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Tommy's Bio

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'm a PROUD daddy, frustrated in general, BIIIIIG fan of smawt, funny people. Single and ready to mingle. BTW, I'm broke.

Tommy's Recent Interviews
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10-29 7:15am Tommy, religious freedom or child welfare?
Tommy talks to Arthur Caplan, Director of the Medical Ethics program at the NYU Langone Medical Center, about whether the government should step in if parents refuse medical care for their child
10-29 6:45am Tommy, NOPD crime stats
Tommy talks to State Senator J.P. Morrell about a new report on NOPD's crime statistics
10-29 6:15am Tommy, NOPD crime stats
Tommy talks to Rafael Goyeneche, the President of the Metropolitan Crime Commission about a new report on NOPD crime statistics
10-28 8:45am Tommy, harder to get pain meds?
Tommy talks to Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, about a proposal to reclassify Vicodin
10-28 8:15am Tommy, harder to get pain meds?
Tommy talks to Douglas Hoey, the CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, about an FDA proposal to reclassify Vicodin
10-28 7:45am Monday Morning Quarterback
Kristian Garic's interview with Saints QB Drew Brees
10-28 6:15am Tommy, Saints vs Bills
Tommy talks to WWL's NFL analyst Mike Detillier about the Saints win over the Bills
10-25 9:10am Tommy, legalize marijuana?
Tommy talks to Kirby Goidel, LSU professor and Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, about public support for marijuana legalization
10-25 8:15am Tommy, blaming Obama?
Tommy talks to Dr .Ryan Teten, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at ULL, about whether Obama is unjustly blamed for things
10-25 7:45am Tommy, religious freedom?
Tommy talks to Chris Rodda, the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation about the quest to remove "So help me God" from military oaths
Tommy's Blog
Tommy: Did you see the fireballs in the sky this morning?
We got a TON of calls Wednesday morning over some mysterious flashes in the sky.  People reported seeing bluish-green fireballs around 6:45am this morning.  The audience weighed in with their thoughts on what it might be, and many shared their...
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Tommy: I was so lucky to have known Pete Fountain
One of the MANY cool things about working for WWL is working on Mardi Gras day. As a guy who was born here and has constantly jockeyed for position to see the parades, I am lucky enough to have the best place in the entire city to see Zulu, Rex and all...
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Tommy: Never thought I'd say it, but I support legal marijuana
A recent poll by Quinnipiac University says that 89% of Americans support cannabis for medical use, while 54% said they think cannabis should be available for recreational use. You may notice I used the word “cannabis” instead of...
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Tommy: Weather-related updates from area Parish officials
A busy morning today on "WWL First News," as we tried to get crucial information to our listeners in the midst of rescues and evacuations all over Southeast Louisiana.  Click each link to hear my interview with officials in your...
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Tommy: Reflecting on Ingrid Williams... you never know
I’m reasonably sure when Monty and Ingrid Williams last saw each other, neither thought that would be the last time they saw each other.   But it was.  You never know.   As you probably know by now Ingrid Williams, the wife of...
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Tommy: Do we do enough for America's veterans?
Do we do enough for our veterans?  I feel like we send them into dangerous situations, but we aren’t giving them the resources they need. I spoke with a friend of ours, Shad Meshad, the President and Founder of the National Veterans...
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Tommy: Processed meat said to increase cancer risk- what doesn't?!
WHO knows what's best for us to eat. No, there shouldn’t be a question mark at the end of that sentence, because it’s a declarative statement. You see the World Health Organization a.k.a. WHO has determined that processed meat can,...
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Tommy: Who's causing more problems, cars or bikes?
Cycling is a hot button topic here in New Orleans.  Whenever we talk about it, the phones light up with people on both sides of the issue weighing in.  We hear a lot of complaints from bike riders, accusing of drivers of being reckless and...
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Tommy: Lakeview man arrested for shooting possum; really?!
A Lakeview man was arrested… for shooting and killing a possum outside his business. The police come out and charged him for discharging a firearm within the city limits.  They’ve got bullets flying around this City like doubloons...
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Tommy: Archbishop's prayer before Katrina most sobering moment of my life
“One thing I noticed when a firefight was about to happen in Vietnam was the quiet…the stillness.  It seemed as though the birds and insects knew something bad was about to happen so they left.  I notice that same quiet...
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LOVE DIS: Air Force veteran, service dog beloved by customers

"Some customers at a Lowe’s store in Texas are getting tag-team assistance from a military veteran and his service dog after both were hired to work at the store..."

LOVE DIS: High school students sing while sheltering for tornado warning

"Students at a high school in Haralson County found a way to stay entertained as a tornado moved through the county on Wednesday."

HATE DIS: Snake on a plane - reptile panics passengers on flight

"Plane gets priority landing after large serpent appears on ceiling of the cabin before dropping to the floor..."

HATE DAT: Judge who gave Montana man no prison for rape conviction under fire

"An online petition with more than 14,000 signatures calling for the impeachment of a Montana judge over the sentencing of a 40-year-old man to 60 days in jail in an incest case involving a 12-year-old girl has been sent to the state’s governor and other officials."

LOVE DIS: Red sweater guy Ken Bone is internet sensation after the debate

The real winner of the second Presidential debate

HATE DAT: Brawl at Florida Chuck E. Cheese's shows adults acting like kids

Jimenez told the Miami Herald the fight started "because one person was looking at [another] and instigating a problem when they went up to them, and their families got involved."

LOVE DIS: Radio Call Of The MNF Idiot On The Field Is the Greatest

"The Idiot On The Field during tonight’s Monday Night Football game didn’t get much TV airtime, but Westwood One radio announcer Kevin Harlan gave the incident a treatment you absolutely MUST hear."

HATE DAT: 9/11 memorial on Southern California college campus vandalized

"The club wrote on its Facebook page that the vandals had “crushed, snapped, and threw in the garbage every single flag. Not one was left on the ground.”

HATE DAT: Reports of creepy clowns luring kids expand into second state

"Claims of creepy clowns trying to lure kids have expanded into a second state."

LOVE DIS: Mongolian wrestling coaches go nuts, strip after unfavorable decision

"Two Mongolian wrestling coaches, head coach Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar and assistant coach Byambarenchin Bayaraa, stripped their clothes off in protest..."
Tommy Cares

My People Fund: for those affected by the Tennessee fires

We know what it's like to experience devastation.  Let's help those who are suffering now.

United Way Southeast Louisiana Flood Relief

Here are some ways you can help flood victims out, whether with donations or volunteering.

Captain Black, anti-crime activist

Captain Black is an anti-crime activist in the New Orleans community and founder of the UrbanSafetyism blog.

Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking

"The Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit aiming to alleviate human trafficking in Louisiana through community and government agency awareness, organization partnerships and victim rehabilitation at the Free Indeed Home."

Who are your state legislators?

Don't know who your state legislators are? Use this to find out.
Tommy's Homework

Bucket of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million stolen from truck

"A man stole an aluminum bucket full of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million from the back of an unattended truck in midtown Manhattan on September 29..."

Veterans protest Hampshire College decision to stop flying U.S. flag

"Veterans protested Sunday at a western Massachusetts college facing criticism from around the country for its decision to stop flying U.S. flags after students allegedly burned a flag in protest of Donald Trump’s presidential election."

Court blocks overtime pay expansion for millions of workers

"A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration..."

Donald Trump offers national security adviser job to Michael Flynn

"Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.) has been offered the position of national security adviser by President-elect Donald Trump, CBS News’ Major Garrett confirmed Thursday."

Trump team seeks top-secret security clearances for Trump's children

"President-elect Donald Trump is potentially seeking top secret security clearances for his children..."
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