There are few moments that leave us in awe. And this was one of them.

Mike O’Brian from the Mike & Carla Morning Show Scaled the Strat . Yes. He actually did it. Now you may be asking yourself, what does this mean?

Well, let us explain. Every year, The American Lung Association’s Nevada chapter hosts its annual “Fight For Air Stair Climb.” This event raises awareness and money for lung disease research.

The mission is to climb the entirety of the Strat’s staircase. While climbing on the steps, the rapid elevation change and the number of stairs leaves most attendees out of breath. Almost mirroring the experience of those who do suffer from lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, COPD and more.

It wasn’t easy for Mike O’Brian to Scale the Strat. Albeit, Mike is in great shape and works out everyday, the mental aspect of walking through the staircase with nothing but your determination and thoughts is what ultimately pushed him to finish the climb.

If you’re interested in scaling the Strat, we definitely recommend everyone trying this challenge at least once in their life. This event is designed for every type of climber from beginner to competitive. It’s up to you how you climb: you can race to the top or take it at your speed. You can even assemble your own climb crew!

Mike also Scaled the Strat with his fellow co-workers from Beasley Media Group’s sister stations! He climbed the tower with Sammi Reeves and Shawn Tempesta from 102.7 VGS, Taya from Jammin’ 105.7, Shawn Stevens and Ransom Garcia from 107.9 Coyote Country. It was truly a family affair.

Our mission at 96.3 KKLZ is to give back to our community. If you know anyone that is affected by a lung condition then we hope you take a few moments to recognize their strength and resilience. To fight for air is a fight that not many can do.

Thank you American Lung Association of Nevada for organizing this amazing event! We will see you all next year in 2024.