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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 2 a.m.
Las Vegas remains fabulous. Two days after a seven-hour telethon-style streaming variety show produced by local charity event Mondays Dark raised more than $120,000 for performing arts industry workers in Southern Nevada, another all-star online show hits the airwaves tonight to help other needy organizations.
This one’s on TV. KSNV NBC Las Vegas (Channel 3) is teaming with iHeartRadio’s local stations to present the Stay Home for Nevada Benefit at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The 90-minute special aired on Channel 3 and iHeart’s stations will raise awareness and funding for the UMC Foundation and the Salvation Army of Las Vegas.
The lineup is nothing short of spectacular, including Shania Twain, David Copperfield, Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys, Sammy Hagar, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men, Lee Brice, Taylor Dayne, Mat Franco, Jimmie Allen, Criss Angel, Human Nature, Flavor Flav, Ryan Reaves and Deryk Engelland from the Vegas Golden Knights and performers from “Extravaganza” and “WOW.” Gov. Steve Sisolak is expected to send a greeting as well.
Country music stars Twain, Kelley, Brice and Allen come compliments of local station 95.5 FM, The Bull. The idea for the benefit show started with its program director and on-air personality Wayne “Big D” Danielson.
“We were going to do it on the radio anyway, but once we started building, we realized we needed a TV partner. News 3 just jumped on it,” Danielson says. “The only other cities that could pull something like this off are L.A. and New York. With the entertainment we have in our backyard, we have to tap into that to make an impact and raise awareness.”
Other on-air personalities from News 3 and the radio stations will play host by introducing different acts during the show.
“You’re going to see a lot of performances and some special messages. We couldn’t get all the Backstreet Boys but you’re going to see Nick Carter. Charles Kelley from Lady A had a [residency show] here and he gets to talk about what this city means to him and how he can’t wait to get back here,” Danielson says. “And I get to introduce Lee Brice from the spare bedroom in my house.”
The show will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the local NBC affiliate as well as iHeartRadio stations Sunny 106.5, 95.5 The Bull, 93.1 The Mountain and Real 103.9. It will also be available on the iHeartRadio app.
The show’s sponsors include Terrible’s, Sam & Ash, United Nissan, the Chicken Shack and Iuventus Medical Center.