The first thing I do when I meet a new friend is spend at least 90 seconds teaching them how to say my name correctly. Jillene sounds like Jill-eeeen. Think, Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” but “Jo is “Jill.” For Khan, think Chaka Khan (or The Wrath of Khan, for Star Trek fans).
I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota (but don’t hold that against me—I got rid of most purple clothing items a long time ago). Minnesota is where my mother, brother, and most of my family still live, so I’m pretty familiar with the 94 westbound stretch through Wisconsin, since I’ve taken it for holidays, weddings, and necessary mom hugs.
I always knew I wanted to be on the radio. I’m not exactly sure where that dream came from, but I’m glad it picked me! After college, I was lucky enough to work for Tony Fly, a Twin Cities radio legend and someone I grew up listening to. Once I got my foot in the door at that station, I did anything and everything I could to learn and move up the ladder! It paid off, and eventually I hit the airwaves in my hometown.
In 2010, I moved away from home and relocated to the Quad Cities (eastern Iowa and western Illinois) to be on the air full-time at a powerhouse country station, where I continued to fall passionately in love with radio. After a few years, and just when I least expected it, a love like I’ve never known came into my life. My fiancée, Leah, and I have been engaged since Christmas 2014 and are looking to seal the deal with a destination wedding soon! Leah is from the Illinois side of the Quad Cities, and most of her family is there too. After five years on the air in the Quad Cities, I took a job in Milwaukee working on a new country station. That’s where I got my first taste of a real Wisconsin Friday Fish Fry, and learned what a “bubbler” is. Leah and I have both grown to love Wisconsin and Madison is going to make a great home for us for so many reasons—proximity to our families is just one of them!
Leah & I have one fur baby, Chester— and the three of us can’t wait to call Madison home and be a part of something so special at Magic 98!
What else can I tell you about me? I like to be outside. I like most of your Midwest staples: fishing, camping, anything near the water. I like to try things at least once so I can decide whether I like them or not. I am obsessed with dogs and will probably say “hi” to your dog before I say “hi” to you. I like to travel, but don’t get to do it as much as I want to. I love concerts and live music and have kept 95 percent of the tickets to shows I’ve been to. I love to talk to people, share stories, laugh, and enjoy life!
I can’t wait to get to know more about you, and I can’t wait for my family to plant some roots in Madison! I’ll talk to you on Magic 98 between 3-7PM each weekday, so feel free to call me on the Magic Line at 608-321-0098, send me an email at Jillene@magic98.com, or connect with me on Facebook! (I’m on Instagram and Twitter too.)
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