About The Nite Show
The Nite Show is a weekly, half-hour program that airs Saturday nights at 11:30 on WABI in Bangor, Saturday nights at 10 on WPXT in Portland, and Saturday nights at midnight on WAGM, Fox 8, in Presque Isle. Maine’s only local, late-night talk show, the show is based on the formats made famous by Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and Conan O’ Brien. The show originates from the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer and - just like national late night talk shows - is produced before a live studio audience. As of July, 2013 "The Nite Show with Danny Cashman" is the #1 late night television show in all of Eastern Maine.
A Maine Tradition
In 1997, “The Nite Show” became Bangor’s first late night television talk show. Airing on Bangor’s then- WB affiliate, The Nite Show gained an impressive following by featuring interesting local guests, talented musicians and performers, and a unique blend of comedy that attracted viewers of all ages.
After going off the air in 1999, “The Nite Show” returned to Bangor’s UPN affiliate in 2001 for another year of guests, music, and comedy.
After nearly 150 new shows aired in Bangor and Augusta over more than five years, The Nite Show signed off in 2002. Now, The Nite Show is back with new ideas, new techniques, and a renewed desire to make people laugh.
Host Dan Cashman is joined by announcer Joe Kennedy, known to sports fans as the voice of the University of Maine Black Bear hockey team. The show will also feature a fresh new house band, the Jump City Jazz Band. Jump City Jazz Band is made up of some of Bangor’s most well-known jazz musicians - Mike Borja (drums), Brian Catell (piano), Bob Roman (bass), and Brian Nadeau (trumpet).
Dan Cashman (host)
At the age of 19, Old Town native Dan Cashman started a weekly local late-night television talk show on Bangor's WB affiliate, modeled after late-night talk shows hosted by Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Dan created, hosted, sold, wrote, and booked guests for "The Nite Show." The show ran on the WB affiliate and later Bangor's UPN affiliate for five years. After the first 90 (of 135 total) shows and countless guests, Dan left the show and spent a summer working at the "Imus in the Morning" show at WFAN radio and MSNBC television in New York City.
Dan graduated from the University of Maine in May of 2000 and began working in radio, serving as promotions director and later program director of Z107.3. While at the radio station, Dan hosted a daily show from 10-3 and earned more than a half-dozen awards for excellence in creativity from the Maine Association of Broadcasters. Dan also used his time at the radio station to participate in, and organize, a number of fundraisers to benefit local food pantries, community action programs, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
In December of 2005, Dan left radio to serve as Assistant Press Secretary for Maine Governor John E. Baldacci. Dan left the Governor’s Office in August of 2009 to start Cashman Communications, and eventually return to television as the host of “The Nite Show” once again in October of 2010.
Joe Kennedy (announcer)
Joe Kennedy returns to “The Nite Show” as announcer, after performing the same role for the show’s 45-episode run on Bangor’s UPN affiliate from 2001-2002.
In addition to announcing for “The Nite Show,” Joe has also announced a number of athletic events for high schools around the state, including basketball, hockey, and cheerleading. Joe also served as an announcer for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT.
In addition to announcing, Joe works in Bangor and has been involved in several community oriented events and organizations in and around his home town of Bucksport.
The Jump City Jazz Band
Brian Catell and The Jump City Jazz Band prides itself in being extremely versatile, playing a wide range of jazz, swing, pop and rock.
The band works as a trio, quartet, quintet, sextet and more on occasions, depending on the situation – on “The Nite Show,” the band is normally a quartet, with piano, bass, drums, and trumpet represented each week on The Nite Show’s stage. The Nite Show's theme song, "Nite Time Tune" was written by Brian Catell and nominated for a New England Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Composition/Arrangement in 2012.
Brian Catell (keyboard/vocals): Brian has played in bands for most of his life and was a music major in school while attending Hartt College of Music and U-Maine (graduate). Brian Catell has also had the pleasure of working with many of the finest musicians in the area. Over the years, Brian has worked with Coloured Rain, Harvest, Stan Catell and Friends, Eastern Standard Trio, Bill Chinnock, and performed with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. By day, Brian is a piano technician and owner of Catell Piano Shop.
Michael Borja (drums): Mike is a tasty percussionist who has played in several big bands and combos, starting in his award winning High School Jazz Band and the Brian Nadeau Big Band. He's been working with Jump City Jazz ever since. Mike currently works in the auto industry which keeps him close to his passion for mechanical projects.
Brian Nadeau (trumpet/flugelhorn): Brian started his musical career very early (age 7) with the Al Corey Big Band, which is one of Maine's finest. Brian leads his own combos as well as being musical director for the Al Corey Band. Brian is busy with Music and Arts, working with music educators statewide and conducting instrumental clinics.
Bob Roman (bass): Bob plays bass guitar, and thus “sets the foundation” for many a’ musical groups. Bob has been playing bass for a number of years, earning the respect of peers, students, teachers, and listeners alike.