THE C.A.R. SHOW | WEEKEND EXPERTS

Join automotive experts, Roger Kwapich, Dan Pietras, and co-host Steve Stewart every week for your chance to get some easy to understand, inside tips as to what may be ailing your vehicle… and so much more!

Whether you’re able to work on your own vehicle, or you take it to the dealership or independent technician of your choice, by listening to “The C.A.R. Show” you’ll have a better understanding of how your vehicle operates, how to keep it running better, longer, and if you have a problem you’ll find the solution. What’s more, you’ll have some fun along the way!

But that’s not all. You’ll also hear about new products, get practical new-car reviews, and learn from some of the industry’s leaders about the latest and greatest in the automotive world.

The C.A.R. Show” originates from the automotive capital Of the world, Detroit, Michigan from the studios of our flagship station, 760 WJR.

Questions about your car? You can call us every Saturday between 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. (EDT) at (800) 859 – 0957 when our show originates live.

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MEET THE HOSTS:

Roger Kwapich

No one really knows where that old adage originated, but perhaps it stated at Ducky’s Sohio in Toledo with the Kwapich family. That independent service station was owned and operated by Roger’s parents; Walter & Emily Kwapich.

Beyond working at his family’s service station, Roger’s “away from the family business” began in the days of Montgomery Wards, where he became the youngest person in the company’s history to run a large automotive service department with more than 25 employees!

As the clock moved forward, Roger’s experience has included more than 16-years with Champion Spark Plug in their Technical Service Department. In addition to heading up Technical Services for a number of years, Roger worked with shop owners, manufacturers, warehouse distributors, jobbers and technicians from all around the world. In fact, he personally trained more than 25,000 technicians on subjects including computer engine controls, advanced ignition systems, combustion theory and hands-on diagnostics.

The Kwapich family’s entrepreneurial spirit rekindled in 1993 with the purchase of a medium-sized service facility in Toledo, Ohio called “Smitty’s Automotive“. Roger’s experience and management skills have steadily grown the business over the years. 

Roger recognized early in his career that an important element to the growth of any business in the automotive aftermarket is a well-informed consumer. As a contributing editor, he has written a regular column which appeared in several Babcox trade publications. And for nearly two decades, he has been an active member in the Car Care Council. In 1989, Roger’s first national-appearance on television was on NBC’s “Today Show for the Council.”

Dan Pietras

At a time when most young boys were focused on playing with Matchbox cars, eight year old Dan was called on to assist his dad at the family-owned Sohio service station in Toledo. Pietras actually began “wrenching” on vehicles at the tender age of ten! To no-one’s surprise, Dan graduated from high school with a major in Auto Shop. Even then, he demonstrated a flair for the national stage with his participation in the Plymouth Troubleshooting competition.

Two years later, Dan took advantage of an opportunity to work for a major automaker and actually participate in the creation of new vehicles. Dan left the family business to become a Sheet Metal Specialist for Jeep Corporation. In that capacity, he gained an appreciation of how mechanics, engineering and quality of materials impact the final product that’s driven off the line.

Later he decided to step away from his own shop and took a job at the world headquarters of Champion Spark Plug Company as a Chassis Dynometer Operator.  While the motivation for his career change was primarily based on family considerations, it was actually a critical turning point to eventually becoming known to radio listeners as “The Most Knowledgeable Automotive Technician In The World“.

As a supervisor of Lab Operations, Pietras developed and spearheaded Champion’s 900 Service Line, assisting countless service technicians from around the country who were stumped with the more difficult automotive issues. He also penned numerous articles for Champions highly respected and widely distributed “Service Corner” technical publication.

As fate would have it, Champion is where Dan first met Roger Kwapich; his co-host on “The C.A.R. Show” ®. They worked closely together in the Technical Service Department. When Roger started hosting a home-town call-in show back in 1990, he happened to call upon Dan to appear on the program as a guest expert. Dan’s accurate diagnosis of callers automotive problems and encyclopedia-like memory of just about any vehicle ever created, quickly made him a favorite with the audience!

Dan is often referred to as “Mr. Certification”. And for good reason! Incredibly he holds more than 30 individual certifications from the National Institute For Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Only a handful of Technicians have ever reached that level of accomplishment.

Dan holds the additional titles of Master Automotive Technician, Master Heavy Duty Truck Technician, Master School Bus Technician and Engine Assembly Specialist to just name a few.

Steve Stewart

Steve Stewart is a commercial broadcasting veteran. All of those years of radio experience have played a significant role both in front of and behind the microphone in propelling “The C.A.R. Show ®” to it’s position as the premier automotive talk program on commercial radio.

On the air, Steve greets callers, keeps the show on schedule and plays the role of “everyman” to perfection when the discussion gets a little too “motor head” for the average listener.  And, as Steve would quickly admit, he knows just enough about cars to be “dangerous“.

Behind the scenes, Steve is also the executive producer, coordinating all elements of the show with their chief engineer Brian Morton giving it a professional  and distinctive sound and style.

And, when it comes to special interviews, testing new products, or reviewing the latest vehicles, these all fall with Steve’s areas of expertise

Steve’s sardonic wit and golden vocal chords blend with Roger and Dan’s on-air personas. Together, they create a likable radio team that the audience can’t get enough of!