My grandfather drove a New York City taxicab as did my father. I was born in the front seat of a New York city taxicab on the way to Bronx Lebanon Hospital for my birth. Oops! It was a sign of things to come. The first car I ever drove was a my father's 1962 day-glow orange and green taxicab. I graduated Stuyvesant High School and began college where I drove a taxi part time. Before you could say "You talkin to me?" I was driving a cab full-time and going to college part time, something my mother still yells at me about. Driving a cab became my life and the most unique memories are forever embedded in my soul. Amazing New York city stories. From Warhol to Jagger, from Jaqueline Kennedy to Alan Ginsberg, driving a cab gave me the opportunity to meet and sometimes befriend the world's most famous people. My claim to fame: "Trading Places" with Matt Lauer. Yep, I hosted the TODAY Show with Katie as Matt drove a cab. How many Americans can say that?
My proudest moment was organizing a Driver's Expo soon after 9/11, where 500 newly unemployed New Yorkers received their Hack Licenses and gave them a source of income. The letters of thanks still bring a tear to my eyes. I have also been the Editor-In-Chief of the Taxi Insider monthly for thirteen years, the taxi industry's benchmark of information for drivers and New Yorkers. In the late 90's I hosted the first Taxi Insider radio show on WEVD Friday evenings. Most currently, Taxi Insider has been broadcasting Sunday mornings for the past two years on another radio station. Our guests have included politicians from the Governor, down to local level politicians and specialized guests. Nobody wants to get up on a Sunday morning, as all my guests would call-in. I always wondered if it was due to church, sleeping-in or a hangover. I have worked in every aspect of the NYC taxi industry and understand it as well as anyone can. My experience also covers finance and insurance. For the past thirteen years I have been the Executive Director of the Committee for Taxi Safety, an organization advocating for both taxi drivers and medallion owners.
Taxi Insider will bring you a unique New York city perspective not found anywhere else on the radio. Whether you drive or not, the Taxi Insider (that's me) will discuss commuter issues, traffic, airplanes and statistics heard nowhere else from a working guy's point of view. Listen, you may hear that YOUR car has been recalled. Anything and everything transportation is discussed: infrastructure, trains, buses, high tolls, planes, bikes and even motorcycles. Wow, that does sound interesting, I am going to tune in too. We are a live, call-in show, so I will speak with you Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM. Be safe out there boys and girls, oops, sorry girls I meant to say girls and boys. ARE you talkin to me?