Talk About Las Vegas With Ira

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Each week, Ira David Sternberg talks with the celebrities, entertainers, writers, and personalities who make Las Vegas the most exciting city in the world.

Episódios

  • Talking With EmiSunshine – September 28, 2020

    Talking With EmiSunshine – September 28, 2020

    28/09/2020 Duração: 28min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/27144939/Emi_Sunshine_092820.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with country artist EmiSunshine, whose latest album is “Family Wars.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, EmiSunshine talks about her early start in music (she’s 16 now); the influence of her family in her songwriting and performing career; what’s it’s like to perform at the Grand Ole Opry; the mix of old and new country music that impacts her musical style; riding in Elvis Presley’s car; and the possibility of performing in Las Vegas. 

  • Talking With Athena Patacsil – September 21, 2020

    Talking With Athena Patacsil – September 21, 2020

    21/09/2020 Duração: 29min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/19092433/Athena_Patacsil_092120.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Athena Patacsil, who is host of a new podcast, “Showgirl's Life,” featuring interviews with showgirls sharing stories of their former glamour days, from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Athena talks about her own journey from ballet dancer to principal dancer in Donn Arden’s Jubilee; why she decided to live and work in Las Vegas; how she finds former showgirls to talk about their craft and careers; and the importance of the showgirl as a symbol and part of the legacy of Las Vegas.

  • Talking With Vinny Grosso – September 14, 2020

    Talking With Vinny Grosso – September 14, 2020

    13/09/2020 Duração: 30min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/13153027/Vinny_Grosso_091420.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with magician and author Vinny Grosso, creator of Over the Air, a virtual interactive theatrical experience. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Grosso talks about his prior career in tour managing and as a consultant in the window covering industry; his decision to make a full-time career in magic and move to Las Vegas; why he wrote his book, exposed & FEARLESS, which is filled with case studies in success; his creation of a virtual magic show for both public and private groups; and how he uniquely uses Zoom and additional technology to present online illusions that simultaneously allows the audience to participate.

  • Talking With Ron Futrell – September 7, 2020

    Talking With Ron Futrell – September 7, 2020

    06/09/2020 Duração: 30min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/06132938/Ron_Futrell_090720.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with veteran journalist Ron Futrell, who has been covering sports in Las Vegas for decades and has reported on the growth and challenges for both college and professional sports. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Futrell talks about the challenges facing Las Vegas professional and college sports as a result of the coronavirus; how major league teams will play to empty stadiums and arenas to fulfill their TV contracts and at least earn that portion of the revenue stream; the devastating financial impact on minor league teams and their players, as well as on UNLV sports; and one of the top sports stories he broke (among many Futrell has reported) that no one else in the local media would touch.

  • Talking With John Byner – August 31, 2020

    Talking With John Byner – August 31, 2020

    31/08/2020 Duração: 28min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/04114248/John_Byner_083120-1.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with entertainer, actor and comedian John Byner, author of “Five Minutes, Mr. Byner, A Lifetime of Laughter.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Byner talks about his long career in show business; why he decided to write a book about his life and the people he met and worked with in the entertainment business; his favorite current comedian; his many impressions; and his performances in Las Vegas, which sometimes included Elvis in the audience.

  • Talking With John Waters – August 24, 2020

    Talking With John Waters – August 24, 2020

    24/08/2020 Duração: 22min

    [audio mp3=“Link goes here"][/audio]https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/22213232/John_Watters_082420.mp3This week, Ira spoke with iconic filmmaker, actor and author John Waters, author of the new book, “Mr. Know-It-All, The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.” In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Waters talks about his practical tips for making movies and dealing with Hollywood; how rejection is part of show business; his connections with Las Vegas; the day Liberace called him; how this is a country where he can be a provocateur and not face the firing squad; why old friends are important; and his only regret in life.

  • Talking With Daniel Bubb – August 17, 2020

    Talking With Daniel Bubb – August 17, 2020

    16/08/2020 Duração: 29min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/15151549/Daniel_Bubb_081720.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Daniel K. Bubb, author of “Landing in Las Vegas: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Bubb talks about the impact of commercial aviation on Las Vegas and how the West was a perfect fit through speed, space, and time; the development of package deals; the symbiotic relations between airlines and Las Vegas resorts; the choice between cars and planes when coming to Las Vegas from Southern California; the impact of the coronavirus on air travel to Las Vegas; and the future of Las Vegas when dealing with a public that is hesitant to fly.

  • Talking With Reggie Burton – August 10, 2020

    Talking With Reggie Burton – August 10, 2020

    10/08/2020 Duração: 29min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/09193310/Reggie_Burton_081020.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Reggie Burton (R. Avery Burton), author of “This is Depression.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas (due to coronavirus, students are returning to college or distance learning and many families are isolated at home), Burton talks about losing his son to depression and suicide, and the steps he’s taken to use the grief to help others; the statistics that show many college students facing depression; the triggers that bring on potential suicidal ideation; why people need to be preemptive in dealing with matters of mental health; and why he believes, “I’m saving lives.”

  • Talking With Geoff Schumacher – August 3, 2020

    Talking With Geoff Schumacher – August 3, 2020

    03/08/2020 Duração: 28min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/02113416/Geoff_Schumacher_080320.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Geoff Schumacher, author of “Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia, and Palace Intrigue,” Revised and Expanded. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Schumacher talks about the new material he has added to this revised and expanded edition, including the impact of Howard Hughes on Las Vegas; the men who assisted Hughes in gaining property (including casinos) in Nevada; who had the most influence on him; why Hughes remains an important figure in history; and his surprising legacy in Las Vegas.

  • Talking With Heidi Knapp Rinella – July 27, 2020

    Talking With Heidi Knapp Rinella – July 27, 2020

    27/07/2020 Duração: 26min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/26100602/Heidi_Rinella_072720.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Las Vegas Review-Journal feature writer and food critic Heidi Knapp Rinella. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Rinella talks about the impact of coronavirus on Las Vegas restaurants; how some creative chefs are reimagining their businesses; what kinds of dining businesses are still prospering; adapting to the “new normal”; why restaurants are not just businesses, but part of the social fabric; and the culinary future of Las Vegas.

  • Talking With Giada Valenti – July 20, 2020

    Talking With Giada Valenti – July 20, 2020

    20/07/2020 Duração: 31min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/17124407/Giada_Valenti_072020-1.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with award-winning Venetian vocalist Giada Valenti. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Valenti talks about her career journey from Venice to Las Vegas (where she now lives); her health scare and the biggest lesson she learned in life; her three-times-a-week Facebook Live show; her welcome by the arts and entertainment community here; the challenges for artists during the spread of the coronavirus; and how she stays optimistic.

  • Talking With Pat Caddick – July 13, 2020

    Talking With Pat Caddick – July 13, 2020

    13/07/2020 Duração: 29min

    [audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Patrick_Caddick_071320.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Pat Caddick, who has been involved in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas music scene for more than 30 years as a musician, arranger, orchestrator, producer, and director. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Caddick talks about his recent Facebook post that pointed out the large number of entertainment industry jobs affected by the shutdown of showrooms and lounges due to the coronavirus; how the shutdown has affected individual performers and their families; how people have stepped forward to help; ideas for bringing back entertainment options sooner rather than later; and his own career performing with some of the top names in the business.

  • Talking With Diana Eden – July 6, 2020

    Talking With Diana Eden – July 6, 2020

    06/07/2020 Duração: 28min

    [audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Diana_Eden_070620.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Diana Eden, author of “Stars in Their Underwear: My unpredictable journey from Broadway dancer to costume designer for some of Hollywood's biggest stars.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Eden talks about her 30- year career in Hollywood; working in Las Vegas with Ann-Margret for her nightclub appearances, starting in 1974 (also working with Raquel Welch and Suzanne Somers on their acts); doing fittings on costumes for Jubilee's opening at the MGM Grand and waking up in her room to the infamous fire; returning to Las Vegas the following August to remount the new show when the hotel re-opened; and her decision to move to Las Vegas after so many years in Hollywood.

  • Talking With Roger Gros – June 29, 2020

    Talking With Roger Gros – June 29, 2020

    29/06/2020 Duração: 29min

    [audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Roger_Gros_062920.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Roger Gros, publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Gros talks about the beginning recovery of Las Vegas; steps that casinos are taking or should take to ensure business returns; the possibility of non-smoking in casinos becoming a reality; cashless gaming; why entertainment may be one of the last market segments to return (with the exception of lounges); his pick for top gaming executives and pioneers; and the future expansion of online gaming.

  • Talking With Carolyn V. Hamilton – June 22, 2020

    Talking With Carolyn V. Hamilton – June 22, 2020

    22/06/2020 Duração: 28min

    [audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Carolyn_Hamilton_062220.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Carolyn V. Hamilton, author of “HELP! I Married a Comedian, A memoir of life in the circus lane of marriage to a stand-up comedian.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Hamilton talks about meeting comedians Cork Proctor during a unique time in Las Vegas history (who promised her that their life together would never be boring); her marriage and subsequent divorce (and subsequent living together in Cuenca, Ecuador); the exciting days of traveling together (including as members of the Peace Corps); her decision to write an honest book about their life together, including verbal abuse; and what she learned about life and love.

  • Talking With Frankie Scinta – June 15, 2020

    Talking With Frankie Scinta – June 15, 2020

    15/06/2020 Duração: 31min

    [audio mp3=“https://talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Frankie_Scinta_061520.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with entertainer Frankie Scinta. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Scinta talks about the challenges of the coronavirus on Las Vegas entertainment; his new weekly show on Facebook that has generated thousands of views; the importance of family in life and performing; the future of entertainment in Las Vegas; and his new project that will take shape as a one-man show.

  • Talking With Alan Snel – June 8, 2020

    Talking With Alan Snel – June 8, 2020

    08/06/2020 Duração: 31min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/07115526/Alan_Snel_060820.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Journalist Alan Snell, whose popular website, LVSportsBiz.com reports the business side of Las Vegas' expanding sports industry. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Snel talks about the challenges of professional sports in dealing with the coronavirus in Las Vegas; how T-Mobile Arena and Allegiant Stadium will handle returning fans in the era of social distancing; how food and beverage, a key part of the sports facilities’ business model, will have an alternative distribution; and how certain sports will weather the crisis while others will have a challenging period. Snel also discusses his new book, “Bicycle Man Life of Journeys,” a collection of stories from the viewpoint of a traveling journalist and bicycle aficionado.

  • Talking With Marisa Finetti – June 1, 2020

    Talking With Marisa Finetti – June 1, 2020

    01/06/2020 Duração: 29min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/30174404/Marisa_Finetti_060120.mp3”][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with award-winning international wine and food writer Marisa Finetti. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Finetti talks about becoming a wine writer only after moving to Las. Vegas, despite her past history as a grape grower; why she decided to write in an accessible style in order to promote an understanding of wine; how she sees a wine culture in Las Vegas developing in Las Vegas; the steps in tasting wine (while sharing a bottle of Ruchè Di Castagnole Monferrato with Ira during the show); and a full explanation of her wine doodles!

  • Talking With Bill Boggs – May 25, 2020

    Talking With Bill Boggs – May 25, 2020

    25/05/2020 Duração: 30min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/24095758/Bill_Boggs_052520.mp3”][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Bill Boggs, four-time Emmy Award-winning interviewer (and no stranger to Las Vegas) and author of The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog, a new comedic novel. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Boggs talks about long, successful media career; his interview with Frank Sinatra (the longest interview Sinatra ever gave); his long association with Las Vegas; why he decided to write a “politically incorrect” novel; and why he thinks laughter is the best medicine.

  • Talking With Joe Brown and Tina Quigley – May 18, 2020

    Talking With Joe Brown and Tina Quigley – May 18, 2020

    18/05/2020 Duração: 27min

    [audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/17112134/Brown_Quigley_051820.mp3”][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with attorney Joe Brown and Tina Quigley, co-creators of Restoration Nevada, a nonpartisan forum providing information and insights from local experts and generating ideas for accelerating recovery from the economic effects of the coronavirus. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Brown and Quigley talk about the need for creative ideas to diversify what is still primarily a one-industry city; the cooperation of all elements of the community; how rural and urban areas of Nevada can work together despite geographic distances; and the future of the forum once the crisis has passed.

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