James Tuckett

James Tuckett - CKSO Cambrian Broadcasting Ltd.  SudburyBirthdate
April 18, 1960

First Media Job
Disc Jockey in Sault Ste. Marie

Photo Credit
Bob Tiffin

James Tuckett started in the broadcast business in 1978 as a disc jockey in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He was comfortable with news both on radio and television proving himself in other venues like Brantford, Barrie and North Bay as well as in Sudbury.

When James came on board at CKSO in July of 1979 he was just 19 years of age and the youngest in the newsroom. He worked as a reporter and an afternoon news anchor. He fondly recalls working alongside people like Mike Hopkins, Paul Scott, Joe Bowen, Rob Faulds and Ralph Murray. James left CKSO in 1981 heading down the street to CJMX FM, sister station to CHNO AM and CFBR AM to do morning news. It was a short run when only eight months later James and Paul Scott traded jobs and James was back at CKSO.

James left Sudbury in 1983 headed for Kitchener and CFCA FM Radio as Afternoon and Evening News Announcer. C.A.P. Communications Ltd., a subsidiary of Electrohome, held CFCA FM’s licence in addition to CKKW AM and CKCO TV. There was one main enlarged newsroom for all three in the recently expanded facility at 864 King Street West in Kitchener. James remained there until 1985.

James became News Director at CKPC AM and FM, part of the Evanov Radio Group, Brantford in 1985. He left there in 1988 to work for Mid-Canada in North Bay at CHUR AM, CKNY TV and CHNB TV as News Director.

Then in 1992 he made a move to Barrie, Ontario to join CKVR News, later to become A-Channel News, as Assignment Director. James then became General Assignment Reporter and eventually News Producer, Editor and Writer. He was promoted to Supervising Producer in 2008 at the station which by then was under the ownership of Rogers TV. James held this position until 2014.

Since August of 2014 James Tuckett has been his own boss. As a freelancer he’s billed as a voice artist, narrator and storyteller. From his own studio he writes, voices and produces for a number of clients.

James Tuckett has kept himself busy in this industry both in and out of the studio. He served two terms on the National Editorial Board of Broadcast News. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Crimestoppers in Brantford and in North Bay. Tuckett also served as a member on the Broadcast Journalism Advisory Committees for Mohawk College in Hamilton and Canadore College in North Bay.

James and his family live in Southern Ontario. Among his special interests are travel, reading, curling, baseball and history but mostly quality time at home with his wife Tracy and their two cats, Loretta and Pam. They also enjoy time with their adult children and two grandsons and one granddaughter.

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