Talking With Hugh Anderson – December 26, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Hugh Anderson. To listen to the interview click below.

Hugh Anderson is managing director of Hightower Las Vegas, a team of investment professionals, who talks to Ira about the Southern Nevada economy, the investment climate in Las Vegas, and what the future may hold.

A native of Long Island, New York, Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. . He is a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts and MBA from Hofstra University in New York.


Talking With Steve Herman – December 19, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Steve Herman. To listen to the interview click below.

A veteran journalist in Asia, Steven L Herman is the Voice of America bureau chief and correspondent based in Bangkok. Prior to taking his post in Thailand, Steve was stationed in Seoul. Steve served more than three years as VOA’s South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi, India. Steve’s Twitter (@W7VOA) coverage from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster sites was widely cited by numerous media outlets globally.

His articles, columns, opinion pieces and reviews have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Far Eastern Economic Review, Harvard Summer Review, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japan Quarterly, Japan Times, Popular Communications, Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Radio World, Shukan Bunshun, Shukan Gendai, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal. He has been interviewed on ABC World News Weekend, Arirang TV, BBC, BradCast (KPFK Los Angeles), Buckmaster Show (KVOI Tucson), CNN, Jeff Santos Show (WWZN Boston), John Batchelor Show (WABC New York), NewsX (India), Radio New Zealand and tbs eFM (Seoul).

Steve was elected for five consecutive years (1998-2002) to serve as Chairman of The Foreign Press in Japan (FPIJ) after completing a one-year term as President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ). He also served as President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club.

Find Steve on Twitter at (@W7VOA and on Google Plus at +Steve Herman


Talking With Dick Dale – December 11, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Dick Dale . To listen to the interview click below.

Dick Dale, who will be performing at Hard Rock Live on the Las Vegas Strip December 13th at 8 p.m., invented surf music in the 1950’s. He was given the title, “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed from sun up to sundown.

He met Leo Fender, the guitar and amplifier Guru, and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, as he watched Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards. Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head, then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.

Dale, being completely self-taught, plays left handed upside down, which was a result of holding the guitar left-handed. The strings became upside-down. Chords are designed for right handed players making it very difficult for a left handed player unless he were to change the strings for a left handed guitar, something that Dale never did.

Dale is also a master at the acoustic, electronic, bass and Spanish guitars, as well as the ukulele, banjo, drums, piano, organ, electronic keyboard, harpsichord, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, harmonica, xylophone and accordion.

Go to Dick Dale’s website for more on his remarkable career and association with Leo Fender.


Talking With Rex Rowley – December 5, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Rex Rowley . To listen to the interview click below.

Rex J. Rowley, author of author of “Everyday Las Vegas, local life in a tourist town,” is a geographer, teacher, mapmaker, map nerd, writer, husband, and father. He grew up in both Southern Utah and Southern Nevada, and still considers Las Vegas his hometown. After spending two years as a young adult in the Kansai region of Japan, Rowley became a Midwestern transplant by marriage and employment.

He received a B.S. in Geography from Brigham Young University, and an M.A. and Ph.D., both in geography, from the University of Kansas. Rowley taught for nearly three years at Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas, and one year at Illinois State University, in Normal. After teaching for three years in Wisconsin, he returned to Central Illinois and is currently an assistant professor of geography at Illinois State University.