Nexstar Media Group and NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth Partner to Host Live “Lone Star New Year’s Eve: Countdown To 2018” Television Special and Reunion Tower Fireworks Spectacular


FORT WORTH, IRVING and DALLAS, Texas – Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced today that it is partnering with NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV), an NBC-owned station, to host and broadcast a live New Year’s Eve television special, Lone Star NYE: Countdown to 2018, on Sunday, December 31, 2017 from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. CST. NBC 5 and stations owned by Nexstar, Mission Broadcasting, Inc. and White Knight Broadcasting, Inc. across 20 markets throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri, reaching nearly eight million U.S. households will ring in 2018 with the hour-long special.  Lone Star NYE: Countdown to 2018 will feature musical performances from local headliners, a Central Time Zone countdown and the AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower fireworks spectacular, presented by Reunion Tower, Hunt Realty and AT&T.

The New Year’s Eve special will broadcast live from the rooftop of Saint Rocco’s New York Italian restaurant at Trinity Groves, overlooking downtown Dallas beginning at 11:30 p.m. CST. There, former NFL pro-football player and news anchor D.J. Williams of KARK-TV in Little Rock will join award-winning NBC 5 news anchors Kristin Dickerson and Kris Gutierrez to host the event and ring-in the New Year alongside hundreds of partygoers. Viewers and VIP party guests will celebrate the night away with music from Dallas’ favorite alternative pop/rock group, Jackopierce who will be performing live from the rooftop at Saint Rocco’s.

In addition, meteorologist David Yeomans of KXAN-TV in Austin, will check-in with the team regularly with live reporting from a second location at Reunion Tower where crews will be putting the finishing touches on the fireworks show. NBC 5 and Nexstar Media Group are the official media partners of the AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower fireworks spectacular and will broadcast the event live beginning at midnight CST as the Dallas city skyline lights up with more than 4,000 pyrotechnic special effects ignited from various levels of Reunion Tower.

“We are extremely excited to collaborate with NBC 5 to host the 2018 New Year’s Eve television special and second annual AT&T Streaming Lights fireworks spectacular, live from Dallas— one of America’s greatest cities and home of Nexstar’s Corporate Headquarters. This will be a New Year’s Eve event like no other in local broadcasting,” stated Perry Sook, Chairman, CEO and President of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. “As one of the country’s largest broadcast television groups, Nexstar is expanding this must-see event to reach approximately eight million TV households across the country, bringing the live Dallas celebration into the homes of new viewers throughout Southeast and Southwest. Our Dallas 2018 New Year’s Eve special will be an excellent way to bring family and friends together to experience the hope of the New Year and the excitement of the holiday season with great local music and a thrilling fireworks show from the iconic Reunion Tower.”

“We are excited to work with AT&T again this year and host another unforgettable Central Time Zone experience. All eyes will be on Dallas and Reunion Tower as we ring in 2018,” said Chris Kleinert, Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Consolidated Investments.

Lone Star NYE: Countdown to 2018 on NBC 5 is a special opportunity to deliver a unique and truly local experience to North Texans with this live celebration.  We are looking forward to creating an iconic New Year’s Eve event for the Central Time Zone in cooperation with Nexstar, allowing more people to ring in the New Year in real-time,” added Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 President and General Manager.

Lone Star NYE: Countdown to 2018

Nexstar and NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) New Year’s Eve Programming Special

Sunday, December 31, 2017 | 11:30 p.m. CST – 12:30 a.m. CST

Saint Rocco’s New York Italian

Reunion Tower

Note: Only authorized guests of Reunion Tower, Hyatt Regency Dallas and credentialed media will be permitted to access the media viewing area via Reunion Boulevard and Sports Street. Due to safety requirements the Reunion Tower lawn will be closed to the public. For public viewing, the best vantage points are located on the west side of the Trinity River, along the levees and Trinity Overlook Park

Program Hosts: Kristin Dickerson, NBC 5 Weekend Anchor @KristinNBC5 
  Kris Gutierrez, NBC 5 News Anchor @KrisGutierrez
  D.J. Williams, KARK-TV News Anchor @dj45williams
  David Yeomans, KXAN-TV Meteorologist @KXAN_Weather






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About Mission Broadcasting, Inc.

Mission Broadcasting, Inc., is a U.S. television broadcasting company founded in 1998. Mission owns and operates 19 full power television stations, affiliated with the NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX or The CW television networks, in 18 markets located in the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont.

About White Knight Broadcasting, Inc.

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About Reunion Tower

The iconic Reunion Tower is managed by Reunion Tower Operations Co., LLC and owned by Hunt Realty Investments, Inc. The GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower offers visitors the only indoor/outdoor observation deck in the city with unique views of Dallas and its surrounding communities at 470 feet in the air. Interactive exhibits allow visitors an opportunity to discover hidden gems, historic landmarks, museums, parks and more. Visit for more information and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ReunionTower.

About Hunt Realty

Based in Dallas, Texas, Hunt Realty is the real estate investment management resource for Hunt Consolidated, Inc., which is a part of the Hunt family of companies directed by Ray L. Hunt. For over 30 years, Hunt Realty has invested in unique real estate opportunities that distinguish themselves from typical commodity investments. Hunt Realty’s investment approach focuses on direct owned assets, real estate operating companies, and structured finance opportunities.

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