Dennis Mitchell became enamored of The Beatles at age 9. After seeing their photos in the newspaper, he asked his mother what they were all about, and she told him they were "a bunch of guys with weird haircuts."
Though she made no mention of music, Dennis found out soon enough what the buzz was about in early 1964. He also became a disciple of the legendary British disc jockey John Peel,
who at the time was still working as John Ravenscroft on KMEN in San Bernardino, California. Dennis would call and pester John to play deep tracks from Beatles albums, and John would always oblige.
Dennis planted the seeds for a career in broadcasting by co-hosting his high school's weekly radio Top Ten countdown show on Saturday mornings. Honing his craft at stations in southern California, Mitchell began working full-time in
radio in Las Vegas in 1981, and hasn't looked back.
In 1991 Dennis breathed life into the Las Vegas version of "Breakfast With The Beatles," which, to that point, had been a computerized playlist and little more. By offering extensive research and digging deep for interesting facts,
rare recordings and interview clips, the show gained a loyal following. Mitchell would go on to produce hundreds of unique weekly local programs and win several local media awards. As word of the program's success and credibility
spread, more and more celebrites became interview guests, including Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Geoff Emerick, Giles & George Martin, BBC legend Brian Matthew, Denny Laine, Brian Wilson and many, many others.
"Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With The Beatles" became syndicated in 2002 with the addition of nine affiliate radio stations, and since then the radio network has grown into the dozens, with stations in Detroit, Chicago,
San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, Great Britain, Sweden, Germany and New Zealand. The program expanded to two hours in May 2010.
The show has been honored five times as "Best Radio Program" at the Las Vegas Electronic Media Awards, most recently in 2011. Dennis was chosen (along with Lenny Kaye and Sid Bernstein) to contribute to the liner
notes of "Meet The Smithereens," the excellent Beatles tribute album released in early 2007. In March of 2007, Mitchell was honored as Las Vegas' Best Local Radio Personality by the Las Vegas Review-Journal's "Best of
Las Vegas" edition, and in May 2008, Las Vegas Weekly honored him as the city's "Best Morning Radio Personality." He is still featured often in local media articles and regularly emcees Beatles-related events in and around
Las Vegas. Mitchell is a co-host on the popular "LV Classic Rock" webcast, billed as Las Vegas' BEST Classic Rock Station.
He is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2004.