Monday, August 17, 2015

Bringing home the gold from IAMC

Most people want to believe they are the best at what they do, but not everybody gets to prove it. When it comes to covering trucks and the trucking industry, “Land Line Now” on The Road Dog channel on SiriusXM and Land Line Magazine are two of the best.

At the 24th International Automotive Media Competition awards in Plymouth, Mich., on July 26, the magazine took home one gold award and the radio program a gold and a bronze award as well garnering “Best of Radio” overall for the competition.

The IAMC program, which is under the auspices of the nonprofit International Society for Vehicle Preservation, “recognizes and encourages excellence in all forms of automotive media” according to a press release. Entries are made up of published, aired, or broadcast works from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014. Of the entries, judges awarded 33 Gold Medallion awards, 31 Silver Medallions, and 35 Bronze Medallions.

The “Best of Radio” award and one of those gold medallions, went to “Land Line Now” Host Mark Reddig for his profile of OOIDA Life Member Ken Matuszak of McKinney, Texas, who is the proud owner of the last Marmon truck ever produced.

Land Line Contributing Writer Bill Hudgins also received a gold medallion for a profile of Member Boyd Coleman of Chattanooga, Tenn., who at the tender age of 80 was reunited with his “first love” – a 1951 Kenworth “Western” conventional.

And, finally, “Land Line Now” Senior Correspondent Terry Scruton took home a bronze award for his coverage of Life Member Rollin Pizzala, of Kenosha, Wis., who helped build a dream playground for children with disabilities.

You can listen to the story of ‘The Last Marmon’ and the special playground by clicking here and here for links to LLN’s “Listen Online” service. You can read Hudge’s story about Boyd Coleman and his love of classic Kenworths here.

Editor’s note: Thanks to OOIDA Life Member Bob Esler of Taylor, Mich., for attending the awards ceremony in Detroit last month and collecting our awards.