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Sandy Collins

I am a Dayton native and a proud graduate of Wright State.  I got my start in radio at Stebbins High School and loved it.  I came to WHIO in 2011 and work as News Director with the best group of journalists!

Working for WHIO Radio is a dream come true.  This legendary radio station is part of Cox Media Group, which owns WHIO-TV and the Dayton Daily News.  I was born and raised in Dayton, and we were a “Channel 7” family.  My family worked for the Dayton Daily News.  My uncle was a newspaper delivery driver, and my Mom was a newspaper branch manager.  So, of course, my first job was delivering the Dayton Daily News.  In fact, I was one of the first girls permitted to deliver the paper.  Back in the 1960’s, only teenage boys were allowed.  After the DDN changed the rule, I was chomping at the bit and I bought my first route at age 11.  It taught me so many things; responsibility, how to handle money, how to talk to customers, respecting differences in families, and how to plow thru three weeks of below zero weather in a blizzard, never missing one customer!  So working for CMG was my first job, and I hope this one is my last!  I came to WHIO Radio to fulfill my journalistic dreams.  I’ve been in Dayton radio since I graduated from Stebbins High School and Wright State University, working on music-intensive stations.  I always wanted to be a talk show host, and that’s one of the things I get to do now. I’ve always loved knowing what was going on in the world, always loved “current events” and learning about the world.  Here, I work with amazing, hardworking professional people and love coming to work every day.

Q & A

Where were you born?

Where did you grow up?
Mad River Township, now Riverside

What was your favorite TV show then?
Clubhouse 22

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
I always wanted to be a dancer & singer, clearly a performer at heart.

How might someone have described you in high school?
Fun, rowdy, always laughing.

What was your first job?
Dayton Daily Newspaper Delivery

What was your first job in radio?
I started in high school radio at Stebbins, but my first paid job was at WGIC 1500 in Xenia.  I worked Sunday mornings, playing local religious programs on tape from area pastors.  After that, I spun “Bluegrass Jesus Music.”

What do you like about your job?
I love connecting with people.  Providing a friendly voice to let people know what’s going on, where to find help, when the weather is getting bad, or what they need to know to get through the day. 

What do you not like about your job?
Really cranky listeners who think that everything is a conspiracy and are downright mean.

What might people be surprised to know about you?
I love to sing and play guitar. I’m too shy to do it front of people, but I give great concerts to my pets.

What is the hardest thing you ever did?
Growing up without a dad. He passed when I was five years old.

What would be a perfect day for you?
Spending time with my daughter and my mom together.  She passed before my daughter was born.  

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? 
Be willing to work harder than your peers, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and realize no matter how much you think you know, you don’t know everything! 

If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?
Half of it would be the 9|11 coverage I did when we were attacked.  I worked 20 hours that day, and anchored news coverage for 8 hours overnight for 8 stations.  The other half would be snippets of meeting some of the coolest people in entertainment, like Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Paula Poundstone, Lauren Bacall, Michael McDonald, Gwen Stefani, Wynonna…. The list covers over 30 years! 


Favorite book: The A to Z Series by Sue Grafton
Favorite radio program: Radiolab
Favorite dream car: Mercedes sports car
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite hobby: Drawing
Favorite Miami Valley place: Home!
Favorite movie: Apollo 13
Favorite music: Country, Pop and 80’s rock.  Anything with a guitar!
Favorite travel destination: Paris!

Latest from Sandy Collins

Bomb scare from Dayton International Airport

A flight that took off from Dayton International Airport was part of a bomb scare, according to the FBI. A woman at the Dayton ticket counter made the threat and was arrested, according to Lindsay Godwin, FBI spokeswoman.  The US Airways Flight #2956 from Dayton to Reagan National Airport was ...

I-75 lane closures coming this week

LIBERTY TWP. —If you drive along I-75 south of Dayton, make a note of these lane closures. This week, lanes of I-75 will be closed between Ohio 63 and Tylersville Road on both sides of the interstate in the evening hours.  Lane closures will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ...

BREAKING NEWS: Teen arrested for man's murder on bike

DAYTON -- An 18-year-old teenager has been arrested and charged with the murder of a man shot in the head while riding a bicycle. Cops charged Carlos McGary with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.   They picked him up Wednesday afternoon in the 2200 block of Salem Avenue for carrying a concealed ...

Heads up: Construction changes on 75 tonight

It's the asphalt. Night-time ramp closures to lay asphalt are scheduled for tonight in both directions of I-75 at Stanley Avenue. Ohio Department of Transportation said the closures will begin at 11 p.m. tonight and will be in effect nightly between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am, but ...

Richmond teen who drowned identified

RICHMOND, IN --The name of the 15-year-old boy who drowned in Richmond, Ind., has been released. Austin Israel drowned around 10:15 a.m. Monday in the Whitewater River located near North 17th Street and J Street. Officers said Israel was found under the current in the river. A dive team located ...

Local waterways being tested

WAYNESVILLE, Oh -- Water will be tested at two neighboring state parks in southwest Ohio to see if there are still the troublesome levels of bacteria that led to beach advisories over the Memorial Day weekend. Signs were posted at Caesar Creek State Park and Cowan Lake State Park about ...

Man burned in Middletown grease fire

MIDDLETOWN — A man cooking on his stove was seriously burned Monday when grease caught fire after getting too hot. The subsequent fire on Lawn Avenue damaged a house and injured one of the residents on Monday. About 4:35 p.m., Christopher Clayton of 1600 Lawn pounded on a neighbor's door ...

Rollover crash with kids on 70 & 68

Emergency responders were sent Interstate 70 at US 68 on the report of a rollover crash this morning.  Scanner traffic indicated there were several children involved. Troopers from the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol  responded to the two-vehicle accident. No further information was immediately available. The area ...

Fire destroys Huber Heights cottage

HUBER HEIGHTS, Oh -- A small Huber Heights cottage went up in flames Monday evening. The location in a wooded area in the 4400 block of Fishburg Road made putting out the fire difficult for responding crews. The structure was destroyed. Fire crews from several jurisdictions including Huber Heights, Vandalia ...

Eaton man charged in sex crime

PREBLE COUNTY —Twenty-six year old Brian Warner of Eaton has been charged with sending sexually explicit pictures to someone posing as a juvenile. Brian Warner was arrested last week and booked into the Preble County Jail. He is charged with two counts of importuning and one count of disseminating matter ...

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