Jeremy Weckman: New XOR Co-Host

PowerNation host, Jeremy Weckman and Eliza Leon, XOR co-hosts
Katie Osbourne, PowerNation host, Jeremy Weckman and Eliza Leon, XOR co-hosts

2002 Automotive Technician grad joins PowerNation TV

Jeremy Weckman, a 2002 graduate of the Automotive Technician program at Dakota County Technical College, is taking on a new role as co-host of Xtreme Off-Road (XOR), a popular show on PowerNation TV, for the show’s the 2018 season. You can learn more about Jeremy’s skill as a car builder and custom fabricator by visiting 21 Customs.

Jeremy Weckman and Eliza Leon

Jeremy Weckman and Eliza Leon

The following is a media release from RTM Productions, a Raycom Media Company:

PowerNation Announces New Co-Hosts Of XOR

RTM, a Raycom Media Company and producer of the PowerNation automotive television brand, announced today that Jeremy Weckman and Eliza Leon will serve as co-hosts of XOR to start the 2018 season. XOR (Xtreme Off-Road) is a part of America’s #1 automotive how-to television brand PowerNation that reaches millions of viewers each week alongside popular shows like Detroit Muscle, Engine Power, and Truck Tech.

XOR“It’s an exciting opportunity for us to bring in two new hosts of this caliber for the 2018 season,” RTM President Matthew Hawkins said. “Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge with his background building off-road vehicles and Eliza has been working in shops all of her life.”

XOR Co-Host Jeremy Weckman grew up watching and working on cars with his father before attending Dakota County Technical College for Automotive Technician and WyoTech with a degree in Collision Refinishing Technology and Street Rod and Custom Fabrication. Prior to joining RTM, Jeremy worked as a full-time car builder at Classic Auto Storage. Jeremy also installed long travel kits and suspension components at Camburg Engineering before starting his own shop, 21 Customs, where he built everything from four-wheelers, street rods, off-road vehicles, and everything in between.

“This has been a dream of mine for a long time,” says Jeremy Weckman, Co-Host of XOR. “I can’t wait to join the PowerNation team and get to work building some cool off-road rigs and interacting with the fans that make XOR the best off-road show on television.”

More about the Automotive Technician program…

Automotive technicians are skilled professionals who accurately diagnose mechanical problems related to engine, transmission, fuel injection, suspension and electrical systems. As an Automotive Tech student at DCTC, you will learn to maintain and repair engine, chassis, drive train, front-wheel drive, fuel injection, and electrical and emission systems. Instruction involves classroom theory, demonstrations, computer applications and hands-on car repair.

The Light Maintenance & Repair and Vehicle Maintenance programs are designed to introduce you to the automotive industry and provide opportunities to obtain the entry-level fundamental knowledge, skills, training and credentials needed for employment and advancement in transportation career pathways.

The curriculum follows the standards defined by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF), which ensures all training meets the highest standards. As a program graduate, you will be able to work for independent repair facilities and dealerships in maintenance and light repair.

Joining Jeremy as co-host of XOR will be Eliza Leon. Eliza has been obsessed with monster trucks and 4x4s since she was a child pretending to perform maintenance on her tricycle. She purchased her first project truck at 18 years old, a ’77 GMC Short Bed Pick Up. Since then, she’s moved on to builds including a ’90 K5 Blazer, ’59 Willys Pick Up, 2012 Jeep Wrangler, and a ’02 Harley Davidson XL1200 Custom. Eliza is also bilingual being fluent in both English and Spanish.

“I am very excited to join the PowerNation team,” says Eliza Leon, co-host of XOR. “With my rich background in automotive and being both fluent in English and Spanish, I look forward to helping PowerNation and XOR grow into a global brand!”

XOR is one of TV’s highest-rated programs specializing in showing viewers how to fab and weld custom crawlers, buggies, diesels, and 4x4s before punishing them on the trail. XOR airs on Spike TV on Sundays at 9 a.m. ET/PT, Friday nights on NBCSN at 11 p.m. PT and 2 a.m. ET, and CBS Sports Network on Saturdays at 8 a.m. ET.

Photos courtesy of PowerNation TV
Click image below for video sneak peek of Jeremy and Eliza getting their XOR shop ready for the 2018 season.


To learn more about the Automotive Technician program at DCTC, contact:

Jeffrey Copeland
Automotive Technician Faculty

Scott Anderson
Automotive Technician Faculty

Matt Boudinot
Automotive Technician Faculty