“Taxi Dave” is a veteran NYC cab driver (as well as his father and grandfather) who hosts a unique taxi-themed talk radio show on Sunday nights at 8pm. While he is formally known as David Pollack to some, his fans know him as the popular radio show host who brings a unique New York perspective that isn’t readily found anywhere else on the radio.
Taxi Dave, 60, has spent his career driving yellow cabs and then working in other related areas of the industry, which includes the “Taxi Dave Show.” The show has been on the air for several years and it has become quite popular with the New York City cabbies and countless other listeners.
Whether you bike, drive, take the subway, or use the bus, Taxi Dave will discuss issues affecting all of us including what is really on everyone’s mind.
While many might not believe his story, he was truly born in a cab as his father was rushing his mother to the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. His life, as you might say it, was literally in a cab from day one.
His family has a strong three generational line of taxicab drivers from his grandfather to his father and also includes some cousins and an uncle.
Pollack attended Stuyvesant High School and also attended a couple of years at Lehman College, but eventually dropped out after he began to drive a cab full time. The 1970’s were a favorite decade of his and he remembers Rick James smoking a joint in his cab and even Mick Jagger asking him to turn up a Grateful Dead song while he rode in his cab.
He says that driving a cab in NYC gave him insight into habits of real people and it became a large influence in his life. The most unique memories are forever embedded in his mind thanks to driving in New York City.
The Taxi Dave show has welcomed in guests to talk about their experiences and their stories as a taxicab driver. His guests have also included governors and mayors and local politicians.
He once had Tom O’Connor, 85, in the studio, who is a retired driver who drove over 50 years in Manhattan and never received a traffic ticket. Quite an amazing feat.
His other antics on the show vary from complaining about the price of an oil change to providing industry updates (i.e. any vehicle recalls) to providing tips and reminders to fellow drivers, all in a fun (and real) way.
Taxi Dave states that his real claim to fame is when he did “Trading Places” with Matt Lauer on the TODAY show. Matt drove a taxi and he hosted the show with Katie Couric.
Pollack also publishes and edits The Taxi Insider, a monthly trade paper. In addition to this, he also works for the Melrose Credit Union and runs the Taxi Action Center there where he has an opportunity to do what he loves most – help people.
Taxi Dave has two daughters and says that the show has kept him going after he lost his wife to cancer a couple years ago.
His show is on every Sunday night and often ends in the same way – with a call from his Mom telling him what a great job he did.
Name David Pollack
Where He’s From The Bronx
What He Does Radio host of “The Taxi Dave Show”
Telling Detail “I bleed taxi yellow and Yankee blue,” he said.
YellowCabNYCTaxi.com Staff Writer