KLAS-TV (CBS) To Host 26th Annual “Countdown to 2020: 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 18 Million U.S. TV Households and Live-Streamed Online at 8newsnow.com.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (December 30, 2019) – KLAS-TV, Nexstar Media Group’s CBS affiliate serving Las Vegas DMA (#39), announced today that it will host Countdown to 2020: Live from Las Vegas, a live New Year’s Eve special on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. (PST).  KLAS-TV and Nexstar Media Group stations in 14 cities across nine states will broadcast the live show, reaching nearly 18 million U.S. households. In addition, local viewers may access a live-stream of Countdown to 2020: Live from Las Vegas as well as exclusive bonus content online at 8newsnow.com. The four-and-a-half-hour broadcast will ring in 2020 with viewers in Nevada, California, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, 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 KSWB-TV in San Diego’s Maria Arcega-Dunn and will originate in front of Beer Park on the Las Vegas Strip. There, viewers and VIP party guests will ring-in the new year with live musical performances by Stick Figure, Iya Terra, Built to Spill, the Blue Man Group, The Spazmatics, Frankie Moreno, and many more. The exclusive, Emmy Award-winning broadcast will also feature live reporting from multiple locations including the Hard Rock Café on 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 in downtown Las Vegas. The broadcast will also have live shots from Honolulu as they celebrate NYE.

The KLAS-TV New Year’s Eve broadcast is a local tradition that has continued for a quarter of a century and is the marquee annual event on the Las Vegas Strip.  For the third 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.

KLAS-TV will be live-streaming exclusive behind the scenes coverage of Countdown to 2020: Live from Las Vegas on 8newsnow.com including live video feeds from the South Point Hotel and Fremont Street. 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 8newsnow.com.

“No other media platform connects people to their communities more effectively than local broadcast television and as the country’s largest station group, Nexstar is proud to continue the longstanding tradition of KLAS-TV’s New Year’s Eve programming special, live from Las Vegas,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. “We look forward to hosting and delivering an extraordinary night of unforgettable entertainment to millions of households throughout the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and California both on-air and online at 8newsnow.com.”

Coudown to 2020: Live from Las Vegas is high-quality entertainment and the type of exclusive local content our viewers come to expect from our talented teams at 8 News Now and Las Vegas Now,” added Lisa Howfied, VP and General Manager of KLAS-TV. “Our New Year’s Eve television special is recognized as one of the industry’s most spectacular local productions, and we look forward to sharing this community’s tradition with millions of other viewers throughout the U.S.”

The KLAS-TV broadcast event will air live in 14 Nexstar television cities across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, and Bakersfield, CA; Seattle, WA; Denver, and Colorado Springs, CO; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Albuquerque, NM; and Honolulu, HI.

Countdown to 2020: Live from Las Vegas

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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | 8:00 p.m. PST – 12:35 a.m. PST

Anchor Location:

Beer Park (3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109)

Hosts: Brian Loftus, KLAS 8 News Now Anchor @BrianLoftus8
Kirsten Joyce, KLAS 8 News Now Anchor @KirstenJoyce
Maria Arcega-Dunn, KSWB FOX 5 News Anchor @FOX5Maria


Additional Locations:

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

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

Reporters: Mercedes Martinez, Las Vegas Now Host @MercedesInTheAM
JC Fernandez, Las Vegas Now Host @jctheproducer


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 Website
KTLA-TV (IND) Los Angeles, CA ktla.com
KRON-TV (MY) San Francisco, CA kron4.com
KZJO-TV (MY) Seattle, WA Q13fox.com
KWGN-TV (CW) Denver, CO kwgn.com
KTXL-TV (FOX) Sacramento, CA fox40.com
KRCW-TV (CW) Portland, OR koin.com
KSWB-TV (FOX) San Diego, CA fox5sandiego.com
KUCW-TV (CW) Salt Lake City, UT abc4.com
KLAS-TV (CBS) Las Vegas, NV 8newsnow.com
KRQE-TV (FOX) Albuquerque, NM krqe.com
KGPE-TV (CBS) Fresno, CA yourcentralvalley.com
KHII-TV (MY) Honolulu, HI khon2.com
KXRM-TV (FOX) Colorado Springs, CO fox21news.com
KGET-TV (CW) Bakersfield, CA kget.com

Please check local listings for additional information.

For more information on 8 News Now, please visit 8newsnow.com and follow the station on Facebook and Twitter. For additional interactive content during the Countdown to 2020: Live from Las Vegas programing special, use #VEGASNYE on social media.

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