KDWN News Team

John Shaffer - Program Director, News Director, Morning News Anchor

John Shaffer started his radio career in 1988 at Jim Gibbons owned WFRE & WFMD in Frederick, MD, after graduating from Penn State University.  After spending two years in Maryland where he was everything from an air personality to a news anchor, John moved to WNNK-FM in Harrisburg, PA, where he worked for 15 years, beginning as a news anchor and becoming the news director for the Cumulus Media Harrisburg cluster of stations.  In that time, WNNK won 2 Marconi Awards and John was part of the "Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show", which was also honored with a Marconi.  John's news work was honored with several Associated Press Awards including the prestigious "Joe Snyder Award" for outstanding news service in Pennsylvania.  In 2006, seeking new challenges and warmer weather, John joined Beasley Broadcasting as the morning anchor for their new Las Vegas News Talker, KDWN-AM.  John helped to shape the station from the beginning and was quickly promoted to News Director, then Program Director, all while continuing as the morning news anchor on KDWN as well as sister station 96.3 KKLZ and 102.7 The Coyote.   John was inducted in to the Nevada Broadcasters "Hall of Fame" in 2011 and has been honored with the Electronic Media Awards for "Best Newscast" in 2010, 2012 & 2014 and "Radio Program DIrector of the Year" in 2012.  John is involved in the Las Vegas Community, emceeing charity events including National Night Out and The Lakes Festival of Lights.  Professionally, John served as President of  the Associated Press Television - Radio Association, from 2013-2015, representing member TV and radio stations in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.

 

Mitch Kelly - Traffic Director

Mitch has been a part of the Las Vegas radio landscape since 1995, and has been bringing you your morning traffic reports as part of the Beasley Media Group family of radio stations since 2008. Mitch is married to the lovely Shannon, and though they have no kids, own a Rottweiler named Badger that acts like a spoiled child. Mitch is a fan of all things from his home state of Wisconsin, including the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, Badgers, bowling and-yes- cheese. In his ample spare time, Mitch can be found watching zombie movies, preparing dinners for his much harder- working wife, and perfecting the art of the nap.

 

Rob Banks - Morning Show Producer

Radio and music have always played a big role in Rob Banks life even as a child. He began playing the piano and taking singing lessons at the age of 5, and then decided he wanted to pursue a career in broadcasting at age 7 after attending a talent show. Rob’s radio background includes over 3 decades of experience as a former national country music morning show host for Westwood One (formerly Dial Global), where he was heard on 60 plus radio stations and hosted a nationwide show on the weekend called “Wide Open Saturday Nights”. In 2008 Rob was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Rob is also a voice-over talent, where he has voiced commercials nationwide for brands including Centex Homes, Six Flags Amusement Parks and more. Always hungry for knowledge, and experience in the News/Talk format Rob was thrilled to join KDWN in 2011 and became the weekday Morning Show producer in 2015, and he has worked for Beasley Media Group combined for over 10 years.

 

Tate South - Traffic Reporter 

Tate South was born and raised in suburban Atlanta with a microphone in his hand. His first radio job was at age 15, playing music and reading news for a small station on the outskirts of the city. Tate went on to attend Georgia State University and even showed up for classes when they didn’t interfere with working at the campus radio station. His years in Atlanta radio were spent producing news and talk shows and playing country, soft rock, alternative and top 40 music. Following a couple of years working in Memphis (and to escape high humidity and the abundance of mosquitoes), Tate arrived in Southern Nevada and has been heard on the Las Vegas airwaves since 2007. He joined Newstalk 720 KDWN and Beasley Media Group in 2016. You can also catch him playing music on 102.7 The Coyote weeknights from 7pm to midnight.