The Neon Beat with John Christopher

Tune to The Neon Beat each Sunday afternoon on Classic Country FM 94.1 & 1570 AM KNDY.

The Neon Beat is a radio show that features great music from the late 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Listen and enjoy a selection of great artists that you know and love – artists like Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, The Lettermen, Henry Mancini, The Four Lads, Tony Bennett, Marilyn Maye, Percy Faith and Andy Williams.

You’ll also hear current artists carrying on the tradition, like Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall.

The Neon Beat is a highly listenable mix that brings back an era of great American pop music, sewn together with the comments of your host, John Christopher, who’ll provide entertaining tidbits about the stars, the times, and the music.

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.