My name is Jamey Tucker and I’m a guy who loves new gadgets and technology. Smartphones, drones, virtual reality, appliances, TVs, sound systems, smart home devices, apps. If it’s tech, I’m all over it.
I’ve been a TV news anchor and reporter since 1988 and worked with some very talented and dedicated journalists at these stations:
- WJSU-TV Anniston, Alabama
- WHNT-TV Huntsville, Alabama
- WREG-TV Memphis, Tennessee
- WKRN-TV Nashville, Tennessee
In 2011 while reporting for WKRN, the ABC TV station in Nashville, I launched “What the Tech?” to provide consumer technology stories important to viewers.
11 plus years later I’m tied into the tech community and in touch with most of the major players in the consumer technology industry. I spend my time (too much according to my family) reading about tech, watching keynotes, trying out new gadgets and devices, and finding shortcuts and tech hacks that aren’t found in any directions or manuals.
Now, for the long version of my career:
In 1988 I got my first job in television, anchoring sports for a local cable newscast that broadcast once a week. I did play-by-play for college basketball games and sideline reporting for televised Carson Newman football games. The week before college graduation I got the job of anchoring the national newscast airing on the religious cable-TV channel The Acts Network.
A couple of years later I took a job as the evening news anchor for the NBC affiliate in Florence, Alabama.
My next few stops were in Anniston, Alabama at WJSU-TV. Then it was on to WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama where I anchored first the morning, then the 10 pm weekday newscasts. In 1997 I left for WREG-TV in Memphis as a weekend anchor. In 2006 I went to WKRN-TV in Nashville to be a video journalist covering the religion beat.
The idea for What the Tech? came after a slow news day in Nashville. Every story fell through and the producers finally said, ‘just go find something for the 4:30 newscast’. It happened to be the day Verizon released its first iPhone. I got my hands on one and compared it to AT&T’s iPhone. The next day I had all of these e-mails from viewers asking questions about the story and the phones. That’s when I realized that news stories about tech are interesting to people of all ages, no matter where they live.
A few months later, “What the Tech?” went on the air at WKRN, WAAY in Huntsville, Alabama, and a few months after that, WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky.
I left my position as a news reporter at WKRN in 2015 to provide “What the Tech?” news stories across the country
It is on the air now on the following stations:
- WBRC-TV Birmingham, AL
- WCCB-TV Charlotte, NC
- KHNL-TV Honolulu, HI
- WRCB-TV Chattanooga, TN
- WPSD-TV Paducah, KY
- KFDX-TV Wichita Falls, TX
- KOHD-TV Bend, OR
- WAFF-TV Huntsville, AL
- KTVN-TV Reno, NV
- WRDE-TV Salisbury, MD
- WRDW-TV Augusta, GA
- WFMZ-TV Harrisburg, PA
- WATE-TV Knoxville, TN
- WAKA-TV Montgomery, AL
- KWCH-TV Wichita, KS
Only because I get asked about this about a hundred times a month, I am the reporter in the viral “Struttin” video. If you haven’t seen it, the audio is NSFW.