Founder Pro Cannabis Media
A native of Newton Massachusetts and a 1979 graduate of Tufts University, Jimmy Young has over 40 years of experience in commercial television and radio. A former Emmy Award winning Talk Show host for his sports talk show for kids on NECN in the 90’s, he is one of the rare professionals in that industry who has had success in front of the camera, in production, and in sales management.
The founder of Pro Cannabis Media is the current host of In The Weeds with Jimmy Young, a weekly podcast distributed over the CLNSMedia.com, site, iTunes, Spotify, Googlecast among others. In July of 2019, he teamed up with the founder of Cannabis.net, Curt Dalton, to host a two hour live monthly Weed Talk Show where the two Massachusetts natives have interviewed some of the biggest names in Cannabis, like Steve DeAngelo, Bruce Linton, and Tommy Chong. Locally local cannabis advocates and representatives from the medical establishment in the Bay State have all appeared on that show that is now being distributed nationwide. Young also produces a weekly news video, called News Dabs, highlighting and commenting on the biggest stories around the world in the emerging cannabis universe.
Young started his broadcast TV career at the then NBC affiliate in Boston, WBZ-TV in 1977 as a sports producer at age 20 while a junior at Tufts University where he graduated in 1979. At that time, he hosted the first of many sports talk shows on WLYN AM in the Boston market. In 1981-1992 He joined the TV Sports staff at the CBS affiliate in Portland Maine. There he was the host of U.Maine Coach’s shows (With Kirk Ferentz now the Iowa head coach, and the late Shawn Walsh) while covering some of the biggest sports events during the ‘80’s including Super Bowls and World Series. In 1992, he returned to his hometown of Newton, Massachusetts, to start a fifteen-year run at NECN (New England Cable News) highlighted by a NATAS NE Emmy Award for creating, co-producing, and hosting Kid Company’s SportsWorld, the nation’s first live TV sports talk show for young people.
In 1996-97 he was named the original color analyst for the New England Revolution of MLS. During those 15 years at NECN, Young set record sales numbers for new business, and then in 2008, eventually handled a 10 million dollar book of business in the corporate division of Boston Globe Media.
In 2008, Young started his first business, Young Broadcasters of America, building a TV studio in Natick Massachusetts that trained over 500 young people. During that time, under his direction, YBA produced over 1500 hours of live web casts including weekly shows online. In the summer, Young ran 12 weeks of summer camp, including an overnight Master Sportscasters camp at Dan Duquette’s Sports Academy in the Berkshires of MA.
During that time, he created the nation’s first interactive online sportscasters training course and taught it at Curry College in Milton, MA. Where he has taught an Introduction to Sportscasting on Radio and TV since 2009. In 2018, he taught two courses at Dean College in Franklin Mass. One, a graduate course on the Impact of Mass Media on society, and the other in Multi-Media Story Telling. He has recently been hired by Emerson College in Boston to teach a Sports PR and Public Speaking course for the Spring 2020 semester.
He has mentored hundreds of young people during his career who are now working in TV markets all over the country including the #3 market Chicago and in New York City at NBC Sports.