James Warner-Smith

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Hi I’m James and I’m the Weekend Warrior on Pure Country 91.7.  I was born and raised in the Soo but my family and I started calling Sudbury home in 2013.  We love it here!  

My wife and I are Raptors and Jays fans and we put up with the Leafs. If there's a game on, we're usually watching!

Hope we can connect on the air and online!

  • (LISTEN) Here's What Jagmeet Singh Said About Sudbury on Sunday

    Jagmeet Singh did more campaigning in Sudbury on Sunday morning.  He held a media event at the Sudbury Campaign Headquarters and followed that with a visit to Legion Branch 76 on Weller in Minnow Lake to talk with voters.
  • (LISTEN) Vulnerable People Help Clean Up Downtown Sudbury

    Recently, Alana Everson of CTV News reported on a new program that helps Downtown Sudbury and gives vulnerable people paid work. The program is called "Cleanup Downtown."  It's a partnership between the BIA and the YMCA. Volunteers are paid an honorarium and Crew Leader Martin Kimewon says it helps people with little money obtain essential items. Click to hear more.
  • (LISTEN) Long List of Demands for Breeding "Partner"

    A screenshot of a woman’s Facebook post has gone viral on Reddit in which she says she’s looking for a sperm donor and then gives a ridiculous list of requirements, asking men that meet them to apply via Messenger. Click to hear the list!
  • (LISTEN) Trudeau Claps Back at Sudbury COVID Protestors

    Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made a short, surprise campaign visit to Sudbury Tuesday. Protestors gathered at the University of Sudbury where Trudeau spoke, mainly opposing COVID vaccination requirements, prompting Trudeau to respond.
  • (LISTEN) Jagmeet Singh Tells Sudbury NDP Would Save All Laurentian Programs

    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh campaigned in Sudbury Saturday morning. At a media conference outside Laurentian University, Singh told reporters what his party's goals would be for the University.  Singh also spoke about the University of Sudbury and French language services.  The Federal Election is scheduled for September 20
  • (LISTEN) Red Light Cameras - How They Work and What Sudbury Thinks

    Greater Sudbury City Council has approved the installation of red light cameras at six busy intersections.  CTV News got some information from the city and police about how the program will work and, here at Pure Country, we got some feedback from you about what you think. Click to listen.
  • (LISTEN) Flight Cancelled, So Woman Strikes It Rich at the Grocery StoreUntitled audio project

    A woman's flight out of Tampa was cancelled so she hit the grocery store like a boss!
  • (LISTEN) Sudbury's Spark Employment Wants to Buy You Lunch

    Spark Employment has a chance for you to enjoy lunch on them, and maybe find a job too.
  • (LISTEN) Around Manitoulin for Camp Quality

    Camp quality is a volunteer charity organization that provides free camp experiences for children with cancer and blood disorders.  Recently, Richard Bradley set out on a 350 kilometre bike ride around Manitoulin Island to raise money to send kids to camp!
  • (LISTEN) How Do You Pronounce Tishomingo? This is Creepy!

    I would drive in the other direction if I heard this coming from the town.
  • (LISTEN) Find Out Why This Guy Stole His Girlfriend's Ring

    Do you think his heart was in the right place ... naw!
  • (LISTEN) Josh and Coop Have Just Not Thought This Hot Dog Thing Through!

    James from Pure Country Weekends thinks Josh and Coop Need to go back to the drawing board or the boiling pot on this whole hot dog and bun thing!  They just haven't thought it through!
  • (LISTEN) Angie and David Louie Talk About $771,000 HSN 50/50 Win

    What would you do with $771,000. That's the question Angie and David Louie try to answer after winning the June HSN 50/50 draw.
  • (LISTEN) Fishing Fan Reminds James Leafs Are Out of the Playoffs

    James got a call from Pure Country fishing fan Don and his brother with a reminder of a couple of painful hockey realities.
  • (LISTEN) Kids and Amazon Are Not a Good Mix

    A four-year-old from wanted some SpongeBob SquarePants Popsicles, so he ordered them ... on Amazon ...
  • (LISTEN) Pure Country Feeding Families

    Pure Country 91.7 has launched a new fund raising initiative that's a real double whammy for Greater Sudbury.  The Pure Country Feeding Families-Restaurant Relief is a drive to raise money for local restaurants who, in turn, provide food for the hungry and homeless in the community.
  • (LISTEN) James Warner Smith Tells Us About Getting His COVID Vaccine In Sudbury!

    We just found out that our weekend announcer James Warner Smith received his first COVID vaccine shot!  CLICK PLAY to hear about his experience! 
  • (LISTEN) French James Pranks Josh on April Fools

    James will be the first to tell you that he can't speak French worth squat, but he managed to put put his grade school Franglais to work on April Fools Day and put one over on Josh!
  • (LISTEN) HSN 50-50 Winner Got Sent to Bed for Being a Habs Fan

    One of the things that might be in the future of HSN 50-50 winners Ron and Maureen McNaughton might be a trip to see the Montreal Canadiens play. But Ron told Pure Country, not everyone in his family supports the Blue, Blanc et Rouge.  
  • (LISTEN) Here's How Sudbury Can Spread the Love

    A Sudbury Inn is trying to spread the love and show appreciation for Sudbury's front line health care workers through a campaign that everyone with a window in Greater Sudbury can get involved with.  Rebecca Junkala, Marketing Manager for TravelWay Inn Sudbury was on Pure Country Connected recently and told Coop what the "Spread the Love" campaign is all about.
  • (LISTEN) Meet Sudbury's Newest Rich People

    What would you do with $635,000?  Ron and Maureen McNaughton of Sudbury are the winners of the March 50/50 draw at Health Sciences North. That's the largest prize the Foundation has awarded yet.  James Warner-Smith of Pure Country 91.7 spoke to Ron about his April Fool's skepticism, how his friends and family reacted and what they plan to do with the money.
  • (LISTEN) Conversational Klingon

    Contact North is an organization that works to link people to courses that they can take from any one of 116 sources across the province without having to leave their community. CTV's Ian Campbell beamed down on Zoom to have a chat with Leigh Kitlar of Contact North about one of the latest offerings, a course being taught from Manitoulin Island on one of science fiction's most sought after, made-up languages, Klingon. Kitlar has already tried the first few Klingon lessons herself and said it might be the most fun course they offer all year. Ian also spoke with Gore Bay resident Keith Finnila. Finnila has been a big fan of Star Trek since he was a child, when he watched the show regularly with his dad. Finnila and his girlfriend applied for the course through a post on Facebook and says, while it's mostly for fun, it might be useful in communicating with their pets!  Neil Stephen is considered to be something of a Sudbury expert on Klingon and Ian asked him if there are any words that might be useful on CTV News. While Stephen acknowledged the silliness of the whole thing, he did say it does serve a useful purpose in these stressful times  I think my favourite Klingon of the all is General Chang, the Shakespeare spouting nemesis of Captain Kirk who asked the question "taH pagh taHbe" To watch Ian Campbell's original report click the link below Ian Campbell on CTV Northern Ontario For Pure Country Community Clips, I'm James Warner-Smith
  • (LISTEN) Not All Sudbury Teens Sit Around Playing Video Games

    A Grade 10 student in Sudbury has launched a new clothing line and some of the proceeds will go to help the city's most vulnerable people. Jamie McKee of CTV News recently spoke to Ethan Thompson about his project to raise money for the Inner City Home in Sudbury.  Ethan makes masks, hoodies and shirts with the Inner City logo and also fills custom orders with other designs. He says the work something he really likes.  Ethan donates 25% of the proceeds to the home as well as 10% of custom orders. He feels that Inner City is doing important work in the community.  Joe Drago from Inner-City Homes says their organization owes Ethan a great debt of gratitude and support.  Drago says the donation goes a long way to helping the organization meet the needs of their clients Ethan's mom, Melanie Pigeon-Way says Ethan is not your typical teenager. Ethan has set a fund raising goal of $2,000 for Inner City Homes.  You can email crystal_way875@hotmail.com to place an order with Ethan for Inner-City Home swag.
  • (LISTEN) Not All Sudbury Teens Sit Around Playing Video Games

    A Grade 10 student in Sudbury has launched a new clothing line and some of the proceeds will go to help the city's most vulnerable people. Jamie McKee of CTV News recently spoke to Ethan Thompson about his project to raise money for the Inner City Home in Sudbury.  Ethan makes masks, hoodies and shirts with the Inner City logo and also fills custom orders with other designs. He says the work something he really likes.  Ethan donates 25% of the proceeds to the home as well as 10% of custom orders. He feels that Inner City is doing important work in the community.  Joe Drago from Inner-City Homes says their organization owes Ethan a great debt of gratitude and support.  Drago says the donation goes a long way to helping the organization meet the needs of their clients Ethan's mom, Melanie Pigeon-Way says Ethan is not your typical teenager. Ethan has set a fund raising goal of $2,000 for Inner City Homes.  You can email crystal_way875@hotmail.com to place an order with Ethan for Inner-City Home swag.
  • (LISTEN) Glitch in Trail Reporting System But Some Good Conditions

    Larry Berrio is on the trails again today.  He reports there is a glitch in the trail condition reporting system today but still some good conditions out there.
  • (LISTEN) It's Not Fear Mongering, It's Prevention!

    Every so often, I see a new post about COVID-19 and I start reading the comments and just shake my head. I have to rant about this. ~James 
  • (LISTEN) Which Sudbury Trails Is Larry Riding Today?

    Larry says some of the trails in the Greater Sudbury area are a little more beaten up than others.  He's got the scoop in this morning's Pure Country Trail Report.
  • (LISTEN) Sudbury Snowmobilers Encouraged to Stay Off Trails

    Larry Berrio says with the very warm temperatures called for today and possible rain, he won't be riding. In theses soft conditions, by riding the trails it wrecks them. Hope mother nature brings us back some colder temperatures and more snow.  Thanks to all the volunteers and groomers out there. Your doing a fabulous job!!
  • (LISTEN) Pure Country Dreams to the Max!

    We found out on Saturday that the winning ticket in the 70 million dollar Lotto Max draw was sold in the Sudbury area, so James asked the rest of the Pure Country staff what they'd do with 70 million dollars
  • (LISTEN) Pure Country Trail Report - Larry Berrio - February 27, 2021

    Larry Berrio is on the trails again on this Saturday with some tips on how to deal with the changing conditions on the trails.  I don't think their dog Willow gets to go on the ride but wants to remind you to drive safely, wear your helmet and keep to the right!
  • (LISTEN) Pure Country Trail Report - Larry Berrio - February 21, 2021

    What a great day on the trail today with Trent Westell and Kevin Moyle.  Left Whitson Lake with a big thank you to Frappier Contracting for adding snow to the much needed hill heading up to the golf course.  The trails through the Valley are really nice and great shape with an overnight grooming.  From Capreol, the old railway bed has a few loose slag rock exposed so you want to be aware.  We crossed Ella Lake then on to Lake Wanapitei with no slush anywhere.  Lake crossings are in incredible shape. Stopped in at Rocky's for lunch as they are open for indoor dinning now.  Headed north of Rocky's up to the top of the C trail as the trails were in great shape.  The C11D took us to the top of 56 which the ride was incredible. Stopped at the fire stop location built by the Valley Trail Masters for a warm up.  Met a lot of sledders all day enjoying the trails. Be careful on 56 as you ride through the pole line as they are some exposed rocks.  Please keep in mind that there are mining trucks travelling along the bottom of 56. We are using their roads so be respectful to them.  Enjoy your sledding! ~Larry
  • Pure Country Trail Report for February 13, 2021

    Larry Berrio is on the trails today for Pure Country 91.7.  He updates the conditions every Saturday and Sunday at 10:50 am.  Larry says trails are tight, keep to the right!  Have a safe fun day! 
  • (LISTEN) Pure Country Trail Report with Larry Berrio

    Every Saturday and Sunday Larry Berrio will be posting and talking about the snowmobile trail conditions in Sudbury on Pure Country 91.7  
  • (LISTEN) Sudbury Encouraged to Put Its Feet Up This Fall

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada is urging Sudbury to embrace its inner laziness and to take a break this month.  It's good for the environment.
  • (LISTEN) 2020 Sudbury Bell Business Awards

    The 23rd annual Bell Business Excellence Awards were handed out in a virtual ceremony that was streamed live this year.  CTV's Molly Frommer spoke to some of the recipients. The complete list of winners is available at CTV News Northern Ontario.
  • (LISTEN) Sudbury's Elgin Street Mission Has a New Ride

    The Elgin Street Mission in Sudbury has some new wheels thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Lougheed Foundation and Crosstown Chevrolet.  Vince Pollesel, Dealer Principal at Crosstown, handed the keys to Pastor Amanda Robichaud, the mission's new executive director. Robichaud told CTV News "This is an amazing gift from the Lougheed Foundation and Crosstown Chevrolet which helps us serve Sudbury's most vulnerable,"
  • Sudbury's Elgin Street Mission Has a New Ride

    The Elgin Street Mission in Sudbury has some new wheels thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Lougheed Foundation and Crosstown Chevrolet.  Vince Pollesel, Dealer Principal at Crosstown, handed the keys to Pastor Amanda Robichaud, the mission's new executive director. Robichaud told CTV News "This is an amazing gift from the Lougheed Foundation and Crosstown Chevrolet which helps us serve Sudbury's most vulnerable,"
  • (LISTEN) Sudbury Woman Collecting Shoes for Kids in Need

    A member of the cleaning staff at the Rainbow District School board in Sudbury is busy collecting donations of shoes to help deserving kids.
  • samaritan drop in space

    A new drop-in centre for Sudbury's homeless and vulnerable at the Samaritan Centre offers newspapers to read, free coffee, a visiting space and separate rooms equipped with telephones and computers. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
  • (LISTEN) Sudbury Samaritan Centre Drop In Space

    A new drop-in centre for Sudbury's homeless and vulnerable at the Samaritan Centre offers newspapers to read, free coffee, a visiting space and separate rooms equipped with telephones and computers.
  • (LISTEN) Bike Thefts On The Rise in Sudbury

    Bicycle thefts are on the rise in Sudbury. 126 thefts have been reported to police recently with only 49 being recovered. CTV's Molly Frommer spoke to Sgt. Steve Train and Jay Thomson from Adventure 365 recently and they offered some tips on protecting your property.
  • Bike Thefts On The Rise in Sudbury

    Bicycle thefts are on the rise in Sudbury. 126 thefts have been reported to police recently with only 49 being recovered. CTV's Molly Frommer spoke to Sgt. Steve Train and Jay Thomson from Adventure 365 recently and they offered some tips on protecting your property.
  • (LISTEN) Bike Thefts On The Rise in Sudbury

    Bicycle thefts are on the rise in Sudbury. 126 thefts have been reported to police recently with only 49 being recovered. CTV's Molly Frommer spoke to Sgt. Steve Train and Jay Thomson from Adventure 365 recently and they offered some tips on protecting your property. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.