Tuning in to Terri McCormick
On or off the air, Majic 95.5’s radio host will make your day.
By Molly McManus
Photo by William Russell
As a 512 area code flashed across her phone, Terri McCormick dismounted a treadmill in Detroit, to answer the call that would lead her to a new life. On the end of the other line was radio station Majic 95.5, offering her an opportunity to move to beautiful and sunny Austin.
This was just what McCormick had been looking for: a change of pace, a fresh start, an adventure. The bubbly, bright and bold blonde picked up and moved with her daughter, Katie, to be a radio host in the Live Music Capital of the World.
Although this change was welcomed, it was extremely difficult for McCormick to relocate after living in the Midwest her whole life. Being in her 40s and not knowing a soul brought challenges in meeting people, as a lot of people her age were set in their routine, their ways and life. McCormick immersed herself in her work, attending networking events, going to shows and, especially, staying positive.
There’s a certain warmth about McCormick that translates across the airwaves and a genuine essence that is felt within minutes of speaking with her.
“I’m all about the energy of something,” McCormick enthusiastically explains, illustrating the positivity that accompanies her to work.
At Majic 95.5, McCormick balances many responsibilities, such as music director, host of Majic at Work and co-host of Majic in the Morning. She’s on your dial at 6 a.m., bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, letting you know that, at Majic 95.5, “we want to make your day.” That motto of the morning show embodies McCormick’s own effort in bringing an overall feeling of optimism to the show, her career and her life.
And this woman truly does eat, sleep and breathe positivity. Whether she’s in the shower, on Lady Bird Lake’s hike-and-bike trail or hanging out with her daughter at an Austin hotspot, she’s thinking positive thoughts. It takes effort to live in this manner when you’re tired, upset about something or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Whatever the case, McCormick manages to shine it on at 6 a.m. every morning, bearing her Austin listeners in mind.
“I’ve come to work with my shirt inside out. Another time with two different pairs of shoes on,” she laughs.
With a good breakfast, a night of sleep and three alarms set every morning, McCormick powers through her day with animation, fearless of any obstacles that may come her way.
McCormick has been in the radio business for more than 30 years. Prior to moving to Austin, she got her start by opening her very own radio station with her husband in Detroit. This was when radio was much more localized, untouched by the corporate monopoly that exists today. However, McCormick adapted alongside the ever-evolving radio, making her place as a radio force to be reckoned with.
In 1994, McCormick also had to adapt to the devastating loss of her husband. Selling their station to a larger network, she continued to work in the industry with independence, drive and determination.
She brought this determination along with her to Austin when she moved in 2006. In addition to the warmer climate, McCormick loves the vibe Austin encompasses: its friendliness, beautiful wildflowers, the number of people out and about, and of course, the wonderful music scene. Her first show was at the Parish on Sixth Street with The Fray.
“It’s a great place to be this time in my life,” asserts McCormick of Austin, the city she now calls home.
The fluidity McCormick exhibits in any given situation fits perfectly with the constant development and transformation Austin has undergone, the city altering right in front of her eyes. With the skyline alone changing every year, she relishes in learning about the city as she grows along with it.
“The Frost Tower was the biggest building and now I can’t even see it from my studio,” says McCormick.
McCormick’s youthfulness is a lesson to be learned by anyone and everyone. As elementary as it may seem, by believing in yourself, remaining positive and switching things up, you can avoid becoming stagnant in whatever it is you are doing. It’s never too late to do what you want to do, whether that means starting a new job, moving to a new city or making other huge adjustments in your life for the better.
“Whether you like it or not, it will enhance your life,” McCormick endorses from her own firsthand experience.
You’ll never know until you try. Take McCormick’s story and open yourself up to new possibilities, experiences, music, people and most importantly, positivity.
Listen to Terri McCormick on Majic 95.5, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out majic.com for playlists, blogs, upcoming concerts and events.