Austin firm featured on ‘Hotel Impossible’

An Austin company will be featured on tonight’s “Hotel Impossible.”

In the episode, Pest Management Inc. uses its trained team of bed bug-sniffing dogs to search for pest problems at a troubled hotel.

“We are proud to be featured on ‘Hotel Impossible’ and proud of the work we do to help hospitality and other businesses thrive,” Pest Management Inc. owner Brian DiCicco said. “Pests can cause problems for every kind of organization and they can quickly ruin a customer’s experience.”

When the trained dogs locate bed bugs, a thermal heat treatment is used to kill the pesky critters without the need for chemical-based treatments.

The “Hotel Impossible” episode marks the second time Pest Management Inc. and its bed bug treatment program have been featured on cable TV. The company was also spotlighted on the National Geographic channel in 2011.

“Hotel Impossible” airs at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

Central Texas teacher competes on tonight’s ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Stacy Landry
Stacy Landry (Carol Kaelson photo)

Update: Dripping Springs teacher Stacy Landry won $16,904 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Hawaii, on Monday’s “Wheel of Fortune.”

Earlier: Look for a Central Texas teacher on “Wheel of Fortune” tonight.

Stacy Landry, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Rooster Springs Elementary in the Dripping Springs school district, will be one of three contestants vying for cash and prizes on the hit game show.

“A huge fan of ‘Wheel,’ she grew up watching the show with her family and now enjoys tuning in every night over dinner with her husband and their two daughters,” the show said in a news release. “Stacy hopes to use her winnings to start college funds for her kids. When she heard the Wheelmobile would be rolling into Austin, she jumped at the chance to audition to be a contestant.”

So … will Landry win big? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

“Wheel of Fortune” airs at 6:30 p.m. on KXAN.

New AMC show ‘The Son’ holding Austin casting call

A new AMC TV series will hold an open casting call this weekend in Austin.

“The Son,” based on a novel by Philipp Meyer, is looking for paid background extras.

Filming will begin in early June and run through September.

Producers are looking for men and women ages 18 and up, particularly folks with “Wild West” attire, “interesting” faces, facial hair, horseback-riding experience, ranching or farming experience, archery or firearms skills and law enforcement experience.

A description of the show: “This is a world of cowboys, vaqueros, oil loggers and American Indians clashing on the frontiers of the American West as Texas makes a name for itself. The period spans 1849-1915.”

If you’re interested, stop by the Best Western Plus hotel at 2200 S. Interstate 35 this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. or send an email that includes a current photo to theson.ba@gmail.com.

Austin’s ‘Sports Buffet’ radio show expands to San Antonio

Rod Babers and Craig Way
Rod Babers and Craig Way

An Austin-based sports talk show is expanding its footprint.

Starting today, 1300 The Zone’s “Sports Buffet” with Craig Way and Rod Babers can be heard in San Antonio, as well, on Ticket 760.

“I am extremely excited to grow the ‘Sports Buffet’ audience into such a passionate sports market like San Antonio,” Babers said. “We have a great team on the ‘Sports Buffet’ and we are dedicated to providing our fans with unique, high-quality sports entertainment.”

The show will air in both cities from 4 to 7 p.m.

“It’s a thrill be on Ticket 760 in San Antonio,” Way said. “I have had great experiences there in the past with Texas Longhorn broadcasts and as a guest on several different shows through the years. To be a part of the great sports fans of San Antonio and to deliver our unique brand of sports talk is something that Rod Babers and I are excited to share up and down Interstate 35 from Austin to the Alamo City.”

In San Antonio, “Sports Buffet” replaces a show hosted by Geoff Sheen, who was let go Thursday night, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

New midday host at country station 98.1 KVET-FM

Bree Wagner
Bree Wagner

One of Austin’s top-rated radio stations has tweaked its lineup.

Bob Pickett, a station veteran, has shifted to afternoon drive on 98.1 KVET-FM. He can now be heard weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Taking Pickett’s 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. midday spot is a newcomer, Bree Wagner.

Wagner currently works at sister station KAJA-FM in San Antonio and will split her time between the two cities, station owner iHeartMedia said.

“Bree is a rock star air talent and programmer,” said Travis Moon, director of country operations for iHeartMedia’s Central Texas region. “Her music passion, knowledge and relationships will only strengthen the brands in Austin and we are excited to expand her role with iHeartMedia.”

In addition to her new on-air gig, Wagner will also serve as music director and assistant program director for KVET-FM, as well as sister station KASE 101.

“I am so excited to be a part of the legendary 98.1 KVET and KASE 101 in Austin,” Wagner said. “Austin is such a great city and it’s a dream come true to be a part of it every day.”