Talking With Ann Hampton Callaway – April 25, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Ann Hampton Callaway . To listen to the interview click below.

Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, will perform, along with Tony DeSare and special guest, Landau Eugene Murphy, in “Jazz Roots: The American Songbook” at Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center Friday, April 26th. She has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. She has become a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series, “The Nanny.” Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on six of Barbra Streisand’s recent CDs. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll, to name a few.

Callaway has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood and is featured at many of the Carnegie Hall tributes. She has sung with more than twenty-five of the world’s top orchestras and big bands, and has performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at President Gorbachev’s Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show Sibling Revelry at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Their newest act “Boom!,” a critically acclaimed celebration of the baby boomer hits of the 60’s and 70’s, was recorded on PS Classics, which debuted in the top 25 on Billboard Jazz.

Callaway’s father was Chicago’s legendary TV and radio journalist, John Callaway. Her mother, Shirley Callaway, a superb singer, pianist and one of New York’s most in-demand vocal coaches, was recently featured at New York’s Town Hall, singing with Ann and her sister, Liz.



Talking With Brian Hurlburt – April 18, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Brian Hurlburt. To listen to the interview click below.

Brian Hurlburt is co-author, with Jack Sheehan, of “City of Champions: the History of Professional Golf in Las Vegas. He is a lifelong Las Vegan who has chronicled the Las Vegas golf scene since 1993, after graduating with a degree in communications from UNLV. He was a co-founder of VegasGolfer Magazine and has been published nationally by GOLF Magazine. Brian has also appeared on various television and radio shows, including ESPN2’s “Cold Pizza.”

He is the founding editor of and

Brian also authored “The Las Vegas Country Club: Chronicle of an Icon” and is the president of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.



Talking With Andy Marx – April 11, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Andy Marx . To listen to the interview click below.

Andy Marx is an award-winning writer and photographer, who currently has four films in development at various studios. He recently recorded and released a CD featuring his grandfather’s songs, “It Had To Be Gus” and features Andy and his jazz trio and big band playing the standards that Gus Kahn wrote. The CD is available on iTunes.

Prior to his screenwriting career, Marx was a well-known journalist and columnist who covered the entertainment industry for a number of high-profile publications, including Daily Variety, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Us and Premiere, eventually expanding his focus to the convergence of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

Considered to be one of the industry’s most authoritative New Media experts, Marx served as the West Coast bureau chief of Interactive Week and pioneered the use of podcasts as a media tool, becoming the first to produce advertising-supported podcasts.

In addition to his work as a screenwriter and journalist, Marx has written, produced and appeared in numerous entertainment-related segments for American Movie Classics and Showtime. In 2000, he received a Telly Award for his script for “Galaxy Quest: the 20th Anniversary Special,” which appeared on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel.

Most recently, Marx completed his first novel, “Royalties,” a roman a clef based on Marx’s family heritage: His paternal grandfather was the legendary entertainer, Groucho Marx, and his maternal grandfather was, as mentioned above, the renowned songwriter, Gus Kahn.

With his family lineage and voluminous knowledge of Hollywood, Marx is an in-demand speaker throughout the world.

Marx resides in Beverly Hills with his wife and three children.



Talking With Former Governor Bob Miller – April 4, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Bob Miller, Nevada’s longest serving governor. To listen to the interview click below.

Bob Miller, Nevada’s longest serving governor (1989-1999), has written a new autobiography, called “Son of a Gambling Man,” published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. The book traces Governor Miller’s journey from a casino family to the governor’s mansion.

The son of a gaming pioneer, Bob was directed away from the glitz and glamor of the Las Vegas tourism experience toward a more traditional upbringing – focused upon pursuit of a non-gaming career in legal advocacy.

While studying law, Mr. Miller worked during consecutive summers as a police officer for the Los Angeles and then the Las Vegas Sheriffs’ Offices. He became a member of the Clark County, Nevada and American Bar Associations in 1971.

Miller joined the District Attorney’s Office and shortly thereafter served as a lower court jurist – an elected office.

He left the bench to serve as Clark County’s District Attorney – another elected position. Miller became the first district attorney in Clark County ever to be re-elected – and had no opposition for this unprecedented second term.

Miller became Governor of Nevada, succeeding in mid-term the sitting governor who had been elected to the United States Senate. He then served two full terms, a total of ten years. As governor he became the CEO of a 14,000+ employee business with over thirty diverse departments and hundreds of operating divisions ranging from gaming regulation to economic diversification, from infrastructure management to growing Nevada’s international tourism and economic development market share.