band you like.
Part music and part comedy podcast, Punch up the Jam involves two friends, Demi Adejuyigbe and Miel Bredouw, taking popular songs and changing their lyrics, often to hilarious results. No genre is safe!
Every song has a story behind its inception, and Lost Notes strives to uncover the dark history of history’s greatest hits. The show takes a “season” approach to updates, updating consistently for two months a year before taking a ten month break. Not a fantastic choice for consistent listening, but intriguing nonetheless.
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