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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: Do we want LSU to have cupcakes or challenges?
LSU has lots of unsold home game tickets.  Is it all about the experience at Tiger Stadium as the sun finds its home in the western sky on a Saturday night, or is it more important who the opposition is?  Would you rather play traditionally...
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Tommy: Tight end or not tight end? That is the question
An arbitrator is deciding whether Jimmy Graham should get the franchise tag for a tight end or for a wide receiver. The difference?  About $5 million (and the spelling). Graham wants wide receiver bucks; the Saints say he’s a tight end....
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Tommy: Where's the best place to live?
Data indicates the West Bank of Jefferson Parish peaked in 2000 and is struggling with an aging population, low paying jobs and defections to Orleans Parish.   We spoke with Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts about a study the Council...
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Tommy: Can volunteer Minutemen reduce crime in the Quarter?
The Minutemen are coming to the Quarter. Just like the Guardian Angels only these folks will be armed to help keep tourists and locals safe.  Aaron Jordan, the founder of the French Quarter Minutemen, joined us in studio to talk about the...
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Tommy: Improving our odds in fight against juvenile crime
Everybody knows there’s a crime problem in New Orleans, and of course, that means juvenile crime too. Records indicate that Marshall Coulter, the teen shot in the head by Marigny homeowner Merritt Landry, has a criminal record that began when he...
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Tommy: Online gambling less popular than legal marijuana
Pot or online gambling?  While 75% of Americans think marijuana will be legalized one day; on-line gambling is not as sure a bet.  Only 27% would make it legal.  If you had to pick weed or speed, where gambling is one click away —...
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Tommy: What's next for Merritt Landry and Marshall Coulter?
A teenager shot in the head by a homeowner who feared for his life recovers, leaves the hospital, and then gets arrested for burglary.  When confronted, he surrendered peacefully.  Does this make you more or less likely to believe last...
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Tommy: How should we be fueling up our bodies in the morning?
How do you get “fueled up” to face the day?  Big breakfast?  Fancy coffee?  At home or on the road?  Does it depend on how the night before ended?    Me, I generally have some oatmeal in the morning during the...
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Tommy: Pope John Paul II - a Saint too soon?
Pope John Paul II is being canonized as a saint this weekend, along with Pope John XXIII.  John Paul II is considered to have been fast tracked on the canonization path since his death nine years ago.   Is it too soon for him to be...
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Man declared dead wakes up in body bag


"A man declared dead by doctors in Brazil was discovered alive by his brother as he wiggled around in his morgue body bag."

Changing of the Guard


"Ronal Serpas spent a few minutes at his retirement announcement to talk about the accomplishments under his leadership."

San Antonio fisherman catches giant tiger shark


"Standing in the driveway of his North Side home, Ryan Springs was showing off the giant jaw of a tiger shark he caught while fishing about 5 miles from Port Aransas in the Gulf of Mexico..."

GM gets prostate exam during baseball game


Staying true to his word, a minor league baseball general manager underwent a prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"

Mom arrested for leaving 9-year-old alone at park


"The case of a South Carolina mother arrested for allegedly leaving her 9-year-old daughter at a park for hours while she worked at a nearby McDonald's has sparked a robust debate online, first about whether this mother should ever have been arrested..."

Waitstaff at Colorado restaurant armed with live firearms


"Servers at Shooters Grill, appropriately located in Rifle, Colorado, carry guns at all times as they perform the normal duties of a restaurant waitstaff."

Disclaimer, graphic dolphin story w/adult content


The woman who talked to dolphins

Girl asked to leave restaurant because scars were scaring customers


"The grandmother of a 3-year-old girl who was viciously attacked by three dogs says she was asked to leave a KFC in Jackson, Miss., by an employee who said the girl's scars were scaring other customers."

Confused cow thinks she's a dog


"Mooooove over, pups! When a pack of dogs comes running at the Grace Foundation ranch, it's a safe bet that Milkshake the cow will be among them."

'Breaking Bad'-themed letter fools newspaper advice columnist


"Walter White was the one who knocks, but someone in Winnipeg has decided to be the one who pranks."
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Warning Signs of Suicide


Know the warning signs. If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral.

Rock'n for Richie


"This is a benefit featuring 8 of the top cover bands in NOLA to help Rich Siegel - the husband of Wendy Siegel, the lead singer with Crescent City Soul. Rich has suffered with Parkinsons for over 15 years now."

NOLA Ready


Hurricane season is here. Get informed. Get prepared. Get ready.

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.
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Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football


"Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven’t decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field."

What Is ZMapp, the Ebola Serum?


"ZMapp is not a cure or a vaccine. It's a cocktail of genetically engineered antibodies that boosts a patients' ability to fight off Ebola."

Returning Islamic State fighters could threaten USA


The Islamic State, which emerged from the Syrian civil war, has conquered a swath of Iraq and Syria and governs the region under an extreme form of Islamic law. Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called its threat "beyond anything we've seen."

Spike Lee: ?There is a war on the black male?


“When people get to a point, and they get to the tipping point, they can’t take it anymore."

What to know if you're going to Saints practice at Mandeville High Wednesday


"The Saints plan to practice at Mandeville High School Wednesday night and the Mandeville Police are preparing for a large crowd."
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Billy Crystal's tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmy's


Shark Cat on a Roomba


Bear Battle Royale


Tara the Cat First Pitch


Tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos


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