Thomas Perumean

“The relentless pursuit of the news.”  

Tom will be the first to tell you he didn’t go into radio to get rich, or get famous.  But his passion for news and broadcasting goes back to his earliest memories of listening to KNX, Los Angeles in his dad’s car.  “My parents were news junkies.  They read the L.A. Times in the morning, The Orange County Daily Pilot in the afternoon, had the local news on at 5 and 6pm, and watched the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite every evening.”  So it was natural I was on my high school newspaper and was editor of the paper at a community college.  

After six years trying to be a screenwriter, I decided to return to my first passion:  Journalism.  Since going into radio news, he’s worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and San Diego.  Tom wanted to come New Orleans because, growing up and working in the Southwest, “I wanted to see weather—somewhere it rains more than once or twice a year!”  

For Tom New Orleans exists on so many levels, physically, emotionally, psychologically, in literature, culture, and in its great swath of people.  “Every person has a story that is powerful and moving, finding them, hearing their story and relating it to those who hear my voice is what I’m all about.”