'I am Hamilton' honors James Howard: Tyner grad, This N That host, radio personality

'I am Hamilton' honors James Howard: Tyner grad, This N That host, radio personality (Image: WTVC)

Today, Hamilton County Schools is recognizing NewsChannel 9's own James Howard.

"I am Hamilton" spotlights the achievements and contributions of alumni, teachers, parents, students, support workers and community members in providing opportunities for children in the classrooms of Hamilton County Schools. Better opportunities for children today mean a brighter future filled with possibilities for our graduates, their families, and the community.

James is a staple of that community. He's worked in local radio for the past 25 years, an on-air personality for WDEF Sunny 92.3's morning show and a fixture of many Tennessee Valley residents' morning routine.

He also hosts NewsChannel 9's This N That show, a community affairs segment which airs every weekday at 12:30 p.m.

“I was born and raised, through and through a Chattanoogan,” Howard said. He grew up in East Brainerd and went to East Brainerd Elementary and graduated from Tyner High School. Howard played football and tennis at Tyner and participated in plays and school musicals.

“I had just a great experience at Tyner,” Howard said. “I look back and think of my coaches and my teachers and the influence they had on me, and I think of encouragement. Just little words of encouragements that teachers and coaches had for me to let me know that I could do this and I could be successful.”

It was Howard’s drama teacher that encouraged him to pursue a career in performance but a chance visit by broadcast representatives to Tyner his junior year put him on his career path. “It was career day at Tyner High School, and I saw this sign that said broadcasting where a couple of guys were sitting at a table in the Tyner cafeteria. I just walked up and started asking questions and talked to them about radio,” Howard remembered. “So, career day at Tyner was responsible for me being on radio and television. I think back, and if I had not made that connection on career day at Tyner, I often wonder where I would be today.”

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