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.