Talking With Coach Marvin Menzies – May 25, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Marvin Menzies. To listen to the interview click below.

Marvin Menzies, who was selected as the head coach of the UNLV men’s basketball program on April 16, 2016, talks about why he decided to pursue a coaching career instead of economics, his leadership style, how he communicates with players and recruits, and why he believes in giving back to the community.

Menzies came back to Las Vegas after nine years as the head coach at New Mexico State. Under his direction the Aggies have appeared in the postseason each of the last five seasons and six of the last seven years.

Menzies led NMSU to its fifth straight 20-win season in 2015-16, and seventh in eight years, as it was 23-11 overall and 13-1 in conference play. The Aggies have won 35 straight home conference games, which is the second-longest such streak in the nation.

This April, 24-7 Sports ranked the Rebels with the 12th best recruiting class nationally. Shakur Juiston, Tervell Beck, Chiekh Mbacke Diong, Amauri Hardy, Anthony Smith and Brandon McCoy have all signed to join the UNLV men’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season.


Talking With Rick Derringer – May 18, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Rick Derringer. To listen to the interview click below.

Rick Derringer, along with the Edgar Winter Band, will be performing at The Club at the Cannery Casino Hotel May 20.

In 1965, Rick Derringer began his musical career in the rock group The McCoys, where he released his first #1 hit “Hang On Sloopy.” As a solo artist, Derringer debuted his album “All American Boy” with a new version of his original single “Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo” that became a Billboard Hot 100 hit. Derringer has collaborated with numerous artists throughout his career, appearing on albums for Alice Cooper, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, KISS and more.

Edgar Winter is best known for his unique ability to combine rock, blues, jazz and pop sounds in his music. Early in his career, he performed R&B and blues songs with his brother Johnny. Winter went on to form the band White Trash, and released albums “Edgar Winter’s White Trash” and the Gold-selling “Roadwork.” Throughout his career, Winter has recorded more than 20 albums and released multiple chart-topping hits, including “Free Ride,” “Keep Playing That Rock ‘n’ Roll” and #1 hit “Frankenstein.” In addition to his vocal skills, Winter plays the guitar, bass, saxophone, keyboard and drums.

Winter and Derringer have performed together since the 1970’s. Their most famous collaboration formed when Derringer produced The Edgar Winter Group’s double-Platinum album “They Only Come Out at Night,” which reached #3 on the U.S. album chart.


Talking With Rachel Bolan – May 11, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Rachel Bolan. To listen to the interview click below.

Skid Row co-founder, bassist and songwriter Rachel Bolan will perform with the group, along with Kix at Cannery Casino Hotel’s “The Club” on May 13.

Known for their musical rebellion and high-energy sound, Skid Row hit the heavy metal scene in 1986 and enjoyed major success after releasing their first certified multi-Platinum album “Skid Row.” The album included Top-40 hits “I Remember You” and “18 and Life.”

The band’s second album, “Slave to the Grind,” included the hit single “Monkey Business” and reached #1 on the Billboard charts.

In 2013 and 2014, Skid Row released the first and second chapters of its “United World Rebellion” albums and is currently working on the third and final chapter of the collection.

The band’s lineup includes Rachel Bolan, Snake Sabo, Scotti Hill, Rob Hammersmith and ZP Theart.


Talking With Cindy Williams – May 4, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Cindy Williams. To listen to the interview click below.

Cindy Williams is the guest star of Menopause The Musical® at Harrah’s Las Vegas through May 29. Menopause The Musical® is celebrating its 11th anniversary in Las Vegas, making it the longest-running scripted musical in Las Vegas history.

Williams is most recognized for her role as “Shirley Feeney” in the TV comedy series “Laverne And Shirley.”

Born in Van Nuys, Calif., Williams first became interested in acting during high school. After graduation she attended L. A. City College where she majored in Theatre Arts. After leaving college, she landed her first television roles on “Room 22,” “Nanny And The Professor,” and “Love American Style.” Some guest-starring roles include “Law And Order: SUV,” “Seventh Heaven,” and “8 Simple Rules.”

Her stage credits include, among other productions, the national tour of Grease, playing Miss Lynch, the national tour of Deathtrap with Elliot Gould, The Female Odd Couple with Joanne Worley, Steel Magnolias as Ouiser Boudreaux and, in 2007, Williams made her Broadway debut in the role of Mrs.Tottendale in the award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

Williams co-starred with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford in “American Graffiti,” directed by George Lucas, a low-budget film that went on to become a box office smash and film classic.

Among her favorite honors is her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, her TV Land award for Fan Favorite as well as winning Best Actress at the L. A. Comedy Film Festival for the Indy film “Stealing Roses.” Cindy also garnered a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nomination for best supporting actress in “American Graffiti.”

Her book “Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life” was released to critical acclaim and is now being released in paperback.
Twitter: @Cindy_Williams1