James is the well-known and opinionated broadcaster and radio presenter, and outspoken contributor to the paper reviews on ITV’s This Morning and SKY News.
An ever popular voice on radio James began his career by founding Radio Top Shop, one of the very first in store radio stations, but it was talk radio that really interested James and when the opportunity came up to present his own evening phone in show at Metro Radio in Newcastle he lept at the chance.
The midmorning phone in show at BBC Radio Derby soon followed but it was at Radio Aire and Red Rose Radio that James became better known to a national audience. The late night James Whale Radio Show, broadcast live simultaneously on radio and ITV, took to the airwaves in 1989 and was a hit with James’ dry wit and characteristic no nonsense approach.
James then spent a very successful 13 years at talkSPORT presenting the now iconic 10pm-1am weekday slot.
Having beaten kidney cancer in the early noughties James set up the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer (www.jameswhalefund.org) which is now the leading UK kidney cancer charity. He is also a patron of the National Literacy Association.
Away from broadcasting James likes to spend his time target shooting with his favourite custom made English Long Bow. It’s one of his favourite pastimes along with a passion for Old English and Medieval crafts.
James’ autobiography Almost a Celebrity: A Lifetime of Night-Time was published in 2007