COUNTRY THUNDER 2017 HOSTS

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Join all of your favorite personalities from the NEW KMLE @ 107.9 at KMLE COUNTRY THUNDER including Chris & Nina, Jared Marshall, B-Dub and Natasha Castles!

Chris & Nina

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Chris Matthews came to the Valley from Tucson when he joined KMLE in 2014. Always a glutton for punishment, Chris doesn’t shy away from the fact that he’s a UofA Wildcat representing up in Sun Devil country.  His career in radio has included stops in Tucson as well as Boise, ID.  While in Boise, Chris was named ‘Best Personality in Idaho’ for three straight years (although they only spelled his name correctly once).  In November 2015, Chris joined Nina D to host mornings on KMLE 107.9. Chris lives in Gilbert with his wife Rosey, their two kids Eve and Harvey, a lazy dog and a mean cat.Initially Nina was set on becoming a television news anchor, but after a chance meeting (she was trying to win a Sega game system) with KPWR radio personality Big Boy in Los Angeles 18 years ago, radio became her dream. In college, Nina studied literature and creative writing by day and worked in radio every other chance she could. After stints at WRAS in Atlanta and KDHT in Austin, Nina made the move to Phoenix in 2007. Making the move from afternoons to mornings, Nina says she feels right at home with Chris Matthews. Nina is currently studying to get yoga teacher certification and resides in Scottsdale with her two dogs and fiancé Dean who is the official DJ for the Phoenix Suns.

Badger Gabe started in radio at the age of 15, and 17 years later he’s still having fun and loving life at the New KMLE @ 107.9.  Badger Gabe spent the majority of his radio life in Wisconsin as a Cheesehead, with a brief stop in Minneapolis for college.  In October 2016, Badger Gabe became the morning show producer for Chris & Nina!  Gabe is currently single, on a weight loss mission to get healthy, and is searching for the best beef jerky in the United States!!

Jared Marshall

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Jared is an open book and shares everything with the KMLE Nation… this sometimes gets him in trouble with his wife and family when they have to shop 30 miles away to avoid any embarrassment he’s caused them. Jared has been in radio for some time starting in Pittsburgh with stops in Des Moines, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. His wife and two daughters are what he lives for and they put a smile on his face every day. He played baseball in and after college, so for a baseball addict, what better place to live other than Phoenix? His wife calls him her nerd due to his affection for all things nerdy… comics, movies, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Star Wars… he finds himself a very lucky man that he found a woman that would agree to bare children with him. He also loves the outdoors… going camping, snowboarding and off roading. Make sure to listen to Jared as he hooks you up with the best prizes and plays the best Country Music in the Valley every weekday while you pretend to work.

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