Former Mix 94.7 host Sandy McIlree lands new gig … in Ohio

Sandy McIlree, left, and JB Hager (Laura Skelding photo / American-Statesman)
Sandy McIlree, left, and JB Hager (Laura Skelding photo / American-Statesman)

Former Mix 94.7 and 105.3 The Fringe morning co-host Sandy McIlree has landed a new gig – and it’s a long, long way from Austin.

More than 1,000 miles away in Ohio, to be exact.

Cincinnati radio station Mix 94.9 announced Wednesday that McIlree, who spent nearly two decades on the air in Austin, is set to join its morning team.

McIlree shared the news on Twitter, saying, “So it begins. So grateful.”

“I’m excited to have talent of Sandy’s caliber join the team,” Mike Fredrick, an executive with station owner Hubbard Interactive, told industry website All Access. “We’re committed to having strong multi-faceted morning shows on all of our properties.”

After leaving Mix 94.7 in late 2013, McIlree and Hager eventually resurfaced on 105.3 The Fringe in 2014. McIlree departed their new on-air home in early 2015, leaving Hager behind.

Hager later left the station, too, and is now out of the radio business.



‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions set for this weekend in Austin

Howie Mandel photo (NBC)
Howie Mandel photo (NBC)

Reality TV loves Austin, so it should come as no surprise that “America’s Got Talent” producers will be in town this weekend conducting auditions.

They’ll be at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., on Saturday. You can pre-register at

Organizers recommend using the convention center’s entrance on East Fourth Street, between Trinity and Red River streets.

While the show had some pretty insane performers last year, host Howie Mandel told the American-Statesman he’s confident there are still plenty of entertaining acts out there.

“Nobody has to think about topping anything,” Mandel said. “Just do your thing and let us decide what is amazing and worthy. You shouldn’t have any preconceived notions.”

“America’s Got Talent” got its start in 2006 and is heading into its 12th season, a run far longer than many of its competitors.

“I don’t know that anyone could have imagined it,” Mandel said.

As producers look to keep things fresh, Mandel said Austin was a natural site for auditions.

“Austin has become the epicenter for hipness and trendiness, especially with music,” he said. “It’s a very open-minded, creative place with wonderful people.”

All Christmas, all the time on 2 Austin radio stations

kkmj_1200x630_fb_ogForget about Thanksgiving, Majic 95.5 is already celebrating Christmas.

Even though Santa is still more than a month away from making his rounds, the Austin radio station has flipped to round-the-clock holiday tunes.

If you’re not in the mood for Christmas classics just yet, Majic is streaming its usual soft rock playlist on its website,

Contemporary Christian station Spirit 105.9 is also set to run 24/7 Christmas music starting on Black Friday (Nov. 25), general manager Tim McCoy told the American-Statesman.

“We want to celebrate Thanksgiving first,” McCoy said.

KBVO to air Friday’s Temple-Connally playoff game

Another Central Texas high school football playoff game is set to air on Austin TV station KBVO this week.

The city’s MyNetworkTV affiliate will broadcast the Class 5A Division I matchup between the Temple Wildcats and Connally Cougars live at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The broadcast team will include De Hansen and Steve Gideon.

KBVO to air Thursday’s Dripping Springs-Austin High playoff game

Dripping Springs' Reese Johnson (Ricardo B. Brazziell photo)
Dripping Springs’ Reese Johnson (Ricardo B. Brazziell photo)

Austin TV station KBVO will air one of this week’s most highly anticipated high school football playoff games.

The city’s MyNetworkTV affiliate, which broadcasts more than a dozen live matchups each year, said this week that it plans to televise Thursday’s Dripping Springs Tigers-Austin High Maroons game.

Tune in at 7:30 p.m. to catch all the action.

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