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Tommy Tucker's bio


Who the heck is Tommy Tucker, anyway?

How do you describe a cloud formation? Or that perfect bite of soufflé ?  I don’t know…but I DO know this.  I’m a Leo and the ladies dig me.  So do puppies and postal workers.  Wait…what?

Now that I have your attention let’s get on with this biography assignment.  I’m a native Algerine…a Wanker.  For ya’ll that don’t know what that means I grew up on the Westbank - on Lauradale Drive in Algiers.  It’s near Behrman Stadium and O. Perry Walker High School.  I didn’t go there, however.  I attended Archbishop Shaw, also on the Westbank, but decided to go away for college…across the river to UNO.  Other than moving to Las Vegas, which is WAAAAAAY across the river, I’ve never lived anywhere but the Westbank.  Las Vegas was great but it wasn’t home.  Wanna hear a true story?  It was while watching the movie “Blaze” in a Vegas theatre…and seeing those beautiful shots of Louisiana…and realizing HOW MUCH I missed this amazing area that I decided to come home after 9 months.  I’ve never regretted it. 

I got my B.A. some 13 years after graduating from Shaw.  I’m not THAT dumb, I just picked up a minor in life along the way.  Some of the “classes” I took included construction at the rebuild of the Continental Grain elevator, purchasing materials for the Mississippi River Bridge Authority, service management for Firestone and an insurance sales career that lasted for about 48 hours. The problem was that “siren song” of radio.  It was always beckoning and I had to answer its call.

Morning shows and music radio had been my forte’ until that day in August 2005 when a hurricane named Katrina would change all of our lives forever.  It sent me to WWL where I had the fortune to work closely with Garland Robinette, watch the master and work and absorb as much as I could.  I had always been a fan of WWL, first falling in love with morning radio listening to Bob Ruby and Maury Magill while driving to UNO in the mid 70’s and attempting to delude myself into an accounting major.  That love affair with the Big 870 continued throughout the years with the many great stars that have graced the airwaves…names like Eric Tracy, Rob Aubert and, of course, David Tyree.  I cannot begin to express how humbling it can be to walk into the studio and know that I now get to share that same microphone.  

I’m glad that I took the “road less traveled” and spent that time bouncing around from job to job...ah…that is… I mean …gaining valuable life experience.  That experience has been as helpful as my degree when it comes to my job here at WWL.  Having knowledge of the practical along with the theoretical often helps me separate fact from fiction and perception from reality.  That, simply put, is my goal when I tackle and try to make sense of so many of the complicated issues that we all face today.

I’ve owned a home in Belle Chasse since 1993 and I live there with my wife, daughter, two dachshunds and a Scottish terrier that is absolutely out of his mind.  It can be a circus but that’s good…because circuses are fun, extremely entertaining and never boring.     



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Tommy: A changing of the guard
A big day on "WWL First News" as we solemnly say goodbye to our longtime friend Amber O'Leary, who has run master control on this show for years and years. She's been promoted to Associate Producer for the whole station, and we are excited to...
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Tommy: Should we know what our coworkers' salaries are?
New research shows workers are more productive when they know the salary of every other worker. Would "pay transparency" with everybody knowing what everybody else makes be a good thing, or a total disaster? Monday morning, we had dueling guests,...
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Tommy: Are we spending too much on our kids?
A new report says prom spending is down this year, but it's still averaging almost $1,000 for the big occasion. Almost a grand. Seeing that number for one dance made me think: are we parents spending too much on our kids? If the sky's the...
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Tommy: Is kissing cheating?
We continued talking about the Vance McAllister scandal today.. the Congressman was caught kissing an aide by a security camera, and the footage was then released to a newspaper. Both the Congressman the aide are married. So it made me think, "Is...
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Tommy: Be open to new experiences!
If you want to catch more of me, Tommy Tucker, check out "Live from the Office." In today's episode, I explain why you should be open to new experiences… with a little help from an unlikely item. Take a look at his video and let us know what YOU...
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Tommy: Who is responsible when a pit bull attacks?
When I saw the latest on that tragic pit bull attack in Houma, I was shocked. It's not a horror movie, but "pit bulls on steroids" are becoming part of the investigation into the fatal incident. Does owning a dangerous pet come with the same...
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Tommy's Live from the Office: Vitter for Governor?
Sen. David Vitter announced that he's going to run for governor. What's your take? Would you vote for him? Check out my video and let us know what YOU think!   ...
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Tommy's Show after the Show: A Special Duet
I've been getting lots of emails and text messages from listeners and fans of the Show after the Show to do a special edition featuring our favorite newsman, David Blake. Well, David and I decided to team up for a very special musical edition for...
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Tommy's Live from the Office: Playoff Path
The Saints kicked some Panther butt on Sunday night, and the 49ers took down the Seahawks.  And I think this was some nice foreshadowing on the NFC playoffs, as each of these teams should play a big part in the playoff picture. What's gonna...
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Tommy's Show after the Show: Thanksgiving Who Dat
Around this time of the year, we all like to take a moment to reflect on our lives and count all our blessing.  I'm thankful for many things, including how awesome the Saints are doing! Check out my video below and let me know what YOU'RE...
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Tommy's Recommended Reading

Missing boy found in bowling alley claw machine


"The mountain was tall, the road perilous and cramped, "Never stop climbing" the boy told himself, dodging the claw and avoiding plexiglass burns to finally make it to his destiny. He played games the likes of which you'll never play, dreamed dreams those of which you'll never have."

Bear drags Florida woman from garage


"A Florida woman is recovering after being attacked by a bear who ambled into her open garage and sifted through her garbage cans in search of food, sheriff's deputies said Sunday."

Kim Jong Un 'elected' with 100% of the vote


"North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to approve the new roster of deputies for the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's legislature. The vote, more a political ritual than an election by Western standards, is generally held once every five years."

Nun accused of bad habits by St. Armands businesses


"Business owners on St. Armands Circle say they've had enough with a woman dressed as a nun soliciting donations for people in Haiti."

Pope Francis accidentally drops the f-bomb


"Pope Francis was speaking from a window in St. Peter's Square when he misspoke and used an Italian curse word."

Guy Tries To Attack Jim Cantore During Live Shot, Immediately Regrets It


"The Weather Channel meteorologist was reporting from South Carolina’s College of Charleston on Tuesday when someone suddenly rushed into the live shot."

"To Those Who Would Call Me a Thug or Worse...?


"I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, “Good game, good game.” That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off."

Plane crashes, survivor films and takes selfie


"He managed to get out of the plane alive and survived the crash. However, while he was floating on a seat cushion and wearing his life vest, he took a selfie."

Holiday tip: How to save money on gift cards this season


"Gift cards are the most-wanted holiday gift again this year – ahead of jewelry, clothing and even electronic gadgets. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 holiday survey, eight out of ten holiday shoppers plan to buy gift cards. They will spend an average of $155 on them."

Alabama principal apologizes for 'Trail of Tears' banner at high school football


"A principal at an Alabama high school apologized Monday for a racially insensitive banner his students used at a football game over the weekend."
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Tommy's External Links

Team Gleason


Team Gleason helps provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services, creates a global conversation about ALS to ultimately find solutions and an end to the disease, and raises public awareness toward ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.

CASA New Orleans


CASA New Orleans provides trained Court Appointed Special volunteers to advocate for a permanent home for each child who appears before the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court in abuse and neglect proceedings.

Wounded Warrior Project


Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of 9/11/2001.

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank


A very important site that uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital record of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. You can also submit your photos and videos to preserve them for history.
Tommy's Homework

Tobacco on TV tied to adult smoking rates


"Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study."

Houston schools ditch 'Indians,' other mascots


"Four Houston schools are saying goodbye to the Indians, Redskins, Rebels and Warriors."

Survey finds Americans more skeptical of the Bible


"A new poll finds a sharp increase in the number of Americans who consider the Bible merely the teachings of men rather than the word of God."

City fills sinkhole on St. Peter Street, but residents still frustrated


"The deep hole left by the Orleans Parish Sewerage & Water Board in St. Peter Street outside Rau Antiques and the Gumbo Shop stunned business owner Bill Rau when he saw the damage even spreading to the sidewalk."

Reasons not to marry or remarry


""Two can live as cheaply as one." This old saying is mostly true. However, when it comes to death, divorce, and taxes, two are probably better off financially if they don't marry. Intentionally or not, many federal and state laws reward couples that choose to live together without marriage."
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Wheel of Fortune Fail


Game of Goats


Yoga for Horses


Rat on NYC subway!


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