Jim's career started at a much smaller Schenectady radio station, WSNY 1240 AM. Gagliardi graduated from the old Draper High School in Rotterdam in 1967. He then went to, and graduated from Grahm Junior College in Boston, while there, he worked at the campus radio station and also did part time work for WNTN, a 10 ten thousand watt daytimer in Newton, Massachusetts.
After College it was a 24 year stint at WROW, where he worked his way up from nighttime Staff announcer to Program Director. Awards included a New York State Broadcasters award and recognition from the American Hockey League for coverage of the Adirondack Red Wings.
In March 1994, Gagliardi joined the award winning staff at WGY. He was an important part of the staff and won numerous Associated Press awards and another New York State Broadcasters Award. Gagliardi’s coverage of the fatal 1999 E. Coli outbreak at the Washington County Fair won a National Edward R. Murrow award. Gagliardi also provided reports for ABC News during the network’s coverage of the 2003 Northeast Blackout, and a suit filed by Kevin Rooney, the onetime trainer of Former heavyweight Boxing Champ Mike Tyson.
In January 2011, he rejoined the staff of Clear Channel Albany, and WGY.