Afternoon Drive: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
I was born on a farm outside of the `Home of the Blue Heron’, Barrhead, Alberta…Not once did I see a Blue Heron aside from the statue on main street that regularly gets vandalized (it wasn’t me, I swear!).
I actually saw my first concert in the ol’ hometown, a double bill in Barrhead’s High School Gymnasium with Stonebolt! (Remember Them?) And headliners, Chilliwack. I’ve been hooked ever since and along with my childhood best friend, we wood-shedded in various garages with an ever rotating lineup of members in bands with names like “The Kentucky Bee Farm” and (my favorite) “Black Orchard”!
“Farming certainly wasn’t for me”, to quote my dear old dad, and shockingly, my career as a rock star stalled. But I’ve been an avid fan and music collector ever since starting with the first album I bought (or maybe pilfered) Deep Purple’s “Machinehead”! I’ve been lucky enough to have worked in this crazy business almost exclusively except for a few odd jobs including tree farming, road construction and shingling (I lasted one day!) So, here I am as I have been for the past thirty four years (give or take) on the airwaves at K-97. I’ve seen `em come and go but one thing remains forever, my love and passion for classic rock and in fact all types of music.
Some of my best memories were forged right here in these studios going back to the days when we actually spun records! I’ll always remember interviewing Rock Gods like Ozzy, Alex Van Halen, Slash and…well maybe I won’t remember them all but trust me, there have been lots!
When I’m not roaming the hallways of K-97’s palatial and massive studios (which is often) here at WEM, I like to make some noise with my own band, (Yes, I’m the only original member of The Todd James Band) I’ve been an avid motorcycle enthusiast for the past thirty years and have the broken bones to prove it! My wife, Carol and I have logged well over 100,000 miles (about 161,000 KM, sorry I still think Imperial the way God intended it!) I also love, love, love movies; you can see and hear my `Minute at the Movies’ reviews on K-97 and for the past 25 years or so on Global TV in Edmonton and other cities across the country.
But radio is where it’s really at for me and God (and my late father) knows it’s about all I can really do, so I guess you’re stuck with me!