"I had never seen so much tan naugahyde in all my life." That's how Dave Nemo describes his first ride in a big truck.
Back in the mid-60's, Dave and a high school buddy ran out of gas on their way from New Orleans to Texas. They didn’t stay stranded long, because the first trucker to come down the road gave them a lift. Dave didn’t know it at the time, but that driver’s kindness would shape how he would come to view the world.
In his final year as a Communications student in 1969, Dave landed a part time job at the legendary WWL 870 AM in New Orleans. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the Armed Forces Korea Network (AFKN) in Seoul, South Korea.
Returning to New Orleans, Dave joined Charlie Douglas on “The Road Gang”–the first radio program aimed directly at and solely to the over-the-road professional truck driver.
Almost 45 years later, Dave continues the same tradition of service, friendship and camaraderie. Dave credits his business partner, Michael Burns, for much of the show's current success. "Working with Michael has been an incredible experience,” Nemo states.
The trucking industry has gone through massive changes and the mandate of RadioNemo reflects those changes.
Today’s professional trucker has come to depend on Dave and the crew to provide critical and vital information on industry happenings, government regulations, health and wellness, as well as engaging and interesting topical interviews with industry leaders as well as historians, health experts, authors and others.
Tim Ridley’s career in the trucking industry began in the mid-1980s.
He has been a small fleet owner, a truck driving school instructor, Director of Job Placement, Director of Training, Recruiting & Retention Supervisor, and a Terminal Manager for the second largest temperature-controlled carrier in the U. S. After experiencing a myriad of positions in the trucking industry and racking up over 1,000,000 miles of safe driving with one company, Tim became a part of the family at Dave Nemo Entertainment.
Tim holds a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies, a Masters in Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Christian Education. He has served as a Military Chaplain, Commandant of The Chaplain Training Center for the Georgia State Defense Force, and Command Chaplain, based at The Georgia National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters.
He is on the Board of Directors for The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a member of the Butts County Veterans Day Committee, and works with General Tommy Franks on The Celebration of Freedom Events in Hobart, OK.
He is also a licensed realtor and a certified State Instructor for the National Traffic Incident Management Course through the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the Tennessee Fire Service Academy. Along with playing the sax and drums, Tim enjoys weight lifting, model railroading, camping, traveling, and especially spending time with his family.
Part of Dave Nemo Entertainment since 2007, Clare Marie Gauthier is the co-host of Dave Nemo Weekends, the creator and voice of the “Timeline” and other featurettes, and the host of “Highway to Health.” Along with editing, copy writing, and numerous other behind-the-scenes responsibilities, Clare Marie also brings special guests to The Dave Nemo Show -- from authors, researchers, and museum curators to trucking industry leaders and health experts.
A native of New Orleans, Jimmy Mac is thrilled to be a member of The Dave Nemo circle of family and friends. A storyteller, author, and performer, he has proudly visited every state in the union. In previous days, he has been a teacher, an investigator, contractor, and still looks back fondly at bagging groceries at A&P. He likes a good western, loves a great one, and will take any and all recommendations from movie lovers of all walks of life.