'Mercedes in the Morning' Hosts Receive Industry Accolades

It's Officially Awards Season for Mix 94.1's Morning Show

August 27, 2018
Mercedes Martinez Honored with Hall of Flame, Airblazer Awards

KMXB Mix 94.1 host Mercedes Martinez is clearing some space on her mantle after receiving two of broadcasting’s highest honors.

This month, Martinez was named the recipient of 2018’s Airblazer Award from Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group and was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, along with co-host JC Fernandez, at the organization’s 23rd annual gala on August 18 at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

The Airblazer Award, now in its fourth year, is bestowed upon industry stars nationwide that have become role models for future generations and are using their platform to make a positive impact on the world.

“[Mercedes] has an exceptional ability to engage listeners, and generously uses her influence to make the community in which she lives a better place,” said MIW Group Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik in a news release. “Mercedes represents the very heart of what radio does best.”

Martinez joins Roula Christie (KRBE-FM), Ellen K (KOST-FM), and Angie Martinez (WWPR-FM) as recipients of the Airblazer Award. 

“’I’ve watched and idolized all the women that have won this award in the past and to be included in this group is an honor I never could have imagined. As the mother of two daughters, being a role model to girls and women is something that I take very seriously, so the MIW Group Airblazer Award is especially meaningful," Martinez said.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate and “Mercedes in the Morning” host joined the Mix 94.1 family in 1997 and has been recognized as “Best Local Radio Personality” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Weekly, and has been named Billboard Magazine’s “Air Personality of the Year.” 

Days after the Airblazer Award was announced, Martinez and Fernandez were inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame alongside a 2018 class that included some of the state’s most recognized and celebrated on-air and behind-the-scenes talent in television and radio.

"Being inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame with my partner, JC Fernandez, is something I will always cherish," Martinez said. 

The NBA Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the one in Massachusetts) honors broadcasters who have worked in the industry for at least 20 yearsand have “helped to shape broadcasting in America.”