The morning radio team of Dave Farra, Jason Mahoney and Daena Kramer is taking the leap from Las Vegas to Houston, from the 32nd-ranked market to No. 6.
They were recruited by their former KXTE boss, Charese Fruge, vice president/programming of CBS Las Vegas. She moved to KHMX in Houston this year to take a similar position.
The move ranks among the biggest jumps by a Las Vegas radio team. KLUC’s Chet Buchanan went to Portland in 2002 for three years before returning.
KXTE-FM (107.5) topped the latest Nielsen ratings for persons ages 18 to 34. Those ratings came out last week.
The success of the show, said Mahoney, lies in the close friendships of the team.
The show’s early community involvement made a difference, too, he said.
In their first year, they partnered with the UFC on Fight Holiday Hunger, a drive that produced 300,000 meals for Three Square.
“Before that, everyone thought we were degenerates,” said Mahoney.
Producer Jered Jones will join the on-air personalities. They will be moving from alternative to Hot AC, a mix of alternative and Top 40.
They will do their last live show Aug. 21. A going-away party with fans is planned.
Farra grew up in Brainerd, Minn., Mahoney in St. Louis, Kramer is a Los Angeles valley girl and Jones is a Las Vegan.
In other local radio news, talk-show host Alan Stock posted the following on his Facebook page last week: “Rumors are true; I’m no longer at KDWN. I can’t discuss the details. But they were nothing but professional and supportive as I was given notice. Make no mistake they are good people. Even though I’m no longer on KDWN, that won’t stop me from sharing my witty commentary and voice of common sense and reason with all my long time listeners on a regular basis.”
Stock joined KDWN-AM in August 2012, after a 12-year run at KXNT.
The Scene and Heard
Britney Spears continues to make a strong case for a residency extension at Planet Hollywood Resort’s Axis theater. She had near-sellout crowds over the weekend in the 4,000-seat venue. Caesars Palace is awaiting a response from Spears and her team on Caesars’ offer to extend her residency. … Boxing has had its share of grand theater when it comes to wild weigh-in antics. Mike Tyson often provided some of the better fireworks. But this was no weigh-in. It was a basic photo op between former three-division champion Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga, one of boxing’s most notorious trash-talkers. In town for Nevada’s Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they were in a Caesars Palace suite promoting their Aug. 29 fight on pay per view at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. As photographers tried to get Mosley and Mayorga close enough for a photo, Mayorga lit up a cigarette and walked up to Mosley, puffing away. When he was nose to nose, he blew big clouds of smoke in Mosley’s face. Mosley responded to the punk move by flicking the cigarette out of the mouth of Mayorga, who went ballistic. It was awesome. Can’t wait for the weigh-in.
Dance star siblings Derek and Julianne Hough, with the cast and crew of their “Move” tour production, at Tao nightclub (Venetian) on Saturday after their closing show. Also at Tao: YouTube sensation Meghan Rienks, celebrating her 22nd birthday, which was August 4. … At Spears’ performance on Saturday: Electronic dance music superstar Skrillex and fashion designer Jeremy Scott, who designed the iconic stewardess outfit she wore in her “Toxic” music video. … Former pro wrestler Bill Goldberg, dining at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse (the D) with his wife Wanda before watching Zowie Bowie from the owner’s box. … Spears, having lunch Thursday with her two boys and one of their friends, at Sushisamba (Palazzo). Two security guards and a nanny dined nearby.
The Punch Line
“If you missed it (the first Republican primary debate), just imagine your uncle at Thanksgiving dinner, and then multiply by 10.” — Seth Meyers
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