Nate and Bender (Y101), WYOY

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Nate West and Chris Bender credit their show’s success to keeping their content light and real. For instance, neither of the hosts are afraid to rave about their top-40 faves like Post Malone, Billie Eilish and Lizzo.

West’s career in radio started 24 years ago in the building where “The Morning Showgram” is recorded. He remembers the day Y101 went live. “I just knew it was one of those things where it was the cool, new, happening thing in town. I just felt like it was going to be big, and I did everything I could to get on the air,” West says.

West’s initial partnership with Bender started in 2004 and ended in 2009 when Bender left the station. When Bender returned to Mississippi six years later, he knew he wanted to work with West again. “I got a call asking if I wanted to come back and get my old job back, and I was like, “Hell’s yeah. I’d love to come back to Mississippi and be around my peeps,'” Bender says.

Listen to “The Morning Showgram with Nate and Bender” Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Alyssa Bass

WINNER: Best Radio Personality or Team; Best Radio Station


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