James Straker has taken up the position as the Honorary Station Manager at 2ARM FM 92.1 in the New England. We take a look at his amazing career.
James Straker commenced his broadcasting career in 1988, presenting and producing programs with the Bromley Hospital Radio, a community based service
In 1990 James joined the BBC World Service, quickly moving to studio management with the European Service. He spent 5 years working on multi-lingual programming and production.
James first came to Australia in 1996 to work as an Audio Manager supplying audio feeds from National Rugby League fixtures to radio outlets.
One highlight of this period was his part in the broadcast of the first Rugby League game from the newly opened Sydney Olympic Stadium.
One fringe benefit of this position was the open pass for entry into any Rugby League game in Australia.
His 50 seconds of fame occurred at Kogarah Oval when the referee’s radio microphone broke and James had to run onto the ground, lift the referee’s shirt and make repairs in the middle of a televised match.
The crowd was delighted when he ran onto the field and gave him a rowdy welcome. James counted his lucky stars that the crowd didn’t know that he was English.
Returning to Britain in 1998, James went back to the BBC News and Current Affairs, performing studio management for programs such as Newshour, World Today, The Today Program, The World at One, World Briefing etc.
In 2005 he covered the German general elections live from Berlin.
The family then decided to move from London to live the outback dream at Tennant Creek, where wife Tina was appointed Manager of the Renal Dialysis Unit.
Meanwhile, James developed his IT skills by hard experience at Leading Edge Computers, supporting local business and government computer installations.
The family first passed through Armidale in 1997 en route to visit northern in-laws. They liked what they saw and thought that with the “education tag” Armidale would be a good place to live one day.
Then in December 2007 the opportunity came for the family to move to Armidale when Tina was appointed the Area Renal Manager Northern Sector at Armidale Hospital. The family settled in Invergowrie.
Daughter Ruby, now a talkative 3 year old, set out to conquer the daycare scene.
Meanwhile, James answered the call to become Honorary Station Manager at 2ARM FM 92.1.