Phil LeBeau: My life as a college radio DJ

Unscripted: Phil LeBeau, life as a college radio DJ

It makes sense that Phil LeBeau, CNBC's transportation correspondent, would hear a lot of stories from the kings of the road – America's truckers. But he began hearing from them back in the 80's in the middle of the night.

From 1984 to 1988 LeBeau was making some extra money in college as the weekend overnight DJ at KTGR in Columbia, Missouri. Smack dab in the middle of the heartland, you would think this Midwestern boy would know a thing or two about country and western.


LeBeau hails from Chicago and back then he was listening to rock not country and western.

The only C&W singer he had heard of was the man in black, Johnny Cash. (The real one, not the one Joaquin Phoenix played in Walked the Line.)

In this "Unscripted" Phil talks about how those truckers kept him honest and in tune, when the Windy City boy didn't know his Merle Haggard from his George Jones.

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- Posted by CNBC's Gloria McDonough-Taub