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James Valentine is a broadcaster, musician and writer. For over ten years he has been presenting Afternoons on 702 ABC Sydney.
He was a prominent rock musician in the 1980s and now leads his own band, The James Valentine Quartet. He writes a weekly column for The Australian and for the Northside Magazine.
His radio program is a humourous news talk shift responding to current affairs and the social issues of the day.
His Quartet has recorded two albums, the latest being The Power and The Passion. This is a series of evocative arrangements of classic Australian rock tunes.
He is the author of six books, including the Jumpman Series for young readers, The True History of Stuff for children. The Form Guide and Spotfull are for adult readers and are based on content from his daily radio show.
James has worked on television as a commentator on Sunrise, as a judge on celebrity singing show It Takes Two and those who were aged around eight in the mid 1980s remember him fondly as the host of ABC TV’s The Afternoon Show.
James began his working life as a musician studying jazz in Melbourne before going out on tour with some of the leading Australian bands of the early 1980s, including Jo Camilleri, Kate Ceberano, The Models, Absent Friends and Wendy Matthews.
James is married to Joanne, a clinical psychologist, has two children Ruby and Roy, and lives in Sydney.