Monthly Archives: February 2013

Episode #8 – Unusual Roadside Attractions – Featuring Ken Smith

Ken Smith has traversed hundreds of thousands of miles of roadways across America in search of the most unusual attractions he can think of.  As co-author of RoadsideAmerica.com, he’s visited everything from The Thing! in Arizona to Muffler Man statues – and everything in between.  This week Ken shares his observations with us, along with plenty of fun highway stories.  Don’t miss this week’s edition of Road Trip Radio!

In this week’s On the Lighter Side segment, Jeremy & Dave take a ride on the RTR Tram, searching for another member of the Fenderbacker family.  We’ll announce this week’s Road Trip Trivia winner, and give listeners another chance to win the big prize.

Our Along the Way… travel segment visits the DownEast region of coastal Maine and Acadia National Park.  Jeremy & Dave share Road Trip Tips for winter driving.  You won’t want to miss all this, plus This Week in Travel and more classic radio ads from The Travel Archive!

Click here to listen to Episode #8 of Road Trip Radio.

Episode #7 – The Future of America’s Interstates – Featuring Earl Swift

This week we continue our discussion with historian and author Earl Swift about the history of the interstate highway system.  Last week he gave us a few surprises, such as the fact the Dwight Eisenhower wasn’t really the man behind the interstate system.  We learn about Mr. Swift’s favorite interstate routes, as well as some that aren’t such an easy travel experience.  We learn about the challenges facing the interstates over the upcoming decades.

This week’s edition of Along the Way… visits the resort towns of Riverside County, California, including the National Date Festival.

There’s a plethora of news to talk about, including the return of the crippled cruise ship Carnival Triumph.  We talk about the meteor that gave quite a show over the skies of Russia last week, as well as a new bridge / old bridge swap.

On the Lighter Side takes the RTR helicopter for a spin, and you won’t want to miss what accidentally (or maybe not so accidentally) arrives in the mail at our studio.  Dave and Jeremy may not be able to handle it…

Listen live to Episode #7 at 9 p.m. East, 6 p.m. West.

Episode #6 – The Untold Story of America’s Interstates

On this week’s episode, we talk with Earl Swift, the award-winning author of The Big Roads, a history of the interstate highway system.  He discusses what America’s roads were like at the dawn of the motor age and the need for an expansive expressway system.  Mr. Swift will debunk a couple of rumors about the interstate system, along with sharing his thoughts about the virtues and vices brought about these sprawling ribbons of concrete.

In our Along the Way… segment, we visit Colorado Springs and Pike’s Peak.  Join us for all the most current travel news, along with vintage radio commercials From the Archive.  It’s still as much fun as it was when we started this six weeks ago, except now you’re not the only listener!

This Week in Travel discusses the crippled cruise ship Carnival Triumph, as well as the impending merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines.  Will this merger be good for the consumer, or will airfares just continue to climb?  Also, learn about the saga of a lady who followed her GPS over 900 miles – in the wrong direction.

Click here to listen to Episode #6.

Episode #5 – Six Years Living on the Road – A Chat with Megan Edwards

Tonight we chat with Megan Edwards, author of Roads from the Ashes.  She shares with us the inspirational story of how she and her husband lost everything in a California wildfire, then turned to the road and embarked on a six-year road trip across America in an RV.  Megan will share travel tips that everyone can use to make their next road trip a memorable one.

Our Along the Way... segment visits Central Illinois and the city of Peoria.  Dave reveals that he may have actually been to Peoria before, and we take a caller from someone who knows the area, as well.

This Week In Travel takes up the case of a California motorcycle gang that blocked traffic on a busy freeway so one of their members could propose to his girlfriend.  Is this just another cute proposal, or is it more like felonious intentional blocking of traffic?  And how about a 14 mile per hour speed limit?  Well, the people of Aspen are considering it.  Does it make sense, or is it just another publicity stunt?

Click here to listen to Episode 5.