Jimmy Tingle featured in new UMass Dartmouth radio commercials

Jimmy Tingle, comedian, political commentator and UMD alumnus, featured in new UMass Dartmouth radio commercials When Jimmy Tingle graduated from UMass Dartmouth, he never dreamed he'd have a career in stand up comedy or would one day work as a humorist and commentator for '60 Minutes II.' But, that's the great thing about a good education. It helps you to reach goals beyond your dreams.

Jimmy Tingle, comedian, political commentator and UMD alumnus, featured in new UMass Dartmouth radio commercials 

When Jimmy Tingle graduated from UMass Dartmouth, he never dreamed he’d have a career in stand up comedy or would one day work as a humorist and commentator for “60 Minutes II.” But, “that’s the great thing about a good education. It helps you to reach goals beyond your dreams. “ 

Jimmy Tingle captures this sentiment in a 60 second commercial that he created for UMass Dartmouth’s Division of Continuing Education, which offers courses days, nights and on weekends on the Dartmouth, New Bedford and Fall River campuses, and on Cape Cod. 

Tingle’s message is currently airing on radio stations throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island: WHJY 94.1 FM, WPRO 92.3 FM, WWRX/WFNX 103.7 FM, WSKO SCORE 790, WCTK 98.1 FM, Providence; WCIB COOL 102 FM, Cape Cod; WFHN 107.1 FM, S.E. Massachusetts;WBSM 1420 AM, New Bedford; and WSAR 1480 AM, Fall River. 

In just one minute of air time, Tingle connects his educational experiences to his listeners’. “Not only can continuing education increase your earning potential and enrich your life, but the values of education are passed on to your children. And let’s face it: We all want smarter kids. They’re the future. And so are you.” 

A 1997 graduate of UMass Dartmouth with a degree in history, Tingle donated his time and talent to create the commercial because he feels a lasting debt of gratitude to the university that took a chance on him, a high school kid with an underwhelming academic record. “That opportunity changed my life. It continues to pay dividends in my life and career almost 30 years later.” 

Jimmy Tingle was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The social, political and economic diversity of that city laid the groundwork for his development as a performer and eventual satirist. He started performing in 1980 during the early standup comedy scene in Boston and quickly rose through the ranks from open-mike performer to paid engagements, headlining at comedy clubs and colleges nationwide. 

He just completed two seasons with “60 Minutes II” on CBS as the humorist / commentator in the Andy Rooney spot. Among his other credits are: contributor and satirist for MSNBC, appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Larry King Weekend,” “The Late Show with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder,” “The American Comedy Awards,” and on his own HBO “One Night Stand” comedy special. 

He is currently appearing with his latest one man show “Jimmy Tingle in the Promised Land” on weekends in September at the Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro, Mass. For information and reservations: 508-487-5400.


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