Meet Mercedes & Charese

Mercedes Martinez
Mercedes MartinezTop-Rated Morning Talent

Mercedes Martinez is the host of “Mercedes in the Morning” on KMXB/ Mix 94.1 and “Las Vegas NOW!” on KLAS-TV Channel 8.

Born and raised in Colorado, she has been in Las Vegas since 1997 where she began waking up the city on Mix 94.1. She has been hosting “Las Vegas NOW!” on KLAS since the show debuted in 2017.

Her favorite part about working in radio and television is being able to create a bond with people. “’I feel like I know you’ is the biggest compliment I can receive. Being a role model to girls and women is something that I take very seriously.”

She has been happily married to her husband, Matt, since 2000 and they have two daughters that keep her very busy.

Mercedes loves taking advantage of the entertainment in Las Vegas (the best concerts she’s been to are Ice Cube, Michael Bublé, and Lady Gaga) and she loves doing CrossFit and spin. She also loves sports and is a die-hard New York Yankees, Vegas Golden Knights and Denver Broncos fan.

She graduated Cum Laude from UNLV with a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology.

Mercedes’ Career Highlights…

  • Raising funds for community organizations like Rape Crisis Center, Goodie Two Shoes, Three Square, Communities In Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Las Vegas, United Way, Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall Of Fame and the Nevada Women’s Hall Of Fame in 2018.

  • Named Billboard Magazine’s “Air Personality Of The Year” in 1998.

  • Named “Best Local Radio Personality” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 2000-2012 and 2016, the Las Vegas Weekly in 2006 and Seven Vegas Magazine in 2011.

  • Named “Best Radio On-Air Talent” by the Silver State Awards “Women Awards” in 2017.

  • Honored by Vegas Magazine for “Vegas Gives”, an event to recognize women in Las Vegas that support and contribute to our community organizations.

Charese Frugé
Charese FrugéAward-Winning Programmer

Charese Frugé has 20+ years in the radio business with a proven track record in multiple formats as both an on air personality and an award winning programmer.

She’s been successful in markets like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas and Denver. She’s been recognized as one of Radio’s Most Influential Women by Radio Ink on multiple occasions and has several awards for Excellence in Management from both CBS Radio, and the Alliance for Women in Radio.

She was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana and is a die hard Saints and LSU fan. She currently resides in Las Vegas where she lived for 10 years, Programmed KMXB and KXTE for CBS Radio and eventually became VP of Programming for the CBS Radio Las Vegas cluster.

Charese is a voice actor and voice over talent with CESD Talent and one of the few female consultants in the industry. She is also a columnist for AllAccess.com where she writes the weekly feature “Women to Watch,” and a bi-weekly feature for “Consultants Tips.”

Charese’s Career Highlights…

  • Becoming a Big Sister and volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Nevada

  • Inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall Of Fame in 2012.

  • Genii Award for Excellence in Management by the Alliance for Women in Media, Southern California chapter in 2012.

  • Awarded the Excellence in Leadership and Programming by CBS Radio in 2011.

  • Recognized as one of Radio Ink’s Most Influential Women in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

People Are Talking…

“Charese takes a no-nonsense approach to some of the most challenging situations and has the experience to navigate even the most complicated challenges. She’ll tell you like it is, and then give you the road map to get through it. Superb big picture perspective.”

Dave Farra

“Charese is always the one with the biggest b***s in the room.”

Jason Mahoney

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