JB Hager, one half of the long-running “JB and Sandy Morning Show” on Entercom's KAMX 94.7 FM Mix, has departed the station after almost 18 years on the air.
According to Austin 360, Sandy McIlree, Hager’s friend and co-host, remains along with sidekicks Sara Osburn and Alex Franco.
McIlree made the announcement on the air Monday morning, telling listeners it was “a decision that was way over my pay grade.”
The move is the latest in a series of cost-cutting personnel shifts undertaken by managers at Mix 94.7. The station has switched from primarily live programming to an assortment of voice-tracked – or pre-recorded – hosts, including high-profile afternoon and evening time slots.
Mix 94.7 vice president and market manager Alan Kirshbom provided the American-Statesman with this statement on the decision not to renew morning co-host JB Hager's contract:
"Today we are announcing that JB will no longer be a part of the JB and Sandy morning show. We thank JB for his service, his professionalism and for all the good he has done for people and the city of Austin. JB has made an incredible impact during his 17 years with MIX and we wish him all the best in the future. He will be missed.
Sandy, Sara and Alex are amazing talents to take the morning show forward. We are extremely excited about what the future will hold.
Everyone at Mix 94.7 is committed to delivering a top rated, fun and entertaining radio show, which will continue to deliver outstanding results for our clients and a high level of service to our community."