KLAS-TV (CBS) to host 25th annual “Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas” television special featuring live music, special guests and fireworks


New Year’s Eve Programming Special Will Be Syndicated Across Various Nexstar Markets Reaching Nearly 10 Million U.S. TV Households and Live-Streamed Online at LasVegasNow.com

 LAS VEGAS, Nevada (December 21, 2018) – KLAS-TV, Nexstar Media Group’s CBS affiliate serving Las Vegas DMA (#39), announced today that it will host Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas, a live New Year’s Eve special on Monday, December 31, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. (PST).  KLAS-TV and Nexstar Media Group stations in 11 other cities across nine states will broadcast the live show, reaching nearly 10 million U.S. households. In addition, local viewers may access a live-stream of Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas as well as exclusive bonus content online at LasVegasNow.com. The four-and-a-half-hour broadcast will ring in 2019 with viewers in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Hawaii and Oregon. KLAS-TV’s award-winning New Year’s Eve program will feature musical performances from Las Vegas headliners, special entertainment, a countdown to midnight across all four-time zones and spectacular fireworks from seven hotel casino rooftops along the Vegas strip.

The New Year’s Eve special will be hosted by KLAS-TV 8 News Anchors Brian Loftus and Kirsten Joyce and will originate at the Hard Rock Café. There, viewers and VIP party guests will ring-in the new year with music from East Side Riot, who will be performing live from the Hard Rock Café on the Las Vegas strip. The exclusive, three-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast will also feature exciting performances and live reporting from multiple locations including the Las Vegas Strip, South Point Hotel and the famous Fremont Street Experience, where more than 300,000 revelers will be ringing-in the New Year 2019 in downtown Las Vegas.

The KLAS-TV New Year’s Eve broadcast is a local tradition that has continued for nearly a quarter of a century and is the marquee annual event on the Las Vegas strip.  For the second consecutive year, the KLAS-TV New Year’s Eve television special will be broadcast across four different time zones including live countdowns from New York (EST), Dallas (CST), Denver, (MST) and Las Vegas (PST). In addition, partygoers, family and friends will have the opportunity to share their own personal New Year’s Eve merrymaking experiences and holiday wishes by using #VEGASNYE on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

New in 2018, KLAS-TV will be live-streaming exclusive behind the scenes coverage of Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas on LasVegasNow.com including live video feeds from the South Point Hotel and Fremont Street as well as aerial views of the Las Vegas strip. As a result, local digital audiences will have uninterrupted, VIP access to additional live musical performances and exciting bonus content throughout the entire New Year’s Eve celebration, exclusively on LasVegasNow.com.

“Nexstar is delighted to continue the longstanding tradition of KLAS-TV’s exclusive New Year’s Eve programming  special, live from Las Vegas,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.  “For the second consecutive year we are expanding the reach of Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas to eleven other Nexstar markets. In addition, viewers will once again be able share in this exciting celebration with family and friends on-air and online at LasVegasNow.com. No other media platform connects people to their communities more effectively than local broadcast television and as one of the country’s largest station groups, we look forward to hosting our award-winning New Year’s Eve program and delivering an extraordinary night of unforgettable entertainment to millions of households throughout the Southwest, Pacific Northwest and California.”

“This year, Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas will be bigger and better than ever,” added Lisa Howfied, VP and General Manager of KLAS-TV. “Broadcasting live from the iconic Hard Rock Café on the Las Vegas strip, with additional reporting from several other locations throughout the city, our New Year’s Eve television special will feature celebrity guests and show-stopping musical and entertainment performances from some of the biggest headliners on the Vegas strip including Frankie Moreno, Zowie Bowie, Terry Fator and many more. Our talented local team here at 8 News Now and Las Vegas Now look forward to sharing this community tradition with our local audience and with millions of other viewers in surrounding states. Recognized as one of the industry’s most spectacular local productions, Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas will again bring high-quality entertainment and exclusive local content to our viewers for an unforgettable celebration to ring in the New Year.”

The KLAS-TV broadcast event will air live in 11 other Nexstar television cities across the country including San Francisco, Fresno and Bakersfield, CA; Honolulu, HI; Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; El Paso, TX; and Portland, OR. Additionally, Nexstar’s local ABC affiliate serving Billings, MT will live-stream the event.

Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas

Nexstar and KLAS-TV New Year’s Eve Programming Special

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 8:00 p.m. PST – 12:35 a.m. PST


Anchor Location:

Hard Rock Café Las Vegas Strip (3771 South Las Vegas Boulevard #120, Las Vegas, NV 89109)


Hosts: Brian Loftus, KLAS 8 News Now Anchor @BrianLoftus8
  Kirsten Joyce, KLAS 8 News Now Anchor @KirstenJoyce

Additional Locations:

South Point Hotel (9777 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89183) 

Reporters: Courtney Perna, Las Vegas Now Host

Mercedes Martinez, Las Vegas Now Host



  JC Fernandez, Las Vegas Now Host @jctheproducer
  Hailey Frances, KASW CW6 Executive Producer and Host @haileyfrances


Fremont Street and the Las Vegas Strip 

Reporters: Tedd Florendo, KLAS 8 News Now Meteorologist @TeddFlorendo
  Anthony Bailey, KGPE CBS47 Meteorologist @AnthonyBaileyTV


Station/Network Region
KLAS-TV (CBS) Las Vegas, NV
KRON-TV (IND) San Francisco, CA
KGPE-TV (CBS) Fresno, CA
KGET-TV (CW) Bakersfield, CA
KHON-TV (FOX) Honolulu, HI
KRQE-TV (CBS) Albuquerque, NM
KASW-TV (CW) Phoenix, AZ
KGJT-CD (MyNet) Grand Junction-Montrose, CO
KXTU-LD (CW) Colorado Springs, CO
KUCW-TV (CW) Salt Lake City, UT
KOIN-TV (CBS) Portland, OR

Please check local listings for additional information.

Note: KSVI-TV (ABC) will carry a live-stream of Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas in Billings, MT.

For more information on 8 News Now, please visit LasVegasNow.com and follow the station on Facebook and Twitter. For additional interactive content during the Countdown to 2019: Live from Las Vegas programing special, use #VEGASNYE on social media.

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 174 full power television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or nearly 39% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. For more information please visit www.nexstar.tv.


Chris Berg
Senior Director of Local Content Development
Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Jennifer Neuman/Joe Jaffoni
212/835-8500 or nxst@jcir.com


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