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James Scully


I'm a native New Yorker who grew up in a home with three generations of family. I had close relationships with both my grandparents and great-grandparents, being exposed to an invaluable amount of local culture. It has helped me become a passionate actor, writer, director, and historian.

I'm a graduate of Xavier High School in Manhattan, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and have spent over a decade working for media companies such as Condé Nast, and Hearst.

I produce/host Breaking Walls, the docu-podcast on the history of American network radio broadcasting ( I write/direct/post-produce/act in scripted audio fiction productions, like the 2022 official Tribeca audio selection Burning Gotham (, the Frank Sinatra biopic musical And Then I Sing (, and the western adventure series Frontier Gentleman ( I'm also an actor in an audio theatre troupe in NYC called The Fireside Mystery Theatre (

I'm a longtime S.P.E.R.D.V.A.C member (, A member of The Salmagundi Club ( a mentor with The Podcast Academy (, and a New York City sightseeing/tour guide. My tours focus on 1830s New York City.

Tours & Services Offered

Special Tours: 

A history of 1830s New York City
How wireless telegraphy became radio broadcasting (virtual)

Services Offered: 
Tour Escort,
Tour Guide
Tours Offered: 
Downtown Manhattan
Virtual and Online Tours
Olde New York

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