Talking With Robin Leach – February 27, 2014

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This week, Ira spoke with Robin Leach . To listen to the interview click below.

Robin Leach always knew he wanted to be involved in the communications world. He edited the class magazine at age 11 and the school magazine at 14! At age 15 he became a general news reporter for The Harrow Observer and started a monthly glossy town magazine at age 17. Leach moved on to the prestigious Daily Mail as Britain’s youngest page one reporter at age 18. In 1963, he immigrated to America and wrote for a number of publications (New York Daily News, People, Ladies Home Journal etc.) before launching GO Magazine and then was show business editor of The Star and Rupert Murdoch’s worldwide publications for 10 years.

Leach began his television career simultaneously on KABC-TV in Los Angeles and WABC-TV in New York. In 1980, he joined CNN’s “People Tonight” and also helped launch “Entertainment Tonight” for which he was roving editor for its first three years. In 1983 Robin created Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous, which ran 14 unprecedented years. Leach has produced and hosted over 500 hours of TV series and specials including the ABC-TV daytime series Fame Fortune & Romance.

He hosted a nightly primetime call-in talk show in 1993 to launch the new Television Food Network, a 24-hour cable channel, for which he also acted as spokesman with cable affiliates until 1998. For 4 consecutive years he hosted MTV’s Worlds Most Expensive Video’s Countdown special. He was celebrity judge on PBS’s Master chefs series and A&E’s Top Ten Celebrity Chefs special. Leach appeared regularly on the syndicated Extra series.
Currently, Leach is partnering in a new state of the art HD television studio production facility in Las Vegas where he makes numerous guest appearances on programs from the resort playground/gaming Mecca. In addition his Total Vegas Television Company produces Vegas video vignettes for YouTube’s LuxeVegas Channel and the daily Vegas Deluxe website at
On Twitter: @Robin_Leach

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Talking With Adam Corolla and Chloe Louise Crawford – February 20, 2014

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This week, Ira spoke with Adam Corolla and Chloe Louise Crawford. To listen to the interview click below.

Comedian Adam Carolla brings his popular live podcast, “The Adam Carolla Show,” to Treasure Island Theatre on February 21 at 9 p.m.

Carolla co-hosted the syndicated radio program “Loveline” from 1995 to 2005, as well as the show’s television version on MTV from 1996 to 2000. He was the co-host of the popular Comedy Central series “The Man Show” from 1999 to 2004, and a regular performer on “Crank Yankers” from 2002 to 2007. Carolla has also appeared on several reality shows including “Dancing with the Stars” and “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“The Adam Carolla Show” is the Internet’s most downloaded daily broadband show and has held that position since its debut in March 2009.

British born Chloe Louise Crawford, who balances performing in two shows on The Vegas Strip (Murray Sawchuck’s “Celebrity Magician” at the Tropicana and “Fantasy” at the Luxor Hotel & Casino), has been selected as Playboy’s “Cyber Girl of the Month” for February.
Crawford is a trained dancer, magician’s assistant, and choreographer. Her variety skills include aerial silks and pole choreography.
She performed for several years in Europe and moved to Las Vegas in 2012 to join Murray’s show. In 2013, Chloe appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition, on the cover of Strip LV Magazine and Tradeshow Lifestyles. She has guest-starred on History Channel’s Top Gear USA, Hallmark’s Home and Family, The Marie Show, and Masters of Illusion..


Talking With Helen Reddy – February 13, 2014

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This week, Ira spoke with Helen Reddy. To listen to the interview click below.

Grammy winner Helen Reddy returns to Las Vegas after a ten year hiatus from live performing. She’ll be appearing at the Orleans Showroom on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 at 8 p.m.

Best known as a recording artist, Reddy had more fifteen singles on the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 – six if which hit the Top 10, with three reaching No. 1 – including her signature hit, “I Am Woman.” In addition to Billboard chart success, Reddy was the first recording artist to win a “Favorite Pop/Rock Female” American Music Award, the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three No. 1 hits in the same year.

Reddy’s hit songs “I Am Woman,” and “Delta Dawn” have been a part of numerous television and film soundtracks: “Sex and the City 2,” “Cold Case,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Simpsons,” among others.

On television, Reddy was the first Australian to host her own hour-long weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in more than forty countries. She has also acted on the large and small screens with roles in films and television shows such as, “Airport 1975,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island” and “Diagnosis Murder.”

In theater, Reddy starred in the musical “Blood Brothers” on London’s West End and on Broadway. As a solo concert artist, she has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as the Royal Albert Hall and the Palladium in London.
In 2006, Reddy released what became a best-selling memoir “The Woman I Am.” “The Woman I Am: The Definitive Collection” and many of her early recordings continue to be downloaded worldwide.


Talking With Béla Fleck – February 6, 2014

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This week, Ira spoke with Béla Fleck. To listen to the interview click below.

Grammy-Award winner Béla Fleck, who will be performing at the Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, is considered by many as the premiere banjo player in the world.

Any world-class musician born with the names Béla (for Bartok), Anton (for Dvorak) and Leos (for Janacek) would seem destined to play classical music. Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat, Béla at last made the classical connection with “Perpetual Motion,” his critically acclaimed 2001 Sony Classical recording that went on to win a pair of Grammys, including Best Classical Crossover Album, in the 44th annual Grammy Awards. Collaborating with Fleck on “Perpetual Motion” was his longtime friend and colleague Edgar Meyer, a bassist and an acclaimed composer. Béla and Edgar co-wrote and performed a double concerto for banjo, bass and the Nashville Symphony, which debuted in November 2003. They also co-wrote a triple concerto for banjo, bass and tabla, with world renown tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain entitled “The Melody of Rhythm.”

In 2011, Béla wrote his first stand alone banjo concerto, “The Impostor,” on commission with the Nashville Symphony.

The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks’ total Grammy count is 15 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history.