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A week into her new gig, KVET co-host sounds like a pro

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com
An avid KVET listener, contest winner Jamie Ivey now spends her mornings on the air with radio veteran Bob Cole.

Don't toss aside those dreams of becoming a radio superstar just yet.

As Jamie Ivey will tell you, they really can come true.

Ivey, formerly a stay-at-home mom, is the winner of a competition to co-host the KVET-FM morning show alongside veteran broadcaster Bob Cole. She just wrapped up her first week, replacing Bucky Godbolt, who moved back to sister station AM 1300 the Zone earlier this year.

"I still sometimes ask myself if this really happened," she says. "It's been a crazy ride."

An avid KVET-FM listener, Ivey says she was in her car at a stoplight when she heard an ad encouraging listeners to audition for Godbolt's spot.

"I remember thinking, ‘I can do this,' " she says.

And she did.

After making the Top 10 in an online poll, Ivey was one of five finalists selected by station management to spend a morning on air with Cole.

"I thought I'd be all nervous, but I wasn't," she says. "I was very relaxed. Everyone there made me feel very comfortable."

That one-day stint was enough to convince the folks at KVET-FM that Ivey was the perfect long-term fit.

"She was born to do this," Cole says. "She's natural, sincere, friendly, relaxed and lacks the cynicism that's so common in the radio business. I'm optimistic we could have a 20-year run together."

Ivey says feedback so far has been very positive, something that's surprised her.

"The reaction has been great. I think people know I've never done this before and they're giving me some time to grow into the job."

Hear Texas tunes ... for free

Speaking of KVET-FM, Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W. U.S. 290, is the new home of the station's Free Texas Music Series.

Now in its 10th year, the concert series kicked off last week with Reckless Kelly and continues for 26 weeks, wrapping up in September. Upcoming acts include Aaron Watson and Jarrod Birmingham, April 13; Bleu Edmondson and Mike Ethan Messik, April 20; Charlie Robison and Ben Danaher, April 27; and Roger Creager and the Rankin Twins, May 4.

Doors open each Wednesday at 5 p.m., with opening acts taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. Headliners follow from 8 to 10 p.m. The 8 p.m. hour will air live on 98.1 FM and will also be streamed at kvet.com.

For folks who can't attend, the station promises to post photos, streaming video and audio and behind-the-scenes interviews all summer long at texasmusicseries.com.

Around the dial ...

Cardboard cutouts of Mix 94.7's J.B. Hager and Sandy McIlree are popping up all over town. Contestants who snap a photo of one of the cutouts next to KEYE's Judy Maggio get 500 points, and a shot with President Barack Obama is worth 1 million points. (Good luck with that.) The winner walks away with $1,000. See all the people – and places – on the morning duo's checklist at mix947.com.

gdinges@statesman.com; 912-5987

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