15 Years of "Tech Talk with TMC"

by guest blogger, Robert Braswell, Executive Director of the Technology & Maintenance Council


On June 16th, "Tech Talk with TMC” marks its 15th Anniversary as a segment on The Dave Nemo Show. What a ride it’s been!


Our partnership with Dave has allowed the Technology & Maintenance Council — that’s what TMC stands for — to reach millions of drivers, providing top-notch information from the industry’s best technical experts. And on behalf of TMC, let me say we have enjoyed every minute of it. We started riding shotgun with Dave Nemo in September 2004, when the Nemo studios were in Nashville and TMC happened to be holding a fall meeting nearby. I was invited to appear on the show by Dave through mutual acquaintances Al Cohn, Mike Beckett, and John Hawker — all of whom were TMC members and had also been on the air with Dave already.


Less than a year later, Dave invited us to become a regular recurring feature, starting June 14, 2005. The rest, as they say, is history. In that time, so much has happened to our industry, especially when it comes to maintenance and technology, and we’ve had a parade of top-notch experts to share their knowledge with Dave’s loyal listening audience.


The June 16th edition marking our 15th year will in fact feature Al Cohn, who was one of our very first guests, and has appeared many times since 2005.


Our listeners always give us a lot to think about and take back to TMC, helping us refine the recommended practices we develop to improve equipment, its maintenance, and maintenance management. We’ve covered just about every topic I can think of on the show, but my show log tells me tires, brake cooling systems and lighting/electrical issues were the most covered and most popular. Looking back, I wouldn’t have been able to do the show without all the great guests we’ve had on the programs, nearly all seasoned TMC members, some of whom are the recipients of the Council’s highest honor, The Silver Spark Plug. If there is one commonality among all of our guests, I’d say it is a shared sense of being happy to share their information to the folks that keep America moving.


In closing, I must say I am looking forward to our 15th Anniversary show, and hopefully many more afterwards. There’s certainly no shortage of information to share, and with the way our industry constantly keeps changing, the need to share the knowledge our guests bring to the table certainly will only grow in the years to come. So if you’ve got a long stretch of road to travel, and it’s a Tuesday at 10am ET (9am CT), hang out with us for a while on the RoadDog Channel 146 for "Tech Talk With TMC."


It’s our pleasure to serve you.


--Robert Braswell, TMC Executive Director

Tune in every Tuesday from 10-11am ET for "Tech Talk with TMC" on The Dave Nemo Show. Listen on SiriusXM 146, and call in at 615-292-6366.


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