“Breaker 1-9! Is anyone there? Come on back truckers and talk to Teddy Bear!” This was a line from one of the most iconic songs in the trucking industry, Teddy Bear, written and sung by Red Sovine. Sovine, along with C.W. McCall and Jerry Reed, are three names synonymous with two things, music and trucking. However, that’s not the only thing they have in common -the songs they sang all had a connection to trucking camaraderie and the Citizens Band Radio, more commonly known simply as the CB radio.
In the 1970's the CB became a must have for just about anybody that drove, especially for truck drivers. During that time the CB was used during the fuel crisis to not only find the best prices but also availability and truck drivers used the CB to organize convoys to protest the high gas prices and new trucking regulations. Trucking movies, such as Smokey and the Bandit and Convoy hit theaters and drive-ins across the country and everyone wanted to be the Bandit or Snowman. The impact of the CB radio was so large that in 1978 then President Jimmy Carter declared October 4th National 10-4 day. CB sales skyrocketed, and just like those movie screens cash registers across the country lit up.