Morning host JB Hager leaves Classic 105.3

JB Hager
JB Hager

For the first time in nearly two decades, JB Hager can finally sleep in.

Hager, who spent the past two years hosting the morning show on Austin Radio Network’s Classic 105.3, has left the station.

Before joining Classic 105.3, Hager had a long run hosting mornings on Mix 94.7 with Sandy McIlree.

Hager says he’s already lined up a new gig creating online content for Empowering a Billion Women 2020, an Austin-based organization.

“It’s an amicable split,” Hager said. “They’re focusing on other things right now and I’m using this time to see what the next 20 years of my media career will look like.”

Hager said he’s thankful for the time he spent at Bob Cole’s Austin Radio Network – time that helped strengthen his love of radio.

“I do believe in Bob Cole and he was very generous to me,” Hager said. “It was cool to work with him. I was given a lot of freedom and was able to do a lot of things that would make most programmers cringe. It wasn’t your typical morning jibber-jabber.”

Hager’s not ruling out a return to radio one day, but he says he’s in no hurry. He’s excited about working with Empowering a Billion Women 2020 and continuing to write a column for Austin Woman magazine. He’s also involved with several local businesses, including Driveway Austin Motorsport Academy, Uncle Billy’s Brew and Cue, 24 Diner, La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern, Hangar Lounge, Onairstreaming.com and Wheel mobile video.

“It’s a time for reinvention,” Hager said. “It’s very, very bizarre not being on the radio. I really enjoy it. It’ll be odd to get up and not do that every morning. My wife and daughter aren’t used to seeing me in the morning. I think I’m already getting on their nerves and throwing off their routine.”

Austin Radio Network will, at least for now, run straight music in the mornings on Classic 105.3. The group’s other Austin stations include 104.9 The Horn and 98.5/99.3 KOKE-FM.

 

In time for debate, Univision’s back (temporarily) on U-verse lineup

AT&T U-verse customers across the country, including right here in Austin, will be able to watch tonight’s Democratic debate on Univision after all.

Univision-owned stations went dark last week on U-verse, the result of a contract dispute over retransmission fees – money cable and satellite providers must pay in order to carry networks. But the two sides have agreed to temporarily set aside their differences so audiences can watch Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders square off tonight.

The debate, which will air live from Miami, starts at 8 p.m. on KAKW Channel 62.

Univision this afternoon called on AT&T to continue airing the network’s programming for 24 hours following the debate. Dallas-based AT&T didn’t immediately respond to Univision’s request.

February TV ratings: KVUE, KXAN are Austin’s top stations

Lester Holt anchors 'NBC Nightly News,' Austin's top-rated network newscast. (Jose Luis Villegas photo / The Sacramento Bee )
Lester Holt anchors ‘NBC Nightly News,’ Austin’s top-rated network newscast. (Jose Luis Villegas photo / The Sacramento Bee )

KXAN and KVUE were Austin’s top-ranked English-language TV stations during February, according to new ratings data from Nielsen.

ABC affiliate KVUE had the No. 1 newscasts at 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., while NBC affiliate KXAN was tops at 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The two stations essentially tied in the midday news race.

Once again, KXAN’s 6 p.m. broadcast was the city’s most-watched newscast, regardless of time period, drawing an average of 51,446 Central Texas households. That’s more than second-place KVUE and third-place KEYE combined.

Other highlights:

  • ABC’s “Good Morning America” is Austin’s No. 1 network morning show, followed by NBC’s “Today” and “CBS This Morning.” While it remains in third place, ratings for “CBS This Morning” jumped dramatically compared to February 2015 – up 62 percent at 7 a.m. and 70 percent in the 8 a.m. hour.
  • “NBC Nightly News” easily wins the 5:30 p.m. network news battle, followed by “ABC World News” and the “CBS Evening News,” which grew its audience 47 percent year over year.
  • In primetime, CBS rules the roost. NBC is second, then ABC, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.
  • NBC’s “Tonight Show” leads the late-night ratings, with ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’s “Late Show” essentially tying for the runner-up spot.

February Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,456 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1 / 10.3 / 7,456
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.8 / 4,474
  • KXAN: .5 / 4.8 / 3,728
  • KEYE: .2 / 2.5 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.6 / 12.9 / 11,930
  • KXAN: 1.5 / 11.7 / 11,184
  • KTBC: .8 / 6.8 / 5,965
  • KEYE: .4 / 3.5 / 2,982

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 3 / 16.2 / 22,368
  • KVUE: 2.1 / 11 / 15,658
  • KTBC: 1.8 / 9.7 / 13,421
  • KEYE: .8 / 4.1 / 5,965

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 6.3 / 10,438
  • KNVA: .2 / 1.1 / 1,491

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.2 / 5.3 / 8,947

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1 / 4.9 / 7,456
  • KEYE: .6 / 2.7 / 4,474 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2 / 8.5 / 14,912

Noon

  • KXAN: 2 / 7.9 / 14,912
  • KTBC: .9 / 3.4 / 6,710

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.2 / 4.6 / 8,947 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.5 / 14.2 / 41,008
  • KVUE: 3.7 / 9.4 / 27,587
  • KTBC: 2.3 / 5.6 / 17,149
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 3.8 / 11,184

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.9 / 15.2 / 51,446
  • KVUE: 4.7 / 10.3 / 35,043
  • KEYE: 2.1 / 4.7 / 15,658

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.4 / 4.4 / 17,894
  • KNVA: .7 / 1.3 / 5,219

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .3 / .5 / 2,237 (‘ATX Uncensored-ish’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.6 / 11.1 / 41,754
  • KVUE: 4.3 / 8.6 / 32,061
  • KEYE: 2.9 / 5.8 / 21,622
  • KTBC: 1.9 / 3.8 / 14,166