Talking With Cork Proctor – July 26, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with comedian Cork Proctor. To listen to the interview click below.

Cork Proctor is a Nevada comedy legend, having performed for five decades in major hotel lounges and main rooms in Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas. He has opened for stars such as the Supremes and Mel Tillis. His memoir, “My Life Is An Open Mouth,”  describes how he began as a Reno musician, playing drums, and rose to a comedy career that has taken him all over the US and Caribbean.


Talking With Master Chef Gustav Mauler – July 19, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Master Chef Gustav Mauler. To listen to the interview click below.

Master Chef Gustav Mauler is President and CEO of Gustav International Chartered, a restaurant, hospitality, management and consulting company in Las Vegas.  He operates Spiedini Ristorante, his signature restaurant at the JW Marriott, as well as Gustav’s Catering, a culturally diverse full-service catering division.

Chef Mauler, a native Austrian, joined the gaming industry in 1980 with the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.  In 1987, he moved to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

He is a graduate of the Innkeeper School in Vienna and is one of few American Culinary Federation Certified Master Chefs in the United States.

The award winning chef is also an international design consultant for commercial and residential kitchens and dining rooms, as well as delivery, storage and preparation areas.

Chef Mauler was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a member of the Chaine de Rotisseirs Gourmet Society, The American Culinary Federation, and The Order of the Golden Togue.


Talking With Lynda Carter – June 28, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Lynda Carter. To listen to the interview click below.

Actress, singer and former Las Vegas headliner Lynda Carter returns to Las Vegas to perform standards, country hits and pop songs at the Suncoast Showroom July 14 and 15.

She hit the world stage in 1972, after earning the title Miss World U.S.A. Soon after she moved to Los Angeles, where she studied acting, sang and wrote songs. Following several guest spots on television series, Carter landed the role most associated with her long career – “Wonder Woman.”

Following three seasons playing the iconic super hero, Carter appeared in several series, television movies and theatrical releases, including “Hawkeye,” “Super Troopers” and “Law & Order.” On stage Carter headlined on the Las Vegas Strip in 1978, and in 2006, she appeared as Matron “Mama” Morton in “Chicago” on London’s West End.

In addition to her acting career, Carter has produced and starred in five highly rated network television specials, several of which were Emmy®-nominated. She has appeared onstage with many popular show business veterans, including Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Bob Hope, George Benson and Ben Vereen.

In 1978, Carter released her debut CD, “Portrait.” In 2009, she released “At Last,” featuring a mix of jazz and blues, reaching No. 10 on the Billboard jazz album chart.  Her latest album, “Crazy Little Things,” a collection of covers of standards, country and pop songs, was released in 2011.



Talking With Bill Fayne – July 5, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Bill Fayne. To listen to the interview click below.


Bill Fayne, along with RagTag Entertainment,  will present “Stephen Sondheim’s Company” at the LVH on July 9 and 10, followed by Sondheim’s revue “Putting It Together,” a compilation of some of the greatest Sondheim songs at the Smith Center Cabaret Jazz Room on July 15.  Richel Kompst and Lou De Meis, two of the cast members in both shows, join Bill in the conversation.

Bill, a Las Vegas resident, has been musical director of more than 50 musical theater productions, operas, and T.V. shows over the past 35 years. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Atlanta, Columbus, Delaware, and Buffalo symphony orchestras.

As an arranger, Bill has worked with Clint Holmes (their musical association goes back more than 25 years), Suzanne Sommers, Gloria Loring, Ann Jillian, Hal Linden, Mickey Rooney, and Kathie Lee Gifford. On television, Bill was on various Bob Hope specials,  “The Tonight Show,”  “The Joan Rivers Show,” and others.


Talking With Jay Wertz – June 28, 2012


This week, Ira spoke with author Jay Wertz. To listen to the interview click below.


Author, filmmaker and Weider History Group contributing writer Jay Wertz, who calls Las Vegas one of his homes (but also resides in Phillips Ranch, California), is the author of “D-Day, The Campaign Across France.”

“D-Day: The Campaign Across France,” is the second in a planned 10-volume collection, WAR STORIES: World War II Firsthand, which presents a perspective on the military campaigns and actions of World War II anchored on the stories told by the marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen and other front line personnel who experienced the conflict.

Jay is the producer-director-writer of the award-winning 13-part documentary series, “Smithsonian’s Great Battles of the Civil War” for the Learning Channel.  He started his 36-year film and TV career in Hollywood working on military projects and is the author of four other books.