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Truck Test Digest on the Air     9/23/06

It's called Truck Test Digest and the show is airing both on the Coast and nationally on the Radio America syndication service. Radio America is the same network that disseminates radio shows from Car and Driver and Road and Track.

The show is the only one of its kind focusing on trucks, which represent about 53 percent of all vehicles sold. That market is expected to grow as compact and smaller SUVs gain popularity.

The program is the work of automotive journalists Bruce W Smith, who lives in Long Beach, and Keith Burton, the owner and editor of GulfCoastNews.com from Biloxi. The show is an hour-long program that features the latest information on trucks and SUVs, along with news and information on aftermarket parts and accessories. On the Mississippi Coast, Truck Test Digest can be heard on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on WTNI AM 1640.

"It is terrific that we can do this show from the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Burton. "Usually shows like this air from large states such as California or New York. But there is a lot going on regarding the auto and truck industry in the Deep South."

Truck Test Digest actually began over a year ago before hurricane Katrina in a program called Talkin' Trucks. The show was aired early in 2005 on WTNI with the intent of trying to get the show nationally syndicated.

"The hurricane slowed us down a bit on our efforts," said Smith. "But we felt there was a niche for a nationally syndicated talk show focusing only on pickups and SUVs," Smith said.

Major auto and truck manufacturers see the Deep South as a kind of auto manufacturing Mecca. Auto manufacturers have built large plants in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and in Mississippi. Nissan builds the Titan pickup, the Armada SUV, the Infinity QX45 SUV and Altima in the Canton, Mississippi plant just north of Jackson. Texas will soon be producing Toyota's new full-size Tundra pickup from a brand new state-of-the art plant south of San Antonio.

"We are already dialed in to what every manufacturer is doing across the county and we are fortunate to be in the heart of that effort in the South," said Smith

The show features reviews of pickup trucks, SUVs and the new crossover vehicles. Both Smith and Burton travel around the country to special media events provided by the auto and truck manufacturers to see the vehicles prior to their release to dealers. They also conduct full reviews of the vehicles  sent by manufacturers to the Coast for lengthier hands-on testing.

Radio America is initially syndicating the show to 31 radio stations around the country with more stations to be added later. The current stations receiving the show are listed below.

KFAR AM 660 Fairbanks AK
WBCF AM 1240 Florence AL
KBJT AM 1590 Fordyce AR
KNTR AM 980 Lake Havasu City AZ
KXAM AM 1310 Scottsdale AZ
KNTK FM 102.3 Mount Shasta CA
WEBY AM 1330 Milton FL
WTWB AM 1570 Auburndale FL
WDAN AM 1490 Danville IL
WJBM AM 1480 Jerseyville IL
WZOE AM 1490 Princeton IL
WTRC AM 1340 Elkhart IN
WNBS AM 1340 Murray KY
KNOE AM 540 Monroe LA
WABJ AM 1490 Adrian MI
WBCH AM 1220 Hastings MI
WHFB AM 1060 Benton Harbor MI
KDHL AM 920 Faribault MN
WKOZ AM 1340 Kosciusko MS
WLTT FM 106.3 Wilmington NC
WWTB FM 104.1 Wilmington NC
KICA AM 980 Clovis NM
WVTL AM 1570 Utica NY
WMTN AM 1300 Morristown TN
WNWS FM 101.5 Jackson TN
KXYL FM 96.9 Brownwood TX
WRSA AM 1420 St Albans VT
KBKW AM 1450 Aberdeen WA
KGTK AM 920 Port Orchard WA
KITZ AM 1400 Port Orchard WA
KZXR AM 1310 Prosser WA

Truck Test Digest also is operating a website at www.trucktestdigest.com where more comprehensive information on the show, and content is provided. Part of content also appears as part of the GCN AutoMedia section of GulfCoastNews.com. This is done to provide the most readers to the material and provides additional exposure to both websites.

Bruce W. Smith is a longtime journalist with work in over 18 national magazines including Off-Road Adventures, Heartland USA,,Texas Sportsman Journal, Bass & Walleye and Trailer Boats. Burton's articles on vehicles have appeared in Go Boating Magazine, Trailer Boats, Motorhome and in the former Auto World Weekly, and on GulfCoastNews.com.

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