James' first job was as a roller-coaster brakeman at a pleasure beach
James began his radio career in 1985 following a local newspaper competition where he joined a commercial radio station in Norfolk and fulfilled his lifelong ambition to be a broadcaster.
He slipped over the border into Suffolk in 1990 where he took over the Orwell FM breakfast show. His reputation as a slick, amusing and provocative presenter (guess who wrote this) became established.
After a stint at Mellow 1557 James then moved onto Dream 100.
In 1999, James took a break from radio to pursue his other great love: computing. He spent three years at BT Research in Martlesham Heath, where he acquired many skills in the areas of advanced computing and programming - he's still a partner of a local computer company.
James spent the early part of 2007 living in Shropshire, where he was the station manager of Sunshine Radio - but he finally returned home to Ipswich to join the presentation team at BBC Radio Suffolk.
James lives in Ipswich with his wife Karen and four children.
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Listen to James Hazell on BBC Radio Suffolk,
from 9.30am to 1pm.