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Mix 96.5 Houston Sets New On-Air Lineup

Mix 96.5 KHMX Houston Dave Mahoney DK Lauren Kelly Chris JacksonCBS Hot AC “Mix 96.5” KHMX Houston has announced its new on-air lineup.

Chris Jackson is joining KHMX as APD/MD/Midday host from sister Alternative “X107.5” KXTE Las Vegas where he held identical duties. Jackson continues the shift of talent from KXTE to KHMX under Program Director Charese Fruge, who previously oversaw the Las Vegas station before moving to KHMX in April 2015. Mix morning hosts Dave, Mahoney & DK made the move from KXTE to KHMX last August as well.

Lauren Kelly will move from middays to afternoons replacing Chad Pitt who is moving to mornings at CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WQMP Orlando FL. Heather Converse, who previously worked in Houston at Cox Classic Alternative “106.9 The Zone” KHPT and for Fruge as midday host at “Mix 94.1” KMXB Las Vegas joined KHMX for the 7pm-12am shift in December.

CBS RADIO’s MIX 96.5 (KHMX-FM) in Houston announced today Lauren Kelly will take over afternoon drive beginning on Monday, March 21 (weekdays, 3:00 – 7:00 PM). Kelly currently serves as midday host, a position she has held since 2011, and replaces Chad Pitt, who recently announced he would be joining CBS RADIO’s 101.9 AMP Radio in Orlando.

At the same time, Chris Jackson joins the station as midday host (weekdays, 10:00 – 3:00), and Music Director/Assistant Program Director. He can currently be heard on CBS RADIO’s KXTE-FM in Las Vegas. Additionally, Heather Converse joined the station this past December as new nighttime host (weekdays, 7:00 – Midnight).

Charese Fruge, Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO Houston said, “Lauren is the real deal and an absolute star. We couldn’t be more proud of her. She’s done just about every shift in our building and no one is more deserving of the opportunity to entertain Houston in Afternoon Drive.”

Fruge added, “Chris is a soldier and a man of many talents. We worked closely together in Las Vegas, and I know him to be a fantastic writer, producer, and air talent. He has a passion for music like no one I know, and will be an enormous asset to the Houston team. We can’t wait to get him in the building.”

“As a native Houstonian on the MIX team, I never would have dreamed of doing what I love in my hometown for so long,” said Kelly. “I’ve been incredibly blessed for the past eight years, working with the amazing CBS RADIO family. I have some big shoes to fill, and can’t wait to ride shot gun with Houston on their drive home.”

“I’m beyond excited to bring my on-air talents and programming skills to one of the fastest growing markets in the country,” said Jackson. “KHMX is a great station with a solid staff whom which I have great history with. Working with Charese again is going to be a fun and successful venture.”

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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